Since the first-ever Archie Comics TV series debuted in 1968 based off the Archie Comics series that hit newsstands in 1942, generations of audiences have tuned in to every episode of every new iteration that comes along. While the amount of Archie Comics TV shows may seem overwhelming and endless considering the decades these shows have been on the air, the fact is that each new entry in the series is unique and they all update everyone's favorite high school ginger - and his pals - with the times. Some may argue that there's nothing quite like the original The Archie Show series, and others can gladly fight that there is nothing in the Archie universe worth watching except Riverdale. But that's what makes the Archie Comics shows endlessly fun to debate about and just plain entertaining to watch. Each new version of Archie and his friends has something for everyone.
In this list, we're going to break down all of the best Archie Comics series ever made and find out once and for all whether we like our Archie as a wholesome, milkshake drinking role model, or as the moody shirtless muscle god that mopes around a neon-glazed Riverdale while also drinking milkshakes. So tell Betty and Veronica to stop arguing, get a spell ready from Sabrina, and put on Jughead's paper crown (or his beanie), because it's time to vote up the best Archie Comics television shows.
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Based on: The characters of Archie comicsRiverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.... more
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- Actors: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols
- Premiered: 2017
Based on: Sabrina the Teenage WitchChilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) must reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while fighting the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.... more
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- Actors: Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Lucy Davis
- Premiered: 2018
Based on: Josie and the PussycatsJosie and the Pussycats is an American animated television series, based upon the Archie Comics comic book series of the same name created by Dan DeCarlo. Produced for Saturday morning television by Hanna-Barbera Productions, sixteen episodes of Josie and the Pussycats aired on CBS during the 1970-71 television season, and were rerun during the 1971-72 season. In 1972, the show was re-conceptualized as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, sixteen episodes of which aired on CBS during the 1972-73 season and were rerun the following season. Reruns of the original series alternated between CBS, ABC, and NBC from 1974 through 1976. This brought its national Saturday morning TV run on three... more
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- Actors: Janet Waldo, Jackie Joseph, Barbara Pariot
- Premiered: 1970
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
Based on: Sabrina the Teenage WitchSabrina the Teenage Witch is an American low-budget animated sitcom television series produced by Filmation that aired on CBS from 1971 to 1974. A spinoff of The Archie Comedy Hour, the show featured new episodes of Sabrina along with the Groovie Goolies. The series follows a teenage witch who likes to hanging out and fight darkest enemies using her magical powers. This series was aimed primarily towards young boys ages 6 to 14, and contained an adult laugh track. Following its first season, the series was reduced to a half-hour when the Goolies spun off into their own show. The show's opening strapline is: Once upon a time, there was the witches, who lived in the little city of Greendale.... more
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- Actors: Don Messick, Larry Storch, Howard Morris, Dallas McKennon, John Erwin
- Premiered: 1971