Riverdale Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 8:00 PM ET on The CW

60 minutes

A subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life - the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.
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by Tech2002
Jan 28, 2017 12:01PM EST
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The interesting setting and built in audience from the comic may be the only thing that saves this show from it's many flaws. While the actresses who play Betty and Veronica put out great performances, their scenes are often an oasis in the cliched plot points and god awful dialog from the rest of the cardboard cut-out cast.

The cheese in the dialog is heavy and reminded me of the worst parts of CW shows like "Supernatural" and the modern DC series. You likely won't get much reaction from the emotional scenes unless you tear up reading fortune cookies and hallmark cards.

They make a half-hearted attempt to discuss some social issues. From Betty's Gay friend, Cheerleader saying its "so 1994" to be bisexual for attention, Archie getting molested by a teacher etc. but it all falls pretty flat and seems contrived. For instance, the gay best friend, like usual, is reduced to little more than a gay stereotype for Betty to bounce lines off of. "OMG isn't Archie the hottest! He has a 6 pack, omg its so FAB. Did I mention I'm gay? I'm not sure if i was clear enough, maybe I should mention it a couple of more times" It was a pretty big step back in my opinion. I usually applaud shows for even making an attempt but this is really just a big step backward. For god sake put a little effort into it, and try to write something original. Not all gay culture is defined by being sassy and talking to women about "boys".

This might play well with the CW crowd, or easily influenced teens who want to jump on the "2edgy4U" bandwagon but I don't think it has the legs to carry it much past a first season without some serious recasting and a new writing team.

The interesting setting and built in audience from the comic may be the only thing that saves this show from it's many flaws. While the actresses who play Betty and Veronica put out great performances, their scenes are often an oasis in the cliched plot points and god awful dialog from the rest of the cardboard cut-out cast.

The cheese in the dialog is heavy and reminded me of the worst parts of CW shows like "Supernatural" and the modern DC series. You likely won't get much reaction from the emotional scenes unless you tear up reading fortune cookies and hallmark cards.

They make a half-hearted attempt to discuss some social issues. From Betty's Gay friend, Cheerleader saying its "so 1994" to be bisexual for attention, Archie getting molested by a teacher etc. but it all falls pretty flat and seems contrived. For instance, the gay best friend, like usual, is reduced to little more than a gay stereotype for Betty to bounce lines off of. "OMG isn't Archie the hottest! He has a 6 pack, omg its so FAB. Did I mention I'm gay? I'm not sure if i was clear enough, maybe I should mention it a couple of more times" It was a pretty big step back in my opinion. I usually applaud shows for even making an attempt but this is really just a big step backward. For god sake put a little effort into it, and try to write something original. Not all gay culture is defined by being sassy and talking to women about "boys".

This might play well with the CW crowd, or easily influenced teens who want to jump on the "2edgy4U" bandwagon but I don't think it has the legs to carry it much past a first season without some serious recasting and a new writing team.

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Jan 31, 2017 6:10AM EST
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YA shows usually mean for me - YAWN - but I really enjoyed this. There were enough interesting characters, goings on, backstories and literary and pop culture references to keep me laughing. Archie is like a younger Hemsworth brother. When did teens become so immaculately/expensively dressed? What can I say, *faints in surprise* I just really enjoyed the first episode. Not your average YA show.

YA shows usually mean for me - YAWN - but I really enjoyed this. There were enough interesting characters, goings on, backstories and literary and pop culture references to keep me laughing. Archie is like a younger Hemsworth brother. When did teens become so immaculately/expensively dressed? What can I say, *faints in surprise* I just really enjoyed the first episode. Not your average YA show.

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Jan 29, 2017 1:53PM EST
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This review is based on the Pilot of "Riverdale" which aired on the CW Thursday night.

While not a 'genre' show, Riverdale certainly has a niche market. Basically, the people who loved Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Hellcats, and any other very youthful and unrealistic televised highschool/college experiences. I'm quite certain the demographic age range for this series is quite young. You couldn't pay someone older than 30 any amount to watch this show.

As a 26 year old guy from NYC, I've never quite related to a show LESS than Riverdale.
Its about a group of highschool kids who lives in one of those fictional places where the entire school is hot and in shape and everyone gets everything they want. Its hard to watch because nothing like this has ever happened to me. It's like a fantasy -- one full of regret and jealousy - and I, personally - do not watch TV to feel either of those things.

If you are really happy with your high-school and college experiences, maybe you can watch Riverdale and relate - otherwise, its just going to piss you off watching all these absurdly hot people get everything they want and more.

As for the show itself - it IS based on a very old comic and attempts to update it for modern times -- and while some of the references are modern, it struggles to eliminate the inherent cheese factor present in nearly every aspect of the show. It's like that classic high-school movie with Zac Efron -- with no twists. Its exactly that. You've got mean girls, jocks, lockers, oh, and Muuuurderrrr... because apparently having a murder mystery gives this cast of absurdly fake people something to do. It's a contrite, simple and frankly pointless show. Again, if you liked any of the shows I mentioned above, or stupid high school movies, or you had an awesome life you may like this show. Otherwise, skip it - trust me. You're better off just scrolling through Lili Reinhart's instagram feed. (she's cute).

This review is based on the Pilot of "Riverdale" which aired on the CW Thursday night.

While not a 'genre' show, Riverdale certainly has a niche market. Basically, the people who loved Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Hellcats, and any other very youthful and unrealistic televised highschool/college experiences. I'm quite certain the demographic age range for this series is quite young. You couldn't pay someone older than 30 any amount to watch this show.

