The Best Episodes of Riverdale

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2018

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

#1 - Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jughead finds himself in an unexpected situation; The truth about Blossoms' family business is revealed, leaving Cheryl to take matters into her own hands.

star 8.13
1,917 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

#2 - Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

Season 2 - Episode 21

When an incident at the Sheriff’s station triggers an all-out war between the North and the Southside, Archie and Jughead find themselves in the fight of their lives. Meanwhile Veronica makes a devastating discovery about Hiram, just as someone from his past arrives in Riverdale looking for revenge. Finally, Betty comes face to face with the Black Hood.

star 8.09
640 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Shepard Boucher
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Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

#3 - Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

Season 1 - Episode 12

Archie and Veronica are shocked to learn of the arrest, and must come clean to their parents about what they uncovered; Jason's killer is revealed.

star 8.00
1,941 votes
Writers: Michael Grassi
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Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

#4 - Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

Season 2 - Episode 22

With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad's mayoral campaign. Veronica stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram's latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl finalizes her emancipation from her mother, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents. Finally, Betty confronts her darkest demons.

star 7.93
553 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

#5 - Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

Season 2 - Episode 19

After an incident at Riverdale High leaves the town on edge, Archie leads the charge to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, the reveal of a devastating secret leads to a violent showdown between Chic, Jughead, Betty and Alice. Elsewhere, Veronica takes matters into her own hands when someone from her past comes to town seeking revenge. Finally, Hermoine and Cheryl conspire to take down Sheriff Keller.

star 7.89
641 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Cristine Chambers
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Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

#6 - Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

Season 2 - Episode 5

When Alice publishes a fiery piece in the Riverdale Register blasting the Southside, Jughead is forced to take matters into his own hands to try and keep the peace. Betty turns to Archie for help after receiving an ultimatum that could potentially destroy some of her closest relationships. With their SoDale open house fast approaching, Hiram and Hermoine enlist the help of an unlikely ally to get some potential investors on board. Finally, Veronica welcomes her old friend Nick St. Clair to Riverdale, but his plans for a wild night with the gang quickly takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.88
1,256 votes
Directors: Ellen Pressman
Writers: Aaron Allen
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Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

#7 - Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

Season 1 - Episode 11

Cheryl and Polly decide to attend the Homecoming in Jason's honor, until a revelation waylays their plans; Alice turns to Archie and Veronica for help.

star 7.87
1,910 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

#8 - Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

Season 2 - Episode 9

After snooping around for Christmas gifts, Veronica uncovers a major secret Hiram has been keeping from her. Fallout from Jughead’s encounter with Penny Peabody creates tension between him and FP. Meanwhile, a defiant Cheryl takes matters into her own hands after Penelope tells her they cannot afford Christmas this year. Finally, Betty and Archie’s vow to take down the Black Hood once and for all leads to a dangerous showdown.

star 7.86
1,045 votes
Writers: Shepard Boucher
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Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

#9 - Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

Season 1 - Episode 6

Valerie's efforts to help Archie leads to a major fallout with Josie; Betty and Jughead's investigation brings them face-to-face with Polly.

star 7.86
2,353 votes
Writers: Tessa Leigh Williams, Nicolaas Zwart
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Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

#10 - Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

Season 2 - Episode 6

After a charge led by Mayor McCoy threatens to further escalate tensions between the North and Southside, Jughead, along with Archie, tries to put a stop to a dangerous alliance being considered between the Serpents and a long-time rival. Betty turns to Veronica for help when she’s thrust into the center of a burgeoning mystery surrounding The Sugarman. Finally, Cheryl confronts her mother Penelope after a traumatic run-in forces her to make a stark realization.

star 7.85
1,222 votes
Directors: Maggie Kiley
Writers: Tessa Leigh Williams , Arabella Anderson
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Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart

#11 - Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart

Season 2 - Episode 13

Betty turns to Jughead for help when the consequences of a hasty decision come back to haunt her. Veronica organizes a face to face meeting after tensions between Hiram, FP and Jughead spiral out of control. Elsewhere, Archie is forced to make a tough decision after Agent Adams takes things one step too far.

star 7.83
814 votes
Directors: Julie Plec
Writers: Michael Grassi
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Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

#12 - Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

Season 1 - Episode 7

New rumors swirl when a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Cheryl approaches Betty with an unexpected proposal.

star 7.81
2,224 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Aaron Allen
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Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

#13 - Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 10

Fred decides to finalize his divorce; Archie plans to win Valerie back; Betty plans a surprise birthday party for Jughead, until Cheryl spirals things out of control.

star 7.81
1,963 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Britta Lundin, Brian E. Paterson
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Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

