The Flash (2014 TV series)

The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It is a spin-off from Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.

Initially envisioned as a backdoor pilot, the positive reception Gustin received during two appearances as Barry on Arrow led to executives choosing to develop a full pilot to make use of a larger budget and help flesh out Barry's world in more detail. Colleen Atwood, costume designer for Arrow, was brought in to design the Flash's suit. The creative team wanted to make sure that the Flash would resemble his comic book counterpart, and not simply be a poor imitation. The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Flash premiered in North America on October 7, 2014, where the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW, after The Vampire Diaries in 2009. It has been well received by critics and audiences, and won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" in 2014. The series, together with Arrow, has spun characters out to their own show, Legends of Tomorrow, which premiered on January 21, 2016. On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on October 9, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season.

The Flash
The Flash Intertitle
Title card for the first three seasons
Genre
Based onCharacters from DC Comics
Developed by
Starring
Composer(s)Blake Neely
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes111 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • Glen Winter (pilot)
  • C. Kim Miles
  • Jeffrey C. Mygatt
  • Stewart Whelan
Editor(s)
  • Paul Karasik
  • Harry Jierjian
  • Nathan Draper
  • Chris Conlee
  • Dan Wilken
  • Felicia Livingston
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 7, 2014 –
present
Chronology
Related showsArrowverse
External links
Official website
Production website

Series overview

In season one, after witnessing his mother's supernatural murder, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his family. Barry becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. A particle accelerator malfunctions, bathing the city center with a radiation during a thunderstorm, and Barry is struck by lightning. Awakening after a coma, he discovers he can move at superhuman speeds. Harrison Wells, the accelerator's designer, describes Barry's nature as "metahuman". Barry vows to use his gifts to protect Central City. As the Flash, Barry also pursues his mother's murderer, the Reverse-Flash.[1]

In season two, after a singularity event occurs, the Flash is recognized as Central City's hero. However, the event brings a new threat from a parallel earth: Zoom, a demonic speedster who seeks to eliminate all speedsters throughout the multiverse. Harrison Wells' parallel universe counterpart nicknamed "Harry", and his daughter Jesse, work to help Barry stop Zoom and explore the multiverse. Joe and his daughter, Iris, struggle with the arrival of Iris's brother Wally West. After Zoom kills Barry's father, and following Zoom's defeat, Barry travels back in time to save his mother's life.

In season three, by changing his past, Barry creates the alternate timeline "Flashpoint". Though he is somewhat able to restore the timeline, this creates new threats, including the emergence of Savitar, a god-like speedster with a grudge against Barry. After Harry and Jesse return to Earth-2, another Wells doppelgänger is recruited: the novelist "H.R." Wells. Both Wally and Caitlin Snow begin to manifest metahuman abilities; Wally suits up as the speedster Kid Flash, while Caitlin is forced to suppress her ice-powers to prevent Killer Frost from emerging. When Barry accidentally travels to the future and sees Iris killed by Savitar, he becomes desperate to change the future to prevent that from happening. After saving Iris and defeating Savitar, Barry takes his place in the Speed Force in order to repent for his creation of Flashpoint.

In season four, following Barry's departure, Wally and Cisco have barely been able to protect Central City. When a new foe defeats them easily, requesting a battle against the Flash, the team decides to bring Barry back. While they manage to do so, Barry's return releases dark matter, turning a dozen people on a city bus into metahumans. One of these metas is private detective Ralph Dibny, who joins the Flash's team. The team later encounters Clifford DeVoe, an adversary with the fastest mind alive, who has orchestrated Barry's return from the Speed Force as well as the creation of the bus metas. Harry Wells, with his parallel universe counterparts, establish an alliance coined the Council of Wells to assist Team Flash in stopping DeVoe. Though they fail to stop DeVoe from stealing the bus metas' powers, they succeed in foiling his scheme, the Enlightenment. Following this, the team is approached by Barry and Iris' daughter from the future, Nora West-Allen, who claims to have made "a big, big mistake".

In season five, Nora claims she has arrived from the future to spend time with him. However, the team quickly discovers that Nora's presence not only altered the timeline, but unleashed a new threat in the form of Cicada, a serial killer bent on killing metahumans. In addition, they discover that meta-technology was created following their battle with the Thinker, meaning anyone wielding meta-tech can utilize the power of a metahuman. The Council of Wells sends one of their doppelgängers, detective Sherloque Wells, to aid Team Flash in countering these crises.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewership
(in millions)
123October 7, 2014May 19, 20151184.62[2]
223October 6, 2015May 24, 20161124.25[3]
323October 4, 2016May 23, 20171203.50[4]
423October 10, 2017May 22, 20181513.04[5]
522[6]October 9, 2018May 14, 2019[7]TBATBA

