How To Watch The Flash? Easy Watch Order Guide

How To Watch The Flash? Easy Watch Order Guide

The Flash may be the fastest man alive, but he has caught our eye ever since the Arrowverse show first hit the tv screens on October 7, 2014.

Life for Scientist Barry Allen completely changed when he gained superhuman speed after the explosion of S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator. Our scarlet speedster has been fighting urban crime for seven seasons now, and the threat from other metahumans has still not subsided.

An accurate watch order has been given below if you are looking for a way to watch the series. It also includes a chronological order with the crossover episodes correctly positioned.

1. Release Date Order

If the name Barry Allen is still ‘Very Alien’ to you, you should get the ball rolling with Season 1. And continue watching the seasons in which they were released.

  • Season 1 (2014)
  • Season 2 (2015)
  • Season 3 (2016)
  • Season 4 (2017)
  • Season 5 (2018)
  • Season 6 (2019)
  • Season 7 (2021)(running)
  • Season 8 (2021)(upcoming)
How To Watch The Flash?
Barry Allen aka Flash | Source: IMDb

The drawback of this order is that it neglects certain episodes where Barry Allen made his appearance as The Flash. But, I’ve got them covered in the ultimate watch order below:

2. Ultimate Watch Order

This is a chronological watch order. While you may proceed with the canonical seasons as usual, just pay attention while viewing the crossovers.

Right from the first ever crossover event of the Arrowverse Flash vs. Arrow, to the most iconic one titled Crisis on Infinite Earths, I have attached the list of properly sequenced crossover episodes after every season:

  • Season 1 (2014)
  • Flash vs. Arrow (Crossover 1)
    • The Flash Season 1, Episode 8
    • Arrow Season 3, Episode 8
  • Season 2 (2015)
  • Heroes Join Forces (Crossover 2)
    • The Flash Season 2, Episode 8
    • Arrow Season 4, Episode 8
  • Worlds Finest (Crossover 3)
    • Supergirl Season 1, Episode 18
  • Chronicles of Cisco: Entry 0419
  • Season 3 (2016)
  • Invasion (Crossover 4)
    • The Flash Season 3, Episode 8
    • Arrow Season 5, Episode 8
    • Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, Episode 7
  • Duet (Crossover 5)
    • Supergirl Season 2, Episode 16
    • The Flash Season 3, Episode 17
  • Season 4 (2017)
  • Crisis on Earth-X (Crossover 6)
    • Supergirl Season 3, Episode 8
    • Arrow Season 6, Episode 8
    • The Flash Season 4, Episode 8
    • Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, Episode 8
  • Stretched Scenes
  • Season 5 (2018)
  • Elseworlds (Crossover 7)
    • The Flash Season 5, Episode 9
    • Arrow Season 7, Episode 9
    • Supergirl Season 4, Episode 9
  • Season 6 (2019)
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths (Crossover 8)
    • Supergirl Season 5, Episode 9
    • Batwoman Season 1, Episode 9
    • The Flash Season 6, Episode 9
    • Arrow Season 8, Episode 8
    • Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, Episode 0
  • Season 7 (2021)(running)
  • Season 8 (2021)(upcoming)
How To Watch The Flash?
Barry Allen | Source: IMDb

Chronicles of Cisco: Entry 0419 and Stretched Shorts mentioned in the watch order are basically promotional miniature shorts. They do not directly engage The Flash, but operate on the sidelines of the main story.

The first one is a four-episode series, in which Cisco encounters Peek-a-Boo, and their clash eventually helps Cisco in making a bulletproof suit for the Flash. Stretched Shorts, released in 2017, consist of three videos which are set during The Flash Season 4.

3. Where To Watch

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4. How Much Time Will It Take To Watch

By rough calculations, it will take you 4 days, 19 hours and 23 mins to binge watch the entire Arrow.

All the 7 seasons, with 8 crossover events and 2 mini series have been taken into account.

Note: These are approximate values of the runtimes.

5. About The Flash (The CW)

The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. It is a spin-off from Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe known as Arrowverse.

Cast members include Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Keiynan Lonsdale among many others.

The series follows Barry Allen, a forensic investigator in Central City, who is hit by lightning on the night of the inauguration of the particle accelerator. Months later, he wakes up from a coma and discovers he has super-speed. He becomes The Flash and fights crime in Central City.