Pilot follows the "Archie" Gang in the mythical town of Riverdale.




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Episode credited cast:
Dennis Bowen ...
Archie Andrews
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Lodge
Susan Blu ...
Jim Boelsen ...
Paul Thomas Gordon ...
Phil (as Paul T. Gordon)
Mr. Andrews
Jane Lambert ...
Miss Grundy
Betty Cooper
Mae Marmy ...
Aunt Helen
Jughead Jones
Little Jinx
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. Lodge
Veronica Lodge (as Hilary Thompson)
Tifni Twitchell ...
Big Ethel


Archie, America's ageless teenager, and his comic strip pals are up to their old tricks in a program composed of live-action vignettes. Included are scheming Betty's battle to horn in on Archie's romance with Veronica; dullard Moose's fight to maintain scholastic eligibility; and easygoing Jughead's efforts to remain just a face in the crowd.

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Release Date:

19 December 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gordon Jump auditioned to play Mr. Weatherbee. He did not get that role but the producers liked his audition so much that they cast him as Mr. Andrews. But nobody notified Jump and he showed up for filming ready to play Mr. Weatherbee. When he was told of the error, he took a copy of the script and went off to a corner of the studio. In just a few minutes, he was prepared to play Mr. Andrews. See more »


David Caruso was originally slated to play "Archie Andrews" but was replaced with actor Dennis Bowen. But when the ad appeared in TV Guide in 1976, inadvertently David Caruso was listed as playing the part. See more »


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One of two failed Archie pilots, with largely the same cast
12 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

The first pilot for an "Archie" TV show aired only once, during the summer on ABC, and was a more traditional adaptation of the long-running comic book series, with corny jokes more like the 1950s. The second pilot for an "Archie" TV show also aired only once, on ABC, during the following summer, and had a more modern slant, showing the actors singing and dancing like a contemporary rock group and being a bit more "racy" and modern, with jokes about making out and kissing. They even had Lil' Jinx, which I think is the only time the character got to step outside the comic pages! I'm pretty sure this entry is for this second attempt.

I remember one of the songs done in this series was called "Telephone Rondelay," but I can't remember if it was in the first or the second pilot! It was something like the song, "The Telephone Hour," in the musical, "Bye Bye Birdie." The same cast was in both pilots, or at least I remember that both pilots had Audrey Landers as Betty, Dennie Bowen as Archie, but most especially both had Derrel Maury as Jughead, who I (sigh) fell in love with!! Such a jazzy Jughead! I do remember the bit mentioned in a previous comment, where the others were trying to learn Jughead's real name. I think it was Miss Grundy who helped Jughead fool the kids with info that indicated his name was Jughead. At the end, Jughead told her thanks, but I remember the teacher responding with, "You're welcome, Forsythe"--and not Steve. Forsythe was Jughead's real name in the comics.

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