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The Flash is a 1990 American television series that starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen/The Flash. The series ran for one season of 22 episodes from September 20, 1990, until May 18, 1991. Despite attempts at renewing the series, which resulted in a franchise expansions such as promo comic The Flash TV Special and video games, the series was canceled due to a ratings drop resulting from a series of time slot moves. In some markets "Pilot", along with four episodes was distributed as television or direct-to-video movies: The Flash, The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster and Flash III: Deadly Nightshade.

After years the series garnered a devoted fanbase and a cult following. This resulted in the series being referenced multiple times in the shared multiverse which began with CW's Arrow and continued with The Flash, the latter of which cast numerous actors from the series in supporting and guest roles, including all three leads (John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays and Alex Désert) and several notable recurring actors (Mark Hamill, Corinne Bohrer, Vito D'Ambrosio), mainly returning to their roles.

The Arrowverse's 2018 crossover Elseworlds eventually put 1990 series into the shared multiverse as Earth-90.


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  1. Griffiths appeared in the pilot as a co-star, though she was written out of the series once regular filming began.[1]

Episode list

# Episode name Directed by Story by Teleplay by Original airdate
1. "Pilot" Robert Iscove Danny Bilson & Paul De Meo 20 September 1990
A laboratory accident endows a police scientist with the ability to move at superhuman speed which he uses to battle a menacing gang as a superhero.
2. "Out of Control" Mario Azzopardi Gail Morgan Hickman 26 September 1990
Homeless people are disappearing/dying. But no one can find the bodies. Tina's friend comes to town for a visit.
3. "Watching the Detectives" Gus Trikonis Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore 17 October 1990
The corrupt District Attorney Thomas Castillo hires a private eye named Megan Lockhart to find out the Flash's identity. He then blackmails Barry to work for him, or he'll expose his secret.
3. "Honor Among Thieves" Aaron Lipstadt Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore Milo Bichmann, Danny Bilson & Paul De Meo 25 October 1990
Central City Museum prepares to receive a valuable historical object. A group of specialists tries to steal it.
4. "Double Vision" Gus Trikonis Jim Trombetta 1 November 1990
Someone spreads graffiti, and messages asking to meet "Flash" at a church. Barry goes to the church. Shortly after that, he begins to experience black outs and memory losses.
5. "Sins of the Father" Jonathan Sanger Stephen Hattmann 8 November 1990
A bank robber escapes from prison. He goes back to Central City to get his money and revenge on the cop who busted him, Henry Allen, Barry's father.
6. "Child's Play" Danny Bilson Stephen Hattmann & Gail Morgan Hickman Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore 15 November 1990
A reporter is killed as he's researching a drug story. Barry tries to help two homeless kids.
7. "Shroud of Death" Mario Azzopardi Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore Michael Reaves 29 November 1990
A judge is killed, the killer sends the victim a part of a medal before he dies. When a former DA is killed, Barry finds a connection. Garfield was the arresting officer on the case, when his girlfriend/fiancée is shot, Garfield takes it personally. Flash must stop him before he crosses the line. Tina gets a job offer that would send her to California.
8. "Ghost in the Machine" Bruce Bilson Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore 13 December 1990
The Ghost, a villain from 1955 emerges from a deep freeze, intent on continuing his plan to extort money from the city. Nightshade comes out of retirement to help the Flash stop him.
9. "Sight Unseen" Christopher Leitch Gail Morgan Hickman John Vorhaus 10 January 1991
An invisible man gets into Star Labs, and releases a neurotoxin with Tina inside the lab. Then he starts killing scientists who worked on the project. Flash must find the invisible man and save his friend.
10. "Beat the Clock" Mario Azzopardi Jim Trombetta 31 January 1991
11. "The Trickster" Danny Bilson Howard Chaykin John Francis Moore February 7 1991
12. "Tina, Is That You?" William A. Fraker Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes David L. Newman February 14 1991
13. "Be My Baby" Bruce Bilson Jule Selbo February 21 1991
14. "Fast Forward" Gus Trikonis Gail Morgan Hickman February 27 1991
15. "Deadly Nightshade" Bruce Bilson John Francis Moore Howard Chaykin March 30 1991
16. "Captain Cold" Gilbert Shilton Paul De Meo Gail Morgan Hickman April 6 1991
17. "Twin Streaks" James A. Contner Stephen Hattman April 13 1991
18. "Done with Mirrors" Danny Bilson Howard Chaykin & John Francis Moore April 27 1991
19. "Good Night, Central City" Mario Azzopardi Jim Trombetta May 4 1991
20. "Alpha" Bruce Bilson Gail Morgan Hickman Denise Skinner May 11 1991
21. "Trial of the Trickster" Danny Bilson Howard Chaykin John Francis Moore May 18 1991


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