Archie Comics enters TV and while the show is much better than the really horrible TV movie, it’s a dark ‘subversive’ take on the world. Everyone has hidden secrets.
They kept gay Kevin Keller, but Jughead is no longer asexual (or perhaps is not yet asexual), and the very first episode gave us a faux-lesbian kiss with Betty and Veronica. After one season it was too-soon-to-tell.
Season two got better with the addition of Toni Topaz as an out bisexual recurring character and the coming out of main character Cheryl Blossom. By the end of season two Toni and Cheryl were in a cute and unique relationship. Sadly Riverdale jumped the shark not long after and has been pretty weird ever since. How weird? Well, Cheryl kept the stuffed/taxidermied body of her dead twin in the basement.
Queer Plotline Timeline
In season one, Cheryl’s actions towards girls was a bit off. She was close friends with Josie McCoy, harboring what appeared to be a crush, but nothing was said. In season two, we meet openly bisexual Toni. Midway through the season, Cheryl tells Toni she was in love with her best friend in Jr. High, Heather.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season Two, Episode 3 “Chapter Sixteen: Watcher in the Woods” – Toni makes out with Jughead, but says she’s more into girls.
- Season Two, Episode 14 “Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes” – Cheryl admits to Toni she’s always been into girls.
- Season Two Episode 16 “Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors” – Toni rescues Cheryl from a gay conversion institution.