Let's face it: sex sells. From Pretty Little Liars to Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill, teen dramas tend to be saturated in sexual themes.
But, have you noticed that Riverdale does not conform to this ideology? Yes, there's obvious sexual tension between some characters, but aside from the storyline about Archie's questionable relationship with his teacher, there is a explicit lack of sex itself.
Glamour recently caught up with the cast of the hit CW show who revealed the reasoning behind such a decision. "I think it's kind of nice that we don't [have sex]," Madelaine Petsch (AKA Cheryl Blossom) said. "Personally, when I was younger, I wasn't doing the dirty, especially at that age, so for them to be showing that on Gossip Girl or shows like that gives people a different impression of what high school should be like."
Cole Sprouse - who plays the notorious Jughead Jones - agrees: "First of all, they are all 15, 16, 17 years old, so that's an inherently complicated notion, but I think it also makes it much more about the characters' interactions with each other outside of a kind of sexual influence. Sex foes come into play, obviously like it does in every sort of teen's life, and I think whether it becomes more or less prominent in season two is a question for the writers. But I actually like how sparse it is right now, and I prefer it that way, to be honest."
However, Madelaine says that sex will play a larger role in the second season. "Right now we’re developing characters and focusing on that aspect," Petsch said. "And developing independent characters who can build their own stories and don’t need partners in order to do that, and once we do that, I think we’ll be able to delve more into relationships.”
Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge) also adds that season one focuses on Jason Blossom's death, so the characters' relationships take a backseat. "The murder was the most important [plot point], and I think season two will amp up the sex."
The question remains, is an onslaught of sexual references and themes necessary in a teen drama? Not going to lie, the lack of sex is actually quite a nice distraction from the explicit assault of it in the media. What do you think?