The Popularity of 'Riverdale' Has Nothing To Do With Its Relation To The 'Archie' Comics

The Popularity of 'Riverdale' Has Nothing To Do With Its Relation To The 'Archie' Comics

"Our story is about a town, a small town, and the people who live in the town."

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Disclaimer: there are some spoilers in the article!

Among the crowd of 18-34-year-olds (so-called "millennials"), "Riverdale" has become increasingly popular since its Season 2 premiere on the CW. One of the reasons is because of how easy it is to watch. However, this does not entirely explain the reason why it has become so popular. Other CW shows that have aired on Netflix such as "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" haven't had as much success with younger audiences.

Many shows on CW are also based on comic strips and superheroes, such as "The Flash," "Arrow," and "Supergirl." Like these, "Riverdale" is based on something else—in this case, it's the nostalgic 1950's comic strip "Archie". However, "Riverdale" has nothing to do with superheroes, at least not in the kind we're familiar with. The show is about real teens facing real problems: deciding where to go to college, relationships, death, curiosity, and financial instability. According to the creators, a direct "transplant" of the original comic to the screen was not going to be enough to sustain a series.

The combination of what many people know as the "Archie" comic with present-day realities and plot twists is a recent move to create characters that can resonate with younger audiences. For example, the plot line of Season 1 follows Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Kevin Keller (who happens to be gay), Jughead Jones, and Cheryl Blossom as they unravel the mystery of who killed Cheryl's brother Jason on the Fourth of July the summer before. By combining the genres of innocent happy-go-lucky teenagers with hardcore and cold-blooded mystery, the show has become something that all people, regardless of age, can get sucked into.

By adding complex characters who symbolize standardized stereotypes, the show also creates complex relationships between unexpected people. For example, in the first episode, we find out that Archie is in love with Ms. Grundy, the school music teacher. Things start to get complicated (not that they weren't already) when Archie realizes that he and Ms. Grundy were making out at the same time and place where Jason Blossom was (presumably) killed. I won't give anything else away, but at that point, everything starts to spiral out of control.

Based on that, it's no surprise that the show is coming up on its third season. Netflix recently made an agreement with the CW network that states that about seven to eight days after a show's season finale, Netflix can add it to their catalog. This agreement has made cable tv shows that much more accessible to fans, who have already made "Riverdale" one of the most viewed shows on the CW network. In addition to it being easy to access, it's also very easy to get "sucked into", as described below.

"The result reflects reality just enough to draw viewers into pure fantasy."

I love this quote because it asks the viewer the "if" question. The beginning of the first season draws us in by giving us characters that reflect our general reality. This way, it makes it seem like the things in the show could actually be possible. That's what draws the viewer in.

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21 Lauren Conrad Quotes To Live By

"I trust you as far as I can throw you, and I don't even think I can lift you."
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Although the days of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" are long gone, let us reminisce on the glory days. Here are 21 Lauren Conrad quotes to prove that she gave us the best life advice.

1. "Love is not a maybe thing. You know when you love someone."

2. "All there is left to do is forgive and forget. I want to forgive you, and I want to forget you."

3. "Nobody's had the best relationships in the past. That's why they end."

4. "If you do a really bad thing, or if you do a really shady thing, be like 'I was shady.' Like, just 'fess up to it. That's it."

5. "I would never choose a guy over a friend."

6. "I don't want to be like 'No, I'll never talk to you again,' but I can't be normal with you. I want to, but I can't."

7. "As soon as you stop thinking about them, they'll, like, send you a text message or they'll call you because they know you just stopped thinking about them. It's like a radar."

8. "I have too many good people in my life to try to have bad ones, too."

9. "You weren't being over-sensitive, he was being over asshole."

10. "Don't ever get involved with someones who can manipulate you."

11. "All I know is that thank you for getting out of my life."

12. "Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better."

13. "Here's a guy that I really like, and he's done something really terrible to me, but I still like him, but I can't be with him. So it's almost harder."

14. "It just is what it is, it's not always fair."

15. "If you really wanna be with someone, it should be someone you really like, someone you're really proud to be with, and you should want to call them your boyfriend or girlfriend."

16. "Don't fight other people's battles."

17. "I've waited too long to pick the wrong guy. You don't settle."

18. "It can't be a thing. If it's a thing, it gets this build-up and then I get my hopes up."

19. "There's no time like the present to make a fresh start."

20. "I don't think it's about trusting people, it's about knowing who to trust."

21. "Life's tough, get a helmet."

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10 Shows to Binge Watch On A Rainy Day

This list of easy-to-binge, addictive shows will help you occupy your time when cuddled up in bed avoiding the rain.

