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During the first season (2017), many 75th annual events occur in the town of Riverdale, such as the 75th Annual Variety Show and the 75th Anniversary Jubilee. Seventy-five years before this, the characters Archie, Betty, and Veronica were created by publisher John L. Goldwater and artist Bob Montana, and they were introduced in Pep Comics #22 in December 1941.
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The top view of the whole town is also used in Pretty Little Liars (2010), Witches of East End (2013), The Carrie Diaries (2013), Gilmore Girls (2000), Bitten, and Hart of Dixie (2011). The set itself is used on Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, and Hart of Dixie. And the diner in The Carrie Diaries is the same place as the Chock Lit Shoppe in Riverdale.
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In this series, Jughead wears a pronged beanie as an updated version of the whoopee cap that the character traditionally wears in the comics. The whoopee cap was a popular hat for kids of the early 20th century, made by cutting a fedora into a crown-like shape.
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Cole Sprouse originally wanted to audition for the role of Archie, but he ended up liking Jughead's character better.
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Cole Sprouse had just finished binge-watching The Twilight Zone when he auditioned, which inspired him to read his character's narration in the style of Rod Serling.
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All episodes are titled after famous movies, except for The Noose Tightens and The Wicked and The Divine.
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A billboard reads: "Welcome To Riverdale: The Town With Pep!". Archie made his debut in Pep Comics #22 (December 1941).
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Ashleigh Murray only had $12 in her bank account when she got the role of Josie.
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Camila Mendes used Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (2007) as inspiration, and she channels Summer Roberts from The O.C. (2003) for her 'humorous' moments.
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This marks Cole Sprouse's return to acting after a brief hiatus to pursue a degree in archaeology at NYU. This is also his first role since Piper's Picks TV: Debby Ryan Interview Suite Life on Deck Meets Tween Hollywood Reporter Piper Reese (2010).
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The final seasons of Pretty Little Liars (2010) and Teen Wolf (2011) pushed Riverdale to be greenlit.
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Cole Sprouse (Jughead) and Lili Reinhart (Betty) were dating in real life.
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Both Cole Sprouse and K.J. Apa dyed their hair for their roles.
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In one scene Jughead says Archie is acting like a superhero and should have a superhero name, "like Pureheart the Powerful". In the comics there's a "spinoff" where all Archie comic characters ARE superheroes; and Archie's superhero is Pureheart the Powerful.
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In the comics the town of Riverdale is actually based on the small town of Hiawatha, KS, "The City of Beautiful Maples."
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K.J. Apa said that for all the scenes where he's eating junk food with his friends at a diner and eating burgers, he has a bucket just off camera where he spits out all the food after taking a bite for the camera shot. This is because while filming the show, he's on a very strict diet to maintain his six-pack abs for his shirtless scenes. Apa said that to make up for it, he eats what he wants in the break between filming two seasons of the show.
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-) is another Archie comic adaption and takes place in the same universe as Riverdale. The town of Riverdale is referenced multiple times in the show, and there has been speculation of a crossover episode taking place somewhere in the near future.
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Madelaine Petsch was brought in to audition for Betty, even though the casting directors knew they wanted her for Cheryl all along.
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After the untimely death of Luke Perry the episode that aired after he died was dedicated in his honor and show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that every episode till the end would do the same.
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K.J. Apa (Archie) can actually play the guitar
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The Latin motto on the gate of the Blossom family estate is "radices currere abyssi", or in English, "roots run deep".
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K.J. Apa is from New Zealand, but speaks with an American accent while filming Riverdale.
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Kelly Ripa appears in Season 3 as Hiram Lodge's alleged mistress. Hiram Lodge is portrayed by Mark Consuelos. Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa are married with 3 children, in real life.
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Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also the chief creative officer of Archie Comics.
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Camila Mendes (Veronica) and Charles Melton (Reggie) used to date in real life.
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The producers originally pitched the show as a movie. Studio executives were wary but they loved the characters so much that producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa decided to make it into a TV series.
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Luke Perry passed away suddenly at the of age 52, while season 3 was still in production.
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The diner in this series (Rocko's Diner in real life) is the same one used in Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (2010) and in Horns (2013).
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The series was originally going to be on FOX but was moved to The CW instead; that network has adapted several comic books into TV series.
