Riverdale (2017 TV series)

Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series was adapted for The CW by Archie Comics' chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. Originally conceived as a feature film adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures, the idea was re-imagined as a television series for Fox. In 2015, development on the project moved to The CW, where the series was ordered for a pilot. Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews; Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series' narrator. The cast also features Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller. Other characters in the series include the parents of the main characters: Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Marisol Nichols and Mark Consuelos as Hermione and Hiram Lodge, and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones.

The series debuted on January 26, 2017 to positive reviews. A 22-episode second season premiered on October 11, 2017, and concluded on May 16, 2018. On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a third season, which is set to premiere October 10, 2018.

Based on Characters
by Archie Comics
Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Narrated by Cole Sprouse
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jon Goldwater
  • Sarah Schechter
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Producer(s) J.B. Moranville
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Stephen Jackson
  • David Lanzenberg
  • Paul Karasick
  • Harry Jierjian
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42–46 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Original release January 26, 2017 – present
External links


The series follows Archie Andrews' life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.[1]

Cast and characters


Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Average viewers
(in millions inc. DVR)
1 13 January 26, 2017 May 11, 2017 154 1.69[14]
2 22 October 11, 2017 May 16, 2018 TBA TBA

Season 1 (2017)

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1 1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa January 26, 2017 T15.10136 1.38[15]
During an eventful summer, including the supposed drowning of quarterback Jason Blossom on the Fourth of July, Archie Andrews discovers his passion for music. He soon begins his sophomore year and expresses his love for music to Betty Cooper, the sweet girl-next-door who harbors her own secret—her feelings for Archie. Meanwhile, Veronica Lodge, the daughter of Hermione and Hiram, a millionaire facing embezzlement charges, arrives in town, instantly capturing Archie's attention. Despite the fact that a love triangle is developing, Betty and Veronica become fast friends, united when Veronica stands up against the condescending captain of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom, who may be hiding a secret concerning her brother's death. Archie's former best friend, Jughead Jones, begins to write a novel retelling the events of the summer, including what happened between him and Archie. Kevin Keller and Moose Mason stumble across Jason's body, which has a gunshot wound to the head, by the lake.
2 2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa February 2, 2017 T13.20302 1.15[16]
Veronica's kiss with Archie strains his relationship with both girls, while Miss Grundy insists that he not reveal that the two of them heard the gunshot that may have killed Jason since it would also expose their secret affair. Kevin, disturbed by the discovery of Jason's body, refuses to acknowledge Moose's affections for him. Jughead, after accidentally discovering Archie and Grundy holding hands, deduces their secret and confronts Archie for refusing to go to the sheriff, Kevin's father. Archie asks his father, Fred, for advice and decides to come clean. Cheryl strikes up a friendship with Betty, but it soon ends when it becomes clear that she blames Betty's sister, Polly, for Jason's death. At a pep rally in his honor, Cheryl runs away after hallucinating Jason on the field; in the locker room, where Veronica has followed to comfort her, Cheryl admits to her that Jason was supposed to "come back." Against the wishes of her mother, Alice, Betty renews her friendship with both Archie and Veronica, while Archie also reconciles with Jughead. The next day, during science class, Cheryl is arrested due to evidence from Jason's autopsy, which revealed that he was actually murdered a week after the Fourth of July.
3 3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" Lee Toland Krieger Yolonda E. Lawrence February 9, 2017 T13.20303 1.20[17]
Cheryl admits to Sheriff Keller and her parents, Clifford and Penelope, that Jason wanted to run away and she helped him fake his drowning. Betty, upset with how Alice is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, The Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is enraged to learn that Chuck Clayton, whom she had one date with, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school and, when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on the Fourth of July was fired by the troop's Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Fred builds a grounded Archie a studio in which to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence together. Dilton reveals that he saw Miss Grundy's car by the river and Jughead realizes Archie's secret is at risk.
4 4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" Mark Piznarski Michael Grassi February 16, 2017 T13.20304 1.14[18]
Jughead despairs over the news that the local drive-in where he works is closing and compares Riverdale's atmosphere of suspicion to that of Salem. At the diner, Betty spots Archie and Fred having dinner with Miss Grundy and she confronts him about their relationship. Under the guise of an interview, Betty questions Miss Grundy about her life, while Veronica demands answers from Hermione upon learning she was speaking to a gangbanger; Hermione insists that nothing shady happened. Betty and Veronica meet with Archie and inform him that there is no trace of Geraldine Grundy ever existing aside from a woman who died seven years ago. They break into her car and find a gun and ID with the name "Jennifer Gibson." Grundy reveals that she was in an abusive relationship and only wanted to escape. At the drive-in's final night, Veronica spots Hermione meeting with the same man from before. Alice exposes Archie's affair and threatens to put Grundy on trial, but agrees to stand down as long as she leaves town. Sheriff Keller finds that all of his evidence pertaining to Jason's murder has been stolen. Jughead vandalizes the projectionist's booth before leaving his temporary home in full view of the gang leader, who turns out to be his father.
5 5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" Jesse Warn Ross Maxwell February 23, 2017 T13.20305 0.98[19]
Angry at Cheryl for helping Jason run away, Clifford and Penelope refuse to allow her to speak at Jason's memorial, but Cheryl does so anyway, ultimately breaking down during her speech while wearing the white dress she had on the day he left. Coach Clayton pits Archie and Reggie Mantle against each other for the coveted spot of team captain. Archie is introduced to a potential songwriting mentor, who ultimately decides not to teach him. Trev informs Betty that Jason had become much more secretive in the weeks before his death and was rumored to be selling drugs. Jughead suggests searching the Blossom family mansion for clues during the memorial dinner. He and Betty encounter Jason's grandmother, Rose, who mistakes Betty for Polly and reveals that she and Jason were engaged. While cleaning the diner, Hermione finds a box with a snake inside it, a warning from the Serpents. Betty learns that her family has hated the Blossoms ever since their ancestor killed great-grandfather Cooper decades before. Archie is named captain, but turns it down to focus on his music. Jughead and Betty deduce that her father, Hal, is responsible for stealing the sheriff's evidence.
6 6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" Steven A. Adelson Tessa Leigh Williams & Nicholas Zwart March 2, 2017 T13.20306 1.09[20]
