A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".
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1991   1990  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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 Barry Allen / ... (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Christina McGee (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Julio Mendez (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Bellows (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Biff Manard ...
 Murphy (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Lt. Warren Garfield (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
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 Joe Kline / ... (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
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In a freak accident, police crime scene investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and doused in chemicals. Barry discovers that this accident had given him powers, able to move at nearly the speed of sound. With the help of STAR Labs scientist Tina McGee, he learns to control his powers...but when his older brother Jay (a motorcycle cop) is killed in the line of duty, Barry asks Tina to make him a special costume that can withstand the rigors of hyperspeed travel. He sets forth to clean up the streets of Central City as The Flash. Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

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Wipes Out Scum In Seconds


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20 September 1990 (USA)  »

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When Jay gives the press conference, he is asked a question by a reporter who identifies herself as "Linda Park". Linda Park is the TV reporter girlfriend and later wife of Wally West, the third Flash. See more »

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A Great Origin
5 September 2001 | by (North Tonawonda(Buffalo) N.Y.) – See all my reviews

The Pilot episode for the Flash TV series was the origin and was done very well. Barry Allen a scientist is working in a lab with many chemicals when lightning strikes through the window in which a small explosion occurs. What is so great about the origin is where he begins to discover how fast he is and how he learns to adapt to his new superpower. The discovering of his superspeed was done in a couple of semi-humorous situations. A scientist/physician (Amanda Pays -with big beautiful eyes) performs tests on him and helps him control his new found speed. She also gives him his costume so his clothes don't rip apart when he is running very fast. The subplot was fair to okay with The Flash catching a motorcycle gang who tries to take control of the city and killed his brother. - The rest of the series was up and down with good & bad scripts. Also the writers didn't do enough to build on the chemistry of Barry Allen and Christina McGee that was laid out in the pilot episode. John Wesley Shipp was an excellent choice to portray the Flash. The costume and the effects in the series were cool. The pilot can be found on video and the series has been occasionally shown on the SCI-FI channel.


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