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The Flash (1990–1991)

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A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Barry Allen / ... (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Christina 'Tina' McGee (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Julio Mendez (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Officer Tony Bellows (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Biff Manard ...
 Officer Michael Murphy (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Lt. Warren Garfield (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Joe Kline (10 episodes, 1990-1991)


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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Release Date:

20 September 1990 (USA)  »

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The show was canceled because of high production costs and a fluctuating time-slot which caused poor ratings. See more »


Referenced in The Flash: Tricksters (2015) See more »

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24 June 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

It just ran one season, 1990, and there were 22 episodes, including the 2hr pilot. It was heavily inspired by the recent Tim Burton Batman movies, even as far as a Danny Elfman theme. But still stylish, silly, and a lot of fun. They managed to capture the Barry Allen costume and not look silly, along with lots of innovative sets and lighting, and the effects were quite good for the time. The character was a mix of Barry Allen, killed off several years earlier in the comics, and Wally West, the current comic book Flash, and played by John Wesley Shipp. Amanda Pays played a sidekick/romantic interest fairly similar to her character on Max Headroom. Mark Hamill played the Trickster in two episodes (sidekick Prank seemed like a fairly direct reference to Joker & Harley Quinn), David Cassidy played Mirror Master in another. Another episode was a nice homage to the popular team-ups of "Golden Age" WWII era Flash with the modern day Flash in the comics, here a retired hero called the Prowler, complete with a deep-frozen villain of the originals. But, it was up against The Cosby Show and the Simpsons, got bounced around all over the place schedule-wise, and interrupted several times by Gulf War I. And it must been very expensive to produce. It never really had much of a chance.

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