Picks and Pans Review: The Flash

updated 10/01/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Thursdays, 8 P.M. ET)

B+

This TV adaptation of the crime-fighting DC Comics hero who runs quicker than a speeding bullet ranks right up there with the film versions of Dick Tracy and Batman. In a scaled down way, of course.

Ongoing success will depend to an extent on the caliber of the evil adversaries that the crimson supersprinter faces, but the series has a lot going for it. The fast-mo special effects are neat (as you would expect from one of the most expensive-to-produce hours on TV). John Wesley Shipp, with his Joe Palooka profile, makes a fine action hero and Amanda Pays is a sweet helpmeet, just as she was for Max Headroom.

No matter how speedy the Flash is, though, he may be running in place in this killer time slot, opposite The Cosby Show and The Simpsons.

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