Tim Hanley

How ‘Riverdale’ righted Betty and Veronica for a new generation of fans

Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper in season seven of "Riverdale." Photo courtesy of The CW, 2023

Cults and serial killers. Magic powers, musicals, and mystical comets. Time jumps and time travel. For seven seasons, “Riverdale” reveled in outlandish plotlines, exposing the classic characters of Archie Comics to increasingly dark and bizarre situations.