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Trivia / The Flash (1990)

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  • Acting for Two: John Wesley Shipp plays both the titular hero and his Evil Knockoff Pollux. Since this show has retroactively been made part of the Arrowverse, then he's acting for four (potentially even five note ) as he played that universe's version of Henry Allen and his Earth-3 counterpart, Jay Garrick.
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  • Breakup Breakout: Vito D'Ambrosio, who played Bellow, gets to do a recurring Remake Cameo in the wildly successful remake. Justified though, as Murphy's actor, Bliff Manard, passed away months before its series premiere.
  • Executive Meddling: There was a constant shifting from one time-slot to another, eventually causing the show's cancellation after one season. Explained more fully on the show's Wikipedia page.
  • Follow the Leader: This show really wanted to be a TV version of Tim Burton's Batman film. Hell, just like similar obvious hanger-on Dick Tracy, it has Danny Elfman music that's barely changed from his Batman score.
  • Old Shame: A downplayed example. Apparently, John Wesley Shipp wasn't fond of wearing the suit - he apparently tore the ears off of the suit and Mark Hamill still has possession of them! However, he's still fond of his time on the show. When asked at an interview for the 2014 show, if the show's creators might put him into a suit again, his answer was of the "God, I hope not!" variety. They did when he was tapped to play Jay Garrick, and he later reprised Barry Allen himself in Elseworlds (2018).
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  • Real-Life Relative: Since this show has retroactively been made part of the Arrowverse, then it has David Cassidy's (Sam Scudder/Mirror Master) Real Life daughter Katie playing Laurel Lance/Black Canary.
  • Screwed by the Network: The series aired for only one season on CBS and had its time slot constantly changed before it was canned. For example, at one point, this hour long drama was moved to air at 8:30 PM to avoid competing with The Cosby Show and The Simpsons, as it had been. The executive who gave it the ax is on record as saying it was "the best show I ever cancelled."
  • Shout-Out:
    • There are obvious ones with Batman and ''Superman playing at a local cinema.
    • During a hospital scene in "Tina, Is That You?", a suitably British announcement can be heard over the PA system:
      PA: Dr. Baker to the fourth floor please.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: The show was made at the very beginning of The '90s and it shows not only in the fashion, but also the decor and the now thoroughly outdated computer and lab equipment.
  • What Could Have Been: Had there been a second season, it would've opened with a Villain Team-Up consisting of Captain Cold, the Mirror Master and the Trickster in order to take down the Flash. This gets a Discontinuity Nod during the Season 2 Christmas Episode of The Flash (2014), except Weather Wizard takes Mirror Master's place.
  • You Look Familiar: Since this show has retroactively been made part of the Arrowverse, then...


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