Riverdale season 1 was the best


You may have heard of a little show called Riverdale. You know, the one with gargoyle kings, serial killer genes, cults led by Chad Michael Murray and amazing lines like this:

Like a lot of people i’m online now Riverdale almost exclusively to see how ridiculous it can get (and for Choni, of course). But there was a time when, believe it or not, Riverdale sort of meaning.

Here are 21 moments that prove season 1 of Riverdale was actually really good:

Spoilers ahead!


Jason Blossom’s murder was the perfect mystery.

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I remember how fun it was to go online and see everyone discussing theories about who the killer could be. There were so many twists and turns and red herring, and it was actually pretty believable. The scene where the kids found the video of Clifford Blossom shooting his own son gave me chills.


They focused on friendships, not just romances.

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We had Archie and Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Kevin and Betty… these days some of those characters barely interact.


The characters were actually acting like high school kids.

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There was football, school dancing, cheerleading… oh, and the parents were really there! It wasn’t all cults and ticklish porn.


We got to see the characters hanging out with other people.

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We got to see Archie and Valerie, Veronica and Chuck (he was the worst in season 1, but still), Archie and Veronica, and a tease from Archie and Betty. One of the things I really liked about Season 3 was that it kind of brought that back. It was realistic to see the characters dating instead of acting like they were married.


Veronica must have some stories that didn’t revolve around her father or Archie.

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Remember when she and Betty took out Chuck and the football team? Iconic. I love the idea of ​​Veronica, but a lot of her character focuses on Hiram and Varchy these days. I miss the energy of Veronica in Season 1.


The Bughead season 1 was actually really cute.

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Look, I prefer Betty and Archie, but I admit that Betty and Jughead were adorable at first! Before there was any cheating or shared half-brothers to worry about, I could see the call.


There were still some dramatic moments, but it didn’t feel like it was ridiculous for the sake of being ridiculous. When something wild happens in Season 1, it usually has a purpose.


Archie had an adorable relationship with his father.

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Luke Perry is so, so missed. Fred was the only parent I really trusted on this show!


The focus was on family relationships – Archie’s parents divorce, Jughead’s issues with her father, Betty’s search for her sister, and Veronica’s struggle to trust her mother.


The episode where Cheryl and the Bulldogs crush Jughead’s birthday party is one of the best in the series – it’s chaotic and entertaining, but still feels pretty believable.

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Yes, I know that also gave us Jughead’s infamous ‘I’m a weirdo’ monologue, but I stand by my statement!


There were some really moving moments that dealt with heavy topics, like Cheryl and Jughead’s suicide attempt being homeless.


The show actually called Archie and Ms. Grundy’s relationship predatory and not good instead of totally romanticizing it like most shows do with student-teacher relationships.

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The start of this script was pretty gruesome, but this scene here was so important.


They did a really good job of teasing Betty, Archie and Veronica’s iconic love triangle – you could really see it go both ways.


Veronica and Cheryl had some really sweet scenes together and they seemed to be on the way to a real, genuine friendship.

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I want more Cheronica friendship screen time!


Les Pussycats Actually got screen time! We got to see Josie’s complicated relationship with her conflicted mother, Josie and Valerie, and their many performances. In addition, remember this scene?!

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And at that point, we were all Archie.


The cinematography was absolutely stunning and went perfectly with Jughead’s storytelling.


We didn’t know the full story of FP and Alice’s story yet, and there was so much tension and mystery to keep us intrigued.


Hiram was just an offscreen villain, and he was actually a lot scarier that way. There was something really scary about him not doing any good, but not being able to see him.

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Hermione was also a lot more morally gray than downright evil before Hiram came to screen, and that made her a more interesting character.


We had music numbers like “Kids in America” instead of weird pole dance on “Mad World”.


That sequence in the finale where Archie and Veronica meet, Jughead joins the Serpents, and Cheryl burns down her house while Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” plays was * the boss’s kiss *.


And finally, Season 1 ended on one of the best cliffhangers of all time.

Never mind. At least we have some ridiculous times like this to wait now:

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