There’s still a lot of people who hear there’s a film-noir style show based on the Archie Comics characters that deals with a murder mystery and are just baffled. But if you haven’t given Riverdale a chance, you really should.
It’s sort of Beverly Hills 90210 (complete with Luke Perry!) meets Twin Peaks. It’s ludicrous, but in a good way (yes, that’s a thing), and fun. With ridiculous drama moments that include hints at twincest, parents slapping each other, lies about mental issues to hide teen pregnancy, and yes, love interests galore (Archie will have his 5th this Thursday, and we’re only 8 eps in). Riverdale is a camp soap opera where the lead (Archie Andrews, as played by New Zealander KJ Apa) is the least interesting character, Jughead Jones (our noir narrator) and Betty Cooper steal the show with their sleuthing (and are better at it than the actual police), and you actually care about the parental drama, even while they’re screwing over their own children.
Riverdale has aired 8 episodes, with a further 5 this season, and has already been renewed for Season 2. We sat down with cast members KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy), Luke Perry (Fred Andrews), Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge), and Madchen Amick (Alice Cooper), as well as Executive Producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater at WonderCon in Anaheim this past weekend to ask about the reveal of the murderer, the many different ships that have already sprung up around the show, and what we can expect from Season 2.
Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the CW in the US, with episodes on Netflix UK the following day.
Photos by Matt Wheeler.