#14 - Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

Season 2 - Episode 1

As Fred’s life hangs in the balance following the shooting at Pop’s diner, Archie struggles with the emotional aftermath of what he witnessed. Meanwhile, as Veronica steps out of her comfort zone to support Archie, she learns that her father Hiram has arrived to Riverdale earlier than expected. Elsewhere, at Pop’s diner, Pop Tate recounts the chilling details of the shooting, which leaves Jughead and Betty questioning the gunman’s true motives. Lastly, after running into Cheryl at the hospital, Betty and Kevin are surprised to learn about the fire at Thornhill.

star 7.80
1,873 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil

#15 - Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Jughead learns that FP is getting released from prison, he and Betty organize a welcome home party with the Serpents to ease him back into his former life. Meanwhile, Archie and Veronica reach a crossroad in their relationship, but are forced to push their issues aside after Jughead and Betty ask them to take over the Black Hood investigation.

star 7.80
1,022 votes
Directors: Kevin Sullivan
Writers: Yolonda Lawrence
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Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine

#16 - Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine

Season 2 - Episode 12

As preparations for her confirmation ceremony get underway, Veronica becomes concerned that Archie, who’s agreed to be Hiram’s “intern,” may be learning too much about her family’s secret business dealings. Jughead and FP lead the charge after an incident at Pickens Park leads to increased tensions among the Serpents. Meanwhile, Chic helps Betty deal with her inner darkness, while Archie finds himself in over his head after a high-stakes poker game with Hiram’s shady inner-circle goes awry.

star 7.80
856 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Chapter Three: Body Double

#17 - Chapter Three: Body Double

Season 1 - Episode 3

Cheryl comes clean about when she last saw Jason; Betty and Jughead investigate Jason's death; Veronica and Ethel investigate a shame book.

star 7.79
2,614 votes
Writers: Yolonda E. Lawrence
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Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#18 - Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

Season 1 - Episode 4

Jughead fights to keep the local drive-in open; Betty and Veronica investigate Ms Grundy, uncovering some startling information about her past.

star 7.79
2,492 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Michael Grassi
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Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

#19 - Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Archie’s attempt to take matters into his own hands spirals out of control, Mayor McCoy calls an emergency town hall meeting to deal with the growing chaos in Riverdale. Meanwhile, when Betty finds herself at the center of a deepening mystery, her decision to keep some parts of it from Jughead causes further friction between the two. Elsewhere, Veronica grows concerned for Archie when she realizes the lengths he would go to seek revenge against the person terrorizing Riverdale. Finally, tensions between the North and Southside finally come to a head and leads to an unexpected showdown.

star 7.74
1,370 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Amanda Lasher
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Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness

#20 - Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 5

The Blossom family move forward with Jason's funeral, and a secret agenda; Hermonie seeks Fred's help; Betty dives deeper into Jason's death.

star 7.73
2,455 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

#21 - Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

Season 2 - Episode 7

Riverdale remains on edge after a chilling letter from the Black Hood challenges the town’s residents to remain sinless for 48 hours – or he’ll strike again. Meanwhile, Jughead and Archie’s friendship gets tested after Penny Peabody unexpectedly calls in a favor that Jughead owes her. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica team up to investigate someone who Betty thinks could be the Black Hood killer. Finally, things take an unexpected turn for Josie when a secret admirer takes things one step too far.

star 7.73
1,138 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: James DeWille
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Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt

#22 - Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt

Season 2 - Episode 20

As the town’s mayoral race between Fred and Hermoine heats up, Hiram sets his sights on a new ally – Sheriff Minetta. Betty turns to Cheryl for help when she has a suspicion about the Black Hood. Meanwhile, the reveal of a dark secret forces Archie and Jughead to try and ease tensions between the Bulldogs and Serpents. Finally, on the eve of the mayoral debate, a mysterious message leaves everyone on edge.

star 7.73
613 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Yolanda E. Lawrence
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Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle

#23 - Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle

Season 2 - Episode 10

Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica assures Hiram and Hermoine that she’s still on board with their plans for SoDale. Archie is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram’s suspicious business dealings. Betty sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic.

star 7.72
925 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Britta Lundin, Brian E. Paterson
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Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods

#24 - Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods

Season 2 - Episode 3

Frustrated by the lack of progress made in catching his father’s shooter, Archie takes matters into his own hands in order to send the gunman a message. Meanwhile, Veronica is thrilled when Hiram’s attempt to start fresh means she gets to introduce him to her friends, including Archie. Elsewhere, Jughead starts his first day at Southside High and is befriended by a Southside Serpent named Toni, while Kevin’s attempt at having a little fun causes Betty to grow concerned for his safety. Finally, an unexpected turn of events leads the town to realize their darkest chapter may be far from over.

star 7.72
1,425 votes
Directors: Kevin Sullivan
Writers: Ross Maxwell
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Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

#25 - Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

Season 1 - Episode 8

Archie and his friends pitch in to help Fred, but when one of them is attacked, they come up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory.

star 7.71
2,100 votes
Writers: Julia Cohen
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