Archie Comics as a property is not something I hear The Kids talking about much these days, but perhaps that will soon change. Because this show is a damn delight! I devoured the first four episodes on The CW’s press site, and then wished there were more. As I labored through a ponderous screener on another network, I thought, Why can’t every show be Riverdale? It takes the wholesome premise of Archie and turns it on its head, but not in a way that feels crass. Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are at the center of what turns out to be a mystery: Jason Blossom, star football player and rich kid, has gone missing over the summer and is presumably dead. There’s sort of a Twin Peaks/Veronica Mars vibe to the show, but not overly so: The kids — who also include gay BFF Kevin (Casey Cott), Jason’s twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and, of course, Jughead (Cole Sprouse, all grown up) — and their parents (Luke Perry as Archie’s dad, Mädchen Amick as Betty’s mom, and Marisol Nichols as Veronica’s mother) have lives to tend to, as well as mysteries to snoop around in. The high schoolers are, laughably, sophomores, but other than that implausible leap of faith, it’s all laid out with great care by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who runs Archie Comics, and TV superproducer Greg Berlanti and his crew. All the acting is good, but Mendes is a particular standout as Veronica, who is trying to be a different, better person having landed in Riverdale after her father has gone to prison. She spits out her lines with Heathers precision, but also imbues Veronica with kindness.