The Flash - Season 1, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: The Flash bounds from the starting line with a delightful beginning, given a pep in its step by the sparkling charm of star Grant Gustin.

Episode Info

Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive. In the opener, Barry, a CSI investigator, is struck by lightning and awakens from a coma nine months later with the gift of super speed. Barry puts his new powers to work when another meta-human attacks the city.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West, Det. West
Patrick Sabongui
as David Singh
Rick Cosnett
as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
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Pilot Photos

Critic reviews for Pilot

[T]here's a lot of awkwardness that makes this episode a rushed jump-start. The Flash needs more time to incubate.

January 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a simple, classic origin story, told in a style that embraces its pulpy roots rather than trying to reinvent them as an urban thriller or a relationship drama.

July 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It may have suffered from some clumsy exposition, but what pilot doesn't? There's a sense of wonder to this show that is absolutely refreshing.

July 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The pros do outweigh the cons here, with impressive visual effects and - most importantly - a roster of winning performances helping The Flash glide over any speed bumps.

July 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Early indications are that The Flash is perfectly suited to the small-screen environment.

July 19, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I can readily say that this adaptation is worthy of my child- like excitement. For old fans and new, The Flash is a promising and exciting new series that brings fun back to DC superheroes without forgoing the pathos.

July 24, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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