The twisty new series uses teen drama clichés to its advantage. It gives a subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.
Riverdale is a bit weird, but in a good way. It gets off to a good start as it sets up enough drama between the characters and a mystery that needs solving which will most likely draw people back every week to watch.
Ultimately, Riverdale, as a work of storytelling, is really only excusable if it all turns out to be a fabrication of Jughead's wild imagination, the novel he's working on as the actual text of the show.