The Flash (2014 TV series)
The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the Barry Allen incarnation of DC Comics character the Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It is a spin-off of Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe known as the Arrowverse. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.
|Based on||Characters from DC Comics|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||171 (list of episodes)|
|Production location||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||41–45 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||October 7, 2014 –|
Initially envisioned as a backdoor pilot, the positive reception Gustin received during two appearances as Barry on Arrow led to executives choosing to develop a full pilot to make use of a larger budget and help flesh out Barry's world in more detail. The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Flash premiered in North America on October 7, 2014, where the pilot became the second-most watched premiere in the history of The CW, after The Vampire Diaries in 2009. It has been well received by critics and audiences, and won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Drama" in 2014. The series, together with Arrow, has spun characters out to their own show, Legends of Tomorrow, which premiered on January 21, 2016. The series was renewed for an eighth season in February 2021 and premiered on November 16, 2021. In March 2022, the series was renewed for a ninth and final season.