The Flash: Season 5 (2018 - 2019)


Season 5
The Flash

Critics Consensus

The Flash's fifth season maintains the show's high standard for compelling visuals, chilling villains, and well-scripted moments of humor, but also turns a more focused gaze on the role of family dynamics amongst the increasingly complex characters.



Critic Ratings: 9


Audience Score

User Ratings: 767
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Air date: Oct 9, 2018
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Air date: Nov 13, 2018
Air date: Nov 20, 2018
Air date: Nov 27, 2018
Air date: Dec 4, 2018
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
Air date: Jan 15, 2019
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Season 5 of this television series follows up on the events of last season's finale, after Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) teenage daughter, arrives from the future. Now Barry and his wife Iris (Candice Patton) need to figure out a way of sending their child to the future without making changes to their timeline. Plus, a new super-villain named Cicada (Chris Klein) threatens Central City.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Reina Hardesty
as Weather Witch
David Sobolov
as Gorilla Grodd
Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Troy James
as Rag Doll
Sarah Carter
as Cicada II
Gabrielle Walsh
as Silver Ghost
Liam McIntyre
as Weather Wizard
Melissa Benoist
as Supergirl's
David Hayter
as King Shark
Susan Walters
as Dr. Carla Tannhauser
Tyler Hoechlin
as Clark Kent
Zibby Allen
as Dr. Tanya Lamden
Dan Payne
as Shay Lamden
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Critic Reviews for The Flash Season 5

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (0)

The Flash's fifth season is one of many problems, mainly the many acts of stupidity from Team Flash, but there were a few highlights from certain cast members, at least...

May 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Legacy" worked about as well as could be hoped.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash ended Season 5 with its own deluge of devastating family drama, followed by a "Crisis on Infinite Earths" tease of its own.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a little rocky with that Cicada business, but the season closes out strong with plenty of stakes and enough hope to pull you forward.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash has returned in good form. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Flash mostly offers some much-needed, good, old-fashioned escapism.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Luckily, characters like Cisco (even drunk Cisco) and Ralph "many-verse" Dibny can turn even the most uneventful episodes into something funny and memorable, and Nora's energetic, bubbly energy seems like it could do the same.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Ralph actually does something right.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The Flash manages to recapture its glory days with a phenomenal and totally schway fifth season premiere.

