Parents' Guide to

The Flash

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Arrow spin-off tells lighter tale of likable hero.

TV CW Drama 2014
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age 11+

Based on 95 parent reviews

age 11+
The first two seasons are the high point of DC television history. In seasons three and 4 the show dropped In quality. Then season 5 came around and the show I loved took a massive dump on itself. Then season 6 aired and I had hope for the show as I witnessed it's return to greatness.Now we're on season 7 and while it has some of the best episodes it also has some of the worst. Barry is constantly taking down his villains hugs instead of punching them. We'll have to see where it goes now In terms of content the first two seasons have some inappropriate scenes. While season 3 cleaned up the act a little there is still lots of language. Season 4 has lots of rerfences to more adult things. While seasons 5,6, and 7 are almost completely clean The Language is Sh!t son of b1tch and A%% Cr@p. Just depends on the parent if your parent is normal 10+ Strict 11/12 Very strict 14+
age 14+

It's been a good ride

If this is the final season of the Flash then it is going out with a big bang some of the characters I missed Cisco Nora Wall-E in Harrison but I love the fact that they are bringing in guest stars from other arrowverse DC shows so we get a chance to say goodbye to each one of them I am a little sad that we will never get a crossover between Star Girl and Super Girl though.

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With a lighter vibe and toned-down violence, this spin-off of fellow CW superhero show Arrow is suitable for younger viewers (and an easier sell to worried parents, too). Gustin appeared briefly in Arrow as Barry's alter-ego role as a crime-scene investigator, and Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen shows up in a few Flash episodes, too. The crossover between the two shows -- and the mentor/student relationship between the two heroes -- is tailor-made for Arrow fans, to be sure, but you don't have to know that backstory to fall in step with this one. What you do need is an appreciative imagination and a soft spot for a slightly awkward hero, more along the lines of bespectacled Clark Kent than the self-assured likes of a Bruce Wayne, for example. Barry adjusts to his new superpowers far more quickly than he does to the duality of his two identities, and masking his second identity further complicates matters with Iris, his longed-for love interest who's involved with someone else but soon becomes obsessed with the town's unidentified new superhero (and, in later seasons, becomes the pivot-point for a plotline that endangers Barry and those close to him).

That said, Barry's insecurities make him really likable and cause him to wrestle with matters others in his place might disregard. At one point, he even voices his concerns to Arrow's Oliver (Stephen Amell), vowing that as much as he wants to embrace his new identity as a hero, he never wants to be a vigilante. It's a nice element of humanity that helps ground him, makes the line between right and wrong pleasantly clear for viewers, and keeps the content from delving too far into the darker side of heroism. Overall, this is a fun pick for those who love a good superhero tale, and good whole-family watching.

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