The Flash: Season 3 (2016 - 2017)


Season 3
The Flash

Critics Consensus

Taking its most compelling and emotionally resonant turn to date, The Flash shifts focus in its third season, turning from the grandiose and bizarre toward the characters who inhabit its core universe -- all while remaining action-packed, funny, and dramatic.



Critic Ratings: 23


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User Ratings: 1419
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Air date: Oct 4, 2016
Air date: Oct 11, 2016
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Air date: Nov 1, 2016
Air date: Nov 15, 2016
Air date: Nov 22, 2016
Air date: Nov 29, 2016
Air date: Dec 6, 2016
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In Season 3, Barry (Grant Gustin) must deal with the consequences of his decision to interfere in the timeline and save his mother. The rise of a new metahuman who knows about the existence of "Flashpoint" leads to people gaining powers to become their alternate selves. Barry must come clean when self-proclaimed speed god Savitar threatens the life of Iris (Candice Patton). As Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) fears she will succumb to her Killer Frost urges and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) struggles to forgive Barry for the loss of his brother, the team begin to fall apart. With a newly powered Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) stepping up to help Barry and Julian (Tom Felton) and being brought into the fold to assist Caitlin, it becomes a race against the clock to stop the devastating future Barry has seen. Episode 8 is part of a crossover event with sister shows "Supergirl," "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow." Episode 17 is a musical crossover with "Supergirl."

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Critic Reviews for The Flash Season 3

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

The real changes here are more emotional than grandiose.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

It's so frustrating to watch Iris's potential get squandered through juvenile scenes that focus on her as Barry Allen's leading lady rather than a woman in her own right.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

A good season overall, with some strong story arcs and a good ending to them, though it does struggle with a shift in tone and a rather flat end scene.

Feb 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Once again, the series found gold in exploring how familiar characters have been reshaped by their new reality. And Barry's emotional journey continues to anchor the show.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite its flaws, the show is still a largely faithful and puts its comic book sensibilities front and center, and the cast are always wonderful.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Wow - what a way to close out Season 3! Tonight "The Flash" delivered an emotional, intense, and unexpected season finale.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Like Arrow, there's a wide berth to do things differently next season, and considering how dark Flash Season 3 managed to skew, that overhaul is sorely needed. Remember when Season 1 had a fun wedding, daytime and all?

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a risk having your superhero portrayed as an imperfect vessel who commits villain-like acts, but such is the maturity and complexity of The Flash.

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Flash: The Complete Third Season is a return to greatness for one of the very best superhero shows on TV.

Sep 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall, we're off to a promising start to The Flash Season 3, even if the concept of flashpoint itself was a bit of a letdown. It was a good launching pad.

Jan 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flash: Season 3

  • 6d ago
    Season 3 was full of plot holes, including Iris West becoming a plot device... AFTER TWO WHOLE SEASONS, NOW IS THE TIME FOR THIS?! Despite those flaws, the two characters who boosted the entertainment value were Julian Albert (played by Tom Felton), and HR Wells.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    I didn't care for Savitar that much. The good thing about it is that this is the most logically sound villain. Mild Spoiler: It got me to think more deeply about time travel and I understand something about it that I didn't before. --If that's even possible, seeing as this is science fiction.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    This season starts off with a bang, introducing us to the Flashpoint arch, but sadly butchers the classic comic storyline by only using it in one episode. The rest of the season in terms of story is very jumbled, containing many great moments and episodes with a lot going on. The cast continues to shine and I've got to say Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, and Jesse L. Martin, are fantastic in the show (and always have been) but this season they all really get to shine in terms of character development and great interactions with one another proving they are much more than a cast, but a family. The introduction of Kid-Flash is nice and the villain is the worst, but Grant has a nice turn portraying both characters. A nice season but has some story problems that could've been more interesting.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    An enjoyable season with some great episodes and Savitar was an enjoyable villain too. However, the way they handled Flashpoint was bad and I think the season would've been better if it was shorter.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    dull predictable and just downright bad
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Here's where the show starts to get bad but season three still is fun and has TOM FELTON in it which boosts the entertainment value.
  • May 25, 2019
    Some missteps here and there, but overall still a really enjoyable season.
  • Apr 29, 2019
    This is definitely the season that I'll disagree with other fans the most. I liked the new characters like HR and Julian. They added new personalities to the team that was fresh and funny to see the rest of the team deal with their personalities. I love when shows leave me on the edge of my seat wanting more after every episode. I also love when they create story lines that keep you guessing. I had so many theories for who Savitar was, and they changed almost on a weekly basis. I thought there was a solid mix of humor and intensity. Although I think we all knew Iris wouldn't end up dead by the end of the season, it was fun crafting theories about how it would turn out. HR is easily my favorite single season character on this show to this point.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    Could have been much much better and suffered from many plot holes.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Savitar is such a dead villain, flash is still good and isnâ??t as bad as other shows worst season but itâ??s still disappointing as they could have stretched out half a season of flashpoint. Still not bad

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