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  • Author Existence Failure: Luke Perry passed away after a stroke partway through Season 3. Molly Ringwald was brought back to fill his intended role for the three remaining episodes he wasn’t able to film, with Fred vaguely just being said to be “away” while Archie’s mother looks after him, giving them time to figure out how to deal with his continued absence. The Season 4 premiere was made entirely into a tribute to Perry as Fred makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save someone else from a speeding car, resulting in the whole town giving a lavish celebration of his life, heroes and villains alike paying respect.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Averted - the main cast members are only credited if they're actually in an episode.
    • Played straight with Josie in Season 1, who was credited as a regular but barely appeared/had a plot, whereas Kevin and Valerie were guests with a much bigger plot.
  • California Doubling: The show is shot in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Channel Hop: The show was originally in development under Fox in 2014 before Fox decided not to pick up the show, resulting in The CW picking up the show a year later.
  • The Cast Showoff: A good chunk of the cast consists of great vocalists, with KJ Apa (Archie), Camila Mendes (Veronica), Lili Reinhardt (Betty), Ashleigh Murray (Josie), Casey Cott (Kevin), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl), Hayley Law (Valerie), and Asha Bromfield (Melody) all getting chances to sing to this point.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Vanessa Morgan originally auditioned for Josie, and made enough of an impression despite not getting the role to be cast as Toni in Season 2.
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  • The Character Died with Him: The fourth season premiere focuses on the death of Fred Andrews months after Luke Perry suddenly passed away from a stroke.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Luke Perry wasn't happy with Fred being an Extreme Doormat and letting Archie treat him like shit throughout Season 2.
    • Vanessa Morgan accused the crew of having a problem with showing homosexual content beyond the occasional token kiss after she had numerous scenes cut.
    • Skeet Ulrich announced in late May 2020 that he was leaving the show, and when asked on the matter, the actor replied that he "got bored creatively."
  • The Danza: Raul Castillo as songwriter Oscar Castillo.
  • Dawson Casting: Most obvious cases being Josie (Ashleigh Murray, 29) Reggie (Ross Butler, 26), Chuck (Jordan Calloway, 26), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse, 24).
    • Special mention to Cole because people love to point out that he's already played a high schooler 10 years prior to the show existing.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • KJ Apa has dark brown hair, and dyed it red for his role as Archie.
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    • Similarly, the blonde Cole Sprouse dyed his hair black as Jughead.
  • Fake American:
    • New Zealand's KJ Apa as Archie Andrews.
    • And from Canada - Lochlyn Munro (Betty's father), Martin Cummins (Kevin's father), Barclay Hope (Cheryl's father), Tiera Skovbye as Polly Cooper, Rob Raco as Joaquin, and others.
    • Nathalie Boltt, who plays Penelope Blossom, is from South Africa.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Toni is revealed to be descended from the Native American tribe who were the inspiration for the Serpents, with full-blooded Oneida Graham Greene playing her grandfather. Vanessa Morgan is of Tanzanian and Scottish descent.
  • Fan Nickname: Referring to Reggie as "Asian-Dude-Bro Reggie" has become incredibly popular thanks to Andre the Black Nerd referring to him as such in several reviews.
    • The entire show itself is sometimes referred to as "Archie Fucks" by both fans and detractors alike to the high amount of sexual content in the series.
  • I Knew It!: After the flash-forwards in the first few season 4 episodes showing Jughead's apparent death, fans immediately began theorizing that his death had somehow been faked. Sure enough, he turned out just fine.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: It was originally conceived as a film in vein of the John Hughes high school films of the Eighties before being expanded and reworked into a TV show. This is even potentially lampshaded by Cheryl when she addresses Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Kevin:
    "Sorry to interrupt, Sad Breakfast Club."
  • Name's the Same:
    • Betty's mother is named Alice Cooper.
    • The Bland-Name Product replacement for Amazon that Veronica uses in one episode shares its name-Glamazon-with the name usually given to members of the "popular girls" clique in Detentionaire.
    • "Glamazon" was also a nickname of former WWE wrestler and Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
  • The Other Darrin: Dilton is played by Daniel Yang in the pilot, but is replaced with Major Curda afterwards. And with Ross Butler's comittment to 13 Reasons Why, Charles Melton replaced him as Reggie for Season 2.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Barclay Hope, who played Clifford Blossom in the first season, plays his Strong Family Resemblance brother Claudius in Season 2.
