7.9
25,122 votes
The Flash

The Flash

The CW 2014

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion -- and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become...The Flash.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Flash

The Flash - S1E23

#1 - Fast Enough

8.45

Season 1 - Episode 23

Wells presents Barry with a life-changing choice. Dr. Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond return to help the S.T.A.R. Labs team with this final fight.

The episode was rated from 4521 votes.

The Flash - S1E15

#2 - Out of Time

8.41

Season 1 - Episode 15

Mark Mardon, having survived his apparent death during the black-matter explosion, returns seeking revenge on Joe for the death of his brother Clyde... and has the same weather-manipulation powers as his deceased sibling.

The episode was rated from 4601 votes.

The Flash - S1E20

#3 - The Trap

8.28

Season 1 - Episode 20

Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Joe set a trap for Wells. Cisco uses himself as prey which puts him in grave danger. Meanwhile, Eddie makes a decision regarding Iris, which leaves Joe a bit unsettled.

The episode was rated from 4442 votes.

The Flash - S1E9

#4 - The Man in the Yellow Suit

8.24

Season 1 - Episode 9

Barry enjoys the annual tradition of tree trimming and gift exchange with Joe and Iris. He gives Iris a touching gift, but the moment is interrupted by Eddie’s arrival.

The episode was rated from 4138 votes.

The Flash - S2E23

#5 - The Race of His Life

8.22

Season 2 - Episode 23

After Zoom reveals his true plan, Barry vows to do whatever it takes to stop him.

The episode was rated from 6903 votes.

The Flash - S1E8

#6 - Flash vs. Arrow (I)

8.18

Season 1 - Episode 8

Barry is thrilled when Oliver, Felicity and Diggle come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang. The crossover continues on Arrow S03E08 The Brave and the Bold.

The episode was rated from 4312 votes.

The Flash - S1E22

#7 - Rogue Air

8.18

Season 1 - Episode 22

When Harrison activates the particle accelerator, the team has no choice but to evacuate the five metahuman prisoners. Unfortunately, with time running out, Barry has no choice but to turn to Captain Cold for help. Meanwhile, Eddie escapes but has some surprising news for Iris.

The episode was rated from 3969 votes.

The Flash - S2E6

#8 - Enter Zoom

8.15

Season 2 - Episode 6

After recent events, Barry decides it’s time to confront Zoom and comes up with a dangerous plan. Caitlin sides with Jay and deems it too dangerous for Barry to engage with the speed demon. However, Iris shows her support and brings forth a surprising ally. We see what Earth-2 Harrison Wells’ life was like before coming through the breech.

The episode was rated from 5080 votes.

The Flash - S1E19

#9 - Who Is Harrison Wells?

8.13

Season 1 - Episode 19

Joe and Cisco go to Starling City to ask Quentin Lance for his help investigating the site of Harrison's car accident 15 years ago and determining what really happened. Meanwhile, Eddie is framed for a shooting by a shapeshifing metahuman who can take on the appearance of anyone he touches.

The episode was rated from 4360 votes.

The Flash - S3E20

#10 - I Know Who You Are

8.13

Season 3 - Episode 20

Barry and the team meet Tracy Brand, a scientist, who may be the key to stopping Savitar. Unfortunately, Killer Frost is also after Tracy so Team Flash must battle their old friend, which proves to be particularly difficult for Cisco. Joe and Cecile’s relationship takes a big turn.

The episode was rated from 6949 votes.

The Flash - S2E22
#11 - Invincible
8.11
Season 2 - Episode 22

After Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans on Central City, Barry is shaken when he sees their leader is the Black Canary’s Earth-2 doppelganger, the Black Siren. Meanwhile, Wally takes to the streets to help The Flash stop the meta-humans, which worries Joe. Iris and Henry are concerned about Barry taking on Zoom.

