Riverdale: What You Need to Know Before Watching the Show

by Sophia Hanna

On January 26 of this year, a new show on the CW came out called Riverdale, adding to its list of great shows. Other shows on the CW include Jane the Virgin, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Supergirl, and The Originals, so Riverdale already had a lot of competition to keep their spot on the channel.

The show is based on the comics from Archie Comics. What is interesting about this is that all of the characters are in the show, but they take on different personalities, well at least most of the characters. The directors had the two main characters, Archie and Betty stay about the same, personality wise. Many of the characters look like the original character but have a very different personality, especially Veronica, but I will not tell you her story because it would give some spoilers away.

When I first heard about the show I was a little suspicious of if the shows was going to be as great as it was chalked up to be. I was never into comics, but I was familiar with the Archie comics, so I wouldn’t think I would like it, but I was wrong. My friend from Canada was talking about how much her school was obsessed with the show so I decided to give it a shot. The cast includes KJ Apa, Lili Reinsert, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Camila Mendes, and of course the most known actor on the show Cole Spouse. While most people would be excited about Cole having his big return to television, I was surprised to find out that the girl who plays Betty, Lili Reinsert, is from Cleveland, Ohio. This is her first big show and her acting skills are superb! Lili Reinsert went to Bay Village High School and did not have the easiest start to her acting career. After high school, she moved to LA to pursue her acting career, but after 5 months she came back to Cleveland feeling lost and having no hope. Her family pushed her to go back and try again and that’s how she landed a role on the show!

The show reminds me of a mix between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. You get your daily teen drama in every episode while facing some real life situations and some mystery. Currently the show is on its 10th episode and you can catch up on the episodes for free on cwtv.com but most of the episodes expire after every 4 episodes are released, so you have to watch quickly so you don’t miss an episode. If you do want to watch the episodes that are already expired you can watch them on amazon prime video, but you do have to pay $3.00 for every episode. Hopefully, more people will start watching the show because it’s really interesting and leaves you anticipating the next episode.