How to watch ‘Black Lightning’ online for free


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Whether you’re up to date or just getting started, here’s everything you need to know to watch Black Lightning online for free.

Yes, educators are often heroes. In Jefferson Pierce’s case, he’s a literal superhero. After hanging up his cap nearly a decade ago because of his crumbling family life, the high school principal has come out of retirement as the electricity-manipulating vigilante Black Lightning. Pierce keeps the city of Freeland safe from the likes of criminals like Tobias Whale and Painkiller, all while raising his family in a world where anti-superhuman sentiment is becoming more and more pervasive.

Black Lightning premiered in 2018 and is in the middle of its second season. Last time we saw Black Lightning, our hero was moments away from finally apprehending a wounded Painkiller, who got away once again. Plus, a yet-to-be-revealed teleporting metahuman has been called to Freeland, capping off the mid-season finale with quite the cliffhanger.

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Black Lightning cast

  • Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning
  • China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce/Lightning
  • Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder
  • Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart
  • Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale
  • Damon Gupton as Bill Henderson
  • James Remar as Peter Gambi
  • Jordan Calloway as Khalil Payne/Painkiller

Black Lightning season 2

Season 2 of Black Lightning premiered Oct. 9, 2018. Like most programs, Black Lightning took a break over the holidays. Black Lightning returns with new episodes starting Monday, Jan. 21, at 9pm ET on the CW.


How to watch Black Lightning online for free

All the big-name, live TV streaming services let you try their services for one week, so you can watch Black Lightning online for free. There are variations among them, though, especially when it comes to the local channels offered. Depending on which service you choose, the availability of the CW in your area might vary. The links below will offer a quick primer on what channels you’ll get with each service.

1) Hulu with Live TV

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. If you miss Black Lightning when it airs, no worries: It will be available on-demand along with countless movies, classic programs, and of course, original series available exclusively on Hulu. You’ll also get access to almost 60 channels, including Lifetime, ESPN, USA,  and plenty more. (Here’s the complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)



2) FuboTV

If you’re a sports fanatic, FuboTV is a streaming service built just for you. There are tailor-made packages for fans of basketball, international soccer, golf, and even rock climbing. For the rest of the family, there’s a suite of great channels including Food Network,  IFC, TBS, Cartoon Network, and more. The CW may be available in your market, so be sure to check before subscribing. (Here’s the complete guide to FuboTV channels.)


3) YouTube TV

The original destination for videos online has rolled out a streaming package of its own. YouTube TV offers a streaming suite of more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. Among them are sports channels including ESPN and FS1, entertainment destinations like FXX and TBS, and even a handful of Spanish language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (Here’s the complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)


4) DirecTV Now

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DirecTV Now’s Live a Little Package

DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 in its most expensive package. Of course, its basic $40-a-month Live a Little plan will get you access to the CW, where you can get your Black Lightning fix. (Here’s the complete guide to DirecTV Now channels.)


How to catch up on Black Lightning episodes

If you’re looking for a place to catch up on older Black Lightning episodes, there are a couple of solutions.

1) Netflix

  • Cost: $7.99-$13.99/month (after a free month)
  • Netflix devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

While its a season behind, you can watch season 1 on Netflix.

3) The CW

You can catch up on select recent episodes of Black Lightning on the CW website. You don’t even need a log-in or credentials, but you’ll have to act fast. New episodes expire after a couple of weeks. 

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Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carrillo

Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.