The episode was rated from 6573 votes.
The Flash - S2E13
#12 - Welcome to Earth-2
8.11
Season 2 - Episode 13

Barry, Wells and Cisco journey to Earth-2 to rescue Wells’ daughter, Jesse from Zoom. Barry is stunned when he runs into Earth-2 Iris and Joe, but nothing prepares him for meeting Killer Frost and Deathstorm. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Jay has to take over the Flash’s responsibilities when a meta-human nicknamed Geomancer attacks Central City.

The episode was rated from 5478 votes.
The Flash - S2E14
#13 - Escape from Earth-2
8.10
Season 2 - Episode 14

On Earth-2, the team races to find Zoom's lair and asks for help from the most unexpected source. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Caitlin rushes to perfect Velocity-9 so that Jay can stop the Geomancer.

The episode was rated from 5482 votes.
The Flash - S5E9
#14 - Elseworlds (I)
8.10
Season 5 - Episode 9

When Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn’t believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl’s help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent, and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane. The crossover continues on Arrow S07E09 Elseworlds (II) and Supergirl S04E09 Elseworlds (III).

The episode was rated from 2317 votes.
The Flash - S3E8
#15 - Invasion! (II)
8.10
Season 3 - Episode 8

When aliens called the Dominators attack Central City, Barry speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle against the Dominators is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco create a breach to bring back a secret weapon – Supergirl. Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, Wally wants to join the battle against the aliens but Iris tells him he’s not ready. The crossover starts on Supergirl S02E08 Medusa (I). It continues on Arrow S05E08 Invasion! (III) and DC's Legends of Tomorrow S02E07 Invasion! (IV).

The episode was rated from 7554 votes.
The Flash - S2E20
#16 - Rupture
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 20

Zoom arrives back on Earth-1 intent on taking over Central City. Barry and Wells come up with a plan to stop Zoom once and for all but it’s extremely dangerous. Unsure if he should take the risk, Barry reaches out to both fathers for advice. Henry is adamantly opposed to Barry risking his life again but Joe thinks he can handle it which puts the two men at odds with each other. Meanwhile, Cisco is shocked when he vibes the Earth-2 villain Rupture, who happens to be his brother Dante’s doppelganger. Rupture came to this Earth seeking justice for Reverb’s death. Iris decides she’s finally ready to open up to Barry about her feelings for him.

The episode was rated from 6504 votes.
The Flash - S2E8
#17 - Legends of Today (I)
8.07
Season 2 - Episode 8

Vandal Savage arrives in Central City and sets his sights on Kendra Saunders. After Vandal attacks Kendra and Cisco, they turn to Barry for help. Realizing how dangerous Vandal is, Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver and team to hide her until he can figure out how to stop Vandal. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when a man with wings AKA Hawkman shows up and flies off with Kendra. Meanwhile, Harrison develops a serum to make Barry run faster and asks Jay to test it out. The crossover continues on Arrow S04E08 Legends of Yesterday (II).

The episode was rated from 5040 votes.
The Flash - S1E17
#18 - Tricksters
8.07
Season 1 - Episode 17

When a villain calling himself the Trickster runs rampant in Central City, Joe and Barry go to Iron Heights to talk with the original Trickster.

The episode was rated from 4395 votes.
The Flash - S2E17
#19 - Flash Back
8.04
Season 2 - Episode 17

After the shocking revelation that Zoom is Jay Garrick, Barry is more determined than ever to get back to Earth-2 to stop Zoom forever. Desperate to find a way to increase his speed, Barry decides to travel back in time and masquerade as his earlier self in order to get his arch-nemesis, Dr. Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne, to teach him how to run faster. However, things don’t go as planned and Barry is stunned to face familiar foe Hartley Rathaway, as well as old friend Eddie Thawne. Iris makes peace with her past in order to embrace her future.

The episode was rated from 6084 votes.
The Flash - S3E22
#20 - Infantino Street
8.04
Season 3 - Episode 22

With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris, Barry struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold for help.

The episode was rated from 6879 votes.

Last updated: jun 30, 2022

Comments

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This show has nothing exceptional about it at all. It's pretty lame and cookie cutter. Disappointing.

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Awesome show.

