A thousand-ish miles away from Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) super-grounded, super world of The CW's Arrow is the fantastical land of The Flash, where Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) dons a skintight, head-to-toe bright red suit to catch metahumans (those given special powers in the fallout from a particle accelerator explosion).
While there are hundreds of people responsible for the unlikely success of The Flash — the masterful visual effects team, the writers, and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, and Sarah Schechter — the show was going to live and die on Gustin's performance.
In the 24-year-old actor's hands, Barry Allen has a delicious zest for life. The notes of humor Gustin vocally and physically peppers into each episode cannot be celebrated enough — they are what truly convey Allen's fundamental understanding that he is living out every fanboy's dream. And, in many ways, so is Gustin. —J.W.