A Tribute to Luke Perry's Riverdale Dad Fred, the Best Parent in Town (By Far)

TVLine | 3/4/2019 | Dave Nemetz
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The news of Luke Perry‘s sudden passing hit TV fans like a sledgehammer. Those of us who grew up in the ’90s will always remember him as brooding heartthrob Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 — but today’s teens know him in a much different light: as Archie’s rock-solid dad Fred Andrews on The CW’s Riverdale. And it hurts to know we have to say goodbye to Fred, because he was hands down the best parent on the show.

Perry’s casting as Archie’s dad was a knowing wink to his teen-idol past — one of many for Riverdale; Molly Ringwald plays Fred’s estranged wife Mary — but the actor made sure it wasn’t just clever stunt casting. He served as the show’s emotional anchor, with Fred offering Archie unconditional love and sage advice through three seasons. Their father-son heart-to-hearts may seem like a corny relic from a bygone era, but they served as an essential counterweight to the show’s wilder storylines. As Archie battled mobsters, druggie gang members and even a grizzly bear (!), he always knew Fred has his back, no matter what.

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