For other episodes of the same name, see Pilot.
"Pike has been terrorizing the city. Well I'm going to terrorize him. You know that insignia of his? That blood dot they all wear on their backs? Well, I've got one of my own."
Barry coming up with his alter ego.

"Pilot" is the first episode of The Flash. It aired on September 20, 1990.


Police chemist Barry Allen's life radically changes one night when his lightning strikes his lab—and the combination of chemicals and incredible electrical power transform him into the fastest human on earth, The Flash.[src]


  • Although Paula Marshall (Iris West) was intended to be a regular character on the series, she was written out after the pilot.
  • Technically, this is the very first episode of the Arrowverse. However, the shared multiverse didn't actually start until CW's Arrow​ first premiered in 2012. CBS's The Flash​ was confirmed as part of the Arrowverse in 2018, during the Elseworlds​ crossover event.
  • There are two references to the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick:
    • S.T.A.R. Labs is located at 50 Garrick Avenue.
    • It could also be argued that Jay Allen, Barry's brother and a police officer, is an adaptation of sorts to Garrick.


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