Cast and characters

  • Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash:
    A Central City assistant police forensic investigator. Moments after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator, Barry is struck by lightning in his laboratory and doused by chemicals affected by the accident. When he awakens from a nine-month coma, he has superhuman speed.[8] In September 2013, Grant Gustin was cast in the titular role.[8] Andy Mientus, who would eventually be cast as Hartley Rathaway, also auditioned for the role.[9] Gustin began researching the character during the audition process, and reading as many comics as possible. Gustin primarily focused on The New 52 series of comics, because he knew it would be difficult to read everything and he felt the New 52 was the closest to the show's "look and feel".[10]
  • Candice Patton as Iris West: The daughter of Joe West, sister to Wally West, and Barry Allen's wife, getting engaged in "Duet" and marrying during the Crisis on Earth-X event.[11] She works at Central City Picture News as a journalist.[12]
  • Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost:[13]
    A highly intelligent bioengineering expert, Caitlin believed her fiancé, Ronnie Raymond,[13] was killed during the particle accelerator explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs,[14] until he returned part way through first season. Ronnie and Caitlin get married in the first season finale, "Fast Enough".[15]
  • Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne: A recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, Eddie's past is a mystery and he harbored a dark secret.[14] He was partner to Detective Joe West and Iris West's love interest. Cosnett left the series after the first season, following his character's sacrifice to wipe Eobard Thawne, his distant descendant, from history.[15]
  • Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe: A mechanical engineering genius, Cisco is the youngest member of the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs and a metahuman.[16]
  • Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells:
    The mind and money behind S.T.A.R. Labs' Particle Accelerator, Wells becomes a pariah after his device implodes and creates metahumans in Central City.[17] Mentoring Barry to get faster, he is eventually revealed to be Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash, a descendant of Eddie and the Flash's archenemy from the future; Thawne murdered the real Wells and assumed his identity.[18] In subsequent seasons, Cavanagh also portrays various alternate reality doppelgängers of Wells. These include the sarcastic but brilliant "Harry", who along with his daughter Jesse hails from Earth-2, his Earth-19 counterpart, the sci-fi novelist "H.R." and their counterpart, the detective Sherloque.
  • Jesse L. Martin as Joe West: A police detective who acts as a surrogate father to Barry, after his mother's death and father's imprisonment, and who is the father of Iris[1][19] and Wally.[20] He also now has a daughter with his fiancée, district attorney Cecille Horton, named Jenna West. Martin later taking a medical leave of absence from the show during season five after suffering a back injury.[21]
  • Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West / Kid Flash:
    The son of Joe and brother of Iris, born without their knowledge after his mother left Central City.[20] The producers disliked the introduction of relatives of characters that were never previously mentioned, feeling it was "weird", and opted instead to introduce Wally as unknown even to his relatives. They also chose to make him Iris' brother, a departure from the comics where he was her nephew.[20] Speaking on Lonsdale's casting, Kreisberg explained that "Just like when we met Grant [Gustin] for the first time, we instantly knew Keiynan embodied all the heart and courage of a hero."[22] After Flashpoint, Wally eventually gets speed powers from Doctor Alchemy and becomes Kid Flash. In season four, he leaves Central City to break out of Barry's shadow, and during that time joins the Legends. He returns home following the birth of half-sister Jenna West.[23]
  • Neil Sandilands as Clifford DeVoe / The Thinker: A college professor and metahuman with a genius-level intellect, who looks to fix all that he deems wrong with humanity.[24]
  • Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man: A private investigator, former corrupt CCPD cop, and metahuman with superpowers including body elasticity and malleablility who becomes a member of Team Flash.[25]
  • Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton: A district attorney who becomes Joe West's girlfriend and the mother of their daughter Jenna West. While pregnant, she experiences temporary telepathic metahuman superpowers.[26]
  • Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen / XS: Barry and Iris' speedster daughter from the future.[27]
  • Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer / Cicada: A meta-human serial killer, who is determined to wipe out all meta-humans.[28]

Production

Development

On July 30, 2013, it was announced that Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, Arrow pilot director David Nutter, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns would develop a television series based on the Flash for The CW, and it would detail Barry Allen's origin.[29] Kreisberg revealed after the announcement that Allen would first appear as a recurring character on Arrow in three episodes of season two—all written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns—and the last of the episodes would act as a backdoor pilot for the new show. Kreisberg added that Allen would be a forensic scientist and the introduction of his superpowers, as well as the reactions to this, will be very human and grounded. Johns stated that the character of the Flash in the show would resemble his comic book counterpart, complete with his trademark red costume, and not be a poor imitation. Kreisberg elaborated: "No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash." While researching the best way to depict the Flash's lightning speed, Johns stated it would not just be the standard "blurring around".[30]

Barry ultimately appeared twice in Arrow's second season, with the planned backdoor pilot cancelled in favor of a traditional pilot by The CW executives, who had been impressed by early cuts of Barry's first two episodes on Arrow. This allowed the creative team to flesh out Barry's story and his world on a bigger budget, as opposed to a backdoor pilot's constraint of incorporating characters from the parent show. The pilot was officially ordered on January 29, 2014, and was written by Berlanti, Kreisberg, and Johns, and directed by Nutter.[31][32] On May 8, 2014, The Flash was officially picked up as a series, with an initial order of 13 episodes.[33] Three more scripts were ordered in September 2014 following a positive response to newly completed episodes by executives,[34] while a back ten was ordered the next month for a full 23-episode season.[35]

With the commencement of production on the series' second season, former Arrow and Ugly Betty writer Gabrielle Stanton was promoted to executive producer and showrunner; after having served as consulting producer and writer on the first season's finale "Fast Enough".[36] However, it was later reported that Kreisberg would be returning to sole showrunner duties at an unspecified time.[37] That time was later proved to be at the start of 2016, "Potential Energy", when Stanton was no longer credited as being involved with the show. In May 2017, it was reported that Aaron Helbing would be departing the series. Helbing had served as a writer since the first season, and as co-showrunner, along with his brother Todd and Kreisberg, since the second.[38]

On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on October 9, 2018.[39][40] On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season.[41]

Design

The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for Arrow.[42] It features a burgundy color scheme, a masked helmet, and gold accents throughout,[43] and went through multiple adjustments from the moment it was placed in computer renderings to the day of filming the pilot.[10] Primarily made of leather, the suit contains areas with a stretchable material to allow Gustin room to bend. According to Atwood "It was all about a costume that could sell speed, Grant [Gustin] was continually moving in the suit, so it had to be designed to make that all happen visually and functionally."[44] It initially took Gustin approximately 40 minutes to get into his costume, as the first cowl was prosthetic and had to be zipped and glued to his face. This was cut down to approximately 15 minutes by episode eight, when designers were able to develop a new cowl that easily slid over Gustin's face and locked into place.[10] Maya Mani replaced Atwood as the costume designer for the second season and made slight changes to the Flash costume, such as changing the color of his crest from yellow to white, being faithful to the Flash costume from the comics.[45]

