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Riverdale was one of the surprise hits of the 2017 TV season. Based on the Archie comics it was a take on small town life, with the big plot twist driving the first season was how killed Jason Blossom. Everyone was a suspect in the murder.
It wasn’t the only story-line in town. There was the rich society families and the lower class families facing off against each other. Archie (KJ Apa) is in high school and struggling with his future. He’s the all-american boy playing football but wanting a singing career and being raised by his dad Fred (Luke Perry), who is struggling to keep his construction company in business. He’s also having an affair with one of his teachers. Betty (Lili Reinhart) has a crush on Archie and is tired of being the good girl. Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) and her daughter Veronica (Camila Mendes), who return to town and have to deal with the struggles of what her husband/father Hiram has done (currently in prison). Jugghead (Cole Sprouse) is Archie’s best friend and gives overviews of the show. He’s also got issues with a bad father and is basically living on the street. And there was Josie and Pussycats.
The main focus of the season is who killed Jason and as clues are discovered it soon looks like everyone could have done it. Archie and Betty start investigating and it leads them to finds their own clues and secrets that the town would like to keep buried. In the end the reveal of the killer is a shock. Teen angst and romances also dominate the first season as couples are formed and alliances are made. The show ends on a cliffhanger as Archie’s father is shot and we are left wondering his fate.
Riverdale season one is well written, well cast (kudos to the casting director) with realistic stories set in high school and small town America. Available in stores on Tuesday, August 15