It had been 9 years since Archie Andrews and his friends last appeared on network television. By the end of the 80's, DIC (now part of Cookie Jar) acquired the distribution rights to the original Filmation cartoons from the 60's & 70's, and those shows were running on cable. DIC & Archie Comics thought that it might be a good idea to reboot the Little Archie comics by setting them in the present time, virtually parallel to the familiar teenage exploits of Archie and company, hence The New Archies, which wound up on NBC in 1987.
Theoriginalmistahjonz uploaded the episode, "Last Laugh", to YouTube:
Ultimately, the series didn't take, and was cancelled after 1 season, but, for some odd reason, NBC brought it back in 1989 as a time-filler. In between, Archie released a comics version of the series, which also came & went very quickly. The New Archies would not be the last Archie project, though, from DIC.......