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Every episode of Black Lightning ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Black Lightning!

Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community.

Genres:Action & AdventureSci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:The CW

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The best episode of "Black Lightning" is "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap", rated 7.8/10 from 440 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Asheleigh O. Conley. "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap" aired on 2/10/2020 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion".

  • The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap
    7.8/10 440 votes

    #1 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2020-02-10

    Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn who finds herself in even more trouble when she meets Gravedigger, a metahuman on the Markovian side.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Asheleigh O. Conley

  • Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion
    7.6/10 879 votes

    #2 - Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-04-03

    As suspicions grow that Jefferson Pierce is Black Lightning, the ASA arranges to have him arrested. Lynn seeks help from Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, as Jefferson is in custody, Gambi and Anissa work together to show Black Lightning is still running around the streets of Freeland.

    Director: Michael Schultz

    Writer: Melora Rivera

  • The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain
    7.6/10 850 votes

    #3 - The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-04-10

    Tobias returns to Freeland. He is tasked to capture – not kill – Black Lightning with the help of an unexpected source. After a battle of epic proportions, Anissa and Jennifer provide surprising aid.

    Director: Oz Scott

    Writer: Jan Nash, Adam Giaudrone

  • The Resurrection
    7.5/10 1,915 votes

    #4 - The Resurrection

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-01-16

    Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of Anissa and Jennifer, and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought.

    Director: Salim Akil

    Writer: Salim Akil

  • Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption
    7.5/10 865 votes

    #5 - Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-03-27

    Black Lightning attempts to rescue several long-missing children reveals a secret he did not anticipate, and its resulting connections. Gambi struggles to stay strong while in a compromising position. Jefferson begins to view things differently.

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Writer: Pat Charles

  • Shadow of Death: The Book of War
    7.5/10 896 votes

    #6 - Shadow of Death: The Book of War

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-04-17

    The aftermath of the showdown with Black Lightning leaves everyone reeling. Meanwhile, Tobias gathers his forces.

    Director: Salim Akil

    Writer: Charles Holland

  • The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation
    7.5/10 419 votes

    #7 - The Book of War: Chapter Three: Liberation

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2020-03-09

    Black Lightning faces off against Gravedigger.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Equinox: The Book of Fate
    7.4/10 945 votes

    #8 - Equinox: The Book of Fate

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-03-06

    Black Lightning’s pursuit for Tobias continues. Anissa continues to find herself in the new normal.

    Director: Bille Woodruff

    Writer: Lamont Magee

  • The Book of Revelations
    7.4/10 918 votes

    #9 - The Book of Revelations

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-03-13

    Black Lightning works with Anissa to help find information to clear Black Lightning’s name. Jennifer begins interning for Lynn. Meanwhile, Gambi finds himself in a precarious situation.

    Director: Tanya Hamilton

    Writer: Jan Nash

  • The Book of Little Black Lies
    7.4/10 904 votes

    #10 - The Book of Little Black Lies

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-03-20

    In the aftermath of the latest killing, Black Lightning works to clear his name while also hunting down the person responsible for his father’s death, and anyone else involved. Tensions remain high between Black Lightning and Gambi.

    Director: Tawnia McKiernan

    Writer: Keli Goff

  • And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light
    7.3/10 1,052 votes

    #11 - And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-02-13

    An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.

    Director: Rose Troche

    Writer: Adam Giaudrone

  • Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder
    7.3/10 1,019 votes

    #12 - Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-02-27

    Jefferson is on the hunt for his father's killer, while Anissa uses her new powers to rectify a wrong after a protest fails. Jennifer grapples with some difficult choices. Elsewhere, Gambi begs for help from Lynn.

    Director: Benny Boom

    Writer: Charles Holland

  • The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon
    7.3/10 445 votes

    #13 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Five: Requiem for Tavon

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-11-11

    Jefferson struggles with the effects on his family, leading to a decision with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Anissa's identity is threatened. Lastly, Agent Odell takes an important step toward winning over Jennifer.

