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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 1990
Season #: 1, 1
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  • Summary: John Wesley Shipp stars as forensic scientist Barry Allen and speedy superhero The Flash in this short-lived, live-action TV adaptation of the DC Comics character. The series is notable for being one of the few hourlong dramas in TV history to air in an 8:30pm time slot. Richard Belzer, MarkJohn Wesley Shipp stars as forensic scientist Barry Allen and speedy superhero The Flash in this short-lived, live-action TV adaptation of the DC Comics character. The series is notable for being one of the few hourlong dramas in TV history to air in an 8:30pm time slot. Richard Belzer, Mark Hamill, Jeri Ryan, M. Emmet Walsh, Jeffrey Combs, Denise Crosby, and Gloria Reuben all appeared during the show's single season. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 10, 2015
    90
    The Flash is one of the most pleasant surprises of the fall season. It's one of CBS' best new shows, and it is spectacular- looking. [20 Sept 1990, p.G1]
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 10, 2015
    90
    The Flash is comic-book heroism perfectly scaled for TV. [20 Sept 1990, p.1D]
  3. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jun 10, 2015
    80
    The title role is filled quite solidly by John Wesley Shipp, who has won Emmy Awards for his work in the daytime soaps ''As the World Turns'' and ''Santa Barbara.''
  4. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 10, 2015
    80
    Despite the origins, the situations and dialogue are less infantile than a lot of shows that aren't based on comic strips, and the hero is given enough complexity that adults can conceivably be as engaged in his shenanigans as kids. [20 Sept 1990, p.D1]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Jun 10, 2015
    70
    There's a sophistication at play in this show. The acting (Shipp has won two Emmys for his work in daytime soaps) is refreshingly unmannered. The supporting cast is solid, and the sets, costumes and soundtrack all work to create a distinctive TV world. [20 Sept 1990, p.15]
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    58
    The dialogue in this show is banal, but for some reason utterly charming whenever it's coming out of the mouth of costar Amanda Pays.
  7. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Jun 10, 2015
    30
    Despite a reportedly huge budget, the special effects look tacky and the writing has no wit. The Flash is nothing more than the reincarnation of "The Incredible Hulk." [20 Sept 1990, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Feb 19, 2015
    10
    I thought this show was pretty good, then they added FIRESTORM and it blew up!
    this show kicks butt, when firestorm is on it.
    so its a
    I thought this show was pretty good, then they added FIRESTORM and it blew up!
    this show kicks butt, when firestorm is on it.
    so its a average show, except that firestorm boosts it from 6/10 to 8/10.
    did I mention firestorm.....?
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  2. Dec 29, 2017
    9
    The Flash gives us a new taste of what entertainment and it's difference with arrow makes it very special as this show was lighter andThe Flash gives us a new taste of what entertainment and it's difference with arrow makes it very special as this show was lighter and funnier. Still like arrow better, but this is great Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    7
    I was surprised I enjoyed this show. The acting is above average and the effects actually aren't terrible. I enjoyed most of the episodes.I was surprised I enjoyed this show. The acting is above average and the effects actually aren't terrible. I enjoyed most of the episodes. Some of them went really slow, but most of them were nice time killers. It may not be as great as the current show, but it is still a great thing to watch if you are dying to get more flash. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2015
    3
    Dumb, dopey very childish superhero genre that skews very narrowly into that pre-adolescent CW audience. Short on original plots, character,Dumb, dopey very childish superhero genre that skews very narrowly into that pre-adolescent CW audience. Short on original plots, character, and seriousness. You have to be under 14 to like this show. Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2015
    1
    Suppose you do an experiment which goes haywire and affects someone
    life. What do you tell him? "I'm really sorry it went out of control",
    Suppose you do an experiment which goes haywire and affects someone
    life. What do you tell him? "I'm really sorry it went out of control",
    "I don't know what happened. Are you okay?". In this TV series the
    scientist tells the hero "EVerything's gonna be okay". **** cheesy,
    lame, we've heard it a million times and it doesn't make sense. You
    can't control the universe so you're never in a position to say that.

