Riverdale Trivia


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 1941.230 of 233 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.372 of 381 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.325 of 335 found this interesting | Share thisCole Sprouse originally wanted to audition for the role of Archie, but he ended up liking Jughead’s character better.263 of 271 found this interesting | Share thisCole Sprouse had just finished binge-watching The Twilight Zone (1959) when he auditioned, which inspired him to read his character’s narration in the style of Rod Serling.214 of 220 found this interesting | Share thisAll episodes are titled after famous movies, except for The Noose Tightens and The Wicked and The Divine.138 of 141 found this interesting | Share thisA billboard reads: “Welcome To Riverdale: The Town With Pep!”. Archie made his debut in Pep Comics #22 (December 1941).126 of 129 found this interesting | Share thisAshleigh Murray only had $12 in her bank account when she got the role of Josie.324 of 339 found this interesting | Share thisThe final seasons of Pretty Little Liars (2010) and Teen Wolf (2011) pushed Riverdale to be greenlit.238 of 248 found this interesting | Share thisCamila Mendes used Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (2007) as inspiration, and she channels Summer Roberts from The O.C. (2003) for her ‘humorous’ moments.231 of 241 found this interesting | Share thisThis 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).307 of 322 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.109 of 112 found this interesting | Share thisIn the comics the town of Riverdale is actually based on the small town of Hiawatha, KS, “The City of Beautiful Maples.”106 of 109 found this interesting | Share thisBoth Cole Sprouse and K.J. Apa dyed their hair for their roles.341 of 359 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.67 of 68 found this interesting | Share thisK.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.241 of 253 found this interesting | Share thisMadelaine Petsch was brought in to audition for Betty, even though the casting directors knew they wanted her for Cheryl all along.146 of 152 found this interesting | Share thisAfter 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.62 of 63 found this interesting | Share thisCole Sprouse (Jughead) and Lili Reinhart (Betty) were dating in real life.169 of 177 found this interesting | Share thisK.J. Apa (Archie) can actually play the guitar124 of 130 found this interesting | Share thisThe Latin motto on the gate of the Blossom family estate is “radices currere abyssi”, or in English, “roots run deep”.130 of 137 found this interesting | Share thisK.J. Apa is from New Zealand, but speaks with an American accent while filming Riverdale.218 of 233 found this interesting | Share thisSeries creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also the chief creative officer of Archie Comics.94 of 100 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.88 of 94 found this interesting | Share thisLuke Perry passed away suddenly at the of age 52, while season 3 was still in production.59 of 62 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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).93 of 100 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.151 of 166 found this interesting | Share thisCamila Mendes (Veronica) and Charles Melton (Reggie) used to date in real life.83 of 90 found this interesting | Share thisCamila 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.132 of 147 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.82 of 90 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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).61 of 67 found this interesting | Share thisKJ 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.46 of 50 found this interesting | Share thisEven 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 1,200.32 of 34 found this interesting | Share thisIt 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.85 of 96 found this interesting | Share thisJughead’s dad’s full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones II.41 of 45 found this interesting | Share thisSkeet 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.98 of 117 found this interesting | Share this“Riverdale” is shot in the area of Vancouver, B.C., Canada So was Josie and the Pussycats (2001).73 of 86 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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).38 of 43 found this interesting | Share thisMany 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”).38 of 44 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.33 of 38 found this interesting | Share thisIn 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.82 of 101 found this interesting | Share thisThis is not the first time Archie’s comics have been put on screen. A previous attempt to do so was unsuccessful.78 of 96 found this interesting | Share thisK.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.”70 of 86 found this interesting | Share thisBoth Marisol Nichols and Ross Butler have guest starred on MTV’s Teen Wolf (2011).48 of 59 found this interesting | Share thisBoth K.J. Apa and Ross Butler auditioned for roles in Power Rangers (2017), but neither was cast. Their co-star Cody Kearsley did appear.54 of 69 found this interesting | Share thisThe Frank Hurt football team, from the high school Frank Hurt Secondary in Surrey, plays as Archie’s football team.26 of 32 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.17 of 20 found this interesting | Share thisLuke 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).42 of 58 found this interesting | Share thisChance Perdomo auditioned for Jughead, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was impressed by him, he later cast him as Ambrose Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.9 of 10 found this interesting | Share thisMädchen AmickMark Consuelos and Charles Melton all appeared in American Horror Story.50 of 71 found this interesting | Share thisThough 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”.49 of 72 found this interesting | Share thisAll 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”.27 of 38 found this interesting | Share thisThere 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.10 of 14 found this interesting | Share thisBetty’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.41 of 74 found this interesting | Share thisLochlyn Munro and Luke Perry both played a love interest for Shannen Doherty.29 of 51 found this interesting | Share thisLochlyn 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.22 of 40 found this interesting | Share thisKatherine Langford auditioned for the role of Betty Cooper.8 of 13 found this interesting | Share thisLochlyn Munro and Mädchen Amick were both guest stars on Netflix’s Longmire (2012).29 of 68 found this interesting | Share thisLuke Perry and Marisol Nichols were both guest stars on CBS’ Criminal Minds (2005).34 of 83 found this interesting | Share thisTwo 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.13 of 27 found this interesting | Share thisThe drug being pushed in Season 2 is called “Jingle Jangle,” which is the title of a song by The Archies in 19694 of 6 found this interesting | Share thisLuke 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.4 of 8 found this interesting | Share thisIn S5E1 an extra with a facemask can be seen in the hallway after Kevin walks away from Cheryl and Toni, who are running for co prom queens. This is due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic and how the production of season 5 is under strict safety measures.1 of 1 found this interesting | Share thisCharlie DePew auditioned for the role of Archie Andrews, which went to K.J. Apa. The final choice was made between these two actors.3 of 7 found this interesting | Share thisThe cast members Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) and Casey Cott (Kevin Keller) were born under the Leo sign.7 of 34 found this interesting | Share thisMr. Chipping is portrayed by Sam Witwer, who previously played the vampire roommate, Aiden, in the Syfy show Being Human.3 of 11 found this interesting | Share thisLili Reinhart dyed her hair for the character Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper.Is this interesting? | Share this


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.264 of 266 found this interesting | Share thisDespite appearing in nine episodes, Trevor Stines, who plays Jason Blossom, has never had any spoken dialogue.150 of 153 found this interesting | Share thisDifferent 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.216 of 222 found this interesting | Share thisCole 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.276 of 286 found this interesting | Share thisKelly 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.55 of 56 found this interesting | Share thisSabrina 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.66 of 72 found this interesting | Share thisCoincidentally, 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 3.18 of 20 found this interesting | Share thisThe song being played during Ms. Grundy’s murder is the Lullaby from Rosemary’s Baby.11 of 14 found this interesting | Share thisShankshaw, 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.14 of 19 found this interesting | Share thisThe 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.3 of 4 found this interesting | Share thisMs 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.12 of 28 found this interesting | Share thisOn social media like Facebook, relationships between the main characters (Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead) are mentioned via a simple single word using the first letter of the lover with the rest of the name afterwards. So when Archie and Veronica were together, it was Varchie, and as for Betty and Jughead, it was Bughead. However, as in the real books, Veronica and Jughead did not get along most of the time, no Vughead would have happened. However, if the Valerie-Archie arc would have been much further in first season, it would have been another Varchie. However, in end of season 4/season 5, as Archie and Betty might have a relationship, this would end up as Barchie…Is this interesting? | Share this

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