The Flash (1990–1991)
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A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.


Robert Iscove


Danny Bilson (developed by), Paul De Meo (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Wesley Shipp ... Barry Allen / The Flash
Amanda Pays ... Christina McGee
Alex Désert ... Julio Mendez (as Alex Desert)
Paula Marshall ... Iris West
Michael Nader ... Pike
Tim Thomerson ... Jay Allen
Priscilla Pointer ... Nora Allen
Lycia Naff ... Lila
Richard Belzer ... Joe Kline
Robert Hooks ... Chief Arthur Cooper
M. Emmet Walsh ... Henry Allen
Patrie Allen Patrie Allen ... Eve Allen
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Officer Michael Murphy
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Officer Tony Bellows
Wayne Pére ... Rick


Barry Allen, crime lab detective, is transformed into the Flash, the fastest man alive, and takes on the Dark Riders, a motorcycle gang terrorizing Central City. Written by Steve Hill <>

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His justice is fast. And furious.


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S.T.A.R. Labs is located at 50 Garrick Avenue. This is a reference to the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick. See more »


The building used in the prison scene is one that is wholly inadequate for its purpose. Chief Cooper refers to the inmates as "...serial killers, hit men and the worst scum on earth...", yet there are corridors with large windows with unreinforced glass; interior scenes show as many as six occupants per cell and mixed male and female populations in the same cell block. Furthermore, Pike is able to shoot out the lock on an access tunnel with one shot. None of these conditions would be considered adequate for a prison holding the kinds of criminals the chief described. See more »


Chief Arthur Cooper: Pike, this is Chief Cooper. I'm giving you sixty seconds to come out of there, or we'll fill that building with so much tear-gas, you'll be crying for the rest of your life.
Nicolas Pike: Who the hell does he think he's dealing with, some punk robbing his first liquor store?
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The Scarlet Speedster Trips Up
22 December 1998 | by Chiron1987See all my reviews

D.C. Comics and Warner Bros. were on a roll after Batman made it to movie screens. So, why not bring another of their colorful comic book cadre to the screen, on a smaller and safer scale? The Flash premiered to lukewarm reaction, probably because the general public did not have any idea who the hell he was. Great special effects and a very imposing red suit did not equal out the poor stories, trite dialogue, and substandard acting. We can also chalk The Flash's demise to the fact that the main character, Barry Allen, had been dead in the comics for five years, and a new Flash, Wally West, Allen's nephew had been operating ever since. Too many things doomed the Flash from the beginning, and we never even got to see Adrian Zoom, the Reverse-Flash!

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20 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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