    Director: Robert Townsend

    Writer: Brusta Brown, John Mitchell Todd

  • The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace
    7.3/10 430 votes

    #14 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Three: The Battle of Franklin Terrace

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-12-02

    Black Lightning decides to fight back when the ASA threatens his old neighborhood. Thunder battles Painkiller, and Tobias has a plan for Lynn to stop the ASA from weaponizing the metas.

    Director: Neema Barnette

    Writer: Jake Waller

  • The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis
    7.3/10 512 votes

    #15 - The Book of Resistance: Chapter Four: Earth Crisis

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-12-09

    With the coming of the red skies, Jennifer finds herself torn between worlds.

    Director: Tasha Smith

    Writer: Lamont Magee

  • The Book of War: Chapter Two: Freedom Ain't Free
    7.3/10 404 votes

    #16 - The Book of War: Chapter Two: Freedom Ain't Free

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2020-03-02

    After learning that Gravedigger and the Markovians are coming to attack Freeland, the Pierce family prepares for war.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lawanda: The Book of Hope
    7.2/10 1,440 votes

    #17 - Lawanda: The Book of Hope

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-01-23

    As the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning back? Lynn Stewart, noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson Pierce struggles with his decision, Gambi urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning. Anissa and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.

    Director: Oz Scott

    Writer: Salim Akil

  • Lawanda: The Book of Burial
    7.2/10 1,239 votes

    #18 - Lawanda: The Book of Burial

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-01-30

    As Jefferson Pierce tries to determine if the community can survive without the help of Black Lightning, Anissa starts to come into her own. Meanwhile, Jefferson and Lynn try and figure out their new dynamic. Finally, Jennifer reveals to her parents that she has been grappling with something big.

    Director: Mark Tonderai

    Writer: Jan Nash

  • The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega
    7.2/10 548 votes

    #19 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2019-03-18

    Lynn goes head to head with Dr. Jace once and for all. Meanwhile, Gambi risks his life to save Jennifer. Lastly, Tobias makes a major move to cripple Freeland and kill Black Lightning, requiring our superhero family to step up like never before.

    Director: Salim Akil

    Writer: Charles Holland

  • The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID
    7.2/10 407 votes

    #20 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter Three: Motherless ID

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2020-02-03

    Jefferson and Anissa join forces with the ASA to help one of their own. Meanwhile, Lynn is forced to continue battling her demons.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Painkiller
    7.2/10 372 votes

    #21 - Painkiller

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-04-12

    After attempting to bury the darker, devastatingly lethal Painkiller part of his persona, Khalil Payne has distanced himself away from everyone he knows and loves in a new city, Akashic Valley, in order to find peace... but peace never comes easy for men with pasts like Painkiller.

    Director: Salim Akil

    Writer: Salim Akil

  • The Book of Resurrection: Chapter One: Crossroads
    7.2/10 286 votes

    #22 - The Book of Resurrection: Chapter One: Crossroads

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2021-05-17

    Jefferson realizes that sometimes, an admission of weakness can be a show of strength. Meanwhile, Tobias is focusing on an end game.

    Director: Benny Boom

    Writer: John Mitchell Todd, Brusta Brown

  • The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure
    7.2/10 334 votes

    #23 - The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2021-05-24

    After four seasons, the game-changing, relevant and electrifying series comes to an end.

    Director: Salim Akil

    Writer: Charles Holland

  • The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream
    7.1/10 463 votes

    #24 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-10-21

    When Lynn learns that Jefferson brokered a deal with Agent Odell without consulting her first, it begins to put a strain on their relationship. Meanwhile, Anissa and Grace have an emotional encounter.

    Director: Benny Boom

    Writer: Pat Charles

  • The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four: Lynn's Ouroboros
    7.1/10 447 votes

    #25 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter Four: Lynn's Ouroboros

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-10-28

    Jefferson faces new challenges due to the shocking state of Freeland; Lynn finds herself under intense pressure as she desperately tries to find a solution to the continuing crisis in Freeland; Anissa continues her work at the clinic.

    Director: Mary Lou Belli

    Writer: Adam Giaudrone