With Riverdale High's annual variety show approaching, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his debut performance lead to a major fallout with Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead's investigation into Jason's murder brings them face-to-face with Betty's sister Polly, who is revealed to be captive at a home for troubled youth, unaware of Jason's death and seven months pregnant. As Veronica decides to rebuild her relationship with her mother, she learns that Hermione is using her for her own purposes. At the same time, Hermione's first day of work at Andrews Construction brings her closer to Fred. Josie deals with her own family pressures after her father visits for her performance at the variety show. Betty confronts Hal and Alice about Jason's death to no avail, but grows closer to Jughead, eventually kissing him. After, they discover a car hidden in the woods containing drugs and Jason's belongings. However, an unknown perpetrator torches the car and destroys all the evidence before the police arrive, around the same time that Polly escapes from the home.
7 7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" Allison Anders Aaron Allen March 9, 2017 T13.20307 1.03[21]
Cheryl informs Sheriff Keller that Polly has escaped and the town organizes a search party to find her, which fails. As tensions continue to grow between the Blossoms and the Coopers, Betty finds her sister hiding in the attic of their house. Cheryl offers to help Betty take care of Polly. F.P., after being offered a job by Fred, reveals that he and Fred founded Andrews Construction together, but Fred kicked him out of the business after bailing him out of jail. Fred counters that F.P. was stealing money from him while abusing drugs and alcohol and that he had no choice. Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's murder, but Fred provides Keller with an alibi. Cheryl suspects that her parents have bad intentions with Polly, so Polly moves in with the Lodges instead. F.P. is revealed to have Jason's jacket in his trailer.
8 8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" David Katzenberg Julia Cohen March 30, 2017 T13.20308 0.99[22]
Polly reveals to Sheriff Keller that Jason was supposed to make a drug delivery for "some biker gang", implied to be the Southside Serpents, in exchange for money before both of them ran away. Veronica suggests hosting a baby shower for Polly. Fred's workers leave because of promised work from Clifford. Archie tries to help Fred by getting some friends to work on the construction project, but Moose is attacked after witnessing someone vandalize the machinery and warned they should stop. After a confrontation with F.P. Jones in the Serpents' bar, Archie realizes Jughead's father is a Serpent. At the baby shower, Penelope and Alice argue over with whom Polly should live. Alice learns that Hal threatened Polly with an abortion, and when he refuses to let her come back, Alice kicks him out of the Cooper household. F.P. recruits some of his Serpents to replace Fred's crew and informs Hermione that Hiram was behind the attack on Fred's construction site. Polly chooses to live with the Blossoms.
9 9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" Lee Rose James DeWille April 6, 2017 T13.20309 0.91[23]
As the Blossom family's annual maple tree-tapping ceremony approaches, Cheryl asks Archie to be her escort. When he refuses, Penelope offers to get him into an exclusive music school as a favor. Veronica grows close to Ethel but, when Hermione reveals that her father was one of Hiram's investors, she becomes distraught upon learning that he attempted suicide due to his financial hardship. Alice prepares to publish a full-blown exposé on the Blossoms, but Hal fires her from the paper as retaliation for being kicked out of the house. Betty gets a call from Archie, learning that Polly moved in with the Blossoms to uncover the truth about Jason's death. She and Jughead decide to write the tell-all exposé in The Blue and Gold and ask Alice to join them. Finally realizing that the Blossoms are using him, Archie attempts to reconcile with Val, but she breaks up with him.
10 10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" Dawn Wilkinson Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson April 13, 2017 T13.20310 0.87[24]
Fred leaves for Chicago to finalize his divorce, leaving Archie alone. Betty learns that Jughead's birthday is coming up and that he has never had an actual party. She and Veronica persuade Archie to let them throw it at his house. Hiram threatens retaliation against Hermione if Veronica refuses to testify on his behalf. The Vixens elect Veronica as captain over Cheryl, who retaliates by crashing the party with Chuck and his friends. F.P. also shows up after Betty's insistence. Jughead argues with Betty and tries to leave, but Cheryl forces him to stay for a "game" in which participants are forced to reveal their secrets. Jughead and Chuck get into a fight and F.P. declares the party over. He urges his son to reconcile with Betty and confronts Alice, implying she was once a member of the Serpents. Archie and Veronica comfort each other and share a kiss. Veronica agrees to testify on Hiram's behalf. To Archie's surprise, his father returns home with his mother, Mary.
11 11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" Kevin Sullivan Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa April 27, 2017 T13.20311 0.89[25]
While Archie and his mother reconnect, Veronica learns that Hiram may soon be released from prison. F.P. questions the purpose of Jughead's novel, urging him to consider moving on. To learn the truth about Hiram, Veronica decides to investigate F.P. as a possible suspect in Jason's murder. The Blossoms, increasingly suspicious of Polly, forbid her from entering their master bedroom. Fred and Mary agree to attend homecoming together. Polly and Cheryl discover the former's engagement ring in Penelope's jewelry collection, which she claims is because Jason threw it away in disgust after arguing with Clifford. At a contentious dinner, Alice tries to question F.P., but he shuts her down. Afterwards, he informs Jughead that they will be moving to Toledo to reunite with the rest of the Jones family. While Archie and Veronica perform "Kids in America" at homecoming, the police execute a search warrant on F.P.'s trailer, find a gun, and arrest him for murder. Jughead disappears and Archie and Veronica deduce that someone is framing F.P. for Jason's death.
12 12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" Rob Seidenglanz Michael Grassi May 4, 2017 T13.20312 0.98[26]
Jughead calls his mother, but she refuses to let him move in with her. F.P. confesses to everything, including Jason's murder. Betty and Alice catch Hal trying to destroy evidence and learn the family secret: the Coopers are, in fact, Blossoms by blood, making Jason and Polly's relationship technically incest. The Coopers take Polly back to their home. Mary, posing as F.P.'s lawyer, advises Jughead to visit his father, who tells him never to come see him again. With Joaquin's help, the group tracks down one of F.P.'s associates, but finds him dead of an apparent overdose. The police are summoned and find a bag full of money with Hermione's initials on it. With both Hal and Hermione cleared as suspects, Jughead and Betty investigate a lead from Kevin and find Jason's varsity jacket. Inside one of the pockets, they find a thumb drive and discover Clifford murdered Jason, which they tell Cheryl. Nevertheless, Jughead learns that his father's other charges will not be dropped. Veronica learns that Hiram has been released and is coming to Riverdale and Mary returns to Chicago. When the police go to arrest Clifford, they discover he has hanged himself in the syrup distillery.
13 13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa May 11, 2017 T13.20313 0.96[27]
It is revealed that Clifford was in the drug business and Jason found out. Clifford killed Jason to stop him from exposing the family business. F.P. is cleared of all charges relating to the murder, but remains in police custody. Alice reveals to Betty that, in high school, she found out she was pregnant, but Hal sent her to the Sisters of Silent Mercy and made her give up the child, a baby boy, for adoption. Jughead is placed in the care of a foster family and transfers to Southside High. Devastated by her father's secrets and suicide, Cheryl attempts to drown herself in Sweetwater River, but Archie, along with Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, saves her. Cheryl later burns down the Thornhill mansion, much to Penelope's dismay. The next day, Archie meets Fred at Pop's, where a masked gunman arrives and demands Pop turn over his money. He then tells Fred to turn over his wallet at gunpoint. When Archie tries to intervene, the gunman shoots Fred.

