Superheroes are the latest and greatest things in entertainment nowadays, and The CW is the place to be for superheroes on the small screen. The action on The Flash and Arrow can be so fast-paced and twisty that it can be hard to track all that's happening at a given time. Luckily for those who need a re-watch or who have just been waiting for all the episodes to hit the Internet, the latest seasons of The Flash and Arrow will debut on Netflix later this week.
The third season of The Flash will become available streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m. PT, and the fifth season of Arrow will become available on Thursday, June 1 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Fans will only need to wait a little over a week from the finale date to the Netflix debut date to have access to all 23 episodes of both seasons. The Flash Season 3 came to an end on May 23, and Arrow Season 4 came to an end on May 24.
The early release of the shows is the result of a deal between The CW and Netflix from last year that would make shows available shortly after seasons ended live. That particular deal was good news for fans who wait until seasons end on The CW to catch up via streaming. Unfortunately, the deal with Netflix came around the same time that a deal with Hulu ended.
The arrangement between The CW and Hulu originally made episodes available only a day after they aired live, but the deal ended. While episodes were still available on the CW website, the 2016-2017 TV season was an adjustment for folks who were used to watching via Hulu. At least those who watch on Netflix won't have to wait months to see the new seasons this time. For those of us who do watch live... well, I can think of a few episodes I'm going to need to check out again to make sure that I have everything straight with the various timelines.
Fortunately, Legends of Tomorrow already has its latest season available on Netflix, and Supergirl Season 2 will be up soon. By the end of the week, fans will be able to watch every episode of The CW's superhero universe in whatever order they want. All four series streaming could be especially helpful for any who missed one or all of the episodes of the giant crossover from last fall that involved two universes, three hours, four shows, and one nasty race of aliens.
Check out Netflix on May 31 and June 1 to catch the latest seasons of The Flash and Arrow, respectively. Our Netflix premiere guide can let you know all the other upcoming release dates, and don't forget to see our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well.