Ever since critics saw the first screening of "Riverdale," the Internet has been a abuzz with talk of The CW's new, dark teen drama. It immediately started getting comparisons to other iconic shows such as "Twin Peaks," "Pretty Little Liars," and "The OC," which is not bad company for a freshman show to be keeping.
While the cast is flattered by these comparisons, they're also adamant that "Riverdale" is blazing its own trail as far as what their show is all about.
"People compare it to so many different shows, but I think our show very much stands alone. It’s hard to categorize it," Lilli Reinhart says. "You have comedy, but you have drama, and you have noir, and you have really witty humor."
The men behind Jughead (Colse Sprouse) and Archie (KJ Apa) agree, describing the show as something new and different and unlike anything currently on TV. Sprouse called the "Twin Peaks" comparison "intimidating," but correct to a certain degree: "Now that we're 10 episodes in, we'd also like to brave new territory and find a niche that isn't a comparison."
Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray sounded off on as well, comparing and contrasting which descriptions fit and which were off the mark.
"I think 'Twin Peaks' is pretty spot on, with the cinematography and the feel," Petsch says. "I feel like 'Pretty Little Liars’ with the murder mystery makes sense, but I don’t think our show is anything like 'Pretty Little Liars' in any other way. We’re kind of niche-ing our own little market."
Murray agrees, describing "Riverdale" as an amalgamation of all the best parts of these other fan-favorite shows. "There is a marrying of those concepts, but we have birthed an entire new existence," she says. "It’s like if 'Twin Peaks' and '90210' were to have a baby."
Whichever comparison you prefer, prepare for "Riverdale" to become your new TV obsession. All the best elements of the classics combine with more than a few unique characteristics to make a show you will not be able to stop watching.
"Riverdale" premieres Thursday (Jan. 26) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.