Season 2 (2017–18)

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14 1 "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" Rob Seidenglanz Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa October 11, 2017 T13.20801 2.34[28]
After being shot, Fred is rushed to the hospital by Archie, who is soon joined by his friends. Sheriff Keller gains a description of the shooter from Archie and calls him in for a lineup, but none of the men in the lineup are the shooter. When Veronica searches Fred's belongings, Archie sees that his wallet is missing. Betty and Jughead visit Pop's to look for the wallet but find nothing; instead, they learn from Pop that the shooter did not take any money from the register, meaning that it was actually a hit against Fred. Jughead asks the Southside Serpents to investigate the shooting, but to no avail. Veronica accuses Hermione of hiring a hitman to kill Fred, but she vehemently denies this and tensions develop between them when Veronica is not sure of her mother is telling the truth. Meanwhile, Cheryl intimidates Penelope—who suffers severe burns due to the fire at their mansion and is hospitalized—into lying that it was an accident. Fred survives his shooting. Hiram returns to Riverdale, further escalating the tensions in the Lodge family. In the nearby town of Greendale, Ms. Grundy is strangled to death by Fred's shooter.
15 2 "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" Allison Anders Michael Grassi October 18, 2017 T13.20802 1.76[29]
After learning of Ms. Grundy's murder, an increasingly anxious Archie suspects that her death is connected with Fred's shooting, which pushes him to get a gun from Dilton Doiley. Following the shooting, business at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe has declined, leading Pop to consider selling the diner, but Betty convinces Pop to let her throw a retro fun night to drum up business. Jughead learns that F.P. is facing 20 years in prison and seeks help from Penny Peabody, a Serpent lawyer, who advises Jughead to ask the Blossoms to testify on F.P.'s behalf. Cheryl initially refuses, but relents when Betty extorts her with the video of Jason's murder. With Cheryl's testimony, the judge decides to revisit F.P's sentence. Hiram quietly buys the diner from Pop, but tells Veronica he made a "charitable donation". In the woods, Moose Mason and Midge Klump take some jingle jangle (a new drug to Riverdale), and as they do so, they are shot by Fred's shooter.
16 3 "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods" Kevin Sullivan Ross Maxwell October 25, 2017 T13.20803 1.62[30]
Kevin, who was in the forest, hears the gunshots and rushes to find Midge crying. Moose, who shielded Midge from the gunfire, is hospitalized and survives. Following the incident, Archie founds a vigilante group called the Red Circle, to protect Riverdale High students. The Coopers receive a letter from "the Black Hood", taking responsibility for the shootings and the murder of Ms. Grundy, and detailing his intentions to target sinners. Polly leaves town, fearing for her babies. Meanwhile, Jughead begins his tenure at Southside High, befriends Toni Topaz, a Serpent, and refounds the school newspaper, the Red and Black, under the advisory of English teacher Robert Philips. Kevin keeps going out late at night, which concerns Betty. Betty follows him on one of his runs, which leads to him lashing out at her. Hiram tells Archie that he should utilize the Black Hood's main weapons for the Red Circle. Inspired by this, the Red Circle makes a video calling out the Black Hood.
17 4 "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown" Jason Stone Amanda Lasher November 1, 2017 T13.20804 1.51[31]
Archie's viral video results in negative repercussions, as Principal Waldo Weatherbee demands he disband the Red Circle. Though Archie refuses, the Red Circle disbands regardless due to the football team being suspended but later reassembles when Archie runs afoul of the Serpents and assists him in a rumble, in which Dilton is injured. Veronica finds out that Archie intends to murder the Black Hood and convinces him to discard his gun. Betty receives a letter from the Black Hood, revealing that her speech from the jubilee ball inspired his actions and gives her a cipher that only she could solve. Mayor Sierra McCoy (Josie's mother) hosts a town meeting to discuss action against the Black Hood, in which Alice blames the Serpents, but Fred argues against letting fear rule them. Betty and Jughead figure out that the Black Hood intends to attack town hall and have the meeting evacuated, before showing the letter to her parents, Sheriff Keller and Mayor McCoy. Later, Betty receives a call from the Black Hood.
18 5 "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls" Ellen Pressman Aaron Allen November 8, 2017 T13.20805 1.47[32]
The Black Hood reveals to Betty that he knows where Polly is and threatens to kill her unless she publishes a mugshot of Alice, which she does. Hiram invites the St. Clair's, friends of the Lodges from New York. On the Southside, Jughead attempts to stop Sweet Pea and the Serpents from blowing up the Riverdale Register office and joins the gang to prevent this from happening. The Black Hood forces Betty to cut ties with Veronica and Jughead and later gives her a hood. At the Lodge's open house event, Nick St. Clair drugs Cheryl and takes her back to his hotel room to rape her, but is stopped and beaten by Veronica and the Pussycats. Jughead and Toni sit in his trailer, where he tells her his relationship with Betty is over; they kiss. Back at Betty's house, the Black Hood tells her she has broken the rules and he will now kill Polly unless she gives him the name of a "sinner" to kill, to which Betty names Nick St. Clair.
19 6 "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof" Maggie Kiley Tessa Leigh Williams & Arabella Anderson November 15, 2017 T13.20806 1.43[33]
The Black Hood challenges Betty to find the identity of The Sugarman, who has been supplying the jingle jangle to Riverdale. Cheryl wants to press charges against Nick, whom the Black Hood did not attack, but Penelope agrees not to in exchange for money from the St. Clair's. Archie goes to Southside High, where he saves Jughead from a raid organized by McCoy and Sheriff Keller. Tall Boy, F.P.'s right hand man, reaches an agreement with the Ghoulies, the dealers of jingle jangle. Jughead and Archie visit F.P., who tells Jughead to challenge the Ghoulies to a race. During the race, Archie pulls the brake on Jughead's car, and reveals he called Sheriff Keller, who arrests the Ghoulies leader. Veronica convinces Hiram and Hermione to stop investing with the St. Clair's, while Cheryl does the same with Penelope. Later, the Lodges receive a call that the St. Clair's have been run off the road, but will recover in months. Penelope reveals to Cheryl that the Sugarman is Robert Philips; Cheryl later tells Betty, who exposes him in the Blue and Gold. Philips is subsequently arrested and shot by the Black Hood in jail.
20 7 "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside" Dawn Wilkinson James DeWille November 29, 2017 T13.20807 1.45[34]
After killing Phillips, the Black Hood leaves a letter at Pop's challenging Riverdale to go 48 hours without sinning, or he will kill again. Jughead is enlisted by Penny Peabody to deliver a crate of drugs to repay her for her earlier help, which he does with Archie. She says this is a one-time thing, but Jughead later finds she was lying. Josie begins to receive weird messages from a secret admirer, implied to be Cheryl, including a box with a pig's heart. Mayor McCoy reprimands her for coming home late, revealing she has received death threats. Betty, realizing that Phillips was killed in the sheriff's office, believes Sheriff Keller might be the Black Hood. She investigates, but Keller is able to provide proof that he is not the Black Hood. However, Betty and Veronica discover that he is having an affair with Mayor McCoy. Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Josie, and Cheryl all gather at Pop's. After Jughead leaves to visit F.P., the Black Hood calls Pop to inform him Riverdale failed his challenge, and Pop grimly announces that "The reckoning is upon us".
