Riverdale: The CW’s adaptation of the Archie comics has been one of the most talked about shows in 2017. Is it just a guilty pleasure, or is there more to it?

In A Nutshell

Being based in the Archie comic books, Riverdale tells the fictional town’s name to tell the story of the mysterious murder of Jason Blossom. The show is set in high school, and centered around Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead (who is also the narrator of the story).

Meet the Characters

Archie Andrews - RiverdaleArchie Andrews is the main character of Riverdale, and of the original Archie comics. Archie is your stereotypical handsome, attractive, athletic high school boy who gets everyone’s attention and praise. Despite being good at sports, Archie actually loves music. He writes songs, plays the guitar, and sings. He’s also been Jughead and Betty’s best friend for a long time. He currently lives with his divorced father.

Betty Cooper - RiverdaleBetty Cooper. Described as “the girl next door,” Betty is perceived as the perfect, ideal girl. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Her family is far from being ideal, and she also has her own mental issues. Betty starts off the series having a crush on her friend Archie. She’s a very kind, good-hearted girl who will go as far as it takes to protect those who can’t defend themselves. She’s best friends with Veronica.

Veronica Lodge - RiverdaleVeronica Lodge is the new girl in town. She moves in Riverdale with her mother, Hermione, at the beginning of the series. People often look down on her for being incredibly rich and pretty. For this same reason, she also used to be mean to other girls, but she changed. She quickly becomes friends with Betty and the rest of the gang. Veronica has issues with her parents’ divorce and the actions her mother takes throughout the season.

Jughead Jones - RiverdaleJughead Jones is “a weirdo” (his words, not mine). As the narrator of the story, he’s usually in the diner writing everything that goes on in Riverdale on his laptop. He’s currently investigating Jason Blossom’s murder. Jughead is quiet, asocial and he’s almost always seen on his own. It’s only after a while that he starts hanging out more with Archie and his friends. Jughead also has problems with his father.

Cheryl Blossom is the twin sister of the deceased Jason, and the daughter of one of the richest, most influential families in the city. It’s hinted at that she was in love with her brother. Cheryl also happens to be the most popular girl in high school and the lead cheerleader. He’s arrogant, cold-hearted, and a bit of a bully. However, deep down, she also has a nicer side to her and some redeeming qualities.

A Brief History of Riverdale: The When, Where and How

Riverdale is an American teen drama television series airing on The CW. The show’s first season started airing in January 2017 and consisted of a total of 13 episodes. Based on the characters from the Archie comics, Riverdale was adapted by the Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and executive produced by Greg Berlanti.

The series had a lot of success, and currently, has a big fandom on Tumblr. Because of this achievement, the CW renewed the series for a second season, which is scheduled to debut in October 2017.

Why It’s Awesome

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Within its first weeks of airing, Riverdale was described as a “guilty pleasure.” That is because the series is what you would expect from your average teen drama, but there’s something else to it that makes it hard to look away. For one, all the characters are appealing and interesting from the get-go. Secondly, anything having to do with mysterious, unresolved deaths usually catches the viewer’s interest.

One of the things that set Riverdale apart from other teen drama series is that the parents have as much of a role as their kids. We get to see two different generations that have grown in the same town. Everyone has a different story to tell, or a little secret to hide. This connection between parents and teens increases the potential for drama when unraveling the mysteries of Riverdale.

Despite Jason Blossom’s murder being the main plot, Riverdale‘s biggest attraction is the way the characters react to the events taking place, and the actions they take. Every single character is either flawed or has a tragic backstory. Nothing and no one is what they seem in this town, so prepare to be surprised.

Overall Score

Category Score
Show Quality 7.5/10
Characters 8.0/10
Fandom 9.5/10
Diversity 7.0/10
Drama/Comedy 8.5/10
Total 40.5/50