  • Promoted Fan Boy: Cole Sprouse is a big fan of the comics, to the point that he convinced the producers to make Hot Dog a sheepdog like he is in the original material.
  • Recursive Adaptation:
    • In Chapter 2 Josie and the Pussycats sing "Candy Girl (Sugar Sugar)" by Inner Circle ft. Flo Rida, which samples the song "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies, which of course are based off the band from the original Archie comics.
    • The show also had its own tie-in comics launched in April 2017 before their cancellation in 2018 after issue 12.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Archie and Veronica are voiced by Jose Angel Torres and Annie Rojas, who already worked together in many other dubs as a couple or friends, like Saito and Louise, Boruto and Sarada, Elena and Skylar, etc.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse—who respectively play Betty and Jughead, the longest-lasting Official Couple of the show—are dating in real life.
    • Camila Mendes (Veronica) is dating Charles Melton (Reggie).
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
    • There are subtle similarities between Jughead's and F.P.'s features that truly make them look like father and son (their eyes and jaws in particular are similar).
    • This is nothing compared to Betty and Polly and their younger counterparts in the Season 1 flashback, who look identical to the girls when they're in high school.
    • Cheryl Blossom looks a lot like her mother as well.
    • Madelaine Petsch and Trevor Stines very convincingly play twins.note 
    • The Cooper family might just be the most on-point casting on television. Interestingly, Betty looks more like Alice and Polly looks more like Hal.note  Chic looks a lot like The Cooper family as well, despite turning out to not be related to them after all.
    • This is exploited in season 3's The Midnight Club, where the main cast plays younger versions of their parents, with KJ Apa managing to look spot on as a young Luke Perry.
  • Similarly Named Works: There was a 1997 CBC series called Riverdale.
  • Star-Making Role: For pretty much the entire teenage cast, bar Cole Sprouse who was already well-known from his child roles.
  • Troubled Production: Season 2 got some bad buzz before it even started when KJ Apa fell asleep while driving home from filming and crashed into a pole, causing some controversy over the long hours the younger actors were being put through, including an anonymous source outright saying "Someone is going to die." Luckily things didn't get that far, but the season still suffered the loss of several cast members which forced some very contrived writing decisions. Most damagingly, they lost the actor for the character planned to be revealed as The Dragon in the season finale, and rather than alter their plans, we were treated to a quite amusingly pathetic attempt to wrap the story up without him ever appearing onscreen, including news of his death in a massive shootout. Luckily, they were able to negotiate his return in a single episode the following season to give the story proper closure.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In a dark twist, Kevin's father was an abusive homophobe in the original pilot script. In the actual show, he's supportive of his son's sexual orientation, much like in the comics.
    • Jughead was originally supposed to be deaf in the original pilot script, and needed to use a hearing aid. However, this does not seem to be the case in the show.
    • In the original pilot script, Veronica had a mean case of Adaptational Villainy on par with Afterlife with Archie and she mainly liked Archie for his looks. In the final product she was toned down to be more like her Spoiled Sweet main-comics incarnation.
    • The crew had several possible culprits in mind for Jason's killer. Besides the canonical Clifford, it also could have been FP (whose motivation was reworked into the story he gives the cops in his false confession), Hiram, or Hal, or even all of them together (you might notice a pattern here, given the show's focus on fathers and children).
    • A similar strategy was taken during Season 2 by the writers regarding the identity of the Black Hood, with several Red Herrings being written into the show to keep it ambiguous and avoid fans figuring it out ahead of The Reveal.
    • In the original pilot script, Polly lived with her parents and she hated Jason as much as they did.
    • The original plan for the Season 1 finale's cliffhanger was that Sabrina Spellman would arrive in Riverdale. In Season 2, she would have been an antagonist and the show would change to horror on account of her supernatural powers.
  • Word of Dante:
    • Cole Sprouse has shown a lot of interest in interviews about exploring Jughead's asexuality, and has said that in terms of possible romantic relations for the character that Jughead will likely be the pursued rather than the pursuer. This ended up Jossed, with Jughead becoming an item with Betty with little relationship drama between them.
    • To add on, both Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl) have expressed interest in exploring their characters' sexuality. The show eventually has Cheryl coming out as being attracted to women and Madelaine would eventually state that she and showrunner Roberto have discussed Cheryl’s sexuality and have realized that Cheryl is a lesbian.
  • Written-In Infirmity: K.J. Apa really did break his hand filming the scene of Archie punching through the ice to save Cheryl, which was very easy to work in.


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