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My son favorite show

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This is what all superhero shows should be... it's fun. It's enjoyable. It embraces the lunacy of comic books without being a complete farce. It even manages to hit high emotional notes. Grant Gustin is just a delight as Barry and Jesse L. Martin is a national treasure.

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Teens will love it -- I didn't...

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So in this show, the meta-humans mostly received their powers by accident. At this point in time we have seen 81 of them. Of the 81, 48 have been evil, 6 have been evil-ish, and 27 have been good. This puts the percentage of the evil population of meta-humans at 59.3%. The current population of america that have been incarcerated for violent crimes is 0.07%. That means that meta-humans are a little under 900x times as likely to be evil compared to the rest of the population. Which is far above any potential statistical blip. As far as I know there is no reason given in the show for the massive spike in evilness. Many of them are criminals before hand, or as soon as they gain powers decide to start robbing banks just because they can. At this point i'm surprised they give any new meta-humans the benefit of the doubt instead of just imprisoning them all forever.

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Stopped watching it during the second season because it got worse and worse. Shame because it could have been great. I've read at Wikipedia what the story would be for the next episodes and season and damn that's even worse. What kind of drugs were the writers using on writing this?

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First two seasons are (almost) fine, if you like the ArrowVerse / DC Universe. More childish than Arrow, a little more credible than SuperGirl... However passing the second half of the second season, it becomes kinda stupid and boring / repetitive in its narrative.

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This show started off fine, but nothing crazy going. I was interested in watching it because flash has a really rich story and spinoffs in comics and in DC animated movies, even the Justice League movie flash wasn't bad, what I want to say is that flash is a character which is really difficult to ruin. Yet, for some reason, this series made it all so bad, instead of giving us a rich story with each episode they converted this series into a cash grab and each episode feels like a filler at this point. I have to abandon this now. GG.

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it was good at the beginning but then it got really boring

