The BEST Episodes of The Flash (2014)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2019

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Fast Enough

#1 - Fast Enough

Season 1 - Episode 23

Wells presents Barry with a life-changing choice. Dr. Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond return to help the S.T.A.R. Labs team with this final fight.

star 8.46
4,355 votes
Directors: Dermott Downs
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Gabrielle Stanton
Out of Time

#2 - Out of Time

Season 1 - Episode 15

Mark Mardon aka The Weather Wizard appears in Central City intent on avenging his brother Clyde's death, and sets his sights on Joe, who shot Clyde. When Mardon attacks Joe and Barry, Barry is able to super-speed them to safety but Mardon gets away. Barry warns Joe not to go after a meta-human alone but Joe doesn't listen and ends up in grave danger. Meanwhile, Cisco looks into the night the team captured the Reverse Flash and realizes something doesn't add up and begins to wonder whether Joe was right about Dr. Wells. Barry and Linda end up on an awkward double date with Eddie and Iris.

star 8.42
4,435 votes
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
The Trap

#3 - The Trap

Season 1 - Episode 20

While in Wells' secret room, Barry learns about his battle with the Reverse-Flash in the future, as well as key moments in his life that include marrying Iris, a promotion at the CCPD, and that he created the artificial consciousness known as Gideon in the future. Barry, Caitlin, Cisco and Joe set a trap for Wells. Cisco uses himself as prey which puts him in grave danger. Meanwhile, Eddie makes a decision regarding Iris, which leaves Joe a bit unsettled.

star 8.29
4,274 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Alison Schapker, Brooke Eikmeier
The Man in the Yellow Suit

#4 - The Man in the Yellow Suit

Season 1 - Episode 9

Barry finds himself face-to-face with his nemesis, the man in the yellow suit, a.k.a. Reverse-Flash, who killed his mother. Barry is frustrated when the Reverse-Flash escapes, but Dr. Wells and Cisco come up with a plan to trap him. All they need is bait, so they turn to Dr. Tina McGee from Mercury Labs to help. Meanwhile, it’s Christmas at the West household and Iris is in full holiday cheer. Eddie gives her a surprising gift but also leaves her with a question that could change her life. Joe joins the search for the man in yellow and ends up in the crossfire. Caitlin finds Ronnie.

star 8.26
3,976 votes
Directors: Ralph Hemecker
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
The Race of His Life

#5 - The Race of His Life

Season 2 - Episode 23

Barry vows to stop Zoom after learning Zoom's true plans.

star 8.22
6,744 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
Flash vs. Arrow (1)

#6 - Flash vs. Arrow (1)

Season 1 - Episode 8

Barry is thrilled when Oliver, Felicity and Diggle come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang.

star 8.20
4,143 votes
Directors: Glen Winter
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski, Brooke Eikmeier
Rogue Air

#7 - Rogue Air

Season 1 - Episode 22

As Wells once again gets the upper hand on the S.T.A.R. Labs team, Barry realizes he needs to make a big move and reaches out to an old foe, Captain Cold, for help. Joe and Caitlin warn Barry that Cold can't be trusted. True to form, Cold has his own agenda that involves the meta-humans trapped in the containment cells. As things seem to be going from bad to worse, The Flash gets reinforcements - Arrow and Firestorm.

star 8.20
3,804 votes
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
Enter Zoom

#8 - Enter Zoom

Season 2 - Episode 6

After recent events, Barry decides it’s time to confront Zoom and comes up with a dangerous plan. Caitlin sides with Jay and deems it too dangerous for Barry to engage with the speed demon. However, Iris shows her support and brings forth a surprising ally. We see what Earth-2 Harrison Wells’ life was like before coming through the breech.

star 8.17
4,905 votes
Directors: JJ Makaro
Writers: Gabrielle Stanton, Brooke Eikmeier
Who Is Harrison Wells?

#9 - Who Is Harrison Wells?

Season 1 - Episode 19

Joe and Cisco head to Starling City to continue their investigation of Dr. Wells. While in town, the duo enlists the help of Captain Lance, and Cisco meets the Black Canary, who asks him for a favor. Meanwhile, back in Central City, Barry races to catch a meta-human named Hannibal Bates who can transform himself into every person he touches – which includes Eddie, Iris, Caitlin and even The Flash.

star 8.15
4,192 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Ray Utarnachitt, Cortney Norris
I Know Who You Are

#10 - I Know Who You Are

Season 3 - Episode 20

Barry and the team meet Tracy Brand, a scientist, who may be the key to stopping Savitar. Unfortunately, Killer Frost is also after Tracy so Team Flash must battle their old friend, which proves to be particularly difficult for Cisco. Joe and Cecile’s relationship takes a big turn.

star 8.14
6,793 votes
Writers: Bronwen Clark, Joshua V. Gilbert
Elseworlds (1)

#11 - Elseworlds (1)

Season 5 - Episode 9

Part one of the crossover event with Arrow and Supergirl.

star 8.13
1,998 votes
Writers: Eric Wallace, Sam Chalsen
Welcome to Earth-2

#12 - Welcome to Earth-2

Season 2 - Episode 13

Barry, Wells and Cisco journey to Earth-2 to rescue Wells’ daughter, Jesse from Zoom. Barry is stunned when he runs into Earth-2 Iris and Joe, but nothing prepares him for meeting Killer Frost and Deathstorm. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Jay has to take over the Flash’s responsibilities when a meta-human nicknamed Geomancer attacks Central City.

star 8.12
5,323 votes
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Katherine Walczak

