How Riverdale Is Just Like Pretty Little Liars

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There are few shows that I have obsessed over quite like Pretty Little Liars. I spent so much time trying to figure out who A was that I started to think that maybe I was the omnipresent all along. (The clues. Were. All. There.) Alas, nothing gold can stay, and no mystery series can continue on without a proper conclusion — which PLL fans got when it was revealed that Alex Drake (Troian Bellisario), Spencer's evil twin, was the A behind the last season of the show's drama.
Fortunately for me and many PLL fans, I didn't have to wait until the show's planned spin-off, The Perfectionists, to hit our television screens to get another taste of teen murder mystery. Riverdale premiered just as PLL was coming to a close, and gave me my next TV series to go all Clarice Starling on.
However, it's more than just overarching themes (what secrets are buried beneath America's quintessential small towns?) that connect PLL and Riverdale: There are some crazy details that make these shows bizarrely close to one another. Click through to discover just a small sampling.
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Both Series Start With A Body

Riverdale High School's golden boy Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines) is presumed drowned when we open on the first episode of Riverdale. On Pretty Little Liars, ultra-popular queen bee Alison (Sasha Pieterse) is missing and also presumed dead (until those text messages start up, of course). Both bodies are discovered at the end of both show's pilot episodes.
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There's The Black Hood & The Black Hoodie

In season 2, Riverdale is plagued with a serial killer in a black hood. The ladies of Pretty Little Liars know what it's like to be afraid of a hooded figure, because A's favorite disguise was everyone's favorite athleisure item. While A (in all her forms) didn't rock a ski mask, it's hard not to realize that there's only two letters (a.k.a. an "ie") separating the Riverdale foe from the PLL enemy.
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The Evil Twin Thing

In season 2, Claudius Blossom (Barclay Hope) shows up to steal his niece Cheryl Blossom's (Madelaine Petsch) fortune. Claudius just so happens to be the identical evil twin of the also evil Clifford Blossom. Basically no one knew Claudius was even a thing until he marched into town. On Pretty Little Liars, Alex was not only A.D., but also Spencer's long-lost, evil (and English!) twin.
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The Sisters Of Quiet Mercy = Radley?!

Everything leads back to Radley Sanitarium on Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately, the town's mental institution is hardly up to any medical standards — it seems people get worse after leaving Radley rather than better. The Sisters of Quiet Mercy is Riverdale's own terrible mental health facility, though more overtly sinister than Radley: While they are also in the business of hiding pregnant women their families want nothing to do with (hi Polly Cooper), they also engage in gay conversion therapy. Poor Cheryl.
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There Are Bad Dads All Around

This seems to be a common theme with most teen dramas, but both Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars boast their fair share of bad dads. PLL's Peter Hastings (Nolan North) might not be quite as sinister a father as Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), but that's just because he doesn't have legit mob connections. Peter has, however, attempted to murder people who got in his way (umm, Spencer's biological mother Mary Drake?) while Hiram has a hit list that definitely extends past Papa Poutine.
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Perpetually Missing Siblings Are A Thing

Betty (Lili Reinhart) barely sees her sister Polly (Tiera Skovbye), because she is now on Once Upon a Time went to San Francisco with her twin babies. Aria (Lucy Hale), meanwhile, was constantly losing track of her brother Mike (Cody Christian), even though technically he was supposed to be sleeping in the bedroom right next door to hers. On Riverdale, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) has a little sister we've never even met, while Spencer's big sister Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) on PLL was constantly bouncing between London, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. (Hard to hold down a job, Meliss?)
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Technically, They Take Place In The Same Town

Okay, not really. But the Riverdale pilot did utilize the same town for its aerial shots that represented Rosewood on Pretty Little Liars.

Coincidence, or just more proof that Riverdale is the successor to Pretty Little Liars fans needed?

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