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Camila Mendes (Veronica), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), and Skeet Ulrich (FP Jones, Jughead's father) all went to NYU. In an interview, Mendes said that she knew Sprouse from NYU and that they had exchanged a few words, however Sprouse did not remember her.
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The character of Jughead Jones is canonically asexual in the comics. Cole Sprouse was very much behind this being a part of the character in the show, as a way to give the asexual community positive representation in the form of a central character in the series, as were fans, but the writers ultimately decided not to explore it. Sprouse and fans were all openly critical of this decision, though Sprouse has remained open to that part of the character being explored later.
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The three actors Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, & K.J. Apa all had to dye their hair for their characters. (Camila - darker/Cole - brunette/K.J. - red).
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Even though the show is shot near Vancouver, Canada; the aerial shot of the town is actually from Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA. The church at the end of the street is called "The Holy Childhood Church of Jesus" . Population is just 1,200.
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It was announced that Ross Butler would be departing the series after Season 1 due to other project commitments, with the role having to be recast for Season 2. It was announced a day after the Season 1 finale that Charles Melton would be Ross Bulter's successor.
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KJ Apa, who normally portrays Archie, portrays Fred Andrews (Archie's father) in his high school days in S03E04. In this episode, KJ seems to closely resemble Dylan McKay from the 1990's teen drama "Beverly Hills, 90210". Dylan McKay was played by Luke Perry, who plays Fred Andrews.
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Jughead's dad's full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones II.
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"Riverdale" is shot in the area of Vancouver, B.C., Canada So was Josie and the Pussycats (2001).
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Skeet Ulrich, who appeared in Scream (1996), plays Jugheads's father. Lochlyn Munro, who appeared in the subsequent Scream parody Scary Movie (2000), plays Betty's father. Marisol Nichols, who appeared in Scream 2 (1997), plays Veronica's mother.
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In the comics, Jughead's dog is also named Hot Dog (which the serpents call their dog at the end of the finale in season one).
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In Season 1 Episode 10, Jughead indicates he'd rather not be in the middle of a "Seth Rogen movie". This may be a reference to Seth Rogen attending Point Grey Secondary School in his youth, where many scenes of "Riverdale" are filmed.
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The character of Kevin Keller was premiered in Veronica #202, in September 2010. He is the first openly gay character in the Archie universe. In the comics, he is married to Clay Walker in at least one possible future.
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Many of the actors playing the adults are famous for roles in movies and TV series from the 80's and 90's: Luke Perry ("Beverly Hills 90210"), Mädchen Amick ("Twin Peaks"), Skeet Ulrich (Scream), Molly Ringwald (16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) and Robin Givens ("Head of the Class").
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This is not the first time Archie's comics have been put on screen. A previous attempt to do so was unsuccessful.
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K.J. Apa said that he does not mind being shirtless and showing off his abs on the show because that is how the character is written in the script. He said, "Someone has to have abs on the show. It's always strange to play a sex object. But when I read the script, it was how they were taking it. So I was prepared for that, and I knew that people were going to take it like that as well. But yeah, it is strange. I don't think it's anything I'm ever going to get used to. As soon as you get used to becoming a sex object, that can be dangerous. When people look at you as a sex object, that's not how you're defined. There's more to Archie than abs and his body and getting with girls. He's a humanized character, and people should see past that, but initially, at first glance, people are going to have that first impression of sex object."
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Both Marisol Nichols and Ross Butler have guest starred on MTV's Teen Wolf (2011).
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Both K.J. Apa and Ross Butler auditioned for roles in Power Rangers (2017), but neither was cast. Their co-star Cody Kearsley did appear.
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The Frank Hurt football team, from the high school Frank Hurt Secondary in Surrey, plays as Archie's football team.
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The juvenile hall Archie is sent to at the beginning of season three, Leopold and Loeb, is so named after a pair of Chicago students who, in 1924 at the ages of 19 and 18 respectively, were charged with the murder of 14 year old Bobby Franks.
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Chance Perdomo auditioned for Jughead, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was impressed by him, he later cast him as Ambrose Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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Luke Perry has acted alongside two Audrey Griswolds: Marisol Nichols (from Vegas Vacation (1997)) in this series, and Dana Barron (from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)) in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
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Mädchen Amick, Mark Consuelos and Charles Melton all appeared in American Horror Story.
