In a land of endless teen dramas writers and networks are constantly asking themselves, how do we keep audiences interested? Riverdale has kept audiences captivated for several too many seasons and the question is how? I think an important place to start is with the evolution of the teen drama.
There is a phrase used when talking about television shows that push the boundaries. It’s called “jumping the shark”. This is in reference to the show Happy Days where they literally had the Fonz jump over a shark. The phrase is usually used to determine whether or not a show has gone too far, broken past its boundaries and failed. Now the reality is that Riverdale has had many jumping the shark moments. From Juggy faking his death, to Archie getting attacked by a bear, to the prison break, to Betty taking down the trash bag killer, this show is known for pushing boundaries and testing its limits. Riverdale is coming back for season 7 and dear god I hope it ends soon for the sake of the actors. Watch any interview they’re in and they hate this show so much, no one thinks the show is more ridiculous than the poor cast.