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10 Shows Like 'Riverdale' to Watch Next

If you enjoy 'Riverdale's' dark take on Archie Comics, you'll also love these 10 other teen dramas that often come with supernatural twists.
by Hedy Phillips — 
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From left to right: Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, and K.J. Apa in 'Riverdale'

The CW

Riverdale, The CW show based on Archie Comics characters, is a popular teen drama that has a little bit of everything: friendship, trauma, love stories, and even death, gangs, the mob, and serial killers. And because this is a story that focuses on teenagers, emotions and hormones are both heightened, making every story bigger than you could ever expect.

Starring K.J. Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Riverdale has seen these core characters through six seasons of the show so far, jumping forward in time post-high school graduation and even dabbling in the supernatural, with famed witch Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) making an appearance and the gang experiencing an alternate dimension version of their town. 

Riverdale, from creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, has also birthed two shorter-lived spin-off series: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Shipka, ran for four seasons on Netflix, and Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale, aired one season on The CW.

With as much as the show has expanded thus far, though, there's still plenty of story to tell if it does continue on.

Fans of teen dramas have no doubt been watching with rapt attention since Riverdale first premiered in 2017, and fortunately, there are so many other teen dramas (with or without supernatural elements) to watch if you're missing the twisty mysteries and complicated love quadrangles of this one. Here, Metacritic highlights 10 others to watch while you wait for the next episode of Riverdale.


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Kiernan Shipka in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

Netflix

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of coming-of-age stories with supernatural overtones and classic Sabrina, the teenage witch
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 4

This adaptation of the Archie Comics about Sabrina, the teenage witch is much darker than the Melissa Joan Hart version in the 1990s. That was a sitcom, while this one is an hour-long drama that leans into the occult, with Sabrina attending a special school for witches and warlocks. In her origin story, Sabrina is grappling with being a half witch, having a connection to Lucifer (Luke Cook), and always needing to protect her Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) from dark forces. 

"There are a lot of surprising things about Sabrina, the fall's first truly binge-worthy new show. It's a delight and an obsession, and the scariest thing about it is just how good it is." — Allison Keene, Collider


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From left to right: Julia Chan, Lucy Hale, and Ashleigh Murray in 'Katy Keene'

The CW

Katy Keene

Metascore: 71
Best for: Riverdale fans who want to see the story expanded and fashionistas
Where to watch:

Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 1

This one-season Riverdale spin-off brings the original show's Josie (Ashleigh Murray) over to her own story (this time in New York City) alongside the titular Katy (Hale). The two are best friends, and Katy is there by Josie's side as she tries to make it as a big-time singer. Katy, on the other hand, is a budding fashion designer. They have tons of artistic, creative friends who also pop in and out of the story, showcasing the many ways their art comes to life.

"There aren't enough shows on network television right now that are as aspirational as this one is, and Hale's magnetic performance as Katy will keep you watching." — Joel Keller, Decider


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Kathryn Newton in 'The Society'

Netflix

The Society

Metascore: 66
Best for: Mystery buffs and fans of complex teenage relationships running amok without parental (or other adult) interference
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

Called a modern twist on Lord of the Flies, The Society is a story of a group of teens who discover that all of the adults in their small town have suddenly vanished. As to be expected, they take advantage of not having any supervision, but they soon realize that the adults aren't coming back and they have to fend for themselves. While some are willing to work together, others aren't, which causes rifts in this newfound society. Just be warned, this one ends on a cliffhanger.

"The Society rarely takes shortcuts while the teens figure out what it means to build a community from the ground up, and what the dynamics of their old world mean in this new one." — Caroline Framke, Variety


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Eliza Taylor in 'The 100'

The CW

The 100

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of sci-fi dramas and adaptations that greatly expand books worlds
Where to watch: 

Google Play, iTunes, Netflix 
Seasons: 7

Set far in the future and based on the novel series by Kass Morgan of the same title, The 100 is a sci-fi show about what happens when Earth is destroyed. Set years after most of the human race has been wiped out, and those remaining live in space, those in power decide to send 100 teens back to Earth to see if it's safe to live on again. Although they may be seen as expendable to those calling the shots on the ship, they have to rely on each other to survive in a land they never knew that has been ravaged, might be toxic, and is inhabited by those who want to do them harm. 

