Archie would have been the first live-action adaptation of Archie Comics if if it had been sold. Alas it wasn't, so fans would have to wait over 50 years for the Darker and Edgier Riverdale to come out.
Archie provides examples of:
- Betty and Veronica: The pilot focuses on the triangle—Archie can't choose between Betty and Veronica. Both Ronnie and Betty want to go to the same get-together with Archie.Archie: "Between the two of them I may go through life a bachelor just because I can't make up my mind!"
- Childhood Friend Romance: The episode revolves around the idea that most people marry those that they grew up around.
- Laugh Track: As was commonplace at the time, there's a laugh track.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Mr. Weatherbee talks to the "camera" when he's having a conversation with himself.