If you haven’t already binged Season 1 of The CW’s Riverdale, you’re missing out a wonderfully-executed combination of murder mystery and compelling small town drama. Based on the Archie comic books, the show’s characters fulfill roles that can resonate in a little bit of all of us.
1. When you’re listening to the Taylor Swift song: Betty Cooper
If you say that listening to “New Taylor” doesn’t at least slightly tap into your inner psycho, you’re probably lying. To be honest, Betty’s good girl vibe gives me a headache as bad as the one I imagine her super tight ponytail gives her. Thankfully, her “Dark Betty” moments give us hope that come Season 2, Old Betty will be as dead as Old Taylor.
2. When you lose a few pounds and your friends notice: Archie Andrews
The very first mystery we witness in this show is the whole school trying to figure out how Archie turned insanely hot over the summer. He modestly brushes it off like the nice guy he is, but I like to assume all of the attention has him hair flipping into next century.
3. When that new lipstick you bought has you feeling yourself: Cheryl Blossom
With the combination of her roles as cheer captain, Queen Bee and daughter of the richest family in Riverdale, it’s no surprise that Cheryl is obsessed with herself. Unfortunately we’ll never have hair as good as hers, but a vibrant shade of red on your lips will have you channeling your inner Cheryl on a day when you most need it.
4. When you spend $40 on brunch: Veronica Lodge
A big city to small town transplant, Veronica Lodge is faced with adapting her luxurious lifestyle to fit a town that thrives on diner food. Spending an absurd amount on brunch is enough to give me (and my bank account) a reality check. However, Veronica continues to be extra AF by dropping subtle hints about the Met Ball and wearing high heels to high school.
5. When you’re singing lead and backup to your favorite song in the shower: Josie and The Pussycats
Josie and her girl band are sassy, driven and the town’s go-to source of entertainment. If it weren’t for their impressive talent, wearing costume cat ears to school everyday might not seem as cool. I’ve decided that it’s okay my 5th grade dream of being in a girl band didn’t work out since I can now vicariously live through these modern day Cheetah Girls.
6. When you attempt to pull off the beanie trend: Jughead Jones
Being named Jughead is pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy to be anything but normal. Never taking off his signature beanie, he embraces the fact that he doesn’t quite blend in next to his “right side of the track” friends. We can learn a lot from Jughead when it comes to pulling off an eccentric trend: admit that it’s weird before anyone else has the chance to say so.
Catch the season 2 premiere of Riverdale tonight on The CW.