A live-action update of the characters from Archie Comics, the film found the gang convening for their 15th high school reunion. But as the festivities were underway, Reggie evicts Pop Tate with plans to expand his gym into Tate's Malt Shoppe.

The film doubled as the pilot for a TV series, but ratings were low, critics were unkind and fans of the comics criticized many aspects of it. The movie was released on VHS under the title "Archie: Return to Riverdale," but the video version is missing a handful of scenes that aired on TV. A tie-in comic book was also released.