The Arrowverse, DC’s television universe, has accomplished a great deal. What started out as an archer’s solo mission blossomed into a mini Justice League on the CW Network, and viewers have eaten it up.
All the shows in the Arrowverse aren’t as good as the Arrow, but there’s something about it as a whole that keeps me coming back for more.
If you’re just tuning in, brace yourself: there’s going to be a lot of excitement. If you’re already a big fan but feel like starting from scratch, this is the perfect watch order for you.
But that’s probably a different article, and I’d fanboy over Stephen Amell. Now is a good time to start exploring the Arrowverse’s recommended viewing order.
There are a total of ten shows in the Arrowverse, eight television series, and two web series. Most of these shows can be watched in parallel to enjoy the crossover episodes where all the characters come together, as the timeline is fairly straightforward.
1. Arrowverse Release Order
- Arrow | 2012 – 2020
- Flash | 2014 – Present
- Constantine | 2014 – 2015
- Supergirl | 2015 – 2021
- Vixen Animated Web Series | 2015 – 2016
- Legends of Tomorrow | 2016 – Present
- Freedom Fighters: The Ray | 2017 – 2018
- Black Lightning | 2018 – 2021
- Batwoman | 2019 – Present
- Superman & Lois | 2021 – Present
This universe may be vast, but it doesn’t complicate matters too much. Some shows must be watched in order, while others can be watched concurrently due to time jumps.
Despite this, there have been crossover episodes in which characters from different shows appear in the same episode. In most of their shows, The CW has stuck to this tried-and-true trope.
Further, as can be seen, Arrow, Constantine, Supergirl, Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, and Black Lightning have all concluded their runs. While some shows were able to end as originally intended, others had to be canceled as their viewership dwindled.
Currently, you can catch The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Superman & Lois on television.
2. Arrowverse Chronological Watch Order
Keeping track of a timeline for about 10 shows can be a lot to take in, but don’t worry; it’s really not that hard, and if it is, I’ll simplify it for you.
I’ll be providing a list of shows in reverse chronological order. However, the shows that can be watched simultaneously will be discussed as a single topic.
Just do as the bullet points suggest, and don’t forget to check out the P.S. for some background information.
- Arrow (S1 & S2)
- Arrow (S3) | Flash (S1) | Vixen (S1)
- Arrow (S4) | Flash (S2) | Supergirl (S1) | Vixen (S2)
- Legends of Tomorrow (S1)
- Arrow (S5) | Flash (S3) | Supergirl (S2) | Legends of Tomorrow (S2)
- Arrow (S6) | Flash (S4) | Supergirl (S3) | Legends of Tomorrow (S3) | Black Lightning (S1) | Freedom Fighters: The Ray
- Arrow (S7) | Flash (S5) | Supergirl (S4) | Legends of Tomorrow (S4) | Black Lightning (S2) | Batwoman (S1 – first three episodes)
- Arrow (S8) | Flash (S6) | Supergirl (S5) | Legends of Tomorrow (S5) | Black Lightning (S3) | Batwoman (S1 – rest of the episodes)
- Flash (S7) | Supergirl (S6) | Legends of Tomorrow (S6) | Black Lightning (S4) | Batwoman (S2) | Superman & Lois (S1)
- Flash (S8) | Legends of Tomorrow (S7) | Batwoman (S3) | Superman & Lois (S2)
- Vixen season 1 takes place around Arrow 3×15 and Flash 1×15
- Vixen season 2 takes place around Arrow 4×18 and after Flash 2×04
- An alternate way of watching Constantine is before Arrow 4×05
Let me run down all of the episodes that have crossovers now that you understand the chronological order in which to view them.
3. Arrowverse Crossover Episodes
- Flash 1×08 | Arrow 3×08
- The Flash 2×08 | Arrow 4×08
- Supergirl 1×18 (The Flash Appearance)
- Supergirl 2×08 | Flash 3×08 | Arrow 5×08 | Legends of Tomorrow 2×07
- Supergirl 2×16 | The Flash 3×17
- Supergirl 3×08 | Arrow 6×08 | Flash 4×08 | Legends of Tomorrow 3×08
- Flash 5×09 | Arrow 7×09 | Supergirl 4×09
- Supergirl 5×09 | Batwoman 1×09 | Flash 6×09 | Arrow 8×08 | Legends of Tomorrow 5×0(1)
- Batwoman 2×16 | Flash 7×16 | Superman & Lois 1×12 | Supergirl 6×12
- Flast 8×01 | 8×02 | 8×03 | 8×04 | 8×05
4. Where to Watch
You can watch all the shows on The CW Network as it airs or on its native streaming platform. You can essentially access all of the CW Network’s Arrowverse there, and it’s a one-stop shop for you.
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5. Binge Duration and Runtime
Almost every show has an average episode length of 42 minutes. Instead of trying to figure out how to binge-watch all 10 series in this world, let me teach you how to do the arithmetic.
Keep in mind the list’s bullet points and chronological order. On the basis of those bullet points, you may categorise the entirety of the cosmos. You can divide up your time in the universe into discrete chunks, one at a time, if you like, and even take rests in between.
Well, now that you know where and how to watch every show in the Arrowverse, I won’t waste any more of your time. Get the stream going. Just relax. Enjoy!
7. About Arrowverse
The Arrowverse is a media property and shared world in the United States based on DC Comics’ superhero television shows and online series that air predominantly on The CW and CW Seed.
By combining components from seven live-action shows and two animated shows, a shared fictitious multiverse was created, similar to the DC Universe and DC Multiverse from comic books.
Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and Superman & Lois are the main television shows in the Arrowverse, along with two online series, Vixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray.