- 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
- Season 1 premiere date: Sep 20, 1990
- Episode Length: 60
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The Flash: The Complete Series
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]
The Flash is comic-book heroism perfectly scaled for TV. [20 Sept 1990, p.1D]
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]
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]
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]
Feb 19, 2015I 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 aI 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.....?… Expand
Dec 29, 2017The 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
Oct 18, 2018I 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
Jul 19, 2015Dumb, 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
Oct 25, 2015Suppose 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
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.… Expand
Jun 29, 2014This 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.… Expand