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A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
K.J. Apa ...  Archie Andrews / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2019
Lili Reinhart ...  Betty Cooper / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2019
Camila Mendes ...  Veronica Lodge / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2019
Cole Sprouse ...  Jughead Jones / ... 44 episodes, 2016-2019
Casey Cott ...  Kevin Keller / ... 43 episodes, 2016-2019
Madelaine Petsch ...  Cheryl Blossom / ... 42 episodes, 2016-2019
Luke Perry ...  Fred Andrews 42 episodes, 2016-2019
Marisol Nichols ...  Hermione Lodge 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Mädchen Amick ...  Alice Cooper 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Ashleigh Murray ...  Josie McCoy / ... 33 episodes, 2016-2019
Skeet Ulrich ...  FP Jones 32 episodes, 2017-2019
Mark Consuelos ...  Hiram Lodge 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Martin Cummins ...  Sheriff Tom Keller 29 episodes, 2017-2018
Lochlyn Munro ...  Hal Cooper 29 episodes, 2016-2018
Nathalie Boltt ...  Penelope Blossom 27 episodes, 2016-2018
Vanessa Morgan ...  Toni Topaz 25 episodes, 2017-2019
Charles Melton ...  Reggie Mantle / ... 24 episodes, 2017-2019
Robin Givens ...  Sierra McCoy 22 episodes, 2017-2018
Alvin Sanders ...  Pop Tate 22 episodes, 2016-2018
Cody Kearsley ...  Moose Mason 23 episodes, 2016-2018
Jordan Connor ...  Sweet Pea 21 episodes, 2017-2019
Peter Bryant ...  Principal Waldo Weatherbee 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Drew Ray Tanner ...  Fangs Fogarty 19 episodes, 2017-2019
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After the death of one of the rich and popular Blossom twins on the 4th of July, the small town of Riverdale investigates the murder. The series starts in September, the beginning of a new school year, that brings with it new students, relationships, and reveals the mysteries of the past 4th of July. Written by ahmetkozan

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A Great Place to Get Away With It All


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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Riverdale Site

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Luke Perry has acted alongside two Audrey Griswolds: Marisol Nichols (from Vegas Vacation (1997)) in this series, and Dana Barron (from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)) in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). See more »

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[tries to open a box in Miss Grundy's car]
Betty Cooper: Bobby pin.
Veronica Lodge: Okay, Ms. MacGyver.
[unlocks box]
Betty Cooper: I learned that from the Nancy Drew detective handbook.
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Don't Look For Comics In Riverdale
30 January 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

The Archie Comics that originated in the 1940s were rated "G" for Goofy. Maybe not as goofy as "Scooby Doo", but it was a wholesome (you might say "square") universe. A version of "Archie" was even in bubble gum wrappers for a couple of years.

The universe of "Riverdale" is darker, promising that if you look closer, you can see the "shadows underneath". Sounds like "Twin Peaks".

The show features the characters we expect, but they are multi-dimensional, with problems and desires and secrets. Archie sees himself as flawed, but he wants to make music his life and vocation. Betty (his best friend) sees herself as inadequate, but she wants Archie to be more than a friend. Veronica (who just moved to Riverdale), sees herself as plagued by family history and publicity, but she wants to become a better person.

The show is very well cast. Each actor inhabits his character.

In the first episode, various secrets are alluded to, promising even more complications and conflicts than were revealed in the first installment.

Many standard themes of teen dramas are also part of this show, which may make it feel like home for some viewers. Others may grow weary of the usual tropes: the mean head cheerleader, the gay best friend, the closeted gay jock, the handsome athletic main character, the first day at the new school for the outsider. "Glee" explored many of them. And some of them date back to the forties, when Andy Hardy (the original inspiration for Archie comics) entertained us all with his teenage dramas. The show embraces them and even makes fun of them.

The first episode moves quickly, but not so quickly that viewers cannot follow. The foundation is in place for later episodes that can deliver a deliciously dark story that will entertain and allow its actors to blossom in their roles.


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