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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 26, 2017
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

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  • Summary: The new school year is haunted by the mysterious death of Jason Blossom, but Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) has his own problems: a damaged friendship with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), the end of his relationship with music teacher Ms. Grundy, and singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) doesn't wantThe new school year is haunted by the mysterious death of Jason Blossom, but Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) has his own problems: a damaged friendship with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), the end of his relationship with music teacher Ms. Grundy, and singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) doesn't want to help him with his music. Betty Cooper's (Lili Reinhart) crush on Archie could be an issue between her new friend Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), who just moved to Riverdale. And then there's trouble from Jason's twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) in Greg Berlanti's live-action, present-day adaptation of the popular comic series. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 23, 2017
    91
    This is the best young adult cast for any drama in years, and you’ll even be able to overlook Apa’s horrible dye job.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 25, 2017
    80
    As predictable, or artificial, as the show can seem, when you take stock of it--even in its dark themes and situations--it is vital and inviting, fundamentally true to its characters and hard to put down.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 26, 2017
    80
    While you watch--which you will, since this show is addictive--it’s as if Riverdale is growing up fast before our eyes, like a clever, winking teenager who’s already grown-up enough to know she should keep her deepest secrets to herself.
  4. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jan 23, 2017
    70
    Riverdale, the CW’s new teen drama based on the Archie comics, is an eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos--both addictive and confusing in equal parts.
  5. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 25, 2017
    70
    There’s a lot of appreciate about these early episodes of Riverdale, if not outright adore. There’s also tremendous space for improvement, which is true of most series tasked with servicing a large ensemble of characters.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 13, 2017
    60
    This perversely compelling mystery melodrama has echoes of Twin Peaks and even 90210. [16-29 Jan 2017, p.17]
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 26, 2017
    30
    The joys and subversions of artistry have fallen away, and brand management--combining the appearance of sex and self-awareness, but none of the real thing--is a poor substitute. But if, like Riverdale, you hit all the notes, it can be hard to tell the difference.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Negative: 6 out of 49
  1. Jan 29, 2017
    10
    Riverdale is the best show of The CW . I hope that will not be quickly removed as ,,The Tomorrow People" , ,,The Secret Circle" , ,,The CarrieRiverdale is the best show of The CW . I hope that will not be quickly removed as ,,The Tomorrow People" , ,,The Secret Circle" , ,,The Carrie Diariesand" and so on . Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2017
    10
    Riverdale is my new favourite show and is one of the best new shows i have seen come out lately! It enraptures you and is a show you couldRiverdale is my new favourite show and is one of the best new shows i have seen come out lately! It enraptures you and is a show you could watch for days on end. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2017
    10
    Such a great and innovative show for the CW, This drama uses the Archie's comics material in a great way. This show is refreshing, dark, wittySuch a great and innovative show for the CW, This drama uses the Archie's comics material in a great way. This show is refreshing, dark, witty and will grab your attention. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2017
    8
    Me la terminé en 3 días, un producto ligero, entretenido y adictivo. El misterio mantuvo mis ojos constantemente pegados a la pantalla y elMe la terminé en 3 días, un producto ligero, entretenido y adictivo. El misterio mantuvo mis ojos constantemente pegados a la pantalla y el drama juvenil me hizo encariñarme con los personajes rapidamente. Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2017
    7
    It's a cool take on archie comics, making it more modern, it's not a wonder, but it's really enjoyable, with secrets and some high schoolIt's a cool take on archie comics, making it more modern, it's not a wonder, but it's really enjoyable, with secrets and some high school teenage drama cliches that are kind of a guilty pleasure for me personally Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2018
    6
    The first season was gripping, clever, and surprisingly enjoyable compared to most 'teen-drama' shows. However, the second season was a mess.The first season was gripping, clever, and surprisingly enjoyable compared to most 'teen-drama' shows. However, the second season was a mess. Too many different plots at once, unrealistic scenarios and weak chemistry between certain characters. Expand
  7. Jun 7, 2018
    0
    The actors are absolutely atrocious(partially not their fault though). The writing is completely horrible, but Betty's mom is pretty hot! IThe actors are absolutely atrocious(partially not their fault though). The writing is completely horrible, but Betty's mom is pretty hot! I feel bad for the young actors here. Way to ruin a career before it's even begun--thanks to the writers and producers! Geeze Expand

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