If you’ve been watching “Riverdale,” you’ve seen the antics Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) gets up to. He can’t decide which extracurricular activity he loves most, he’s kind of a jerk to his dad and friends at various points, he lies when he definitely shouldn’t — and he’s having an affair with his music teacher.
All things considered, you might want to label Archie a jerk and write him off — but that’s the last thing you should be doing! In the end, Archie isn’t a jerk, but a pretty good idea of what a real teenager should be like in a world this crazy. Sure, he can be annoying — but that’s kind of his job.
The third episode, “Body Double,” is a perfect example of this particular portrayal of a teen. When confronted by his father over lying about what he was up to on Fourth of July weekend — when he heard a gunshot that may have killed a fellow teenager — Archie got grounded for two weeks, and threw a fit as a result.