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I stopped watching halfway through episode 9 of season 7, and the show was one of my top 5 favorite shows on TV still airing, so it is really as bad as you say. This is mainly the fault of Eric Wallace, who is the worst showrunner ever, worse than Guggenheim (Arrow's showrunner). Season 1: 9/10 (Amazing, one of the best seasons of the entire show) Season 2: 9/10 (As good as Season 1) Season 3: 8/10 (Great season but the villain is less cool and there are less good episodes) Season 4: 7/10 (Good season overall but mediocre ending) Season 5: 6/10 (Decent first half with Cicada, Terrible second half with Cicada II) Season 6: 5/10 (Decent first half with Bloodwork, Mediocre second half with Mirror Monarch) Season 7: 4/10 (The entire season sucks) If you look at the showrunner per season, it's easy to see the reason why the show got worse over time. Season 1 was led by Andrew Kreisberg Season 2 was led by Andrew Kreisberg, Gabrielle Stanton, Aaron Helbing, and Todd Helbing Season 3 was led by Andrew Kreisberg, Aaron and Todd Helbing Season 4 was led by Andrew Kreisberg and Todd Helbing And then Andrew Kreisberg was fired by the production team of The Flash because of sexual harassment accusations, there were even men who accused him, so he was a bisexual predator. I'm not saying that they should have kept Andrew Kreisberg, but they should have at least replaced him with someone who was able to provide the same level of quality as before. So then, Season 5 was led by Todd Helbing. It was still pretty decent in my opinion, except for the part with Cicada II, but still there were some great parts with the Reverse Flash, which was my favorite character on the show, which Tom Cavanagh played so well. But then, Todd Helbing had to leave because he felt like the show was preventing him from spending time with his family, he had children and wanted more time to spend with them and his wife, so he quit. So, for Season 6 and Season 7, the CW chose Eric Wallace, and of course, they had no way of knowing what he would do with the show and it ended in disaster. And now, because of him, the ratings are worse than they have ever been. And there are only some fanboys/fangirls on Reddit who are blinded by fandom so much that they praise him, because most people hate what Eric Wallace has done with the show. The main problem that the CW has is that it hires bad showrunners sometimes and instead of firing them, they let them stay, no matter how bad the ratings get. I have nothing against gender diversity, sexual diversity, or ethnic diversity, but it should never be seen as a replacement for good writing and a good cast of actors. The best actors of this show are mainly Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells/Reverse Flash) and Jesse L Martin (Joe West). Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow) were also pretty good but their characters are being removed in order to be replaced by worse characters. And the worst thing is that it doesn't take a genius to write good episodes of The Flash. Eric Wallace could have just given to the fans what they wanted instead of sacrificing quality for SJW politics and everyone would have been happy and the ratings would have been great. With the CGI that they have access to, it doesn't take much to make a fun show that lots of people will want to see. The main things that are missing this season are (from most important to less important): 1) A good main villain (like Reverse Flash, Zoom and Devoe) 2) Good side villains (like Captain Cold, King Shark, Grodd, The Trickster, Pied Piper, Abra Kadabra, Vandal Savage) 3) A good cast of actors (The original main cast from season 1) 4) Enough episodes that focus on the story, and filler episodes should be at least more entertaining than those that focus on the story. Supernatural did this very well with episodes like "Mystery Spot", "Changing Channels", "The French Mistake", "Scoobynatural", "LARP and The Real Girl", "Ghostfacers", "Fan Fiction", "Yellow Fever", "The Real Ghostbusters", "Bad Day at Black Rock", "Time After Time". 5) Lots of action and only a bit of drama, but not too much so that it doesn't become a soap opera 6) Some progression of the characters, especially The Flash's powers and his speed should be getting better each season like how Clark's speed in Smallville kept getting better and better from season 1 to season 10. And if they are going to give lots of screen time to Allegra, then we should be seeing her using her powers a lot more, she almost never uses them. This show has great CGI that it almost never uses, and it's not like it costs too much because once you have the equipment for the CGI, it doesn't cost more money to add more since it is made from the computer, so they are just being lazy because the showrunner Eric Wallace is lazy. 7) More surprising plot twists throughout the season 8) Less useless dialogue and less cringey dialogue (with 45 minutes of runtime per episode, they should be able to do a lot more, even with their limited budget) 9) More screen time for the characters that people want to see (especially The Flash) and less screen time for side characters 10) More crossover events than just 1 per year. Crossovers are what people want to see, and since all the shows are filmed in the same studio, it shouldn't be very difficult to do it. My prediction is that if the CW doesn't fire Eric Wallace, they will keep the show running until they start losing money, because although the ratings are bad, if they are still letting him run the show, it must be because they are satisfied with the profits, because the production of TV shows is always about making money, not necessarily pleasing the consumers, unlike in other industries, where public opinion would matter more. Many people are so picky about the shows that they choose to watch that they will say that everything that the CW has ever made is bad, but the truth is that although it cannot match the level of quality of HBO or AMC shows, the CW is still able to make great TV shows on some occasions when they have a good enough showrunner. People often use Arrow and The Flash as examples to mock the CW but they forget that it's the same network which also made Smallville and Supernatural, both of which were extremely successful, so it's not the network that is to blame, it's the showrunners that the network picked. But even big studios like Warner Bros make that mistake a lot by hiring people like Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon to direct their movies, which makes them end up with bad ratings. I think that is because it is impossible to predict how well a showrunner will be, because even if you look at their history, it doesn't guarantee that their future work will be as good as what they made in the past since there are only a few directors who are able to maintain the same level of quality over many decades (guys like Quentin Tarantino). I really wish the show either gets fixed or cancelled so that everyone can finally get what they want or just move on. And I am especially curious as to what will be Grant Gustin's next acting job after The Flash because he has a really good level of acting talent and he has a great singing voice too.

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The beginning was good and it went downhill from there. Now the latest season is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen. Storyline is just stupid and I keep fast forwarding the episode. I hated Iris since the very beginning. Now I despise this character and wish she dies every single episode.

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To anyone thinking of starting this show, be warned that the show gets worst every season. The latest season (season 7) is basically pile of shit. Watch first 3 seasons, they are great, after that don't even bother because you'll end up wasting your life away.

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