Archie the TV Show that Never Was

Archie (1964)? This pilot was shopped out, but never sold. I just watched it and it wasn’t too bad. It played like Archie was the “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” (a show from the late 1980’s), sans the Dutch Tilts & breaking the fourth wall, of his time. I liked that show and I have fond memories of watching it, even as a 17 year old (which is when it came out).


Honestly, I can’t remember much of the character. I was into Superheroes, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy in my comics. The characters of Riverdale High limboed far beneath my RADAR.  Most of my knowledge of Archie is from the old cartoon, The Archies, and I have forgotten most of that. I imagine that the show was too similar to The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and since that show came to an end in the previous year there was no point in doing a re-hash or 2.0 version. Sure, they had similarities but they seem to be just different enough to be interesting. Anyhow, I have no idea why it was passed up. It seems to be just as entertaining as anything else from that era. I found it on YouTube by accident, and I expected to be making smart ass comments though the whole show… I didn’t. I enjoyed it. Don’t take my word for it… check it out for yourself 😺

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