Filming

Production on the pilot began in March 2014, with filming taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia;[46] additional filming for the series takes place in Portland, Oregon.[47] On how action sequences are shot for the series, compared to Arrow, Gustin said, "When [Arrow] shoot[s] action sequences, pretty much what you see is what you get and they're really doing everything. We do a lot of plate shots that are empty shots of the area we're going to be in and then they're putting us in later in post. I do a lot of the fighting. I don't have to do it full speed and then they ramp it up and a lot of people have to freeze and I keep moving. Then I have to clear frame and step back into frame. It's really tedious stuff that we have to do. On theirs, they learn fight choreography and they shoot it from the perfect angles and what you see is what you get."[48] Production on the third season began in early July 2016.[49]

Music

Arrow composer Blake Neely is the primary composer of the series, and was first hired in April 2014 to score the pilot.[50][51] He had previously composed a theme for Barry Allen which was featured in Arrow's season two episodes "The Scientist" and "Three Ghosts". The theme was titled "The Scientist" when it was released on the Arrow: Season 2 soundtrack. According to Neely, "It had to be different [from Arrow] ... but it also couldn't be so different that it couldn't fit in the Arrow universe, ... it had to be in a style that could hold hands with Arrow."[52] On December 18, 2014, WaterTower Music released a selection of music from The Flash/Arrow crossover episodes, as well as two bonus tracks from their respective 2014 midseason finales.[53] The first season, two-disc soundtrack was released on October 16, 2015.[54] The second season's soundtrack was released digitally on July 22, 2016,[55] and in CD format on July 26, 2016.[56]

Sound design

The sound design for the show is handled by Mark Camperell. The sound effect for Barry is made up of elements of thunder, electricity, jets, fireballs, and various custom whooshes and impacts. Speaking about designing the sound for The Flash's ability, Mark says: "My approach for the sounds of The Flash's ability was to editorially treat him like a really aggressively driven hot rod. This doesn't mean that I used car sounds for him, though. What I mean is that when thinking about how to edit his sounds, I thought about it like cutting a car chase."[57]

Broadcast

The Flash was screened at the Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014.[58] The series officially premiered on The CW on October 7, 2014, during the 2014–15 television season[59] and also premiered in Canada on the same night.[60] The second episode was screened at New York Comic Con on October 9, 2014, as a way to repay the viewers that watched the series' premiere episode.[61] The series premiered in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 28, 2014,[62] and in Australia on December 3, 2014.[63]

Reception

Critical response

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 97% (65 reviews)[64] 73 (27 reviews)[65]
2 100% (21 reviews)[66] 81 (4 reviews)[67]
3 84% (19 reviews)[68] 80 (4 reviews)[69]
4 76% (18 reviews)[70] N/A
5 95% (41 reviews)[71] N/A

Regarding Gustin's debut as Barry Allen in Arrow and the potential for a series, IGN's Jesse Schedeen stated his concern: "Gustin doesn't come across as leading man material. His awkward bumbling intertwining with Felicity's was cute, but rarely did I get the impression that this character could or should be given his own spinoff series."[72] Schedeen eventually warmed up to the character, however, once the "dorkiness and social awkwardness" were downplayed a bit and the emphasis was placed on "his keen scientific mind".[73]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 97% approval rating with an average rating of 7.5/10 based on 58 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "The Flash benefits from its purposefully light atmosphere, making it a superhero show uniquely geared toward genre fans as well as novices."[64] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100, based on 27 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[65] IGN's Eric Goldman and Joshua Yehl praised the show's premise and cast after viewing a press screening copy of the pilot. Goldman and Yehl favorably compared it to Arrow, stating that The Flash progresses with a confidence that Arrow did not get until later in the series.[74] Reviews for the series became increasingly positive as the season progressed, with the finale receiving critical acclaim. Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave the season a B+ overall, giving praise to the pacing of the plot, the performances of the cast and the special effects, and also pointing out the series' boldness to embrace its comic book influences, something that conventional superhero shows tend not to do.[75] Weekly episode reviewer Scott Von Doviak gave consistently high ratings to the season and awarded the season finale a perfect A grade, calling the episode "richly satisfying" and also commending the show for "[capturing] the essence of its source material in a fun, light-on-its-feet way that few other comic book adaptations have managed." He also gave high praise to the emotional value and performances of the cast, as well as the cliffhanger and multiple easter eggs found in the episode.[76] The second season of The Flash scored a Metacritic rating of 81 out of 100 indicating "universal acclaim".[67]

In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked the show #23 on its list of the "40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time".[77]

Critics' top ten lists

Ratings

The first episode of The Flash was watched by 4.8 million viewers and had a 1.9 18–49 demographic rating, making it The CW's most watched and highest rated series premiere since The Vampire Diaries in 2009. It also became The CW's second-most watched series premiere ever, behind 90210, and the third-highest rated in the 18–49 demographic.[81] Factoring Live + 7 day ratings, the pilot was watched by a total of 6.8 million viewers, becoming The CW's most-watched telecast and the highest-rated premiere among men 18–34 (2.5 rating). It broke the previous record for the most-watched telecast held by the cycle 8 finale of America's Next Top Model in 2007 (6.69 million). Additionally, across all platforms, including initiated streams on digital platforms and total unduplicated viewers on-air over two airings the week of October 7, 2014, the premiere was seen more than 13 million times.[82]

