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The first teaser for Netflix’s Sabrina asks, ‘What if Riverdale, but also Satan?’

The first teaser for Netflix’s Sabrina asks, ‘What if Riverdale, but also Satan?’


The Riverdale team’s spin on the teenage witch drops on October 26th

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On October 26th, Netflix will release the first season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, its Teen Vogue-meets-The Craft spin on the Archie Comics teenage witch, and now we have the first teaser. In case you were unclear about what “dark coming-of-age story” meant when Netflix first announced the series, the minute-long clip is here to assure you that, yes, this show will be gunning for a Satanic Panic revival to call its own.

The series, which stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as the titular orphaned daughter of a warlock and a human, begins with Sabrina Spellman’s 16th birthday on the horizon, a milestone for witch-kind in which, like a demonic bat mitzvah, every witch or warlock must participate in a ritual that includes signing your name in blood in Satan’s autograph book and subsequently going off to what is essentially Hogwarts from Hell. For Sabrina, however, the choice becomes a dilemma: she’s half mortal, too, and while her father was a powerful, respected warlock in their world, she’s not sure whether her dead parents even wanted her to sign up to do the devil’s bidding.

The new teaser certainly drives home the fact that this darker redo of the cheerful ‘90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch is coming from the makers of Riverdale: the dark streets, old-timey cars, and trio of cool girls in matching outfits (in Riverdale, it’s Josie and the Pussycats; here, it’s a clique known as the Weird Sisters) all keep it in the same universe as the hit CW show. But now, Beelzebub is here in the seven-foot-tall-angry-goat flesh, and, thankfully, animatronic Salem has been replaced by an actual cat. Hail Satan.