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Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.
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.
The Flash cast
- 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 Man
- Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton
- Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen/XS
- Chris Klein as Orlin Dwyer/Cicada
- Tom Cavanaugh as Harrison Sherloque Wells
- Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
The Flash Season 5
Season 5 of The Flash premiered Oct. 9, 2018. Like most programs, The Flash took a break over holidays. The Flash returns with new episodes starting Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 8pm ET/PT on the CW.
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How to watch The Flash online for free
All the big name live TV streaming services offer a free trial 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.
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV not only gives you access to on-demand content, but you’ll also be able to stream live TV, including local networks. If you miss The Flash when it airs, no worries: It will be available on-demand along with countless movies, classic programs, and of course, original series available exclusively on Hulu. You’ll also get access to almost 60 channels, including Lifetime, ESPN, USA, and plenty more. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
If you’re a sports fanatic, FuboTV is a streaming service built just for you. There are tailor-made packages for fans of basketball, international soccer, golf, and even rock climbing. For the rest of the family, there’s a suite of great channels including Food Network, IFC, TBS, Cartoon Network, and more. The CW may be available in your market, so be sure to check before subscribing. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
3) YouTube TV
- Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku,Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
The original destination for online videos has rolled out a streaming package of its own. YouTube TV offers a streaming suite of more than 60 popular cable networks, including local channels. You’ll get access to sports channels including ESPN and FS1, entertainment destinations like FXX and TBS, and even a handful of Spanish language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. One YouTube TV subscription lets you add up to six accounts, each with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
4) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s answer to online streaming. If you simply must have the most channels, DirecTV Now offers upwards of 125 of them in its most expensive package. Of course, its basic $40-a-month Live a Little plan will get you access to NBC, where you can get your fix of The Flash. (You can find the full list of DirecTV Now 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.
- Cost: $7.99-13.99/month (after a free month)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii
While it’s a season behind, you can watch seasons 1-4 on Netflix. You’ll definitely want to catch up on older episodes before diving into season 5.
3) The CW
You can catch up on select recent episodes of The Flash on the CW website. You can watch most of the episodes for free, so long as you don’t mind sitting through commercials. But after a new episode “expires,” you’ll need to sign-in using your credentials from one of the live TV services above to stream the episode on-demand.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.