Oct 6, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flash: Season 5

  • 2d ago
    Season Five was absolute trash. The villain was sub par, there were too many plots and sub plots and most of them did not not even make sense, and the direction they took the character Vibe in was the worst possible way they could have directed that character. Overall, season five follows seasons three and four in being horribly written and executed.
  • 6d ago
    It felt like it dragged at times as the team dealt with a less than stellar main villain who routinely evaded capture. The Allens had a new wrinkle to contend with that brought mediocrity and mysterious excitement in almost equal measures ending in a finale that that was adequately emotional. I'd still recommend this season as it delivered the Flash minus a strong baddie on the front side
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Carried by the reverse flash, the season showed that you can still bring back what made this show a beloved superhero classic
  • Aug 08, 2019
    A little less touchy feely moments will do good for this show. maybe two per episode.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Very good. Amazing. Inspiring. Emotional. Funny. Very interesting
  • Jul 28, 2019
    From ~perfection in new suit to addition of a bubbly, infectious new personality in show-stealing Dawn/XS, phenomenal character development for all team members, S1-callbacks with minimal fillers, & godly speedster villains in return of REVERSE FLASH AND GODSPEED, The Flash is BACK with its strongest season in years. 9.2/10. ... Review: "2023: The Flash Missing – Vanishes in Crisis" Ever since S1, that infamous future tagline has been haunting our curiosities like the yellow-suited, red-lightening vibratory devil of Reverse Flash. Perhaps teasing Crisis On Infinite Earths (one of DC's – and comic book history's – wildest events ever), perhaps teasing a smaller beacon of danger; we all have been dying to know what this Easter Egg-trail so painstakingly laid out over 5 years meant – and now we have an answer by way of one of DCTV's and The Flash's best seasons of television ever. From ~perfection in new suit to addition of a bubbly, infectious new personality in show-stealing Dawn/XS, phenomenal character development for all team members, S1-callbacks with minimal fillers, & godly speedster villains in return of REVERSE FLASH AND GODSPEED, The Flash is BACK with its strongest season in years – since S2 over 60+ episodes ago. Dawn (Nora) West-Allen/XS and New Suit. Easily the highlight of S5 and what adds a tremendous breath of fresh air is the addition of a show-stealing new character: The Flash's daughter. Nora (originally Dawn from the original version of the timeline as teased by RF back in 2015) West-Allen is simply infectious in her bubbly, amiable, engaging sugar-sweet personality with dire secrets hidden under the surface that pave the way for *sensational* entertainment and callbacks to the best character in the show's history later on, as I'll get to. Brought to life by a stellar performance by Jessica Parker Kennedy that indeniably anchors the season, Nora is about as dazzling a new character addition as you could expect – and the show's seen, balancing both sides of the speed force (with ample costume and speed force beautifully purple/yellow lightning) – and serving as a makeshift-S1 Flash where Barry goes from student to teacher and we can relive the nostalgia and Season 1 wonder of a new speedster learning their powers through new eyes in an equally-congenial personality. The new Flash suit is near-PERFECTION too (aside from the chin strap I wish was there but small wrinkle) adding more vibrancy in red hues, thicker gold Mercury-ic accents, and more even stitchwork and solids for the definitive visual live-action Flash – plus, we finally got the perfectly comic-accurate ring suit after waiting only 5 seasons! Father-daughter character arcs with strong development all around and minimal fillers. Character development is also put on as dazzling array as all the speedster VFX (as good as or even better than ever with markedly more inventive cinematography in signature-vibrancy super-speed/slow-motion shots) with the smart screenwriting prowess lacking in S3/S4. The writers' room clearly put on their poker faces with a cleverly-scriped season that actually overcomes one of the worst-dealt studio hands given to them instead flipping it to their advantage: the 23-episode burden unloaded by The CW. Being 2x (even 3x) longer than most other TV series' episode counts for a season and thus requiring difficult stalling or filler episodes discordantly injected throughout the slate to distract from the main plot to meet quota, this imbecilic rule by the studio is overcome through masterful juggling of storylines to instead use the extra time to flesh out each character on the show with their own self-discovery/development arcs. Obviously Barry, Iris, and Nora are given the lion's share with their sweet and fascinating parental themes/arc coming to deal with having their future daughter suddenly appear and grow close to them, but Cisco is taken to the edge of his character's limits both psychologically and physically learning what life without powers is like and choosing between being Vibe or the possibility of having a family and normalcy (of which I will miss him sorely as easily one of the show's best characters but love his departure's handling), Caitlin grows closer with Killer Frost and her family by way of multiple revelations on the primal backstory of KF and sacrifice of her father, Joe and Cecil are sequestered with a new baby, and Tom Cavanaugh is back with yet another phenomenal new character showcasing his immaculate/inimitable acting array in the fascinating det. Sherloque. All these arcs are fit in like a puzzle throughout the season so that it rarely if ever feels draggish or fractured like was sometimes the case in S2-4, instead still fitting in with the overarching storyline nicely and as well as its big bads do. Finally, the big bads. HOLY MOLY. I cannot even describe how stunning this season was in terms of one thing – THE RETURN OF REVERSE FLASH. The *ultimate* Flash character – and best villain performance I've seen since Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight – is back with a sensational pulling-strings arc on death row having the concoct a way to get out. The whole season's myriad of events spanning months – and multiple villains/character pawns from Cicada (intriguing idea and backstory being a meta-human slasher with multiple versions throughout the season, even if problematic as I'll later discuss) to playing Nora like a violin to do his bidding while also fitting in a soul-crushing blow to his greatest enemy in Flash turning his daughter into a weapon against him to also delving a bit into his psychology and backstory of why he became the Reverse Flash and was destined to be Barry's greatest fan-turned-enemy – absolutely *unbelievable*. The show was genius to bring back their best character in absolutely BADASS fashion that does nothing but add to his lore/legend in show-stopper scenes like the electric chair in slow-motion only to go wrong and final Cicada dagger reveal that he was playinh everyone the whole time. As Ralph said best: "Thawne's plans have plans"; Truly S1-like incarnate reminding whole-heartedly why I fell in love with The Flash in the first place. Beyond RF, multiple other incredible villain ep's are fit in as well like King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd in magnificent kaiju/monster-battle fashion (not-so-coincidentally released at the same time as Godzilla: King of The Monsters), Icicle vs. Killer Frost, a Negative Speed Force-controlled XS leading a new version of Rogues, and GODSPEED who is simply godly as one of the most fascinating and powerful speedster adversaries in comics I can't wait to return next season as big bad. Minor flaws in S5 are pretty much limited to Cicada. Cicada's look is problematic trying to lean too hard on its Jack The Ripper motif with a hoody/trenchcoat that just looks off/doesn't fit properly, overlong mask, and too-big dagger. The character is also tremendously overacted by its questionable-actor/actress choices both times visibly straining to – for some reason – wildly oversell the anger part so that it's not even remotely believable/natural and far less entertaining/intimidating than Reverse Flash, Godspeed, or even a Negative Speed Force-controlled Nora that deliver A+-villainy without having to convince anyone of it and should've been given far more time in Anakin-turned-Vader, hero-turned-villain glory. The character cast is also still a bit crowded with Cecil and Ralph still being unnecessary characters I wish would go away or join Legends until the crossovers, season still overlong through no fault of the show only studio in CW (and they mostly get around it but still: 22 episodes is a long season) and there are a few SJW-isms like whole "most of the men in this city" Kamilla-date replays and Iris being Iris like getting mad when Barry sent Nora back after learning she lied (absolutely right to be upset his own daughter could knowingly work with RF and 100% right he manipulated her). Overall, S5 of The Flash is absolutely sensational and one of its best seasons in years. From ~perfection in new suit to addition of a bubbly, infectious new personality in show-stealing Dawn/XS, phenomenal character development for all team members, S1-callbacks with minimal fillers, & godly speedster villains in return of REVERSE FLASH AND GODSPEED, this season reminded me whole-heartedly why I fell in love with The Flash in the first place as one of my favorite shows ever back in S1. Despite its problematic villain-portrayal in Cicada – a minor gripe compared to its RF pulling-strings arc that will leave your jaw dropped well past the last flickers of credits, The Flash is BACK in form and trajectory at the starting line of what's set to be the wildest event in DCTV history clearly teased with that final post-credits time flux: Crisis on Infinite Earths. Overall Score: 9.2/10
  • Jul 18, 2019
    The Suit is so bad it makes the whole season worse
  • Jul 17, 2019
    Looking forward to season 6, but the shear stupidity of many characters was very frustrating. Nora is whiny. Iris is overly confident. So many moments that were ridiculous like Thawne in a cell? He was reborn? Hopefully the characters received some intelligence from Oliver.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    It starts out a little slow, but all in all Season 5 is a beautiful return to form for the show, while also adding to the Series well established lore in a great fashion, and while the villain is fairly forgettable, this season is built more on "The Flash Family" and the ever so fresh performance from Jessica Parker Kennedy, and the beautiful season finale.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    This season is not the strongest but it's still worth a watch if you enjoyed the previous seasons. The cast carry this show when the writing is poor and I know I will always enjoy this show thanks to them. This season also really picks up towards the end.

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