A CW drama based on "Archie" comics might seem like an odd sell -- after all, to most of us "Archie" is just that line of comics for kids.
Well, that might have been the case in the past -- but "Archie" rebooted its line of comics in 2015, creating a new world filled with intrigue, mystery, sometimes zombies... And a story far more current that appeals to a modern audience.
And that's where "Riverdale" comes in. This isn't a direct adaptation of the rebooted "Archie" universe, but it is borrowing heavily from it... Along with some very interesting TV shows. In watching "Riverdale," it comes across as equal parts "Gossip Girl" and Twin Peaks," with a little "Dawson's Creek" flair thrown in for good measure.
From the show's inciting incident -- the death of Riverdale High "golden boy" Jason Blossom -- we're pulled into the tangled web of teen angst, lust, love, betrayal and good old-fashioned high school fun. There will be characters to love, characters to hate -- and, of course, the ones we love to hate.
When all is said and done though, the lies that surround the town will slowly be unraveled as "Riverdale" takes audiences on a journey to find out the truth to the question that matters most: Who killed Jason Blossom? It's the kind of mystery that gets us playing amateur detective, sorting through anything and everything that might be a clue.
As that happens, it's hard not to fall in love with the town of Riverdale and those that inhabit it. There's all-American good guy Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), who is having an affair with his music teacher; troubled girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Riverdale's newest resident; New York transplant Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes); and of course, Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Jughead's as mysterious as Archie is transparent: A writer, still reeling from a rift with his best friend, with all kinds of interesting insights into their small town.
Of course, that's just four of the many characters that bring "Riverdale" to life -- and death. From Riverdale High's dastardly Queen Bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) to Pussycats lead singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), to Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), famously the first openly gay character in the "Archie" universe, each new face you meet on this show will leave you wanting to dive deeper into both the town and the series.
While the mystery surrounding Jason Blossom's death is our entry point into this crazy little world, it's the characters that populate "Riverdale" that are its true charm. It's hard not to want to get involved in these people's lives and figure out all of the secrets they're hiding -- and believe us, there's a ton of secrets being hidden.
So consider this your warning: Do not sleep on "Riverdale." You'll truly regret missing the premiere when everyone you know has gone crazy trying to figure out who killed Jason Blossom or debating who's cooler, Archie or Jughead. (The answer is: Jughead.)
"Riverdale" premieres Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.