The Flash ended its freshman season with a finale that could only be described as being “Wow,” so please ignore the lack of an actual descriptive adjective. Waiting for new episodes had us all on the edge of our seats. If you’re not on board with the series yet, here are five reasons why you should watch The Flash:

The Flash Will Brighten Your Day: We all have bad days. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. Some days we’re just going to be down in the dumps. But when The Flash is on, and Barry Allen and his friends are discovering new things about the speed force, there is no sadness. Sure there are some sad moments in the show sprinkled in, as all good drama involves some emotions, but the heart of the show captures a sense of wonder not found in most superhero adaptations. Cisco fist pumps when Barry achieves the speed to create a supersonic punch, Oliver Queen and Barry sit back and talk over a cup of coffee after teaming up for a crossover. You’ll probably fall asleep with a giant grin on your face and you’ll be happy about it.

A DC Property NOT Trying to be Dark or Edgy: Thank whatever God you pray to because we have a DC adaptation not interested in following a “serious” aesthetic (by serious, I mean Hot Topic level of mature and serious). The Flash has more in common with Raimi Spider-Man trilogy than the Nolanized aesthetic of Arrow. This show isn’t interested in making things as “real” as possible, or aping some depressing tone. These are fictional adventure serials with a time traveling supervillain from the future and a giant gorilla living underground. It’s ridiculous and fully embracing an appropriate tone for this sort of storytelling.

Cast Chemistry: Do you ever get the feeling some shows keep characters around longer than you’d hope for? Perhaps some characters don’t gel with the mythology of the series or just leave you scratching your head trying to decipher what they contribute to the show overall? Not only does Flash actually make every character feel relevant to the story at hand, something that even Game of Thrones struggles with, and you don’t want to stop spending time with these characters. By the end of the first episode of The Flash, the season’s status quo is set and we have our Team Flash for the remainder of the season, until some upending of the status proving it is not quo. By the jaw dropping finale the team feels less like coworkers and more like family.

A Diverse Cast: The superhero genre is currently flooded with lots of white male men leading the charge. DC and Marvel both have this problem. Flash is no different. HOWEVER, Flash has a fully realized cast of characters of all races and genders. The ethnicities of the actors don’t force their characters to embody stereotypes. Cisco Ramon isn’t some gangbanger or strung out drug dealer, he’s a scientific genius who is just as excited as we are about superheroes. Joe isn’t a magical negro trope. He’s just trying to be the best dad he can be. Iris suffers from Obligatory Love Triangle symptom in the first half of the season but by the end she’s allowed to show Team Flash how competent she is and why she’ll be essential in future seasons.

It’s Just a Damn Good Show:

Seriously, thank you The Flash, for proving you don’t need an attempt at “darker” and “edgier” storytelling to garner attention. You don’t need a dozen plot twists or cliffhangers to keep your audience hooked (though Flash absolutely contains all those elements. It’s not what a show is about, it’s how it’s about it. And The Flash is about one of the best shows on television.

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