The Canadian premiere was watched by 3.11 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast that night and the second for that week.[83] In the United Kingdom, the premiere was the fourth highest-rated broadcast of the week and the eleventh of that month, with 1.53 million viewers.[84][85] The timeshifted version got 82,000 viewers.[86] The premiere in Australia was the most-watched broadcast on pay television, with 129,000 viewers tuning in.[87]

In 2016, according to an analysis from Parrot Analytics, which used ratings data (where available), peer-to-peer sharing, social media chatter, and other factors to estimate viewer demand for various shows, The Flash was the 5th most popular show in the world with 3.1 million demand expressions per day, behind Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, and Westworld.[88] TorrentFreak also gauged The Flash as the fourth most-torrented television show of 2016.[89]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 23 October 7, 2014 4.83[90] May 19, 2015 3.87[91] 2014–15 118 4.62 1.7[2]
2 23 October 6, 2015 3.58[92] May 24, 2016 3.35[93] 2015–16 112 4.25 1.7[3]
3 23 October 4, 2016 3.17[94] May 23, 2017 3.04[95] 2016–17 120 3.50 1.4[4]
4 23 October 10, 2017 2.84[96] May 22, 2018 2.16[97] 2017–18 151 3.05 1.1[98]
5 22[6] October 9, 2018 2.08[99] May 14, 2019[7] TBD 2018–19 TBD TBD TBD

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role – Action/Drama Morena Baccarin Nominated [100]
TV Guide Award Favorite New Show The Flash Won [101]
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Broadcast Program Armen V. Kevorkian, James Baldanzi, Jeremy Jozwick, Andranik Taranyan Nominated [102]
2015 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form "Pilot" Nominated [103]
IGN Awards Best Comic Book Adaptation TV The Flash Won [104]
Best TV Series The Flash Nominated [105]
The Joey Awards Best Actor in a TV Drama Recurring Role 8–12 Years Logan Williams Won [106]
Best Actress in a TV Drama Featured Role 4–9 Years Laiken Laverock Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Family TV Show The Flash Nominated [107]
Favorite TV Actor Grant Gustin Nominated
Leo Awards Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series C. Kim Miles Nominated [108]
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Glen Winter Nominated
Best Dramatic Series The Flash Nominated
Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Emily Bett Rickards Nominated
Best Hairstyling in a Dramatic Series Sarah Koppes Nominated
Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series Tina Louise Teoli Nominated
Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series Tyler Bishop Harron Nominated
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series "Going Rogue" Won
Online Film & Television Association Award Best New Theme Song In a Series The Flash Nominated [109]
Best Visual Effects In a Series The Flash Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama The Flash Won [110]
Poppy Awards Best Actor, Drama Grant Gustin Nominated [111]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Special Visual Effects "Grodd Lives" Nominated [112]
Publicists Awards Maxwell Weinberg Award – Television Bonanza Productions, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television Nominated [113]
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Grant Gustin Nominated [114][115]
Best Guest Star on Television Wentworth Miller Won
Best Superhero Adaption Television Series The Flash Won
Breakthrough Performance Grant Gustin Won
TCA Awards Outstanding New Program The Flash Nominated [116]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV – Breakout Star Grant Gustin Won [117]
Candice Patton Nominated
Choice TV – Chemistry Grant Gustin and Candice Patton Nominated
Choice TV – Liplock Grant Gustin and Candice Patton Nominated
Choice TV – Villain Tom Cavanagh Nominated
Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Danielle Panabaker Nominated [118]
2016 IGN Awards Best Comic Book TV Series The Flash Nominated [119]
Best TV Hero Grant Gustin Nominated [120]
Best TV Villain Tom Cavanagh Nominated [121]
People's Choice Best TV Hero Grant Gustin Won [120]
The Joey Awards Young Actor in a TV Series Featured Role 11–16 Years Octavian Kaul Won [122]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Family TV Show The Flash Nominated [123]
Favorite Male TV Star – Family Show Grant Gustin Nominated
Leo Awards Best Direction in a Dramatic Series J. J. Makaro ("Enter Zoom") Nominated [124][125]
Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series J. J. Makaro, Jon Kralt ("Legends Of Today") Nominated
Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series "Gorilla Warfare" Won
Poppy Awards Best Supporting Actor, Drama Jesse L. Martin Nominated [126]
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Grant Gustin Nominated [127]
Best Guest Star on Television Victor Garber Nominated
Best Superhero Adaption Television Series The Flash Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry Candice Patton and Grant Gustin Nominated [128][129]
Choice TV: Liplock Candice Patton and Grant Gustin Nominated
Choice TV: Villain Teddy Sears Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Grant Gustin Won
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Danielle Panabaker Nominated
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi The Flash Nominated
2017 IGN Awards Best Action Series The Flash Nominated [130]
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Show – Family Show The Flash Nominated [131]
Leo Awards Best Visual Effects Armen V. Kevorkian, James Baldanzi, Thomas Connors, Gevork Babityan, Marc Lougee ("King Shark") Won [132]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Hero Grant Gustin Nominated [133]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Network TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Flash Nominated [134]
Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Grant Gustin Nominated [135]
Best Superhero Adaption Television Series The Flash Nominated
Best Supporting Actress on Television Candice Patton Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Grant Gustin Won [136]
[137]
[138]
Choice Action TV Actress Danielle Panabaker Nominated
Candice Patton Nominated
Choice Action TV Show The Flash Won
Choice TV Villain Grant Gustin Nominated
2018 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Grant Gustin Nominated [139]
Favorite TV Show The Flash Nominated
Leo Awards Best Visual Effects in a Dramatic Series Armen V. Kevorkian, Marc Lougee, James Baldanzi, Andranik Taranyan, Shirak Agresta for "I Know Who You Are" Won [140]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Hero Grant Gustin Nominated [141]
Saturn Awards Best Guest Performance in a Television Series Hartley Sawyer Nominated [142]
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series The Flash Won
Best Supporting Actress on Television Candice Patton Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actor Grant Gustin Won [143]
Choice Action TV Actress Danielle Panabaker Nominated
Candice Patton Nominated
Choice Action TV Show The Flash Won
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Grant Gustin Nominated [144]
Favorite TV Drama The Flash Nominated

