Riverdale follows the familiar characters from the Archie Comics line in this new “grim ‘n gritty” reboot. In this telling, Archie is having an affair with his teacher, Miss Grundy; Jughead is a brooding would-be writer; Betty is a brittle, repressed young woman struggling with a domineering, manipulative mother; Veronica is newly arrived in town, trying to reform her previous teen-queen behavior; Cheryl Blossom is a sarcastic self-proclaimed head of the school’s social hierarchy; and gay teen Kevin is busy trying to elude the clutches of football star Moose. The entire school is obsessed with the murder of Cheryl’s brother, Jason Blossom – a death about which Archie and Miss Grundy share knowledge, but are reluctant to tell, lest it reveal their affair.
Sexual descriptions and discussions are frequent, though depictions are mostly limited to flashbacks of Archie’s tryst with Miss Grundy in the back seat of her car. Language includes frequent uses of “bitch,” and has also included uses of “ass,” “douche,” “damn,” and “hell.” Violence is limited to views of Jason’s corpse, and a brief fistfight between Archie and bully Reggie.
Riverdale is not recommended for children under age 14.