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The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'  

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There are so many great episodes of Black Lightning, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Shadow of Death: The Book of War" the best, or is "The Book of Rebellion: Chapter One: Exodus" your favorite episode of Black Lightning? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Black Lightning are, let's rank every Black Lightning episode from best to worst.

Black Lightning is a superhero television drama based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden. Originally in development at Fox, who passed on the pilot, Black Lightning premiered on The CW on January 16, 2018. Although initially this CW superhero show was not intended to be part of the Arrowverse, the "Crisis On Infinite Earths" crossover will include cast members from the series, tying it into the greater CW DC universe.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Black Lightning, and vote down any episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be tough to put one Black Lightning episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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The Book of Secrets: Chapter O... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
January 28, 2019

Season 2, Episode 11

Jefferson suspects that Tobias is behind a recent malicious attack. He brings this news to Henderson but doesn't get the answer he was looking for. Meanwhile, Lynn is confronted by her past.

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The Book of Secrets: Chapter T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
February 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 13

Lynn works on two of the pod kids in a segregated safe room. Meanwhile, Jennifer plots revenge and Jefferson receives some interesting news. Lastly, Anissa makes a shocking discovery.

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The Book of Little Black Lies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 20, 2018

Season 1, Episode 9

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.

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The Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
January 16, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1

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.

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The Book of the Apocalypse: Ch... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 18, 2019

Season 2, Episode 16

In the Season 2 finale, 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 the superhero family to step up like never before.

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LaWanda: The Book of Burial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
January 30, 2018

Season 1, Episode 3

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.

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The Book of the Apocalypse: Ch... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 11, 2019

Season 2, Episode 15

Lynn counsels former pod kid, Wendy, in how to live in a world that's new to her, but the fate of the other pod kids remains in doubt. Meanwhile, Anissa figures out Grace's secret. Lastly, Jefferson tries to install a superhero code for his metahuman offspring, but Jennifer insists on taking revenge on Tobias for her boyfriend's death.

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And Then the Devil Brought the... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
February 13, 2018

Season 1, Episode 5

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.

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The Book of Blood: Chapter Two... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
November 20, 2018

Season 2, Episode 6

Black Lightning and Thunder return to South Freeland in an attempt to figure out what is going on. When they arrive, they are directed to a nearby wood where they are surrounded by a clan of mixed-race moonshiners called the Perdi. Meanwhile, Lynn, feeling tremendous guilt, falls into a deep depression. Lastly, Tobias finds that his plan is falling apart.

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Black Jesus: The Book of Cruci... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
April 3, 2018

Season 1, Episode 11

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

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The Resurrection and the Light... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
April 10, 2018

Season 1, Episode 12

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.

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The Book of Consequences: Chap... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
October 16, 2018

Season 2, Episode 2

Jefferson must break the news to his students and faculty that he is stepping down. Struggling with his new life as Painkiller, Khalil pays a visit to Jennifer in hopes of mending things. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to enact his plan.

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The Book of Consequences: Chap... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
October 23, 2018

Season 2, Episode 3

Jefferson is forced to watch as all his good work is undone before his eyes when his replacement arrives and begins implementing sweeping changes. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to play Robin Hood by stealing from one of the most powerful crime syndicates in Freeland.

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The Book of Consequences: Cha... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
October 30, 2018

Season 2, Episode 4

Jefferson confronts Anissa about her reckless and irresponsible behavior leading to a fierce disagreement.

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Three Sevens: The Book of Thun... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
February 27, 2018

Season 1, Episode 6

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.

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LaWanda: The Book of Hope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
January 23, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2

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.

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The Book of Occupation: Chapt... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
October 7, 2019

Season 3, Episode 1

We find Jefferson Pierce like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder. But Anissa secretly defies Odell in her alter ego as Blackbird with the able tactical and technical support of Gambi.

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Sins of the Father: The Book o... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 27, 2018

Season 1, Episode 10

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.

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The Book of Revelation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 13, 2018

Season 1, Episode 8

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.

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The Book of Secrets: Chapter T... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
February 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 12

When Anissa returns to work at the clinic, she meets a domestic violence victim who motivates her to take action. Meanwhile, Gambi makes a discovery.

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The Book of Secrets: Chapter F... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
March 4, 2019

Season 2, Episode 14

Looking for answers, a worried Anissa sets out to find Grace.

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Shadow of Death: The Book of W... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
April 17, 2018

Season 1, Episode 13

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

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The Book of Consequences: Chap... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
October 9, 2018

Season 2, Episode 1

Jefferson Pierce and his family may have survived Tobias’s attack, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield’s students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school. Jennifer struggles with her powers and her actions have unforeseen repercussions. Meanwhile, Anissa finds a new way to give back to Freeland.

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The Book of Blood: Chapter One... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
November 13, 2018

Season 2, Episode 5

Jefferson and Anissa work together investigating the hometown of a creepy man at the clinic and make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, with Syonide gone, Tobias puts an increasing amount of pressure on Khalil to help fill some of the void left in the organization.

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The Book of Blood: Chapter Thr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Black Lightning'
November 27, 2018

Season 2, Episode 7

When Black Lightning and Thunder are attacked by Looker and her clan, they fight to get her to release control over the Sange. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Khalil continue to grow closer.