Sometimes I feel like Riverdale has more in common with Gossip Girl than it does with Archie Comics. Of course, everything in the CW wheelhouse has huge overlaps in archetypes and storylines. You could easily argue Riverdale has stronger ties to Veronica Mars and that both are just really doing a Twin Peaks thing. And I mean, wasn’t Gossip Girl pretty much just the East Coast version of The O.C.?
Nevertheless, Riverdale seems to be Gossip Girl’s heir apparent because of the cultural space it now occupies in youth culture (with the occasional lapse into a 20-something’s guilty pleasure). The teen mystery-drama is creating the same livid fan conversations that the Gossip Girl fandom had years ago. So gather ‘round, kiddies, because here are some parallels between both teen dramas.
Each series starts with a love triangle between a dark-haired girl, a blonde, and a dumb jock with abs you can grate cheese off of.
However, the triangle dissipates before the episodes reach double digits when a much more shippable couple emerges.
Both have parents with a romantic history that interferes with the core couple.
…A creepy secret love child the middle that makes us feel all weird.
Both feature burlesque performances by literal children.
Both had a cliffhanger where delusional fangirls thought their crush was dead.
Both have a gross teacher-seducing student storyline.
Both have a parent flashback episode that suffers from being distracted.
Both have Mädchen Amick.
And yeah, Jughead Jones is the true identity of Gossip Girl.
And finally, both don’t give enough air time to the sassy grannies.