Arrowverse Watch Order: All 8 Shows & 40 Seasons

Arrowverse is one of the most elaborate shared universes of superhero television series ever created, and since the release of the first season of Arrow back in 2012, it has grown to include six live-action television series and two animated web series across 11 years of runtime. The Arrowverse so far includes Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and Batwoman, with Wixen and Freedom Fighters: The Ray being included in the form of an animated web series. 

As you can see, if you’re just starting to immerse yourself in the Arrowverse, due to the sheer amount of content, it might be a bit hard to catch up. This is why we’ve decided to create this Arrowverse watch order with a comprehensive guide through all seasons of mentioned series, including the crossover events for which the continuity was praised. If you’re interested, keep reading!

How many seasons does each show have?

Arrowverse consists of 41 seasons aired between 8 shows. The two web series have two seasons, and the Flash, a live-action series centering on Barry Allen, has nine seasons in total, with the ninth season premiering on February 8, 2023. The following is an overview of seasons for each series in the Arrowverse. 

  1. Arrow – 8 Seasons (2012-2019)
  2. The Flash – 9 Seasons (2014-2023)
  3. Supergirl – 6 Seasons (2015-2021)
  4. Legends of Tomorrow – 7 Seasons (2016-2021)
  5. Black Lightning – 4 Seasons (2018-2021)
  6. Batwoman – 3 Seasons (2019 – 2021)
  7. Vixen -2 Seasons (2015-2016)
  8. Freedom Fighters – 2 Seasons (2017-2018) 

So far, the Arrowverse consists of 710 episodes of content (723 if you include the upcoming ninth season of The Flash.)

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Arrowverse in order (at a glance)

The Arrowverse watch order starts rather simply, with the first two seasons Arrow series being straightforward in terms of events as well as timelines. It gets a bit complicated with the introduction of the first season of the Flash during the middle of the third Arrow season, and since then, it has been hard to keep up with all the added material without any sort of written guide. Due to that, we’ve decided to prepare you for the latest Flash season. The following list is a comprehensive guide to watching all series in the Arrowverse, with the continuity of events taken into account. 

  1. Arrow Season 1 – Ep 1 – 23​​
  2. Arrow Season 2 – Ep 1 – 23​​
  3. Arrow Season 3 – Ep 1 – 7
  4. The Flash Season 1 – Ep 1 – 8 
  5. Arrow Season 3 – Ep 8 – 23
  6. The Flash Season 1 – Ep 9 – 23
  7. Vixen Season 1 – Ep 1 – 6
  8. Arrow Season 4 – Ep 1 – 7
  9. The Flash Season 2 – Ep 1 – 8 
  10. Arrow Season 4 – Ep 8 – 23
  11. Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 – Ep 1 – 16
  12. Vixen Season 2 – Ep 1 – 6
  13. The Flash Season 2 – Ep 9 – 17
  14. Supergirl Season 1 – Ep 1 – 18 
  15. The Flash Season 2 – Ep 18 – 23
  16. Supergirl Season 1 – Ep 19 – 20
  17. The Flash Season 3 – Ep 1 – 7
  18. Arrow Season 5 – Ep 1 – 7
  19. Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 – Ep 1 – 6
  20. Supergirl Season 2 – Ep 1 – 8
  21. The Flash Season 3 – Ep 8
  22. Arrow Season 5 – Ep 8 
  23. Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 – Ep 7 – 17
  24. The Flash Season 3 – Ep 9 – 16
  25. Supergirl Season 2 – Ep 9 – 16 
  26. The Flash Season 3 – Ep 17 – 23
  27. Supergirl Season 2 – Ep 17 – 22
  28. Arrow Season 5 – Ep 9 – 23
  29. Arrow Season 6 – Ep 1 – 7​
  30. The Flash Season 4 – Ep 1 – 7
  31. Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 – Ep 1 – 7
  32. Supergirl Season 3 – Ep 1 – 8
  33. Arrow Season 6 – Ep 8 
  34. Freedom Fighters: The Ray Season 1 Episode 1- 6
  35. The Flash Season 4 – Ep 8 
  36. Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 – Ep 8 – 18
  37. Supergirl Season 3 – Ep 9 – 23
  38. Freedom Fighters: The Ray Season 2 – Ep 1 – 6
  39. The Flash Season 4 – Ep 9 – 23
  40. Arrow Season 6 – Ep 9 – 23
  41. Black Lightning Season 1 – Ep 1 – 13
  42. Black Lightning Season 2 – Ep 1 – 16
  43. Arrow Season 7 – Ep 1 – 8
  44. Supergirl Season 4 – Ep 1 – 8
  45. The Flash Season 5 – Ep 1 – 9 
  46. Arrow Season 7 – Ep 9 
  47. Supergirl Season 4 – Ep 9 – 22
  48. Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 – Ep 1 – 16
  49. The Flash Season 5 – Ep 10 – 22
  50. Arrow Season 7 – Ep 10 – 22​​
  51. Batwoman Season 1 – Ep 1 – 8
  52. Supergirl Season 5 – Ep 1 – 8
  53. Black Lightning Season 3 – Ep 1 – 9
  54. The Flash Season 6 – Ep 1 – 8
  55. Arrow Season 8 – Ep 1 – 7
  56. Supergirl Season 5 – Ep 9 
  57. Batwoman Season 1 – Ep 9 
  58. The Flash Season 6 – Ep 9 
  59. Arrow Season 8 – Ep 8 
  60. Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 – Ep 1 
  61. Arrow Season 8 – Ep 9 – 10
  62. The Flash Season 6 – Ep 10 – 19
  63. Batwoman Season 1 – Ep 10 – 20
  64. Supergirl Season 5 – Ep 10 – 17
  65. Black Lightning Season 3 – Ep 10 – 16
  66. Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 – Ep 2 – 16
  67. The Flash Season 7 – Ep 1 – 3
  68. Batwoman Season 2 – Ep 1 – 18
  69. The Flash Season 7 – Ep 4 – 18
  70. Legends of Tomorrow Season 6 – Ep 1 – 15
  71. Black Lightning Season 4 – Ep 1 – 13
  72. Supergirl Season 6 – Ep 1 – 20
  73. The Flash Season 8 – Ep 1 – 5 
  74. Legends of Tomorrow Season 7 – Ep 1 – 13
  75. Batwoman Season 3 – Ep 1 – 13
  76. The Flash Season 8 – Ep 6 – 20
  77. The Flash Season 9 – Upcoming

