The Flash: Season 1 (1990 - 1991)

Season 1
The Flash

Critics Consensus

Although The Flash fails to replicate a low budget version of Tim Burton's Batman, the creators manage to construct a superhero series that is uniquely campy and surprisingly compelling.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 6
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Air date: Sep 20, 1990
Air date: Sep 27, 1990
Air date: Oct 18, 1990
Air date: Oct 25, 1990
Air date: Nov 1, 1990
Air date: Nov 8, 1990
Air date: Nov 15, 1990
Air date: Nov 29, 1990
Air date: Dec 13, 1990
Air date: Jan 10, 1991
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John Wesley Shipp
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Amanda Pays
as Tina McGee
Alex Désert
as Julio Mendez
Biff Manard
as Off. Michael Francis Murphy
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Off. Bellows
Mike Genovese
as Lt. Warren Garfield
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Critic Reviews for The Flash Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)


May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The early '90s fashions are pretty painful to look at, and the TV budget is what it is, but nonetheless, the show made a concerted effort to expand the boundaries of what was achievable with the superhero genre during that era,

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Sure, The Flash may have been too campy for most, but watch a brainwashed Flash and the Trickster throwing sticks of dynamite at the Central City police and tell me you aren't entertained.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

[The Flash was] a short-lived but fun CBS TV series. Riding on the heels of the first Tim Burton Batman, The Flash show bears a similar vibe with its latex super-suit, dark and theatrical Central City and Danny Elfman title theme.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Perhaps no television show is as iconic or as tragically cut short as 1990's The Flash.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The special effects in The Flash are neat, and the standard comic-book ploy of a superhuman hero who saves the populace from monumentally nasty villains works effectively. Like The Incredible Hulk this one could prove attractive to youngsters.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The Flash parts of this show are fun... But so far, the villains are dumb, run-of-the-mill punks and hoods instead of colorful old Flash foes like Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd.

May 29, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Flash has neither the humor of Dick Tracy nor, even though much of its action occurs at night, the brooding darkness of Batman.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the origins, the situations and dialogue are less infantile than a lot of shows that aren't based on comic strips, and the hero is given enough complexity that adults can conceivably be as engaged in his shenanigans as kids.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Warner Brothers still pulled out all the stops for this show, but, unfortunately, they did it by attempting to precisely imitate the look and feel of Batman, all the way down to a Danny Elfman-composed theme song.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flash: Season 1

  • Dec 15, 2018
    A cheesy but enjoyably fun TV show.

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