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Springtime is supposed to be flowers blooming and spring break trips to the beach. But with Ohio weather, rain is all we get. If you find yourself stuck inside avoiding the rain, check out this list of shows to get your binge watch on!

1. Mindhunter

Following the story of how psychology was implemented into the FBI, Mindhunter alternates between psych lessons, love stories, and one-on-one time with serial killers. The creators casted and recreated the serial killers almost too well, which I think is the most compelling part of the show. Also, a lot of the scenes were filmed in Pittsburgh, where I am from, so that adds some excitement for me. P.S. for my theatre kids: Jonathan Groff is one of the two main characters and we all love Groff.

2. Big Mouth

Any Nick Kroll fans out there? If you haven't already, watch his hilarious, raunchy cartoon, Big Mouth! It follows his actual life childhood, with John Mulaney playing his best friend Andrew Goldberg. The series details the beauty and horror of puberty in the grossest, yet most relatable way possible. I think I watched the first season in a little less than a week and the second season in two days, so it is definitely bingeable. Kroll voices most of the characters, which is easily my favorite thing about the show. Check out this video to see the genius behind this amazing show.

3. You

If you haven't heard of this show, you are actually living under a rock. Everyone and their mothers are watching You. Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, goes into full stalker mode after meeting Guinevere Beck. I've never watched Gossip Girl (I know, shame on me), but you might recognize the creep as Dan Humphrey. Twitter fell in love with him, despite his psychotic tendencies, so beware!

4. How to Get Away With Murder

OK. Right behind Mindhunter, this is my absolute favorite show. Every time a new season gets released on Netflix, I finish that puppy like it's nothing. The stunning Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating, a law professor and defense attorney. She creates a team of five students to help her with cases, and they quickly get involved in a sticky murder case. Every episode features a new case, but there are also larger cases that are covered throughout the whole series. The acting in this is actually INSANE. I had never heard of pretty much all of the actors, besides Viola Davis and Matt McGorry, before watching, but OMG ARE THEY AMAZING OR WHAT?! Besides that, the storylines are hard not to get sucked into and the topics covered make you think a lot. Oh, and intense cliffhangers force you to press play on the next episode.

5. Queer Eye

Queer Eye is a feel-good show if I've ever watched one. The "Fab Five" travels to give makeovers and advice to men around the nation, and boy are they good at it! The transformations in every episode are heartwarming and impressive. It's basically Extreme Home Makeover, but for straight men.

6. Atypical

Sam Gardner, a high-schooler on the autism spectrum, is the protagonist of this beautiful show. Sam's main goal throughout the show is to find a girlfriend, and ultimately independence. The show, in my opinion, accurately depicts how autism affects family relations and adolescence. Obviously, shows following characters with disabilities tend to glorify the lives of disabled people. We should not define people by their disabilities and celebrate them for doing everyday actions; this is not treating them equally - you would not celebrate an able-bodied person for doing something as mundane as going on a walk or washing dishes. However, extreme triumphs, like getting into college, which Sam accomplishes, are appropriate to celebrate. That being said, I recommend this show to anyone, as it is eye-opening, but I ask that you keep in mind the points I've shared above.

7. Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld and cool cars and coffee and your favorite comedians - what could be better? This awesome series is really entertaining and an easy watch. Their conversations cover a range of topics and it's really cool to see these comedians as normal people getting coffee, instead of performers.

8. Dancing Queen

Everyone loves Dance Moms. Well, picture a dance studio where the dancers are ten times better, they go to real competitions, and it's all run by drag icon, Alyssa Edwards. That is Dancing Queen in a nutshell. The show also follows Edwards's family and past, love life, and stardom in the drag world.

9. The Keepers

Do you like True Crime? The Keepers is the show for you! This docuseries digs deeper into the murder case of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a Catholic teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. The series also follows the closely linked sexual abuse case of Father Joseph Maskell who served the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The whole story is absolutely crazy and the insane amount of evidence they found would make you think that this case would be easy to solve. There a ton of cases like this linked to Catholic dioceses around the nation, but The Keepers gives you personal anecdotes and pushes the boundaries.

10. Glee

Glee is that one show that I watch when I've caught up on all of my other shows. It is so easy to binge and never gets old. It covers basically any topic you can think of AND they sing and dance. How much better could it get? I will admit, the later seasons are not the best, but it's a great show nonetheless. I think I could probably fill a whole notebook with references, some much more cheesier than the rest, and I can't forget about all of the plot lines that made absolutely no sense, but that's not stopping me from watching!

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