    A half-sister who calls her "brother"'s life sadistic. Nerd. When in
    reality he's just enjoying doing his research. What gives her the right
    to tell a guy that his life is sadistic? He's happy to live his life
    however he wants. I felt that she was a major **** passing around her
    **** judgments on other people.

    That half-sister tells her brother "since we grew up together we are
    like brothers and sisters but actually we are not. So it's going to be
    awkward". Sounds completely retarded. Nothing has to be "awkward". Why
    will it be awkward when both of them are experiencing something common?
    Does growing up together make you brothers-sisters? No it does not.
    They're not blood relations. If they want they can keep their relation
    as brother-sister. If they don't want they could be friends or more
    than friends. She's the one who's defining the relationship as
    brother-sister. And then she says its going to be awkward. Yes it will.
    It's like pointing at your friend and saying "hey buddy. You and me
    grew up together but are going to be like professor-pupil for the rest
    of our lives. But we won't be. This will be awkward". See how retarded
    that sounds? The camera cuts - complete jack **** stomach-cringing.
    Flash is running and we cut to several people's faces who are not just
    amazed or surprised they've completely gone bonkers. And that
    expression is repeated over and over and over again throughout the
    episodes.

    The guy whose helping Flash with costume and microphone connection -
    how does he act? Eyebrows completely raised,
    half-speaking,half-laughing, shakes his head as if he's saying "No, no,
    no" but what is he actually saying? "This suit will not tear up at high
    speeds. It has built in sensors". That's how you emote while you say
    that sentence?? This whole character direction is a big ball of poop.

    Story/plot: There's nothing much in the plot. It's probably marketed
    for ages 6+. Villain. Bam BM. Cops's faces - stunned. Female
    ****-half-sis's face - completely stunned. Flash. Flash. Flash. Bam.
    Bam. Fight. Sentimental dialogs between Flash and his horrible sis. Episode
    over. If you could tolerate the **** that green arrow was you'll like
    flash too. Both were equally awful with horrible camera direction.

    Police officers who take his random speech to heart. That's retarded
    too. Someone tells you 'hey looks like there are 6 tracks here. There
    were 6 people.. Ooohhh.... what's this? looks like they all had a size
    ten. Shoes similar to yours captain.. oh I don't mean that you're a
    suspect". If someone tells you this how would you react? If you're a
    normal human being you'll assure him saying "don't worry about that. I know you don't mean me. Just carry on with the investigation". Or you'll probably say "haha.. you don't say". Or something similar. What is the reaction of those cops? The head twitches his lips. His partners turn around and leave them alone as if the guy doesn't know what he's talking about. What an extreme amount of judgmental behavior. These aren't normal human beings. These are all retards. The whole lot of them are retards.
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  6. Jun 29, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Unfaithful to the cartoon series, plasticy and coordinated dialog at every conversation, far-stretching from real life science & logic, doused in unnecessary and unwanted drama with unlikeable filler characters, "All my life I wanted X" speeches every 5 minutes and other cliché superhero-in-the-making rubbish, CBS's "The Flash" leaves a lot to be desired.

    And I'm not saying that from a hater's point of view. One minute a platoon of police officers lets a small kid walk into an active crime-scene to see his dead parent and the next there's a car chase scene where Flash flies through a car window, perfectly placing himself in the passenger seat and then dramatically turning his head to dumbly stare at a notorious robber/"meta-human" (he's been chasing for ages) like he didn't mean to get into the car in the first place before grabbing the wheel and managing to flip the entire car up into the air, causing it to spin neatly SIDEWAYS from driving at a high speed straight forward by simply turning the wheel axis about 5-12 degrees.

    I could probably see past all these laughably bad scenes that keep coming up one after another If it was not for the fact that the series also does a moreso disgusting cross-over into the "Arrow" series with none other than the Stephen "Self-Lover" Amell (whom spends more time taking diet pills than reading over his script) on a dark rooftop with a mandatory, disgusting patriotic USA flag in the background instead of say, having the series cross over into a correct Marvel universe or perhaps even letting the origin TV series stand up on it's own two fee- Oh, who am I kidding. This is CBS we're talking about.
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