Other media

Digital comic

The Flash: Season Zero, written by Kreisberg, Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak, with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, is intended to take place between the pilot episode and episode 2. Kreisberg stated, "Barry will [already] be the Flash, he will have his team, everyone will be in that world, and we'll [sic] introducing a new set of villains that we won't be seeing on the TV show. It'll feel like the same heart, humor and spectacle that you get watching Flash." The comic will showcase the entire TV cast, plus new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion. The group is led by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in Starman. The comic launched digitally biweekly on September 8, 2014, with its first physical release featuring a collection of the digital releases, releasing on October 1.[145]

The Chronicles of Cisco

On February 24, 2015, The CW launched a Tumblr account known as The Chronicles of Cisco.[146] The blog features posts written by the fictional character of Cisco Ramon, at first serving as write-ups of the metahuman villains on the show. Starting with the second season of the show, the posts evolved into the general musings of Ramon and his commentary on the events during and outside of The Flash's episodes.[147]

Promotional shorts

Chronicles of Cisco: Entry 0419

On April 19, 2016, a four-episode series of shorts, titled Chronicles of Cisco: Entry 0419, premiered. The series, which was presented by AT&T, features Valdes and Britne Oldford reprise their role as Cisco Ramon and Shawna Baez / Peek-a-Boo, respectively. Set in the second season of the television series, the series sees Cisco attempting to make the Flash suit bulletproof and body-odor proof. While working on these, he receives a late-night Meta-Human Alert within S.T.A.R. Labs,[148] and learns that Peek-a-Boo triggered the alert.[149] She has come to S.T.A.R. Labs to make Cisco create a weapon for her, as he did for Golden Glider, Captain Cold, and Heatwave. When he does not cooperate, she shoots him.[150] Cisco survives being shot, realizing that the orange soda he spilt on his shirt was the missing catalyst to his bulletproof formula. Cisco tries to bring Peek-a-Boo back to the pipeline, but she locks him in the cell instead. Cisco is then seen being woken up due to a call from Barry. He believes he dreamt the whole experience, until he finds the bullet that shot him on the ground.[151]

Stretched Scenes

On November 14, 2017, a three-episode series of shorts, known as "Stretched Scenes", premiered. The series, presented by Microsoft Surface, features Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Panabaker, and Candice Patton as Ralph Dibny, Cailtin Snow, and Iris West respectively. Set during the show's fourth season, it shows Dibny as he continually bothers Cailtin and Iris for their help, or for attention. The shorts premiered online as well as during the commercial breaks of the episodes "When Harry Met Harry...", "Therefore I Am", and "Don't Run".[152][153][154]

Video games

The series has also been featured in other video games based on DC Comics property. In the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the show's versions of the Flash and Reverse-Flash appear as alternate costumes for the Flash.[155] The show's version of S.T.A.R. Labs also appears as a hidden area in Lego Dimensions.[156] The video game Lego DC Super-Villains features DLC inspired by The Flash in the "DC Super Heroes: TV Series DLC Character Pack". The DLC pack includes The Flash and Vibe as playable characters.[157]

Books

Novels

On November 29, 2016, Titan Books released The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen, a tie-in novelization written by Susan and Clay Griffith, set during the course of the second season, after Barry has closed the temporal anomaly that nearly destroyed Central City. Barry must seek help from Oliver Queen, due to his own abilities beginning to break down, in order to deal with five members of his Rogues Gallery—including Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, and Peekaboo.[158] The story continued in Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, released on March 28, 2017.[159] A subsequent novel, following the villain Weather Wizard in his attempts at revenge, was released in May 2018. Written by Richard A. Knaak, it is titled The Flash: Climate Changeling.[160]

In October, 2017, Abrams Books started a new trilogy of The Flash novels, written by Barry Lyga, aimed at middle-grade readers in tandem with a similar trilogy of Supergirl novels.[161] The first, The Flash: Hocus Pocus, was released on October 3, 2017. The novel takes place in an alternate timeline where the show's "Flashpoint" event never occurred, and The Flash must fight a villain known as Hocus Pocus who can control the minds and actions of people.[162] A sequel, The Flash: Johnny Quick was released on April 3, 2018,[163] as well as a third novel, titled The Flash: The Tornado Twins, on October 2, 2018.[164]

Behind-the-scenes

On October 21, 2016, "The Art and Making of The Flash" by Abbie Bernstein was released. This is a 160-page behind-the-scenes book with production art and behind-the-scenes photography. The book also includes interviews with the cast and crew from the show.[165]

Guidebooks

In May 2018, Titan Books released the first guidebook for The Flash, written by Nick Aires from the perspective of Cisco Ramon. S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon's Journal features "his confidential journal entries, covering everything from his tech designs, the villains and other heroes the team encounter, the team’s personal challenges and his own Vibe abilities prior to Flashpoint."[166]

A second guidebook for The Flash was released in November 2018, this time published by Abrams Books. The Secret Files of Barry Allen: The Ultimate Guide to the Hit TV Show features the Flash's "top-secret notes", as well as "classified S.T.A.R. Labs dossiers on everyone in Central City", an episode guide on the first four season of the series, and details on the life of the Flash "in Barry's own words."[167]

