‘Riverdale’: Why we love to hate it

Taylor McDaniel, Staff Reporter

If you’ve been on twitter, tumblr or YouTube in the past few years, you’ve probably seen posts and videos roasting the cheesy, teen-drama “Riverdale.” Season four of the hit CW series returns next week, giving the internet much needed new material to make fun of. Let’s delve into what makes this show so tempting to mock.

In the first season of the show, All-American boy Archie Andrews’ problems resemble those of Troy Bolton in “High School Musical” — choose between sports (football, in this case) or singing. Season one revolves around the whodunit of murdered teenager Jason Blossom while also featuring Archie’s first world problem. 

Archie’s character does develop in the second, my personal favorite, and third seasons of the show. Andrews becomes entangled with his girlfriend’s dad’s mob business, gets framed for murder by said dad, and then goes to juvie. While in juvie, he is forced to be a part of an undercover, illegal prison boxing ring. Archie then escapes juvie, is on the run, gets attacked by a bear in the woods and when he finally goes back home, has to take the SATs. 

It’s absolute insanity. 

New to Riverdale at the start is Veronica Lodge, a confident, gorgeous New York socialite prone to nicknames and pearl necklaces. She quickly catches the eye of Archie and subsequently enters into a will-they-won’t-they scenario that never quite seems to end. The young woman is motivated, the trait assisting her in getting justice from sleazeball Chuck Clayton and opening her own speakeasy/casino in the basement of Pop’s Chock’Lit Shoppe as a teenager, a literal infant. 

Her father, Hiram Lodge, becomes one of the main villains of the show, besides the Black Hood and the Gargoyle King, of course. And yes, those are actual bad guy names. 

Initially, Veronica is halted by going after Archie due to new bff Betty Cooper’s continued childhood crush on the boy — neither girl ultimately lets “Archiekins” get in the way of their friendship. Betty, your not-so-typical girl next door, has it rough. Sure, she’s cute and smart and has Cody Martin as her boyfriend, but that girl has not had it easy. 

Riverdale’s own Nancy Drew is terrorized and stalked by the Black Hood all throughout season two — who turns out to be her very own father. Her sister, Polly, runs away to the Farm to have twins only to come back and lure her mother into the cult as well — Alice Cooper then gives away all of Betty’s college fund money to the organization. And THEN it turns out Betty — who’s “dark side” had made appearances throughout the show — has the “serial killer gene” which even her serial killer father did not have, apparently. Also, her hair is always in an extremely tight ponytail which has got to give her constant headaches. 

By her side throughout it all is trusty, broody, self-identified “weirdo” boyfriend is Forsythe Pendleton “Jughead” Jones III. A loner writer at the beginning, Jughead quickly falls back in with old friends Betty and Archie after Jason Blossom’s murder. Jughead even lives with Archie and dad, Fred, throughout season one after distancing himself from gang leader father Forsythe Pendleton “FP” Jones II. Despite resistance from FP, Jughead eventually joins the Southside Serpents, and later  becomes their leader after his father is falsely arrested. Characters are constantly joining and leaving the gang and honestly, it’s hard to keep track of how many members there are at any given time. 

Personally, my favorite character is Fred Andrews, Archie’s dad, played by Luke Perry. He’s just a sweet baby angel who always supports his son. In the upcoming season, the show will address Perry’s death and has plans to honor his memory. 

It may be cringey, it be corny, but it’s entertaining as all heck. My best friend and I have been having “Riverdale” marathons for months now, which originally had started off as an ironic, roast fest, and we cannot stop. We’re weirdly invested, but we still make fun of it though, naturally. 

The CW series is set to return for another undoubtedly insanity-filled, drama-filled season on Wednesday, Oct. 9.