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
Rick Cosnett
as Eddie Thawne
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Show More Cast

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.

Jan 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 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.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jul 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.

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

The lighter and more optimistic tone is unexplored territory that could be tough to navigate at any speed. For the first hour, anyway, The Flash makes it look easy.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

From the get-go, this Arrow offshoot offers a lighter, brighter tone that its dark, gritty sire.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It's impossible not to like The Flash. As Barry Allen, Grant Gustin is irresistible.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What truly makes this pilot episode stand out from the myriad of comic book-inspired television shows lies in its light touch.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…