Worst to First: Ranking the DC Superhero TV Shows
11. The Flash (1990)
Ran from: September 20, 1990 – May 18, 1991
Heroes: The Flash, S.T.A.R. Labs Tina McGee
Villains: The Trickster, Captain Cold and Mirror Master
Notable Guest Stars: Mark Hamill, David Cassidy, Jeffrey Combs, Denise Crosby, Bill Mumy and Jeri Ryan
What’s Good: Following the success of Tim Burton’s Batman, Warner Brothers was willing to spend some money on a superhero TV show. They settled on the Flash and spent $100,000 on costumes for the main character played by John Wesley Shipp. The Flash tried to be Batman on a TV budget right down to a theme song by Danny Elfman.
If you are judging by the standards of adventure shows from that era, The Flash was generally a cut above. Shipp and costar Amanda Pays had a good on-screen chemistry. The production values were better than you would find on any other genre TV show at the time.
What’s Bad: Unfortunately, the show’s ratings couldn’t justify the hefty price tag that came with the fancy costumes and special effects. While some of the Flash’s villains occasionally made appearances, mostly the Scarlet Speeder was fighting bad guys who were no match for his speed.
Verdict: Special effects just hadn’t reached a point where a show like The Flash could be done on a TV budget. Still, it was a valiant effort for the time.
Next: Wonder Woman
Posted on November 10, 2017, in Super Heroes, TV, Worst to First and tagged Adventures of Superman, Batman, gotham, shazam, smallville, supergirl, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.