Riverdale premiered earlier this summer, it quickly hit binge status. But for season two, things are a little different. Sure, there are still plenty of shots of a shirtless Archie Andrews (played by K.J. Apa), but also we’re seeing an even bigger role for the parents on the show — and we don’t hate it.
Usually in teen-driven dramas, you rarely see adults walking the high school hallways. But in
Riverdale, they add more dimension and paternal wisdom to the storylines of Archie, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), and Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray). Beyond that, what makes it cooler is that almost the entire cast of parents — yes, that includes Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) and Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) — were teen idols themselves in the late 80s and early 90s.
So, while you’re over there stalking the fan accounts of K.J. Apa and Bughead, we suggest you take a trip back in time to discovery exactly what happens when a Hollywood “it” kid grows up — and then lands in a town called Riverdale.
Back in 1995, Consuelos played Mateo Santos on
All My Children in what was quite possibly the most epic love stories in soap opera history. Fun fact: His on-screen love, Hayley Vaughan, was played by his real-life wife Kelly Ripa. Photo: Andrew Eccles/ABC/Getty Images.
Nowadays, you might recognize Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Veronica Lodge’s manipulative and money-laundering father in season two of
Riverdale. While we still can’t tell if he’s a total villain or not, we can agree that he’s our favorite new addition to the young cast. Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images/Sony Pic
For all the 80s babies out there, you probably recognize Perry as
Beverly Hills 90210′ s teen heartthrob Dylan McKay. The brooding character, along with all his castmates, became a pop culture icon in the early 90s. Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
More than a decade — and a few gray hairs — later, and Perry’s still got it. In fact, he’s maintained his chiseled features enough that he now plays the father of overnight glow-up Archie. Like father like son…
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images).
Ask anyone how they recognize Ulrich and you’ll most likely hear
The Craft or Scream. Somehow the actor knew how to land two of the most terrifying movies in the exact same year. But in 1996, if anyone were to climb through our window, we would’ve wanted it to be Ulrich. Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.
Although F.P. and Jughead Jones are essentially the antitheses to the Andrews family, we can’t help but dig their bad-boy edge thanks to that South side residency. Also, #JusticeForFP.
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
Despite some smaller roles on
The Cosby Show and Diff’rent Strokes, it wasn’t until 1986 that Givens landed her breakout role in the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. Although Givens’ role was a stuck-up rich girl in the Monroe High School Honors program, we still couldn’t hate her. Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC/Getty Images.
As Riverdale Mayor Sierra McCoy, Givens holds one of the most underrated roles of the series. Protective of her daughter Josie and the town, McCoy might be a little hard-headed, but damn is she powerful. Josie revealed in the early episodes of season one that her mother is the first WOC to win the mayoral election in Riverdale — a subject the show lightly brushed over.
Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
Before she was Nate Archibald’s married lover on
Gossip Girl, Amick was a series regular on . Playing the high-school-dropout-turned-waitress Shelly Johnson, Amick’s drama was the kind of teenage catastrophe we loved in 1991. Twin Peaks Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC/Getty Images.
The only person on the show who can deliver one-liners sharper than Cheryl Blossom is Alice Cooper. Although the editor of the town newspaper often compromises her personal relationships for journalistic gain, there’s not one Riverdale resident who can shut down an open house in a
gilded snack necklace quite like Alice. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images.
John Hughes angel appeared in almost every 80s teen hit you can think of, including Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles — thus dubbing her the queen of the Brat Pack. Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage.
After realizing that Archie may have a mild case of mommy issues, fans couldn’t wait to see who would play the future ex-Mrs. Andrews. Lo and behold, it was
this teen superstar. Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.
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