The Flash and Arrow: TV's crossover series model isn't dead yet
10th December 2014
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One of the first television series to seriously strike a chord with me was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A teenage girl who fights the forces of evil, all whilst dealing with the trails of being a high school student, who is strong as well? It hit the mark in so many different ways. One of the most interesting things that Buffy did in its substantial television run was to spawn a spin off series existing in the same universe, which would go on to have several crossover episodes, with characters moving between the two series with ease. This model seems to have only grown over the years as producers create new characters within the same universes to form spin-offs, or existing shows come together for special crossover episodes. NCIS: LA (which itself is a spin-off of NCIS) crossed over with Hawaii 5-O, Greys Anatomy spawned Private Practise, Breaking Bad has spawned prequel show Better Call Saul. Crossovers have had varied success, and The Flash and Arrow are the first live action superhero shows to share a combined universe. Originally The Flash, or Barry Allen as he is known without his mask and super red suit, appeared in a couple of episodes of Arrow last year, with the intention of introducing the world of Central City later on in the series. However, the runaway success of the character, played by Grant Gustin, lead the CW to greenlight the show before a backdoor pilot was created.
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