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Meet The Very Attractive Cast Of The CW's Riverdale, Starring Cole Sprouse

Everything you need to know about the 'Archie' drama

Every TV season, there's always one promising new show that stands out above the rest. This season, that show is the CW's Riverdale. Now, you may be saying to yourself, "As if! I'm not going to watch a CW show." To which I say, GTFO. Over the past few years, the CW has routinely given us some of the best dramas on TV, from endearing satires like Jane The Virgin to its impressive roster of DC Comics superheroes with The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and now, Supergirl.

But one thing has been missing from the network's slate since the series finale of Gossip Girl in 2012: the real teen drama. Enter Greg Berlanti's Riverdale.

Based on the characters and town immortalized in the Archie comics, the series has been described as a "bold and subversive" take on the seemingly wholesome town of Riverdale and its teen residents Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie -- yes, as in Josie and the Pussycats. It may be based on a comic, but it's no genre show. On Riverdale, Archie Andrews and his friends at Riverdale High are connected by common pain of adolescence.

Berlanti has always been a bit of a provocateur in the writers' room. As the showrunner of Dawson's Creek -- perhaps one of the most seminal teen dramas -- he helped make history when the show became the first network television series to air a gay kiss on primetime. The kiss, between Jack McPhee and Ethan, was meaningful and powerful, but not for its history-making. It was grounded in authenticity; it felt real. Berlanti aims to keep that spirit alive in Riverdale, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "Even in the pilot, we deal with some of those issues. There's a gay character, a closeted character, a child on medication."

Now, if you're not already sold on the premise, then perhaps the very attractive cast will convince you that this is the single most important show to have ever been given a series order.