Riverdale is the dark, teen crime drama loosely based on the Archie comics, and it's deliciously good.
But if we're being honest, it's loosely based on teenagers too, because have you seen the teens of Riverdale in action? I don't know about you, but at 16-years-old I wasn't seizing control of criminal biker gangs, doing sexy strip teases in front of my mother, sleeping with a teacher, or investigating serial killers and serial murders.
Seriously, why does Sheriff Keller entertain Betty and the gang's sleuthing instead of sending them to Algebra where they belong?
If you watch Riverdale online, you know that the teens dominate the series, but honestly, the adults give them a run for their money every single episode. Sometimes, they're more entertaining than their children, and that's something of note.
Who the Show is About
Teen shows have notoriously taken liberties while focusing on high school students. Half the time they only choose teenagers for the sake of having their characters in one set environment. That aside, they often miss the mark with realistic portrayals of teens.
While there are various shows that can be cited for this offense, Riverdale night take the cake. The kids are mature, and so are their storylines. That's why the kids should carry on with their wonderful mix of Veronica Mars meets Twin Peaks and give the Riverdale parents their own spinoff.
Make no mistake, the adults of Riverdale could benefit from their own spinoff. There are so many stories that need to be told!
Who a Spinoff Needs to Be About
That's right, Riverdale may have defied the rules of plausibility and realism with their portrayal of teenagers, but the show has excelled at writing for their adults in a way most teen shows fail to do.
Where most shows take a page out of the Charlie Brown book with barely one-dimensional characters who may as well be mwah-mwah-ing in the background, Riverdale has created fully fleshed out adult characters who are just as pivotal to the plot as the kids.
Frankly, perhaps this is a result of the show's fandom being comprised of two different demos, tweens and teens on one end, and 25+ and on the other. Whatever the case may be, the parents of Riverdale are just more interesting to watch.
Riverdale Parents Can Hold Their Own
They're certainly interesting enough to lead their own series. They have all the necessary elements that Riverdale offers, plus they bring their own unique elements.
Case in point, Archie isn't the only character who can provide gratuitous shirtless scenes just for the hell of it. Have you seen what Tom Keller is working with? Feast your eyes on that guy; he could (and should) be shirtless all the time on the adult Riverdale.
Bughead, who? #FaliceFTW
Bughead is the ship of all ships on Riverdale. More often than not, they get more focus than the traditional Archie comics ship of Archie and Veronica.
But hey, an adult Riverdale could mean more of that smoking hot Falice chemistry, am I right? You crazy kids might love all that Betty and Jughead cuteness, but for some of us older fans, I say, Bughead, who?
Once you get a taste of those Alice and FP scenes, you'll find yourself craving more. The senior Jones/Cooper ship oozes chemistry between super attractive people, plus they have that extra layer of an unknown history we desperately need to unpack. They heat up the screen every time they share a scene. That's the type of content I'm here for, you guys. Falice for Life!
Riverdale may throw us scandalous potential ships that we can't help but jump onboard with; Cheryl's obsession with Josie is problematic, but the very possibility of them becoming a couple is intriguing.
But the adults are rarely outdone in that department. Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy's affair is an unexpected development, but it makes so much sense, and it is such a juicy bone to throw our way.
But when did it start? A spin-off would give us the answers and maybe even enlighten us as to when things went bad for the mayor and her douche of a husband and what Kevin's mom is like.
Did Someone Say, DILF?!
Jughead is the misunderstood heartthrob of Riverdale who sends fans into a fevered frenzy whenever he's on screen, but honestly, have you seen FP? The elder Jones has just as much of an effect (if not more) with that irresistible bad boy edge. FP Jones would be the perfect bad boy with a heart of gold lead in an all adult spinoff, and no one would complain about that one bit. No one.