"You wish The 100 had budget, time and talent to produce grander verisimilitude. Still, the vision shines through." — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly


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From left to right: Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty, and Alyssa Milano in 'Charmed'

Warner Bros.

Charmed (1998)

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fans of classic 1990s TV and sister dynamics
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes,
Seasons: 8

This popular show from the 1990s features three young women — Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Prue (Shannen Doherty) — who aren't just sisters, but also witches. They're a charming group, only using their powers to fight evil and do good for themselves and their community. It can't always be easy, though, and the show takes a heartbreaking turn a few seasons in.

"Funny, spooky and wonderfully entertaining." — Barry Garron, The Hollywood Reporter


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'Locke & Key'

Netflix

Locke & Key

Metascore: 61
Best for: Anyone who loves to solve mysteries and family dramas where the siblings have to band together
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez, Locke & Key is about a family who moves into a new old house, only to discover there's more hidden there than they expected: It's full of magical, mystical keys. Each serves a purpose, and the kids are constantly discovering new ones that lead to both good and evil.

"Locke & Key is the TV-show equivalent of a fixer-upper with good bones. The structure and the foundation are there, but some cosmetic updates might help." — Kelly Lawler, USA Today


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Tyler Posey in 'Teen Wolf'

MTV

Teen Wolf

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fans of teen drama with a supernatural twist
Where to watch: 

Google Play, HuluiTunesParamount+Pluto TVSeasons: 6

Scott (Tyler Posey) just wants a normal, if not slightly above average, life in his small-town high school. But a walk through the woods one night ends up leaving him with a mysterious bite that turns him into a werewolf. Now he has to figure out what that means for his no-longer-average life and how all his friends will fit into his story. The MTV series is based on the 1985 movie of the same title but greatly expands the story to include other supernatural creatures, and of course, hunters.

"Not only is it really well thought out, but the good-looking kids in the show can actually act." — Linda Stasi, New York Post


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From left to right: Kennedy McMann and Leah Lewis in 'Nancy Drew'

The CW

Nancy Drew

Metascore: 55
Best for: Fans of a good mystery and female-centric dramas
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, , iTunes, Vudu
Seasons: 3 (so far)

Kennedy McMann plays the title character in this new twist on the classic Nancy Drew stories. In this modern take, Nancy is waitressing in a small town in Maine — just trying to get by after her mother's death, with her dreams of becoming a detective washed away. But when she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation (as a suspect), she has to put her crime-solving talents to use to clear her name and the name of her newfound confidantes.

"It's gritty in a new way and, yes, lots of fun." — Bruce Miller, Sioux City Journal


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From left to right: Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell in 'Pretty Little Liars'

Freeform

Pretty Little Liars

Metascore: 55
Best for: Fans of teen dramas that never seem to end
Where to watch:

Google PlayiTunes,
Seasons: 7

Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard, shows what happens when teen girls get up to no good. It all starts when one friend — Alison (Sasha Pieterse) — turns up dead. The rest of the group are suspects but also terrified of what may have happened. Over the next several years, they're taunted by a mysterious "A," who seems to be constantly changing identities. In the meantime, they go to school, fall in love, betray a ton of people, and try to get to the bottom of what actually happened the night Alison died.

"A ... series built around four teenage friends and an ominous hint of supernatural forces that mean no good, makes most popular vampire romances look anemic." — David Hinckley, Daily News


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From left to right: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley in 'The Vampire Diaries'

The CW

The Vampire Diaries

Metascore: 50
Best for: Fans of supernatural creatures including vampires and witches, and love triangles
Where to watch:

Google PlayiTunesNetflix
Seasons: 8

Over the course of eight seasons, The Vampire Diaries introduced viewers to a number of supernatural creatures, killed off favorite characters, and made many of them fall in love. What started as a show about two vampire brothers — Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) — eventually expanded to include vampires from all over the world who had been around for centuries. However, it is still a show with teenagers (though that term should be used loosely for some of the characters), which means there's plenty of teen drama.

"What women really want was never more simply put than in the CW's compelling Vampire Diaries." — Nancy DeWolf Smith, The Wall Street Journal