The New Archies
The New Archies is a children’s television cartoon, based upon the long-running Archie comic books and characters. The series, produced by DIC Entertainment and originally airing on NBC, re-imagined Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, and the other teenage students of Riverdale High School as pre-teens in junior high. Fourteen episodes of the show were produced, which all aired during the show’s first and only season in 1987 and were repeated in 1989. A short-lived Archie Comics series was produced bearing the same title and set in the same universe as the animated series. Reruns of the series ran on The Family Channel’s Saturday morning lineup, 1991 to 1993 and on Toon Disney from 1998 to 2002.
In this series Veronica speaks like a valley girl. However, in previous animated cartoons and the radio show, she had a southern accent. Dilton Doiley was replaced as the “intellectual” character by an African American named Eugene. Eugene’s girlfriend Amani was another addition to the cast. Archie also gained a dog, Red.