Like the 1940’s Archie Comics, the CW television drama Riverdale, captured the hearts of viewers averaging 1.69 million viewers after it aired Jan. 26, 2017. Based on the Archie Comics, the teenage characters of the show revolved around Archie Andrews played by heartthrob K.J. Apa, bands together to solve a murder mystery. The mystery taking place in their small town of Riverdale. Archie comes back from the summer from working construction for his father (Luke Perry) with interests in music and a chiseled figure. Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), long-time friend and secret admirer of Archie plans of finally telling him her feelings for him but they get interupted by new girl, Veronica Lodge played by Camila Mendes, daughter of hated businessman Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). The crew is joined by Betty’s gay best friend, Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) and Archie’s good pal Jughead Jones, a solemn journalist, played by Cole Sprouse.
The show starts with the murder of teenager Jason Blossom and causes fear and chaos for the town including twin sister Cheryl Blossom portrayed by Madelaine Petsch. The teenage crew takes it upon themselves to figure out what really happened to Jason Blossom mixed in with the twisted, dark secrets of all the characters. Keeping elements of the comics including local hang out Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. If that doesn’t sound like enough action for you it is filled in with the threats from the south side of towns biker gang, the southside serpents, who may or may not be involved with Jason Blossoms murder and other mischief.
Due to positive reviews, the CW has renewed the show for a second season that aired Oct. 11, 2017. The second season features similar dark and twisted story as this time Betty and the whole town is haunted by a figure in dark, the black hood. Betty undergoes self doubt and intertiulation as the black hood blackmails her to work with him to do his dirty work. Later in the season the crew is faced with the shutdown of South Side High and the problems that causes.
Although Riverdale is unlike the comics except for characters, it’s dark and drama-filled episodes are definitely worth watching. If you enjoy murder mystery shows, Riverdale is likely the show for you. In many episodes you are in suspense waiting for the action to start. In between the action is a love triangle between Veronica, Archie, and Betty, filled with some PG-13 action. I would suggest watching the show with children over the age of 13. In many other episodes dark and gruesome things happen to the characters, including dead bodies, a bloody finger, slicing off skin, and lots of blood. So if you are squeamish to blood and scary situations, you might not enjoy the show. Overall, the horror, drama, and thrilling murders is without a doubt a mystery worth wanting to solve.