Home media

Complete Season DVD/Blu-ray Release dates Additional info
Region 1/A Region 2/B Region 4/C
1 September 22, 2015[168] September 21, 2015[169] September 23, 2015[170] Each season release contains additional features, which include: making-of featurettes, episode commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reels, and Comic-Con panels. Starting with season three and continuing through each subsequent season, the boxsets included the crossover episodes from other connected series, as well as commentary on those episodes.
2 September 6, 2016[171] September 12, 2016[172] September 7, 2016[173][174]
3 September 5, 2017[175] September 11, 2017[176] September 6, 2017[177]
4 August 23, 2018[178] September 24, 2018[179] August 29, 2018[180]

Arrowverse and the DC multiverse

In January 2015, The CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the intention to do a Flash/Arrow crossover every season,[181] and The CW announced that an animated web-series, Vixen, featuring the DC heroine of the same name and set in the universe of Arrow and The Flash, would be debuting on CW Seed in late 2015.[182] The character is expected to make a live-action appearance on Arrow and/or The Flash as well.[183] The next month, it was reported that a spin-off series, which is described as a superhero team-up show, was in discussion by The CW for a possible 2015–16 midseason release. Berlanti and Kreisberg would executive produce alongside Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter. The potential series would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash, with the potential for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new series as well.[184][185] In May 2015, The CW officially picked up the series, titled DC's Legends of Tomorrow.[186]

The second season begins to explore the concept of the multiverse, by introducing Earth-2, which features doppelgängers of the inhabitants in the Earth-1 (the main universe of Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow) along with Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, and Zoom.[187] In the episode "Welcome to Earth-2", as Barry, Cisco and Harrison Wells of Earth-2 travel to Earth-2, glimpses of the multiverse are seen, including an image of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and an image of John Wesley Shipp as the Flash from the 1990 television series, implying the two characters and their respective television series exist on alternate Earths to Earth-1;[188][189] Supergirl's world is later designated Earth-38 in the Arrowverse multiverse.[190] Gustin as Barry appeared on the eighteenth episode of Supergirl, "Worlds Finest", which aired on CBS on March 28, 2016. Intersecting with the events of the eighteenth episode of The Flash, which aired on April 19, 2016, Barry accidentally arrives on Earth-38 and helps Kara battle two of her enemies, Silver Banshee (Italia Ricci) and Livewire (Brit Morgan), before returning home.[191][192]

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Barry Allen (Arrowverse)

Barry Allen is a fictional character in the television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name, created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. Adapted for television in 2014 by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, Barry Allen has been continually portrayed by Grant Gustin and is the alter-ego of the superhero The Flash.

In the series, Barry is portrayed as a smart, goofy and tardy character, who works at the Central City Police Department as a crime scene investigator. The series begins by showing his backstory depicting the murder of his mother by a supernatural yellow blur and the false imprisonment of his father for the crime. Barry is struck by lightning created by the explosion of the particle accelerator sending Barry to a nine-month coma. After waking up he finds himself in S.T.A.R. Labs and develops metahuman powers; the power of speed. Throughout the series, he is constantly training himself to control and enhance his powers. He uses his powers along with his team to fight criminals and other metahumans who have misused their powers.

Barry Allen and his superhero persona have also appeared in a digital comic book series, and with Gustin appearing in crossovers on the television series Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the animated web series Vixen, all set within the Arrowverse. Gustin has won an IGN award for his performance.

Central City Police Department

The Central City Police Department (CCPD) is a fictional police department servicing Central City, as depicted in comic books published by DC Comics, in particular those tied into the Flash books.

Crisis on Earth-X

"Crisis on Earth-X" is the fourth annual Arrowverse crossover event, featuring episodes of the live-action television series Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW. The crossover began on November 27, 2017, with Supergirl and Arrow, and concluded on November 28, with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. In "Crisis on Earth-X", Barry Allen and Iris West's friends come to Central City for their wedding, only for the proceedings to be interrupted by interlopers from the analogous universe of Earth-X where World War II was won by the Axis Powers.

Development for a crossover of the four series began in December 2016 after the release of the previous crossover, "Invasion!". The premise and title of the crossover were revealed in September 2017 as production on the episodes began; elements from the animated web series Freedom Fighters: The Ray were part of the crossover, including the live-action appearance of Ray Terrill (The Ray), the Freedom Fighters, and the New Reichsmen. A subsequent crossover aired the following year, titled "Elseworlds".

Duet (The Flash)

"Duet" is the seventeenth episode of the third season of The CW television series The Flash, which aired on March 21, 2017. The episode was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and was directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. The episode features a musical crossover with Supergirl and reunites Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist with their former Glee co-star Darren Criss, who portrays the Music Meister. Jesse L. Martin also reunites with Jeremy Jordan, with whom he previously worked in the 2012 musical film Joyful Noise. The story begins at the end of the Supergirl episode "Star-Crossed", which aired on March 20, 2017, which saw Kara Danvers / Supergirl (Benoist) hypnotized into a coma by Music Meister, with Mon-El (Chris Wood) and J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) bringing her to Earth-1 in hope that Team Flash can save her.

Elseworlds (Arrowverse)

"Elseworlds" is the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event that features episodes of the live-action television series The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl on The CW. The crossover event began on December 9, 2018, with The Flash, continued on Arrow on December 10, and concluded on Supergirl on December 11. "Elseworlds" introduces the characters Batwoman and Lois Lane, and the fictional Gotham City, to the universe. In the crossover, Green Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl are drawn to Gotham City to confront Dr. John Deegan over his work at Arkham Asylum.

The crossover was confirmed in May 2018 at The CW's upfront presentation, where the inclusion of Batwoman and Gotham City were revealed. Throughout August and September that year, casting for the crossover—including Ruby Rose as Batwoman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, and the announcement that Tyler Hoechlin would return to portray Superman—was revealed. The title of the crossover was announced at the end of September and filming began in October 2018. In "Elseworlds", Arrowverse actors portray other roles and John Wesley Shipp reprises his role as Barry Allen / Flash from the 1990 series The Flash. The conclusion of "Elseworlds" revealed "Crisis on Infinite Earths" as the next crossover, which is scheduled to air in late 2019.

