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)
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 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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The Flash is not one, but three characters from DC Comics, and all three of them managed to make it into the series in some way. Jay Garrick, who was the first Flash and whose adventures inspired Barry Allen (the second) lives on in the name of Barry's brother, whose death inspires our hero. Barry Allen was a police scientist, but was also married to Iris West, the aunt of Wally West (the third Flash) who briefly dated Tina McGee some time after Barry died. The Flash of the television series is a combination of Barry Allen's name and day job with Wally West's social life, and a personality falling somewhere between the two. See more »

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A pretty good series that was cancelled too soon
7 September 2000 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

There are 3 TV shows that remind me of my college days and that time period: Twin Peaks, Red Dwarf, and the Flash. I was an avid viewer of The Flash since I was a fan of the DC Comic superheroes growing up. I thought the special effects were terrific, and I didn't have as big a problem with John Wesley Shipp being cast as Barry Allen as others did. I liked Amanda Pays portrayal as a pretty and intelligent scientist who assisted the Flash with his crimefighting.

Unfortunately, the combination of the expensive special effects and low ratings led to the show's cancellation after only one season, which was too bad. Seems like nowadays TV shows aren't given much of an opportunity to gain viewers if they don't get high ratings at once.


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