Who killed Jason Blossom? That is the crux on which the entire first season of Riverdale hangs on.
And you would think that finding a murderer in a small little town would be easy. But not in Riverdale where everybody is harbouring a deep dark secret.
This is a town with a lot of problems but Archie, Betty and Jughead are on the case.
Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of Archie Comics.
Very similar in style to The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (it's spin-off), the show has one central focus throughout Season 1.
What Is Riverdale About?
Jason Blossom, heir to the Blossom fortune, and twin to Cheryl has been murdered. With the high school and the town closing ranks, it is becoming more and more difficult to find his killer.
Solving the mystery is left to Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his band of merry highschoolers, all of whom are facing their own problems.
Archie is having an illicit affair with a teacher. Betty Cooper, played by Lili Reinhart (Look Both Ways), is trying desperately to get out from under her mother's control. Plus her sister, who was dating Jason Blossom, has been hidden away because she ‘is sick'.
Jughead, also the narrator of the story, is the boy from the wrong side of town, trying to fit in. Veronica (Camila Mendes, Dangerous Lies, Do Revenge) is a high society New Yorker whose father is in prison.
And then there is Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl is wealthy and privileged and relishes in being selfish and manipulative. She's quite the character and despite all her faults, it's hard not to like her. Madelaine Petsch plays her perfectly.
Riverdale is a labyrinth of teen angst, romance, and murder mystery set in a seemingly idyllic town. But don't let the high school backdrop fool you, his is no ordinary teen drama.
With compelling storylines, visually rich cinematography, and characters that transcend their two-dimensional comic book origins, Riverdale keeps audiences guessing what twist awaits in the next episode.
Riverdale Official Trailer
Is Riverdale Worth Watching?
Riverdale first premiered in 2017 and is a comic book adaptation based on the iconic characters from Archie Comic series.
It has many layers, and the story moves along at a solid pace. Each of the 13 episodes in season 1 reveals new information about what happened to Jason and by the end, the pieces fit together nicely.
So it does have a conclusion which is great. It also ends on enough of a cliffhanger to make you move straight on to Season 2.
One of the key strengths of Riverdale lies in its intricate character development and complex relationships. Whether it's the on-again, off-again romance between Archie and Veronica, or the steadfast friendship between Betty and Jughead, the characters provide an emotional core to the series.
Adding to the mix are characters like Cheryl Blossom, whose extravagant personality and tragic backstory make her a standout, and the adults who have their own complicated lives and secrets.
The show also doesn't shy away from exploring darker themes, such as gang violence, drug addiction, and the corruption that seeps into even the most wholesome of small towns.
Unlike the original Archie Comics, which were more light-hearted and comedic, Riverdale offers a grim and often surreal take on the problems of modern teenage life, setting it apart from other shows in the genre.
How Many Seasons Of Riverdale?
In total, there are seven seasons consisting of 137 episodes of Riverdale and as the show has now ended, there will be no more!
The first season centres around the murder of Jason Blossom. It introduces the core characters and their families, revealing the dark secrets of Riverdale.
By season 2 the story has moved on and now focuses on the Black Hood, a serial killer targeting sinners in Riverdale, and the introduction of the Southside Serpents gang.
Season 3 introduces the Gargoyle King, a mysterious figure behind a dangerous role-playing game that has lethal consequences.
The fourth season deals with the death of Fred Andrews (in homage to the late Luke Perry), the introduction of the voyeur sending video tapes, and Jughead's experiences at Stonewall Prep.
As we move into season 5 there's a seven-year time jump and a continued threat of the voyeur and a new mystery involving the town's history.
The sixth season introduces Percival Pickens (Chris O'Shea) as the show has a crossover with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and a visit from the Devil.
The series finale arrives with the seventh season. Picking up where last season ended, Jughead Jones finds himself trapped in the 1950s. He has no idea how he got there, nor how to get back to the present. But ultimately everything gets wrapped up in a nice neat bow!
Main Cast Of Riverdale
KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, a former high school football player who has a passion for music. He is childhood best friends with Betty Cooper and with Jughead Jones.
Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper who is best friends with Archie and dates Jughead.
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, a former “it girl” of Manhattan, she moves to Riverdale at the beginning of the series.
Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, a philosophically inclined social outcast who is Archie's best friend and former leader of the Southside Serpents gang.
Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Veronica's mother, who returned to Riverdale with her daughter.
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, a wealthy and manipulative woman who was a classmate of Archie and his friends.
Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, the lead singer of Josie and the Pussycats and a former classmate of Archie.
Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Betty and Polly's mother, who was the editor of the local paper.
Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Archie's father, who owned a construction company.
Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Veronica's father, who was recently incarcerated for illegal activities.
Casey Cott as Kevin Keller who is friends with Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead and is the son of Riverdale's sheriff.
Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, a member of the Southside Serpents, who is best friends with Jughead.
Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, Archie's long-time friend and rival.
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