Fastest Man Alive

"Fastest Man Alive" is the second episode of The CW series The Flash. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg and directed by David Nutter. It was first broadcast on October 14, 2014 in The CW. The show is itself an spin-off of the show Arrow, where many characters in the series were introduced during the second season. The episode revolves about Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a CSI forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department. During a visit to an event, the event is robbed by masked men. This is later revealed as the result of an accident during the accelerator explosion and the men are in fact a man who can duplicate himself. The episode also shows flashbacks when Barry tries to see his dad in jail, to Joe's disapproval.

The episode received positive reviews, with critics stating that the series' mysteries and intrigue are helping it for the future.

Godspeed (The Flash)

"Godspeed" is the eighteenth episode of the fifth season of the American television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The episode was written by Judalina Neira and Kelly Wheeler, and is the directorial debut of Danielle Panabaker.

Grant Gustin stars as Barry, and is joined by principal cast members Candice Patton, Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin. The episode focuses on the aftermath of Nora West-Allen's partnership with Eobard Thawne being exposed to Team Flash, and flashbacks showing how the two initially met.

"Godspeed" originally aired on The CW on April 16, 2019 and was watched by a total of 1.31 million viewers. The episode received positive reviews from critics.

Heroes Join Forces

"Heroes Join Forces" is the second annual Arrowverse crossover event, featuring episodes of the television series The Flash and Arrow on The CW. The event began on December 1, 2015, with The Flash episode "Legends of Today" and concluded the following day with the Arrow episode "Legends of Yesterday". The episodes feature characters from DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which was being developed as a spin-off. The crossover sees Barry Allen / Flash and Oliver Queen / Arrow team up to take on Vandal Savage, who is looking for Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall, the reincarnations of Hawkgirl and Hawkman.

A crossover between the two series was announced in January 2015 by The CW President Mark Pedowitz, who stated the network's intention to have an Arrowverse crossover every season following the success of the previous year's crossover "Flash vs. Arrow". By September, the scripts for each episode had been written, with filming occurring shortly before the end of the month and into October 2015. The crossover sees every main cast member of each series who appear at least in their own series, with additional actors and characters also reprising their Arrowverse roles.

The episodes received generally positive reviews, however the Legends setup received mixed responses. Both series experienced season high viewership despite the ratings being down from the previous year's crossover. A subsequent crossover occurred the following year, titled “Invasion!"

Invasion! (Arrowverse)

"Invasion!" is the third annual Arrowverse crossover event, with episodes of the television series The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, and is inspired by the 1989 comic miniseries Invasion!. Events at the end of the Supergirl episode "Medusa" on November 28, 2016 marked the beginning of the crossover, which began on November 29 with The Flash, continued on Arrow on November 30, and concluded on Legends of Tomorrow on December 1. Each of the main three episodes were titled "Invasion!". In the crossover, Barry Allen recruits Kara Danvers / Supergirl from Earth-38 to Earth-1 to help his team, Oliver Queen and his team, and the Legends to defeat the alien race known as the Dominators.

Development of a crossover between the three series and Supergirl began in May 2016, when it was learned that Supergirl would move to The CW from CBS for its second season. By the following September the scripts for each episode were written, and were filmed in October 2016. The premise and episode titles were also announced in September. In "Invasion!", the main cast members of each series appear in (at least) their own series; Melissa Benoist appears as Supergirl in the entire crossover. A number of actors and characters from previous Arrow seasons returned to reprise their roles, since Arrow's episode doubled as its 100th.

The three episodes of the crossover received positive reviews, with critics praising the interaction among the actors in each series and each episode's advancing season storylines as part of the crossover. The Dominators storyline was regarded as its weakest link, with reviewers finding the alien race's motivations unclear. Ratings for the episodes were high, with each breaking records in viewership and the 18–49 rating and contributing to the most-watched week on The CW in six years. A fourth crossover, "Crisis on Earth-X", occurred the following year.

Joe West (Arrowverse)

Joe West is a fictional character portrayed by Jesse L. Martin in the CW television series The Flash. Created by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, the character was introduced in the pilot episode. He is the foster father (later father-in-law) of protagonist Barry Allen / Flash, father of Iris West, Wally West, and Jenna West, and future maternal grandfather of Nora West-Allen. Joe works at the Central City Police Department as a detective, heading its metahuman task force, and aids Barry in keeping the city safe from superpowered and dangerous criminals. Martin has also reprised the role of Joe in the television series Supergirl, which is part of the Arrowverse franchise along with The Flash.

Killer Frost (The Flash episode)

"Killer Frost" is the seventh episode of the third season of The CW television series The Flash. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Brooke Roberts, with a story by Judalina Neira and directed by Kevin Smith. It was first broadcast on November 22, 2016 on The CW. The show is itself a spin-off of the show Arrow, where many characters in the series were introduced during the second season. The episode revolves around Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) slowly losing control of her Killer Frost persona after using her powers to save Barry from Savitar. In an attempt to get rid of her powers, Killer Frost kidnaps Julian to help her find Savitar and is forced to battle both Barry and Cisco.

The episode received highly positive reviews, with critics praising Panabaker's performance and the team dynamic.

List of The Flash episodes

The Flash is an American action television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed crimefighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It is a spin-off from Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains superhuman speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.

On April 2, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season by the CW, which premiered on October 9, 2018. On January 31, 2019, The CW renewed the series for a sixth season. As of April 23, 2019, 111 episodes of The Flash have aired.