21 8 "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil" Kevin Sullivan Yolonda Lawrence December 6, 2017 T13.20808 1.48[35]
F.P. is released from jail and begins working at Pop's, intending to quit the Serpents. Jughead and Betty decide to throw F.P. a "retirement" party at the Whyte Worm, so they enlist Archie and Veronica to do the detective work. While Jughead reconnects with his dad, Betty goes to the Whyte Worm to organize the party. There, she meets Toni and tells her she wants to keep watch over Jughead. Archie and Veronica follow a lead on a past serial killer called the Riverdale Reaper, who murdered a family of four before being killed himself by a lynch mob. Their investigation leads them to discover there was a fifth member of the family, which they discover to be the school's janitor, Joseph Svenson. Archie and Veronica confront Svenson, but decide he isn't the Black Hood. At the party, F.P., who is upset that Jughead helped Peabody, decides to stay with the Serpents. Outside, Veronica breaks up with Archie following a discussion about love. Jughead, not wanting to bring Betty into the Serpents' business, also ends their relationship.
22 9 "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night" Rob Seidenglanz Shepard Boucher December 13, 2017 T13.20809 1.43[36]
Fred receives a hospital bill of $86,000. Failing to convince her parents to help Fred, Veronica sneaks into Hiram's study and finds out that he bought Pop's. She later convinces him and Hermione to stop hiding secrets from her and help Fred. Jughead rallies the younger Serpents, who kidnap Peabody and cut off her Serpent tattoo. Betty and Archie receive a box from the Black Hood, containing Svenson's finger. They then receive a call from the Black Hood, who challenges them to find Svenson. They are able to find Svenson's location, but instead find an empty coffin. The Black Hood then arrives and tries to force Betty into burying Archie alive, but flees when the police arrive. After a chase, Keller shoots and kills the Black Hood before he can escape. The Black Hood is then revealed to be Svenson himself. Later, with the Black Hood dead, Veronica and Archie get back together, while Betty throws away all of her findings surrounding Svenson, but she keeps the hood he gave her earlier.
23 10 "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle" Tim Hunter Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson January 17, 2018 T13.20810 1.44[37]
The Lodges strike a deal with Mayor McCoy for land which involves shutting down Southside High, causing Jughead, Toni, Sweet Pea and the other Serpents to transfer to Riverdale High, putting them at odds with other students. Archie is approached by FBI Agent Adams, who wants his help on finding proof of Hiram's criminal dealings. Archie agrees to help in exchange for immunity for Veronica and Fred. Archie investigates Nick, who implies that Hiram was behind his car crash, which broke both of his legs. Despite Hal's objections, Betty and Alice track down Alice's son she gave up for adoption, Chic. Chic initially refuses to come with them, but Betty returns to his residence and saves him from an assault, bringing him to the Cooper household. Jughead, following advice from F.P., gets his fellow Serpents to lay low. Archie reveals to Adams that he secretly doubts Svenson was really the Black Hood. That night, Chic lurks in Betty's room while she sleeps.
24 11 "Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler" Gregg Araki Greg Murray & Devon Turner January 24, 2018 T13.20811 1.39[38]
Pickens' Day, a day in remembrance of Riverdale's founder, nears. Archie tries out for the wrestling team in order to impress Hiram, a former wrestler. Betty learns that Chic is a webcam model, and attempts to reach out to him. Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather for a school project, learning that he is a member of a Native American tribe which was slaughtered by Pickens. Jughead publishes the story, escalting tensions with the two sides. At the Pickens' Day fest, the Serpents protest the event, but Hiram spins their words positively. That night, Archie meets with Hiram, who offers him his business tutelage, which Archie accepts. The next morning, Mayor McCoy, Sheriff Keller, and the Lodges meet at the statue of Pickens, which has been decapitated.
25 12 "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine" Rachel Talalay Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa January 31, 2018 T13.20812 1.34[39]
Veronica's confirmation nears, bringing many Lodge family members and business associates to Riverdale. While serving at a poker game with Hiram and his associates, Archie learns that Hiram is a mobster and his associates are planning his 'removal' after Veronica's confirmation. Archie alerts Hiram to this, and Hiram later arranges that mobster's death. Meanwhile, Mayor McCoy orchestrates the eviction of all Serpents from their trailer park. Jughead and Betty are alerted to the location of the Pickens head by a scrapyard owner, who gives them evidence that Tall Boy decapitated the statue. Jughead and F.P. put Tall Boy on trial, who reveals that Hiram assisted him launching a mutiny so that Tall Boy could remove F.P. and Jughead from the Serpents. Betty and Jughead get back together. A strange man comes to the Cooper house asking for Chic. Later, Betty returns home to find Alice cleaning up the man's blood.
26 13 "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart" Julie Plec Michael Grassi February 7, 2018 T13.20813 1.28[40]
Betty and Alice clean up the man's body and dispose of it with help from Jughead and F.P. Jughead sends the Pickens' statue head to the Lodges, which Hiram believes may be a declaration of war. Mayor McCoy attempts to take control of her deal with the Lodges, and the Lodges prepare to expose her affair with Sheriff Keller. Veronica, however, warns her of this, and McCoy resigns from office. Agent Adams attempts to strong-arm Archie into giving him the information, including blackmailing Archie in order for him to plant a bug in Hiram's office. Archie instead reveals this to Hiram. Hiram's driver takes Archie to a private location to meet with "the boss", revealed to be Hermione. Hermione tells Archie that Adams is actually one of the Lodges' capos and it was a test, which Archie has passed. Hermione welcomes him to the family.
27 14 "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes" David Katzenberg Ross Maxwell March 7, 2018 T13.20814 1.26[41]
Hiram suggests Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead go to the Lodge's lake house for a romantic getaway. Cheryl, upset over not being invited, calls Jughead and informs him of Betty's kiss with Archie, which causes tension within the group. Veronica and Jughead kiss to "level the playing field". Later, the girls go into town while the guys have a discussion over the close mutual bonds between the four. Back in Riverdale, Josie informs Kevin of their parents affair. Cheryl reveals to Toni that she had a "friendship-turned-lesbian-relationship" broken up by Penelope. At the lake house, tensions arise again when Jughead and Betty learn that Hiram bought the trailer park and the Riverdale Register. A group of men that Veronica interacted with in town break into the house, but Veronica activates a silent alarm. One of Hiram's men arrive and kills one of the intruders, and the four return to Riverdale.
28 15 "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood" Mark Piznarski Aaron Allen March 14, 2018 T13.20815 1.19[42]
Jughead keeps investigating the Lodges' plans, but he cannot use what he finds. Hiram and Hermione want Fred to run for mayor, including financing his run. Hal asks Alice for a divorce, and Polly comes back to Riverdale. Clifford's secret will is read, which entitles money to anyone of Blossom's blood. Clifford's twin brother Claudius returns. When Chic refuses the DNA test, Betty steals his dental floss to do her own test and discovers that Chic is not who he says to be. After Smithers points Jughead to Shankshaw Prison, F.P.'s inside contact allows them to learn the truth about the Lodge's plans: they want to turn Southside High into a private prison and the housing Fred is building will be for the employees of the prison. After the Lodges are forced to tell Fred, he refuses to run for Mayor, so Hermione announces her run instead. Archie undergoes a blood ritual with Hiram, pledging loyalty. Meanwhile, Claudius and Penelope plot to get their house "in order", including Nana and Cheryl, who overhears the plan.
