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How to watch ‘The Flash’ online for free

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Jun 17, 2020, 7:19 pm*


Jaime Carrillo 

Jaime Carrillo

After decades of playing second fiddle to other DC heroes, The Flash finally found a home on a hit show. Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who was struck by lightning and granted superhuman speed. Using his newfound powers in his skin-tight red-and-yellow suit, The Flash fights crime in Central City. This includes facing off against other “metahumans” including his nemesis Reverse-Flash, The Thinker, Zoom, and in season 5, Cicada. Every episode is as exciting as flipping through a graphic novel (without all that pesky reading).

Here’s everything you need to know to watch The Flash online for free.

How to stream The Flash

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What is The Flash?

  • Launched: October 2014
  • Channel: The CW
  • Genre: Superhero drama
  • Starring: Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibney/Elongated Ma
  • Seasons: 6
  • Status: Renewal for Season 7 announced January 2020

How to stream The Flash live: How to watch The Flash and other CW shows online

All the big-name live TV streaming services let you try out their services for one week, allowing you to watch The Flash for free. There are variations among them, though, especially when it comes to the local channels offered. Depending on which service you choose, the availability of the CW in your area might vary. The links below will offer a quick primer on what channels you’ll get with each service.

The CW isn’t just a TV station or an app on your phone, it’s available on nearly every major streaming device, meaning its easy to stream CW shows to your big screen at your convenience. All episodes of Nancy Drew (as well as other newer series Batwoman and Katy Keene) are available all season long. Yes, there are ads but on the plus side, you don’t need a cable provider or to log-in, and it’s completely free.

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Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.

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FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.

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There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

How to catch up on The Flash episodes

If you’re looking for a place to catch up on older episodes of The Flash, there are a couple of solutions.


If you’ve missed the latest episodes of your favorite CW shows like Riverdale, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and others, you can stream select episodes directly from The CW shows. You don’t need credentials or an account to watch the most recent episodes, but each new episode expires after a couple of weeks, so you’ll want to act quickly. You can also catch extended trailers and other video extras, so it’s worth a dive.

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The leading name in streaming is still the best movie streaming site online, though the competition is closing in fast. Netflix’s smart suggestions learn from your viewing habits, making recommendations based on what you watch and how you rate it. With vast libraries across every genre, Netflix has a little bit of something for everyone in your house, from war movies, documentaries, anime, and indie flicks to true crime and movies based on true stories. The only knock on Netflix is that it’s relatively light on classic movies.

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*First Published: Jan 15, 2019, 6:30 am