The CW's first black superhero series, executive-produced by Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil in addition to Greg Berlanti, is a super good look for the network. Strong, compelling writing makes the story of Jefferson Pierce, a high school principal trying to leave his superhero past behind, gripping and fun; the cast, including Cress Williams in the titular role, carries their weight and then some. Among the standouts are China Anne McClain as Jefferson's rebellious daughter Jennifer and Nafessa Williams as Jennifer's sister Anissa, who is like her father in more ways than her commitment to doing the right thing. Packed with action, high stakes and a juicy villain in Tobias White (Marvin Jones III), Black Lightning pulls off the tricky feat of telling a good superhero story while nailing tons of cultural nuance at the same time.
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