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Though shown as a tough biker gang, the "South Side Serpents" were originally a gang of small thugs led by Fangs Fogarty in the "Li'l Archie" comics in 1950-60 mainly. Their T-shirt represented a snake forming an "S" symbol, which is found on the bikers' leather jackets and tattoos. "Serpent" is also the French translation for "snake".
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All the episodes of Season 1, with the exception of chapters 5 & 11, "Heart of Darkness " and "Return to Riverdale", are movie titles. One dates back as far as 1937. This is "La Grande Illusion" "Heart of Darkness", by author Joseph Conrad and published in 1899, was used as the basis for "Apocalypse Now".
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There was no time gap between seasons 1 and 2. Season 2 picked up right where season 1 left off. While there is a 3 month gap between season 2 and 3. As stated in the season 3 premiere.
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Betty's mother, played by Mädchen Amick, serves up cherry pie at home. Amick previously appeared on Twin Peaks (1990), in which cherry pie was frequently served.
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Lochlyn Munro and Luke Perry both played a love interest for Shannen Doherty.
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Lochlyn Monroe and Marisol Nichols both appeared in "Charmed". Monroe played Prue's love interest in Season 2 and Nichols played Chris' girlfriend from the future, Bianca. Madchen Amick starred in "Witches of East End", another show about witches.
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Katherine Langford auditioned for the role of Betty Cooper.
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Luke Perry and Marisol Nichols were both guest stars on CBS' Criminal Minds (2005).
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Lochlyn Munro and Mädchen Amick were both guest stars on Netflix's Longmire (2012).
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Two episodes refer "Montreal" in the series where Hiram Lodge made probable shady deals leading to his imprisonment. Though it is a reference to Canada, where the series is shot, Montreal (or rather the South Shore suburb of St-Lambert) is the home of Heritage, which translated Archie comic books in French for many years until recently.
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The name of the teacher recruiting Jughead to the private school, Mr. Chipping, is an homage to the Oscar nominated movie "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". Mr. Chips is a nickname for a beloved teacher, Mr. Chipping, who gains the respect and admiration of his students after a rough start as a new teacher. Robert Donat won an Oscar for his portrayal of Mr Chipping in the original film.
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The drug being pushed in Season 2 is called "Jingle Jangle," which is the title of a song by The Archies in 1969
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The cast members Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) and Casey Cott (Kevin Keller) were born under the Leo sign.
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Mr. Chipping is portrayed by Sam Witwer, who previously played the vampire roommate, Aiden, in the Syfy show Being Human.
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Charlie DePew auditioned for the role of Archie Andrews, which went to K.J. Apa. The final choice was made between these two actors.
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Luke Perry's real son Jack Perry was born on June 15 1997, just a day or so before his on-screen son K.J. Apa was born.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During the Season 1 finale, Archie was using his fist to break the ice to save Cheryl, who was underwater. K.J. Apa, who plays Archie, broke his hand filming this scene.
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Despite appearing in nine episodes, Trevor Stines, who plays Jason Blossom, has never had any spoken dialogue.
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Different endings were filmed for Episode 12 (where we find out who killed Jason) in order to confuse the cast, and to make sure the secret didn't get out.
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Cole Sprouse originally auditioned for Archie, but asked to read for Jughead when he found out he was the narrator, meaning that he can't be killed off.
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch was originally going to appear in the Season 1 finale, but was taken out because there was so much going on in the episode already. A "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" TV show has been ordered by the CW however it got moved to Netflix as it got a automatically Two Season Order.
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Coincidentally, in season three it is discussed that Fred Andrews' dad passes away when he is in high school. An unfortunate parallel, for both Fred and Archie, because Luke Perry passed away in real life during the production of season 3.
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The song being played during Ms. Grundy's murder is the Lullaby from Rosemary's Baby.
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Shankshaw, the prison FP is sent to for Jason Blossom's death, is named for Shawshank, the prison from the famous film, The Shawshank Redemption. The film, The Shawshank Redemption, is based on the 1982 novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, by Stephen King.
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Ms Grundy was previously known as Jennifer Gibson of Minneapolis, MN as shown on the I.D. found by Betty & Veronica in a lock box in her vintage Beatle.
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