It’s one of my all-time favorite songs, Sugar, Sugar, by the Archies.
And one of my favorite TV shows growing up.
I remember many a Saturday morning eating a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats and watching The Archie Show, which debuted on CBS in September 1968 and lasted for one season. A total of 17 half-hour shows, each containing two 11 minute segments, were aired. Here’s a description of the show from Wikipedia:
The show revolves around 17-year-old Archie Andrews and his teen-age pals from Riverdale High School including: his best friend and food fiend Jughead Jones, wise-cracking Reggie Mantle, beautiful, spoiled-rich brunette Veronica Lodge, and attractive, blonde, girl-next-door tomboy Betty Cooper. On the show, the friends appeared as a bubblegum pop band featuring Archie on lead guitar. The Archies had a real-life #1 hit single in 1969 with their song, “Sugar, Sugar”, written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim.
A typical episode started with the first Archie story, introduced by Archie and occasionally a different character. Next was a “dance of the week” segment starting with a teaser, then after the commercial break Archie introduced the dance, followed by the song of the week performed by The Archies. After that was a short joke followed by the 2nd Archie story. All 17 half hours were presented in this format.
I don’t recall the show having such a set routine, but in hindsight, it’s probably something that made the show even more appealing to me.
Fun fact: The Archie Show contained a laugh track, the first Saturday morning cartoon to do so..
So what motivated me to write about a show from almost 50 years ago?
Well the CW will be premiering a new show this week, Riverdale, in which clean-cut Archie gets an edgy makeover, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s a description of the show from ew.com:
Set in the present day, the Greg Berlanti-produced drama will follow Archie (KJ Apa) and other beloved characters from the comics as they enter their sophomore year of high school while dealing with a murder-mystery.
“It’s definitely Archie, but a little darker, a little more complex and a little weirder than you might remember from the digest you bought at the supermarket,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW at San Diego Comic Conearlier this year. “We’re saying it’s a little bit like Archie meets Twin Peaks.”
The eerie promo teases a rather buff Archie, parties, plenty of high school drama, and also features shots of Veronica (Camila Mendes), the new girl in town competing with Betty (Lili Reinhart) for Archie’s affections. Flashes of ambulance lights and yellow police tape tease the tragic death of “high school golden boy” Jason Blossom, which kicks off the series.
It certainly doesn’t look like the show I remember, but I still I may have to pick up some Frosted Mini-Wheats and check out the first episode.