29 16 "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors" Sherwin Shilati James DeWille March 21, 2018 T13.20816 1.16[43]
Jughead learns Southside High will be turned into a prison, and goes on a hunger strike to protest. Hiram accelerates the timeline for demolition, but the high school Serpents chain themselves to the school. Fred attempts to end his contract with the Lodges, leading to a legal dispute. Hiram asks Archie to cut the Serpents' chains, which Archie does in exchange for Fred being released from his contract. Betty learns Chic's father is not Hal. Penelope and Claudius attempt to kill Nana Rose, but she survives. Veronica runs for student president, but everyone seems to be against her. Jughead also considers running with Betty. Betty moves in with Jughead to avoid Chic. Cheryl tells Penelope she knows what she did, leading Penelope to get Cheryl committed. Free of his contract with the Lodges, Fred announces he is running for mayor against Hermione.
30 17 "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens" Alexis Ostrander Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson March 28, 2018 T13.20817 0.96[44]
Hermione's run for mayor is considered risky by fellow mobsters Kowalski and Martin, believing it may lead to unwanted investigation. They demand a 25% cut of the prison's profits, which Hiram refuses. Kowalski and Martin, however, turn Hiram's capo Adams into hospitalizing Andre, leaving the Lodges shorthanded on security. Archie scares the two into abandoning the deal with the help of Reggie and other Riverdale athletes. Meanwhile, the car belonging to the man Chic killed is found. The owner of the car demands $10,000 from the Coopers to prevent her from going to the police, but Jughead and the Serpents scare her away. Alice sends Chic away and apologizes the Serpents for her years of badmouthing them. Toni and Veronica discover that Cheryl has been admitted into conversion therapy, and with help from Nana Rose, find out she's at Sisters of the Quiet Mercy. Toni, Veronica, and Kevin rescue Cheryl, and Toni and Cheryl kiss. Cheryl soon returns to Riverdale High, which she declares 'will burn'.
31 18 "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember" Jason Stone Arabella Anderson & Tessa Leigh Williams April 18, 2018 T13.20818 1.10[45]
During a rehearsal of Riverdale High's musical production of Carrie, Cheryl calls out those who question her ability to play the lead role of Carrie White by demonstrating her singing ability. After rehearsal, Kevin confides in Jughead that he received several threats demanding that the role of Carrie be recast, supposedly from the Black Hood. Kevin gives in, and Midge replaces Cheryl as Carrie. Tensions arise between Archie and Fred after he finds out that Hiram bought Archie his first car, to which Archie warns Hiram not to get between him and his father. Cheryl, doused in blood, confronts her mother for her actions against the family and demands that she be emancipated. During the performance, a set wall is moved up to reveal Midge hung up to the wall with knives, murdered by the Black Hood who leaves a warning of his return.
32 19 "Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners" Jennifer Phang Cristine Chambers April 25, 2018 T13.20819 1.17[46]
Following Midge's funeral, her mother, Cheryl and the River Vixens blame Sheriff Keller for her death, causing him to consider resigning. Archie is abducted by Nick St. Clair, who demands a ransom from the Lodges. With her parents unwilling to pay and lacking the money herself, Veronica pretends to surrender herself to Nick but drugs him. Archie manages to escape and they hold Nick for ransom instead. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead investigate Chic and learn from the Sisters of the Quiet Mercy that he is an impostor, resulting in his imprisonment. Betty is secretly contacted by the Black Hood, who offers to get rid of Chic. Betty gets Chic to confess that he murdered her real brother, Charles, by accident and then hands him over to the Black Hood, leaving him to die. Betty lies to Alice that Chic left town before learning that Hal was absent at the time of the exchange, leading her to suspect him as the Black Hood.
33 20 "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt" Gregory Smith Yolanda E. Lawrence May 2, 2018 T13.20820 1.11[47]
Betty tells Cheryl that she believes Hal is the Black Hood. Hiram restarts The Red Circle in hopes of causing unrest, and help Hermione's campaign. Moose reveals that Midge was having an affair with Fangs. A body, first thought to be Chic's, is found and Betty reveals she feels guilty for his presumed death. Fangs is arrested at school. Members of The Red Circle damage The Whyte Worm, and Reggie later reveals that Hiram is paying them against each other. Betty and Cheryl visit a room being paid for by Hal and find the same book used as a cipher previously. After the Black Hood attacks the Mayoral debate, Veronica wants her mother to stop running but she insists on continuing. Betty confronts her father, and arranges a meeting with him later. The Black Hood then appears at Cheryl's door. Fangs is released from prison, but is accidentally shot amidst the protesters outside.
34 21 "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night" Cherie Nowlan Shepard Boucher May 9, 2018 T13.20821 1.00[48]
The Black Hood attacks Cheryl, but she wounds him with a bow-and-arrow. Reggie is accused to be Fangs' shooter, but it is later revealed to be Midge's mother. Veronica searches Hiram's study, where she finds that Hiram planned to reveal Hermione's affair with Fred, but Hermione reveals her involvement, as it would destroy Fred's campaign. The son of the mobster whose death Hiram arranged attacks the Lodges, killing Andre, but Hermione shoots him dead. The Ghoulies are released from prison and attack Pop's. Meanwhile, Hal reveals himself as the Black Hood to Betty and Alice. After admitting he did not attack the debate, he is subdued by Betty and arrested. Fred, who is wearing a bullet proof vest, is shot by a man in a black hood, and Betty and Archie realize the man was not Hal. Penny Peabody resurfaces and holds Toni captive but Jughead and Cheryl help her escape. F.P. alerts the Serpents of Fangs' death, and the Serpents decide to fight the Ghoulies. Jughead turns himself over to avoid bloodshed, but Penny breaks her promise, and the Ghoulies attack Jughead. Learning of this, F.P. goes to save him. Later, Archie, Cheryl, Betty, and the Serpents find F.P. carrying Jughead's bloodied, unconscious body.
35 22 "Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World" Steven A. Adelson Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa May 16, 2018 T13.20822 1.28[49]
Jughead survives his assault and F.P. reveals Fangs is alive. Sheriff Minetta reveals the second Black Hood to be Tall Boy, who was killed by one of his officers. Cheryl discovers Penelope and Claudius meeting with Hiram; Cheryl reveals this to Veronica, who reveals this to Hermione. Hermione, believing it to be conceivable that Hiram would have planned the attack at the debate, reveals to Veronica that Hiram attempts to consolidate the entire Southside, and is attempting to buy the Whyte Worm to set his plan fully into motion. Jughead, Archie, and Cheryl lead the Serpents to the Northside, where they are offered asylum. Veronica buys the Worm, and trades it with Hiram for Pop's. F.P. retires from the Serpents, naming Jughead the new King, who later asks Betty to be his queen. Cheryl joins the Serpents. Hermione wins the mayoral election. Hiram secretly meets with several shady people from around Riverdale (Penny, Penelope, Claudius, Sheriff Minetta, and Malachi, the leader of the Ghoulies) and they discuss joining forces for their sinister plans for the new Southside High. Archie is elected student body president, but during his inauguration, he is wrongfully arrested by the corrupt Sheriff Minetta (on the vindictive Hiram's orders) for the murder of one of the intruders from the lake house.