#13 - Invincible

Season 2 - Episode 22

After Zoom unleashes an army of Earth-2 meta-humans on Central City, Barry is shaken when he sees their leader is the Black Canary’s Earth-2 doppelganger, the Black Siren. Meanwhile, Wally takes to the streets to help The Flash stop the meta-humans, which worries Joe. Iris and Henry are concerned about Barry taking on Zoom.

star 8.12
6,426 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Brooke Roberts, David Kob
Escape from Earth-2

#14 - Escape from Earth-2

Season 2 - Episode 14

On Earth-2, the team races to find Zoom's lair and asks for help from the most unexpected source. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Caitlin rushes to perfect Velocity-9 so that Jay can stop the Geomancer.

star 8.11
5,337 votes
Directors: J.J. Makaro
Writers: Todd Helbing, Aaron Helbing, David Kob
Invasion! (2)

#15 - Invasion! (2)

Season 3 - Episode 8

When aliens called the Dominators attack Central City, Barry speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle against the Dominators is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco create a breach to bring back a secret weapon – Supergirl. Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, Wally wants to join the battle against the aliens but Iris tells him he’s not ready. Part 1 - Supergirl - S02E08 Part 2 - The Flash - S03E08 Part 3 - Arrow - S05E08 Part 4 - DC's Legends of Tomorrow - S02E07

star 8.10
7,384 votes
Directors: Dermott Downs
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing

#16 - Rupture

Season 2 - Episode 20

Zoom arrives back on Earth-1 intent on taking over Central City. Barry and Wells come up with a plan to stop Zoom once and for all but it’s extremely dangerous. Unsure if he should take the risk, Barry reaches out to both fathers for advice. Henry is adamantly opposed to Barry risking his life again but Joe thinks he can handle it which puts the two men at odds with each other. Meanwhile, Cisco is shocked when he vibes the Earth-2 villain Rupture, who happens to be his brother Dante’s doppelganger. Rupture came to this Earth seeking justice for Reverb’s death. Iris decides she’s finally ready to open up to Barry about her feelings for him.

star 8.09
6,353 votes
Writers: Kai Yu Wu, Lauren Certo, Lauren Certo

#17 - Tricksters

Season 1 - Episode 17

A copycat killer who goes by the name “The Trickster” starts setting off bombs in Central City. In order to stop the villain, Barry and Joe meet with the original Trickster, a criminal mastermind named James Jesse, who has been imprisoned for 20 years. Things quickly go from bad to worse when the Tricksters unite and take Henry prisoner. Meanwhile, Iris asks Eddie for help with a case and flashbacks show how Harrison Wells came up with the idea for the particle accelerator.

star 8.09
4,233 votes
Directors: Ralph Hemecker
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg
Legends of Today (1)

#18 - Legends of Today (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8

Vandal Savage arrives in Central City and sets his sights on Kendra Saunders. After Vandal attacks Kendra and Cisco, they turn to Barry for help. Realizing how dangerous Vandal is, Barry takes Kendra to Star City and asks Oliver and team to hide her until he can figure out how to stop Vandal. However, things quickly go from bad to worse when a man with wings AKA Hawkman shows up and flies off with Kendra. Meanwhile, Harrison develops a serum to make Barry run faster and asks Jay to test it out. This cross-over episode concludes on Arrow's season 4 “Legends of Yesterday” episode.

star 8.08
4,876 votes
Directors: Ralph Hemecker
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
Flash Back

#19 - Flash Back

Season 2 - Episode 17

After discovering the true identity of Zoom, Barry is more determined than ever to stop him. To increase his speed, Barry goes back in time to look for help from an arch nemesis.

star 8.05
5,933 votes
Directors: Alice Troughton
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
Infantino Street

#20 - Infantino Street

Season 3 - Episode 22

With only 24 hours left until Savitar murders Iris, Barry struggles to save the woman he loves and makes the choice to use any means necessary to do so. Realizing he has one option left to save her, The Flash turns to Captain Cold for help.

star 8.04
6,715 votes
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Grainne Godfree

#21 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

CSI investigator Barry Allen awakens from a coma, nine months after he was hit by lightning, and discovers he has superhuman speed.

star 8.02
6,400 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg, Geoff Johns
The Flash Is Born

#22 - The Flash Is Born

Season 1 - Episode 6

The Flash faces a new meta-human named Tony, who can turn himself into girded steel at will. While Dr. Wells and Caitlin are concerned about Barry’s safety, Cisco comes up with a plan to take Tony down. Meanwhile, Iris’s blog on The Flash gets her into trouble, and Eddie witnesses Tony’s abilities firsthand and begins to ask questions that Joe doesn’t want answered. Joe asks Dr. Wells to help him solve Nora Allen’s murder.

star 8.02
4,039 votes
Writers: Jaime Paglia, Chris Rafferty
We Are The Flash

#23 - We Are The Flash

Season 4 - Episode 23

Team Flash gets help from a surprising ally in their battle against DeVoe.

star 8.01
2,659 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: Todd Helbing, Eric Wallace
Finish Line

#24 - Finish Line

Season 3 - Episode 23

With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar in a epic conclusion to season three.

star 8.01
6,463 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Writers: Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing
The Once and Future Flash

#25 - The Once and Future Flash

Season 3 - Episode 19

Barry travels to the future to find out Savitar’s still unknown identity in the hopes of saving Iris. Upon his arrival in 2024, Barry encounters future versions of his Team Flash friends, who, following the death of Iris, have become very different people, profoundly impacted by their showdown with Savitar. It will be up to Barry to infuse a sense of hope back into the team, as he proves to be hero his future friends have been waiting for. Meanwhile, back in 2017, the hunt for Killer Frost continues.

star 7.99
6,851 votes
Directors: Tom Cavanagh
Writers: Carina Adly MacKenzie