As a 26 year old guy from NYC, I've never quite related to a show LESS than Riverdale.
Its about a group of highschool kids who lives in one of those fictional places where the entire school is hot and in shape and everyone gets everything they want. Its hard to watch because nothing like this has ever happened to me. It's like a fantasy -- one full of regret and jealousy - and I, personally - do not watch TV to feel either of those things.

If you are really happy with your high-school and college experiences, maybe you can watch Riverdale and relate - otherwise, its just going to piss you off watching all these absurdly hot people get everything they want and more.

As for the show itself - it IS based on a very old comic and attempts to update it for modern times -- and while some of the references are modern, it struggles to eliminate the inherent cheese factor present in nearly every aspect of the show. It's like that classic high-school movie with Zac Efron -- with no twists. Its exactly that. You've got mean girls, jocks, lockers, oh, and Muuuurderrrr... because apparently having a murder mystery gives this cast of absurdly fake people something to do. It's a contrite, simple and frankly pointless show. Again, if you liked any of the shows I mentioned above, or stupid high school movies, or you had an awesome life you may like this show. Otherwise, skip it - trust me. You're better off just scrolling through Lili Reinhart's instagram feed. (she's cute).

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Jan 31, 2017 11:07AM EST
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So the CW has taken the beloved Archie comic from my youth and turned it into a PLL type show. I am not sure how I feel about that. The plot is cheesy at times and the teacher/student relationship is questionable. I am quite curious as to how this is going to play out. I will give it a few more episodes.

So the CW has taken the beloved Archie comic from my youth and turned it into a PLL type show. I am not sure how I feel about that. The plot is cheesy at times and the teacher/student relationship is questionable. I am quite curious as to how this is going to play out. I will give it a few more episodes.

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Apr 29, 2017 10:39PM EDT
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Hmmm. I don't know if anyone out there grew up watching Archie's Weird Mysteries', but Riverdale kind of went from a loveable nostalgic television choice, that could have been a fresh take on the comics I read as a child to a really terrible high school hybrid of Archie's weird Mysteries' and Saved By the Bell. I don't know how long I can continue watching this. Umm.. I already untracked it, thought again and re-tracked it, ready to give up and go and watch Versailles. I have to say, I don't know exactly what I want here, but this isn't it.

Hmmm. I don't know if anyone out there grew up watching Archie's Weird Mysteries', but Riverdale kind of went from a loveable nostalgic television choice, that could have been a fresh take on the comics I read as a child to a really terrible high school hybrid of Archie's weird Mysteries' and Saved By the Bell. I don't know how long I can continue watching this. Umm.. I already untracked it, thought again and re-tracked it, ready to give up and go and watch Versailles. I have to say, I don't know exactly what I want here, but this isn't it.

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Feb 15, 2017 2:25AM EST
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The concept is good but the execution is a bit uneven. Some of the actors are great and some are mediocre in a good moment. The writing has moments where is starts to get interesting and then it winds up somewhere predictable.

Weird pilot moment: Josie (while trying to make a point) says the Pussycats only play their own songs then the first song they perform is Cyndi Lauper's. It was a good version but using it made the character less credible. Why not have some write something for the show?

The concept is good but the execution is a bit uneven. Some of the actors are great and some are mediocre in a good moment. The writing has moments where is starts to get interesting and then it winds up somewhere predictable.

Weird pilot moment: Josie (while trying to make a point) says the Pussycats only play their own songs then the first song they perform is Cyndi Lauper's. It was a good version but using it made the character less credible. Why not have some write something for the show?

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Mar 2, 2017 9:23AM EST
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Give me a bucket - i'm going to throw up :/
It's so sweet and naive and the murder mystery is sooo forced - like at least half of seasons of Pretty little liars.

Give me a bucket - i'm going to throw up :/
It's so sweet and naive and the murder mystery is sooo forced - like at least half of seasons of Pretty little liars.

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Aug 22, 2017 11:50PM EDT
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Overall, this is your typical CW show. If you like those shows (which I do) then you will like this.

The best part of the how was every scene with Jughead (Cole Sprouse)! He was the best!

Overall, this is your typical CW show. If you like those shows (which I do) then you will like this.

The best part of the how was every scene with Jughead (Cole Sprouse)! He was the best!

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nice twist on the archie comics but why are the characters that much different from the characters in the comic ie jughead does not eat boatloads, betty has ADD/ADHD now, veronica is nice and not betty's childhood friend anymore and archie and reggie are somewhat friends and moose is smart now what have you done CW WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BELOVED CHILDHOOD but all in all a good show with lots of tension as sexually innuendous jokes that almost passed me

nice twist on the archie comics but why are the characters that much different from the characters in the comic ie jughead does not eat boatloads, betty has ADD/ADHD now, veronica is nice and not betty's childhood friend anymore and archie and reggie are somewhat friends and moose is smart now what have you done CW WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BELOVED CHILDHOOD but all in all a good show with lots of tension as sexually innuendous jokes that almost passed me

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I speak for the people who have no idea about the Archie comics and who haven't gone through having their childhood ripped to pieces through the process of watching it turned into a show. The show's a good one, I never thought I'd get into a teen murder mystery kind of show but holy moly this turned that prejudice upside-down. Maybe I only like it because I went in with low expectations, maybe it's actually not that bad of a show. Worth watching but sometimes don't hold too much faith in it I guess. (still deserving of 4.5 stars though- sorry if that's confusing)

I speak for the people who have no idea about the Archie comics and who haven't gone through having their childhood ripped to pieces through the process of watching it turned into a show. The show's a good one, I never thought I'd get into a teen murder mystery kind of show but holy moly this turned that prejudice upside-down. Maybe I only like it because I went in with low expectations, maybe it's actually not that bad of a show. Worth watching but sometimes don't hold too much faith in it I guess. (still deserving of 4.5 stars though- sorry if that's confusing)