Warner Bros. began development on an Archie feature film in 2013, after a pitch from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore that would place Archie's gang into a teen comedy feature film in the John Hughes tradition.[50] The duo brought the project to Warner Bros., where a VP recommended a more high-concept direction involving time travel or interdimensional portals, suggesting Louis C. K. to portray an older Archie.[51] Dan Lin and Roy Lee became producers on the project, which eventually stalled as priorities shifted at the studio towards larger tentpole films and was reimagined as a television series.[50] Riverdale was originally in development at Fox, with the network landing the project in 2014 with a script deal plus penalty.[52] However, Fox did not go forward with the project. In 2015, the show's development was moved to The CW,[53] which officially ordered a pilot on January 29, 2016.[54] On March 7, 2017, The CW announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[55] On April 2, 2018, The CW renewed the series for a third season, which is set to premiere October 10, 2018.[56][57]


Casting Archie was a difficult process, with Aguirre-Sacasa stating "I think we literally saw every redheaded young guy in L.A. It certainly felt that way."[58] The production team found KJ Apa just three days before they had to present screen tests to the network, which created tension in the last few days leading up to the studio presentation.[58]

In April 2017, it was announced Mark Consuelos had signed on for the second season to play Veronica Lodge's father, Hiram Lodge.[59] The role was in second position to his existing role on Pitch but the cancellation of that series was announced on May 1, 2017.[60] The next month, it was announced Charles Melton was cast to take over the role of Reggie from Ross Butler in season 2 due to his status as a series regular on 13 Reasons Why.[61] It was also announced that Casey Cott, who played Kevin Keller, was promoted to a series regular.[62] In July 2017, it was announced that True Blood star Brit Morgan had been cast in the recurring role of Penny Peabody, an attorney the Southside Serpents call in case of any run-ins with the law.[63] In August 2017, it was announced Graham Phillips had been cast to play Nick St. Clair, Veronica's ex-boyfriend from New York.[64][65]

In March 2018, Andy Cohen appeared in the sixteenth episode of the second season as himself. In the series, he and Hermione are friends. He previously offered her a role as a cast member on The Real Housewives of New York City; however, Hermione turned down the offer to keep things private for the Lodge family.[66]

In May 2018, it was announced that Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan, who play Reggie Mantle and Toni Topaz, respectively, would both be promoted to series regulars in the third season.[67]


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The Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe set in Vancouver, Canada

Filming of the pilot began on March 14, 2016, and ended on April 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.[68][69] Production on the remaining 12 episodes of season one began on September 7, 2016, in Vancouver.[70] Sets include Pop Tate's Chock'lit Shoppe, a copy of the functioning diner used in the pilot that is so realistic a truck driver parked his 18-wheeler there, believing that it was open.[71] Season two was also filmed in Vancouver and the nearby Fraser Valley.[72] The aerial view of Riverdale is actually drawn from stock footage used in the series Pretty Little Liars, Gilmore Girls, and the landmark setting are the same utilized in both of the aforementioned series as well as in Hart of Dixie.[73] Filming for the second season started on June 22, 2017,[74] and concluded on March 27, 2018.[75]