The Arrowverse watch order is going to be concluded with the upcoming ninth season of the Flash. There are other shows closely connected to Arrowverse, such as Superman & Lois and Stargirl, but since those shows are not set in the same universe as the rest of the Arrowverse shows, they were not included in the watch order. 

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 How are Arrowverse shows connected?

The Arrowverse shows are all connected through shared continuity and crossovers. The shows take place in a shared universe known as the Arrowverse, which is primarily based on the DC Comics characters. The shows are connected through a combination of storylines, characters, and events.

The universe is primarily centered on the adventures of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and their teams of heroes who fight against various villains and threats. The Arrowverse began in 2012 with the premiere of “Arrow” and has since expanded to include several other shows and crossover events, resulting in a shared continuity and a vast world of characters and storylines. 

Do you need to watch Arrowverse shows in a specific order?

It is not strictly necessary to watch the Arrowverse shows in a specific order, as each show has its own separate storylines and characters, but watching them in chronological order can enhance the viewing experience and provide a better understanding of the shared continuity and the interconnectedness of the shows. 

 List of all Arrowverse crossovers

1. Flash vs. Arrow (Arrow Season 3, Episode 8; The Flash Season 1, Episode 8, 2014)

This was the first crossover event in the Arrowerse, a two-part event featuring The Flash and Arrow. The crossover begins with the return of Roy Bivolo, aka Prism, who has a powerful weapon that can alter and control human emotions. To stop the widespread rise of chaos and destruction, Oliver Queen needs to team up with Barry Allen to stop the Prism. Albeit, the shared venture is not without problems, as the two have drastically different approaches to stopping crime. 

2. Heroes Join Forces (Arrow Season 4, Episode 8; The Flash Season 2, Episode 8, 2015) 

The second two-part crossover event again features Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. The immortal villain that made his first appearance during the first crossover event, Vandal Savage, resurfaces and makes Hawkgirl and Hawkman his targets because they are the only ones that can stop him. Arrow and Flash team once again under strained circumstances and deal with the extraordinary villain. 

3. World’s Finest (Supergirl Season 1, Episode 18, 2016) 

The third crossover event sees Barry Allen entering Superman’s and Supergirl’s universe by accident while testing the tachyon accelerator. While there, he and Supergirl join efforts to deal with Livewire and Silver Banshee. After the successful takedown of notable villains, Supergirl returns Flash to his original universe. 

4. Invasion! (Arrow Season 5, Episode 8; Flash Season 3 Episode 8; Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, Episode 7, 2016)

A crossover event featuring a multitude of notable superheroes, Green Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, as well as the Legends. Our heroes join forces to take down The Dominators, a race of extraterrestrials who intend to manipulate human minds. The Dominators are likewise able to neutralize the powers of all mentioned heroes, and this further complicates the already somewhat tense dynamic between the superheroes. 

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5. Duet (The Flash Season 3, Episode 17, 2017) 

A musical crossover featuring both The Flash and Supergirl as they team up to put an end to Music Meister.  

6. Crisis on Earth-X (Arrow Season 6, Episode 8; The Flash Season 4, Episode 8; Supergirl Season 3, Episode 8; Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, Episode 8, 2018) 

This massive four-part crossover event sees Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends team up to find a way to deal with a new rising danger, doppelgangers that arrived from Earth-X. The doppelgangers that arrived from Earth-X are one of the most severe threats that heroes so far had to fight. 

7. Elseworlds (Arrow Season 7, Episode 9; The Flash Season 5, Episode 9; Supergirl Season 4, Episode 9, 2019) 

A three-part crossover event that features Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl. A powerful being known as the Monitor resurfaced and switched the identities of our heroes, resulting in a new parallel timeline being created. Due to the Monitor’s ability to change the timeline at will, he just might be the most powerful foe the trio ever had to face. This crossover is special because it features characters from the extended Arrowverse, such as Superman, Lois Lane, and Dr. John Deegan. 

8. Crisis on Infinite Earths (Arrow Season 8, Episode 8; The Flash Season 6, Episode 9; Supergirl Season 5, Episode 9; The Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, special episode; Batwoman Season1, Episode 9, 2019-2020) 

Crisis on Infinite Earths is considered to be the largest crossover event since it spanned all shows that were airing at the time. It also spanned 5 hours and two months. This crossover event sees Monitor, with the help of his “paragons,” trying to stop the Anti-Monitor from decimating realities. The crossover event incorporated numerous other DC characters that were never officially a part of Arroverse. 

9. Armageddon (The Flash season 8, Episodes 1-5, 2021)

A five-episode crossover event where Barry Allen is forced to summon his allies once again to deal with Desper and his Reverse-Flash persona that resurfaced in the current timeline. 

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