Riverdale: Season 1 (2017)

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Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive.

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Critic Ratings: 62

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User Ratings: 1930

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 26, 2017
2
Air date: Feb 2, 2017
3
Air date: Feb 9, 2017
4
Air date: Feb 16, 2017
5
Air date: Feb 23, 2017
6
Air date: Mar 2, 2017
7
Air date: Mar 9, 2017
8
Air date: Mar 30, 2017
9
Air date: Apr 6, 2017
10
Air date: Apr 13, 2017
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Tv Season Info

The characters and setting of the long-running "Archie" comic series get a modern, neo-noir update in the premiere season of The CW's teen drama-mystery series. The events following the murder of a beloved classmate prompt Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the rest of Riverdale's residents to take a closer look at the scandals and secrets lurking under the seemingly wholesome, all-American surface of their hometown. Starring Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, K.J. Apa and Lili Reinhart.

Cast

KJ Apa
as Archie Andrews
Camila Mendes
as Veronica Lodge
Lili Reinhart
as Betty Cooper
Sarah Habel
as Ms. Grundy
Cole Sprouse
as Jughead Jones
Mädchen Amick
as Alice Cooper
Madelaine Petsch
as Cheryl Blossom
Luke Perry
as Fred Andrews
Ashleigh Murray
as Josie Mccoy
Ross Butler
as Reggie Mantle
Marisol Nichols
as Hermione Lodge
Casey Cott
as Kevin Keller
Robin Givens
as Mayor McCoy
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Critic Reviews for Riverdale Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (30)

Riverdale, an enjoyable and moody teen series for adults who love teen series, a group of which I consider myself a member, is a fascinating splash in the ongoing remake deluge.

Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Riverdale can be overwrought at times and even too transparently politically correct at others. But it's also crisply entertaining and particularly well-cast with respect to the pivotal roles.

Jan 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

[It's] a lot of fun, but what I like most so far is that Betty's much more than a ponytail, Veronica's not nearly as spoiled as I remember, and together they're navigating friendship and romantic rivalry in what I'd like to think are 21st century ways.

Jan 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Well done, but formulaic. Nevertheless, a long run seems assured.

Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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There are so many interesting storylines in the first season. The plot keeps getting wilder and more bizarre throughout the season. People will be surprised once they see where it's all heading.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale looks like it'll be a nice place to visit for a few seasons.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale demonstrates what progress in media should look like-experimental, well-intentioned, and willing to take risks.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

And within that power comes strength and empathy, which is really the underlying message behind the bonds of the women on Riverdale and what makes the show what it is.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

To wit: Riverdale is not a masterpiece. But, I like it.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Still relatively fresh out of Shortland Street, K. J. Apa makes a fairly convincing American teen heartthrob; his new accent holds up pretty well, though he is a boy of few words compared to the other characters.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

If you love a good mystery, enjoy the tension of love triangles heartbreak, and sexual awakening, and think you can solve the mystery of "Who killed Jason Blossom?" then you will adore "Riverdale."

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The result is a smart teen drama that manages to tackle current social issues while simultaneously weaving in a pretty creepy mystery.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riverdale: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    This was such an intriguing season with many interesting sub plots and creative situations.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Riverdale is by no means realistic fiction. Something about the way the characters spew the most bizarre, illogical strings of words known to cinema (looking at you, Veronica Lodge) strikes me as fantastical instead. Having placed Riverdale in the fantasy/adventure genre, Riverdale deserves at least a 6/10 for its clean-cut cinematography and double-guessing plot. I gave it a seven because it made me laugh so much.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Lately, several teen series with similar premises are being released. Some go for the more everyday style, where there is a group of teenagers that grow and mature over the seasons; and others go to the mystery side, where there is a group of teenagers who try to figure something out for themselves as they grow and mature over the seasons. Riverdale is the second case, but there is no growth and maturation. Not this season. There are characters that get a little change and others remain the same. The character Archie Andrews is the most unlit in the group of protagonists. It doesn't make much difference. It has small dramas involving the family and a constant desire to know where it belongs. But these questions are not well worked out or deepened in the character, something that leaves him behind in the plot. Betty Cooper is the character that has the most prominence and that makes the story go with everything you get into and discover. She didn't captivate me and I don't know why. The character Jughead is quite interesting. At the beginning of the season he was mysterious and had a somewhat radical worldview, but that is explained later by his father's appearance. However, he started to get quite annoyed with his view of himself. "A lone wolf" - this is boring and spoils the character with these cheesy lines. Cheryl Blossom is among the hate and I accept your personality. With others she is an **** and with her family she is the one who suffers. I don't think I had much information about her and what she thinks for me to like the character. Veronica Lodge is the character that is among the protagonists, and is alternating between highlight and non-highlight. She has a very strong personality that resembles that of Cheryl Blossom, something that puts them as enemies here. However, some of his dialogues are worthy of a teenager who thinks she is doing everything right, but who doesn't know anything about what is really happening. What makes me like her is the fact that she is trying to change, and to recognize her place and her mistakes. This makes her a little mature around other young people. The adult cast stands out - without much difficulty - from the youth group. Some have an interesting mystery, others have a very realistic difficulty and others have very significant dramas for the plot. Some very small and others with greater prominence. Fred Andrews is, ethically speaking, the most correct of them all. He tries to do his best in the care of his son Archie, while dealing with problems involving his work. Hermione Lodge is a mother who is trying to start her life in a very strange way after her husband was arrested. She is very neutral if we consider her personality. Blossom parents are a despicable thing. They are totalitarians, oppressors, and they are certainly not a great example of parents. This is the result of Nathalie Boltt's good performances as Penelope Blossom and Barclay Hope as Clifford Blossom. The character with whom I got most attached was Alice Cooper. At the beginning of the story it is very problematic and is poorly understood, but when the story progresses, we are able to understand its actions and personality. She's just a mother who would do anything for the sake of her daughters. The acts she does are not right in the eyes of teenagers, but understandable to the adult world. Riverdale is another teen series involving mystery and that has a range of characters that have not yet shown what they came for.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    Even though it breaks the show don't tell rule a little and has some awkward moments in terms of dialogue, this is a great season of television, the characters are ones you can really get invested with, along with a very well though out mystery plot line that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are introduced correctly and thus no one seems to be an obvious culprit. It's entertaining and keeps you guessing.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    This was a new and fresh show with dark themes and dark characters. The show doesn't actively have a lot of humor, but the interactions between some characters are really fun. And when they make some jokes here and there, they are very self-aware of the problems with the show and mention it in their own episodes. Jughead is the best character of any show. He is funny, dark, weird and very entertaining. Some people say it's a typical teen drama show. I mean it has some moments that make you believe so, but overall it isn't. It is a fresh show with a good cast and awesome storytelling.
  • May 12, 2020
    If there was a zero star rating I would put that
  • May 06, 2020
    I found Riverdale to be a fun story with a lot of twists and turns to keep the storyline fresh and continous. Unless for a certain reason that hasn't been explained yet, it seems weird how every parent in this show is twisted and keeping secrets from one another.
  • May 05, 2020
    I liked this season a lot. It's very rare that the 1st season is the best, but that the case with this show. Riverdale season 1 is a great season, but don't expect much later in the series
  • Apr 12, 2020
    I love this show ever
  • Apr 08, 2020
    The first season of Riverdale, is actually a pretty interesting watchable show. It really hooks you in and you feel emotionally invested in these characters. Don't get too comfortable though! It's all downhill from here.

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