Picks and Pans Review: Archie: to Riverdale and Back Again

updated 05/07/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., May 6, 9 P.M. ET)

B-

This live-action treatment brings back the characters from the juvenile comic book for a yuppie 15-year reunion at Riverdale High School. Spoiled brunette Veronica (Karen Kopins) and sweet blond Betty (Lauren Holly) are again vying for the affection of red-headed Archie (Christopher Rich), now a lawyer. Reggie (Gary Kroeger) is a greedy entrepreneur; Moose (Jeff Hochendoner) is a chiropractor; Jughead (Sam Whipple) is a phobic psychiatrist. Only Mr. Weatherbee (David Doyle). Miss Grundy (Fran Ryan) and Mr. Lodge (James Noble) haven't aged. As a matter of fact, they've gotten younger. All right, the movie is witlessly corny but, true to its source, it is also affable and inoffensive. It has cool theme music too: Wilson Pickett singing "Sugar. Sugar." a 1969 song that was the quintessential bubblegum-pop hit, by a group called (da dum) the Archies.

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