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Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City.




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Series cast summary:
 Barry Allen / ... (47 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Iris West / ... (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Caitlin Snow / ... (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Cisco Ramon / ... (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Dr. Harrison Wells / ... (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Joe West / ... (46 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Eddie Thawne (25 episodes, 2014-2016)
 Captain David Singh / ... (23 episodes, 2014-2016)


Barry Allen is a Central City police forensic scientist with a reasonably happy life, despite the childhood trauma of a mysterious red and yellow lightning killing his mother and framing his father. All that changes when a massive particle accelerator accident leads to Barry being struck by lightning in his lab. Coming out of coma nine months later, Barry and his new friends at S.T.A.R labs find that he now has the ability to move at superhuman speed. Furthermore, Barry learns that he is but one of many affected by that event, most of whom are using their powers for evil. Determined to make a difference, Barry dedicates his life to fighting such threats, as The Flash. While he gains allies he never expected, there are also secret forces determined to aid and manipulate him for their own agenda. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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One of the four new DC Comics television series which had been scheduled to come out in 2014, the others being Gotham (2014), Supergirl and Constantine (2014). Constantine was canceled after the first season and Supergirl was pushed to 2015. See more »


[Season 2 opening]
Barry Allen: My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. To the outside world, I am an ordinary forensic scientist, but secretly with the help of my friends in S.T.A.R. Labs, I fight crime and find other meta-humans like me. I hunted down the man who killed my mother, but in doing so, I opened up our world to new threats, and I am the only one fast enough to stop them. I am The Flash.
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Each week's opening credits during the voiceover words "fight crime and find others like me" changes to show the previous week's metahuman encounter. See more »


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This show is near perfect. Don't listen to the haters, it's awesome!
5 August 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Looking at the reviews for The Flash's rather pathetic. People claim the writing sucks, the characters are silly, the story is lame.....well I am here to tell you that THEY ARE ALL WRONG!!!!

The Flash is awesome! With only one season down it's proved it is a force to be reckoned with! It's got an amazing cast, incredible stories, visual effects, acting, cinematography. Season 1 is in my honest opinion the BEST LIVE ACTION SUPER HERO ADAPTATION EVER!

A lot of the reviews on here say the Flash is really bad. Like one of the worst shows ever, claiming that the only reason it has a rating over 8/10 is because of fandom.....this isn't true. They are basing their hate of the show on the first few episodes. I can honestly admit that the first few episodes aren't that great, I can admit that. It felt like a mediocre series. However once you hit the mark of Episode 9.....that's when the real fun begins. The stories from there only get more involving, intriguing and overall amazing.

The whole Reverse Flash Story is perfectly executed, with plot twists and turns thrown at you nearly every episode. It was hard to see what would happen next! It just kept getting better and better. The Flash actually stands up as being BETTER than Arrow....and far better than Smallville....regardless of what some reviews say.

Needless to say The Flash is the definitive superhero ride. It's going to be tough for season 2 to match season 1 or even exceed it, but Arrow Season 2 did it, so why can't the Flash.

I do have some negatives though, none of which are the show's characters, heck even Iris West is a cool character, far better than Arrow's Laurel Lance. Some of the negatives stem from the first few episodes which other reviewers use as a basis to criticise the entire show. Don't judge it all if you haven't seen it all...cause if you'd have seen it'd realise your first thoughts were silly.

The Flash to me is one of those rare 10/10 shows, like Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Doctor Who. It ranks up there for me in my top 10 shows of all time.

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