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The Flash 

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A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
John Wesley Shipp ...  Barry Allen / ... 22 episodes, 1990-1991
Amanda Pays ...  Christina McGee 22 episodes, 1990-1991
Alex Désert ...  Julio Mendez 22 episodes, 1990-1991
Vito D'Ambrosio ...  Officer Tony Bellows 17 episodes, 1990-1991
Biff Manard Biff Manard ...  Murphy 17 episodes, 1990-1991
Mike Genovese ...  Lt. Warren Garfield 17 episodes, 1990-1991
Richard Belzer ...  Joe Kline 10 episodes, 1990-1991
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Storyline

In a freak accident, police crime scene investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and doused in chemicals. Barry discovers that this accident had given him powers, able to move at nearly the speed of sound. With the help of STAR Labs scientist Tina McGee, he learns to control his powers...but when his older brother Jay (a motorcycle cop) is killed in the line of duty, Barry asks Tina to make him a special costume that can withstand the rigors of hyperspeed travel. He sets forth to clean up the streets of Central City as The Flash. Written by Gregory A. Sheets <m-sheets2@onu.edu>

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English

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20 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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The Flash is not one, but three characters from DC Comics, and all three of them managed to make it into the series in some way. Jay Garrick, who was the first Flash and whose adventures inspired Barry Allen (the second) lives on in the name of Barry's brother, whose death inspires our hero. Barry Allen was a police scientist, but was also married to Iris West, the aunt of Wally West (the third Flash) who briefly dated Tina McGee some time after Barry died. The Flash of the television series is a combination of Barry Allen's name and day job with Wally West's social life, and a personality falling somewhere between the two. See more »

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Yet another good show that deserved a better chance.
24 January 2004 | by Rob_T_FireflySee all my reviews

I was a big fan of this show the first time around. I was already something of a comic fan, and this series was a great translation of the material into a series. The Flash was a great-looking show, and the actors played their parts flawlessly. John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash, has that Bruce Campbell-like ability to portray a likable, average guy, who just happens to get super powers. His sidekick, the lovely Amanda Pays (formerly of Max Headroom) was a good, but underused, addition to the show.

The special effects were surprisingly good for a TV show, although I do seem to remember some wince-inducing moments, like one villain whose costume included - unless my memory is really messing with me, which has been known to happen - a Nintendo Power Glove.

On the subject of villains, they were usually done well. I highly recommend the episodes starring Mark Hamill as the Trickster. Fans of the animated Batman series will notice an early version of Hamill's Joker persona here, which is interesting since the Flash comics' Trickster character was basically a rehash of Batman's Joker in the first place.

All in all, this show really didn't deserve to get canned after one season. Given another season, it could have grown into something classic. Luckily, videos of this seem fairly easy to come by, so it's still possible to check out this underrated footnote in the history of superhero television.


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