Homages to other films and TV series

Several reviewers had noted that the series' episode titles, are often taken directly or slightly altered from the titles of older films.[76][77] For example, De Elizabeth of TeenVogue points out that Riverdale's pilot episode was named "River's Edge" after the 1986 film of the same name, and the season finale also takes its name from 1997's The Sweet Hereafter.[78] Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa notes that this is a deliberate choice, in order to hint at what will happen in that episode.[78] References to the fictional setting of the Black Mirror episode "San Junipero" can be seen in viewed in season one as well as heard amongst dialogue in season two.[79]

Additionally, Katie-Kouise Smith, of Popbuzz, notes that the opening credits for Riverdale mirror those of the Twin Peaks television series, and are intended as an homage to that series' creator, David Lynch.[73]


Musical performances are featured throughout the series, a blend of cover versions and originals. Songs performed in episodes are released as digital singles after broadcast; WaterTower Music released a digital compilation of the season 1 songs on May 12, 2017.[80]

An album of Blake Neely's scoring for season 1 was released on compact disc by La-La Land Records and simultaneously on download by WaterTower Music on July 18, 2017.[81]

WaterTower Music released the songs performed in the musical episode in a separate digital album on April 19, 2018.[82] A vinyl edition will be released at Urban Outfitters stores on July 13, 2018.[83]

Season 1

Riverdale: Season 1 (Original Television Soundtrack)[84]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "The Song That Everyone Sings" KJ Apa 3:46
2. "Fear Nothing" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield and Hayley Law 2:37
3. "All Through The Night" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield and Hayley Law 2:37
4. "Dance Dance Dance" KJ Apa 1:00
5. "Candy Girl (Sugar Sugar)" (Cover of the Inner Circle version feat. Flo Rida; full-length version, Petsch is not heard on the aired version.) Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law and Madelaine Petsch 2:19
6. "I Feel Love" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law and Camila Mendes 3:11
7. "I'll Try" KJ Apa 3:15
8. "I Got You" KJ Apa and Hayley Law 3:32
9. "Kids in America" KJ Apa and Camila Mendes 2:55
10. "Our Fair Riverdale" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law 1:19
11. "Astronaut" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law and Camila Mendes 3:28
12. "These Are the Moments I Remember" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law, Camila Mendes and KJ Apa 2:58
Riverdale: Season 1 (Original Television Score)[85]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Riverdale" Blake Neely 2:58
2. "If You Love Me" Blake Neely 2:06
3. "Viral Gossip in Town" Blake Neely 3:08
4. "Everyone a Suspect" Blake Neely 2:33
5. "Receiving the Jersey" Blake Neely 1:56
6. "Doubts and Accusations" Blake Neely 2:24
7. "All is OK With Milkshakes" Blake Neely 2:48
8. "Long Reach" Blake Neely 3:47
9. "Ended Up Drowning" Blake Neely 4:11
10. "Irreconcilable" Blake Neely 3:25
11. "So Many Questions" Blake Neely 2:42
12. "A Gift / Forced to Leave" Blake Neely 3:23
13. "Not Making the Play" Blake Neely 3:25
14. "Overwhelming Evidence" Blake Neely 3:53
15. "Realizations" Blake Neely 2:02
16. "Do You Feel Guilty?" Blake Neely 2:38
17. "Into the Woods" Blake Neely 3:21
18. "Name of the Game" Blake Neely 3:38
19. "Angry and Vulnerable Girls" Blake Neely 2:52
20. "Results of the Father" Blake Neely 4:39
21. "Your Father Was Arrested" Blake Neely 2:44
22. "The Recording" Blake Neely 4:12
23. "Oh, Mommy!" Blake Neely 3:51
24. "What Floats Beneath" Blake Neely 3:29
25. "Never Safe" Blake Neely 1:59

Season 2

Riverdale: Season 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)[86]
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Milkshake" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield and Madelaine Petsch 2:56
2. "Out Tonight" Ashleigh Murray, Asha Bromfield, Hayley Law and Camila Mendes 3:47
3. "Spooky" Ashleigh Murray 2:40
4. "Mad World" KJ Apa, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart 3:08
5. "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" Ashleigh Murray and Casey Cott 2:10
6. "Union of the Snake" Camila Mendes, Asha Bromfield and Hayley Law 2:43
7. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" Ashleigh Murray and Camila Mendes 4:05
8. "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" Ashleigh Murray and Camila Mendes 1:42
9. "You'll Never Walk Alone" Madelaine Petsch 1:50


Season DVD and Blu-ray release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 August 15, 2017[87] August 14, 2017[88] October 10, 2017[89]
2 August 7, 2018[90] August 20, 2018[91] TBA


Netflix acquired the exclusive international broadcast rights to Riverdale,[92] making the series available as an original series to its platform less than a day after its original U.S. broadcast.[93]


In July 2016, members of the cast and the executive producers attended San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming series, where they premiered the first episode "Chapter One: The River's Edge".[94] The first trailer for the series was released in early December 2016.[95] The CW also sponsored multiple Tastemade videos, where they cooked several foods that are popular in the Archie universe.[96][97][98]

Comic-book adaptation

Along with heavily promoting the TV series in their regular comics since January 2017, Archie Comics are planning to release a comic book adaptation of Riverdale, featuring auxiliary story arcs set within the television series' own continuity. The comic book adaptation is being headed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa himself, along with various other writers from the show. Alongside a one-shot pilot issue, illustrated by Alitha Martinez, released in March 2017,[99] the first issue of the ongoing Riverdale comic book series was set to release starting April 2017.[100]

In addition to the adaptation, Archie Comics are releasing a series of compilation graphic novels branded under the title Road to Riverdale. This series features early issues from the New Riverdale reboot line, introducing the audience of the TV series to the regular ongoing comic series that inspired it. Archie Comics plans to re-print the volumes of Road to Riverdale in subsequent months as digest magazines. The first volume was released in March 2017.[100]


Critical response

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 88% (54 reviews) 68 (36 reviews)
2 87% (13 reviews) TBD

The first season of Riverdale has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a fresh rating of 88% based on 54 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.27/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive."[101] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[102] Dave Nemetz of TVLine gave the series a "B+" saying that it turned, "out to be an artfully crafted, instantly engaging teen soap with loads of potential."[103]