Nora (The Flash episode)

"Nora" is the first episode of the fifth season, and 93rd episode overall of the CW series The Flash. The episode was written by Todd Helbing & Sam Chalsen and directed by David McWhirter. It first aired on The CW on October 9, 2018.

This episode marks the first appearance of Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen as a main character after making numerous cameos last season.

Particle accelerators in popular culture

Particle accelerators in popular culture is about popular science books, fictional literature, feature films, TV series and other venues which include particle accelerators as part of their content. Particle physics, fictional or scientific, is an inherent part of this topic.

Pilot (The Flash)

"Pilot" is the first episode of The CW series The Flash. The episode was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, based on a story by Greg Berlanti, Kreisberg, and Johns, and directed by David Nutter. It was first broadcast on October 7, 2014, on The CW. The show is a spin-off from Arrow where many of the characters in The Flash were introduced during its second season. The episode revolves around Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department. On the night of the launch of a particle accelerator, a malfunction causes it to explode during a storm. At the same time, Barry is struck by lightning. He wakes from a coma after nine months, and discovers that he has developed a new power: super speed. He is helped by S.T.A.R. Labs' personnel, led by Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who are trying to control his speed so that he can use it for greater good.

CW executives, impressed by early cuts of Barry Allen's appearances in the first two episodes of Arrow, ordered a stand-alone pilot. This allowed the creative team to flesh out his story and his world with a larger budget, as opposed to a backdoor pilot's constraint of incorporating characters from the parent show The Flash. Colleen Atwood, Arrow's costume designer, created the Flash's suit. The creative team wanted to make sure that the Flash resembled his comic book counterpart, and was not a poor imitation. The pilot was ordered on January 29, 2014, and on May 8, 2014, The Flash was picked up as a series, with an initial order from The CW for 13 episodes.

The pilot was first screened at the Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014. When it premiered, the pilot had a strong debut attracting 4.83 million viewers. It was the second-most watched premiere on The CW, behind the pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries broadcast in 2009. The episode received critical acclaim with praise for the tone (considered better than Arrow's), Gustin's performance as Barry, the action scenes, costume design, and the supporting cast.

Things You Can't Outrun

"Things You Can't Outrun" is the third episode of the CW series The Flash. The episode was written by Alison Schapker and Grainne Godfree and directed by Jesse Warn. It was first broadcast on October 21, 2014 in The CW. The show is itself an spin-off of the show Arrow, where many characters in the series were introduced during the second season. The episode revolves about Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a CSI forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department. The S.T.A.R. Labs team is currently investigating the rampage of a man who seems to control gases and smokes to kill the people who sentenced him to jail. Meanwhile, Wells and Cisco consider using the particle accelerator as a jail for the metahumans, reminding Caitlin when her fiancée died trying to stop the explosion of the particle accelerator. Meanwhile, Iris and Eddie consider telling Joe about their relationship.

The episode received positive reviews, with critics stating that the series has found a balance after three episodes.

Welcome to Earth-2

"Welcome to Earth-2" is the thirteenth episode, and first part of a two-part story arc, of the second season of the American television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The episode was written by Katherine Walczak from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and directed by Millicent Shelton.

Grant Gustin stars as Barry, and is joined by principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Keiynan Lonsdale, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin. The episode sees Barry, Cisco Ramon and Harry Wells travel to the parallel universe Earth-2 to rescue Harry's daughter Jesse from Zoom, while back on Earth-1, Jay Garrick takes over Barry's crime fighting duties when the metahuman Geomancer attacks Central City. The episode sees the majority of main cast members also playing their Earth-2 doppelgängers.

"Welcome to Earth-2" originally aired on The CW on February 9, 2016, and according to Nielsen Media Research, was watched by 3.96 million viewers, the show's largest viewership since February 2015. It was the series' highest rating in the 18–34 demographic since its premiere and highest 18–49 rating since the crossover "Flash vs. Arrow". The episode received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, and many critics called it the best episode of the series to that point. The arc established in this episode concluded with the following episode, "Escape from Earth-2".

What's Past Is Prologue (The Flash)

"What's Past Is Prologue" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of the American television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The episode was written by Todd Helbing and Lauren Certo, directed by Tom Cavanagh, and is the series' 100th episode.

Grant Gustin stars as Barry, and is joined by principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Chris Klein, Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin. The episode sees Barry and his daughter Nora travel back in time and take a trip down memory lane where they cross paths with several of the show's past speedsters in order to gather some key necessities to stop Cicada. Several recurring guest stars make appearances, including Michelle Harrison, John Wesley Shipp, Teddy Sears, and Tony Todd. Shipp also reprises his role as Barry Allen / Flash from the 1990 television series in a pre-credits scene that ties-in with the Arrowverse crossover "Elseworlds".

"What's Past Is Prologue" originally aired on The CW on December 4, 2018, and was watched by 1.78 million viewers according to Nielsen Media Research. The episode received a positive critical response.

Worlds Finest

"Worlds Finest" is the eighteenth episode in the first season of the CBS television series Supergirl, which aired on March 28, 2016. The episode's teleplay was written by Andrew Kreisberg and Michael Grassi, and directed by Nick Gomez.

The episode features a crossover appearance by the title character of the CW series The Flash (also developed and produced by Greg Berlanti and Kreisberg), marking the first episode of the series to feature a character from the Arrowverse, and the first character from a CW series to cross over to a CBS series before the show itself moved to the CW network. The episode loosely intersects with the events of The Flash season 2 episode "Versus Zoom".The episode reunites Melissa Benoist with her former Glee recurring co-star Grant Gustin, who portrays the Flash. The episode title was inspired by the World's Finest Comics series, in which Superman would team up with various other DC superheroes, including the Flash.

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