When does Katy Keene take place?
Okay, so this is what's weird. Katy Keene ostensibly takes place five whole years after the current season of Riverdale. So technically, Katy Keene takes place in the future, assuming that Riverdale is not set in the past, and honestly, I'm not really sure I know the answer to that. Except, it doesn't really matter. Sure, the show will throw in references to modern pop culture but it also exists essentially without time, but aesthetically, it may as well be happening sometime between the '40s and the '80s.
Where does Katy Keene take place?
New York, ostensibly. But just as the actual year in which it takes place seems irrelevant, Katy Keene's version of New York is also charmingly vague. The show bills itself as a "fairy tale," and thus exists in a fairy tale New York. (Not The Pogues one, though.) Okay, yes, there are some hints of real life. Actual fashion designers are name-dropped. The characters talk about how they are struggling to make rent. But that's just a tiny part of the dreamy, glossy, quasi-bohemian life Katy Keene is trying to conjure. Remember how in Gossip Girl Dan Humphrey was looked down upon by his peers for being "poor" yet he lived in a giant loft in either Williamsburg or DUMBO? Well, Katy Keene is described as a "gutter girl" for hailing from the Lower East Side. (The LES hasn't been cheap in years.) But this is Katy Keene where Manhattan is still cool and Brooklyn seemingly doesn't exist. To heighten the sense that we're in some kind of glittery alternate universe, the Katy Keene writers have come up with cutesy names for venues that sound very close to the names of actual NYC locations. Katy and her pals frequent Molly's Crisis, a drag club that's the equivalent of real life piano bar Marie's Crisis. In one episode, they go to Studio 34, a knockoff of iconic club Studio 54. (Studio 54 is now a Broadway theater, so…)