Some writers have criticized the series for its handling of minority characters. While reviewing the first season, Kadeen Griffiths of Bustle declared "the show marginalizes and ignores the [people of color] in the cast to the point where they may as well not be there."[104] In an article for Vulture, Angelica Jade Bastien discussed the show's treatment of Josie and the Pussycats (who are each played by African Americans), noting, "They're not characters so much as they are a vehicle for a Message. Josie and her fellow pussycats are positioned to communicate the message that Riverdale is more modern and inclusive than teen dramas of the past, even though it has yet to prove it beyond its casting."[105] Monique Jones of Ebony noted, "Despite the show's multi-racial casting choices, it seems like Riverdale is still a mostly white town." She also expressed fondness for the relationship between Archie Andrews and Valerie Brown, but declared "Archie shouldn't be what makes Valerie interesting to us".[106]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
18–49 rating
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Thursday 9:00 pm 13 January 26, 2017 1.38[15] May 11, 2017 0.96[27] 2016–17 154 1.69 0.7/2[14]
2 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22 October 11, 2017 2.34[28] May 16, 2018 1.28[49] 2017–18 173 2.12 0.8[107]

Season 1 (2017)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" January 26, 2017 0.5/2 1.38[15] 0.4 1.01 0.9 2.38[110]
2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" February 2, 2017 0.4/2 1.15[16] 0.4 0.76 0.8 1.91[111]
3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" February 9, 2017 0.5/2 1.20[17] N/A 0.71 N/A 1.90[112]
4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" February 16, 2017 0.4/1 1.14[18] 0.4 0.73 0.8 1.87[113]
5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" February 23, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[19] 0.4 0.71 0.7 1.69[114]
6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" March 2, 2017 0.4/1 1.09[20] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" March 9, 2017 0.4/1 1.03[21] 0.3 0.76 0.7 1.80[115]
8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" March 30, 2017 0.4/2 0.99[22] N/A 0.55 N/A 1.54[116]
9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" April 6, 2017 0.3/1 0.91[23] N/A 0.63 N/A 1.54[117]
10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" April 13, 2017 0.3/1 0.87[24] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.48[118]
11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" April 27, 2017 0.3/1 0.89[25] N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" May 4, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[26] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.56[119]
13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" May 11, 2017 0.4/2 0.96[27] N/A 0.56 N/A 1.52[120]

Season 2 (2017–18)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" October 11, 2017 0.8/3 2.34[28] 0.6 1.40 1.4 3.74[121]
2 "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" October 18, 2017 0.6/2 1.76[29] 0.6 1.34 1.2 3.10[122]
3 "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods" October 25, 2017 0.6/2 1.62[30] 0.6 1.32 1.2 2.94[123]
4 "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown" November 1, 2017 0.6/2 1.51[31] 0.5 1.30 1.1 2.80[124]
5 "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls" November 8, 2017 0.5/2 1.47[32] 0.5 1.23 1.0 2.70[125]
6 "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof" November 15, 2017 0.5/2 1.43[33] 0.5 1.23 1.0 2.66[126]
7 "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside" November 29, 2017 0.5/2 1.45[34] 0.5 1.19 1.0 2.64[127]
8 "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil" December 6, 2017 0.5/2 1.48[35] 0.6 1.20 1.1 2.68[128]
9 "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night" December 13, 2017 0.5/2 1.43[36] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle" January 17, 2018 0.5/2 1.44[37] 0.5 1.14 1.0 2.59[129]
11 "Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler" January 24, 2018 0.5/2 1.39[38] 0.5 1.15 1.0 2.54[130]
12 "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine" January 31, 2018 0.5/2 1.34[39] 0.5 1.06 1.0 2.40[131]
13 "Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart" February 7, 2018 0.5/2 1.28[40] 0.4 0.96 0.9 2.24[132]
14 "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes" March 7, 2018 0.5/2 1.26[41] 0.4 0.95 0.9 2.22[133]
15 "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood" March 14, 2018 0.4/2 1.19[42] 0.4 0.91 0.8 2.10[134]
16 "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors" March 21, 2018 0.4/2 1.16[43] 0.4 0.94 0.8 2.10[135]
17 "Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens" March 28, 2018 0.3/1 0.96[44] 0.4 0.91 0.7 1.87[136]
18 "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember" April 18, 2018 0.4/2 1.10[45] 0.3 0.83 0.7 1.93[137]
19 "Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners" April 25, 2018 0.4/2 1.17[46] 0.4 0.81 0.8 1.97[138]
20 "Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt" May 2, 2018 0.4/2 1.11[47] 0.4 0.93 0.8 2.04[139]
21 "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night" May 9, 2018 0.4/2 1.00[48] 0.3 0.90 0.7 1.91[140]
22 "Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World" May 16, 2018 0.4/2 1.28[49] 0.4 0.76 0.8 2.04[141]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Riverdale Won [142]
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series KJ Apa Nominated
Breakthrough Performance KJ Apa Won [143]
Leo Awards Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series Tyler Harron for "Pilot - Chapter 1" Nominated [144]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Riverdale Won [145]
Choice Breakout TV Star KJ Apa Nominated
Lili Reinhart Won
Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse Won
Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Won
Choice Hissy Fit Madelaine Petsch Won
Choice Scene Stealer Camila Mendes Won
Choice TV Ship Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse Won
2018 Dorian Awards Campy TV Show of the Year Riverdale Nominated [146]
Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Riverdale Pending [147]
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series KJ Apa Pending
Lili Reinhart Pending
Cole Sprouse Pending
MTV Movie & TV Awards Show of the Year Riverdale Nominated [148]
Best Kiss KJ Apa and Camila Mendes Nominated
Scene Stealer Madelaine Petsch Won
Best Musical Moment Riverdale Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Pending [149]
Choice Drama TV Actor KJ Apa Pending
Cole Sprouse Pending
Choice Drama TV Actress Camila Mendes Pending
Lili Reinhart Pending


In September 2017, it was reported that a live-action television series was being developed for The CW by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, with a planned release in the 2018–2019 television season. Based on the comic series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, featuring the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the series would be a companion series to Riverdale. Lee Toland Krieger will direct the pilot, which will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa. Both are executive producers along with Berlanti, Schechter, and Goldwater.[150] In December 2017, it was reported that the project had moved to Netflix under a yet-to-be-announced new title. Two seasons, comprising ten episodes each, have been ordered by the streaming service.[151] In January 2018, it was announced that the lead role of Sabrina Spellman would be portrayed by Kiernan Shipka,[152] and CW president Mark Pedowitz noted that, "at the moment, there is no discussion about crossing over" with Riverdale.[153] Filming for first season began on March 19, 2018, just as filming of the second season of Riverdale concludes, which will allow the same crew members to work on both series.[154] It is expected to film back-to-back with the second season.[155]


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