• The Flash Is Fast-Paced, Family-Friendly Fun

    by  • September 7, 2014 • Paleyfest • 4 Comments

    The Flash is a comic-based program with an upbeat, truly heroic hero.Flash_FB

    As a boy, Barry Allen saw his mother die before his eyes. The police and the courts agreed Barry’s father was responsible; but Barry knows what he saw: a ball of lighting shaped like a man was responsible. Raised by detective Joe West, the now-grown Barry is a forensic police scientist, with a crush on his oblivious adoptive “sister” Iris. But when brilliant scientist Harrison Wells’ experimental particle generator goes haywire, it unleashes forces that transform Barry, giving him the ability to run at unbelievable speeds. With the support of Harrison’s science team, Barry vows to protect Central City from other super-powered “metahumans,” and takes on a new, costumed identity as the Fastest Man Alive  – The Flash!

    Unlike its sister DC Comics-inspired program Arrow, which often features a dark, brooding tone and intense, fairly realistic violence, The Flash is largely an upbeat, positive show with lots of exciting action but little graphic violence. Where Arrow’s characters often attack one another with arrows, swords, guns, and brutal beatings, The Flash centers around fantasy-style special effects, such as the first episode’s weather-controlling villain. Unless it changes drastically from the pilot, there is little in The Flash to concern parents of even younger children. Instead, the entire family can enjoy the character drama and thrill to the high-speed adventures of The Flash.

    The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CW.

    Take a look yourself and tell us what you think in our comments below!





    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to The Flash Is Fast-Paced, Family-Friendly Fun

    1. Luca
      June 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      My 17 yr old was appalled that I was letting my 9-yr old daughter watch The Flash. He loves it, but was convinced it must be TV-14 due to violence and intensity of viewing experience.
      I checked the rating (PG), checked this site, and watched a couple episodes, and thought it was fine.
      But I guess my family’s sensibilities vary greatly to the other parents above. She loved the beginning of the season, but by Ep.7 she was completely freaked out, had to stop watching it, and couldn’t discuss it because she didn’t want to re-live it.
      I suggest caution and vigilance with this show, and feel it is suited to older kids, or ones already exposed to violence and tension.

    2. miss_cilya87@yahoo.com
      November 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      My 6 year old and I love this show! I hope they continue to keep it appropriate for younger audiences, because my son loves it! :)

    3. Clay
      November 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

      It really is a good family show, but maybe not for younger kids. It does have occasional profanity (very little), and there is killing in many of the episodes, though not graphic.

    4. anthony bowman
      October 31, 2014 at 8:23 am

      I love this New series because I can watch it with my 5 year old and my 8 year old. Keeping it family friendly is awesome!

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