The BEST Episodes of Riverdale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2021

Network: The CW

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

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Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam

#1 - Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2019

As the residence of Riverdale prepare for its upcoming Independence Day parade, Archie receives a phone call that will change the rest of his life forever.

star 8.43
670 votes
Directors: Gabriel Correa
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

#2 - Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 11, 2017

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 8.17
2,375 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room

#3 - Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 11, 2020

Jughead and Betty confront Bret, Donna and Professor DuPont and unravel their plan to commit the perfect murder.

star 8.16
357 votes
Directors: Tessa Blake
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

#4 - Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 2018

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 8.08
1,053 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Shepard Boucher
Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

#5 - Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 4, 2017

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 8.04
2,372 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Michael Grassi
Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

#6 - Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 25, 2018

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 7.93
1,038 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Cristine Chambers
Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

#7 - Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 16, 2018

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 7.90
939 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

#8 - Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 27, 2017

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 7.88
2,306 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation

#9 - Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2021

With Graduation Day around the corner, the gang consider their next steps beyond Riverdale High. Archie learns whether he will be able to graduate with his classmates. FP makes a difficult decision about his and Jellybean’s future.

star 7.87
252 votes
Directors: Gabriel Correa
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

#10 - Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2017

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 7.84
1,737 votes
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

#11 - Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 13, 2017

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
2,417 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Brian E. Paterson, Britta Lundin
Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night

#12 - Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2019

After receiving mysterious invitations, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead band together to confront the evils of their past once and for all. Meanwhile, chaos ensues at The Farm after Edgar makes a chilling announcement.

star 7.78
592 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Michael Grassi, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Seventy-Two: To Die For

#13 - Chapter Seventy-Two: To Die For

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 2020

Alice begins shooting a documentary about Riverdale and the latest mystery involving one of its own. Meanwhile, Betty, Archie and Veronica fall deeper into a web of lies as the investigation gets underway.

star 7.77
347 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

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

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 13, 2017

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 7.76
1,518 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Shepard Boucher
Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt

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

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 2, 2018

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 7.76
993 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Yolonda Lawrence
Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House

#16 - Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 8, 2019

Veronica turns to Mary and Archie for help after uncovering a secret that Hiram had been keeping from her. Betty raises questions after witnessing some strange activities at The Farm. Jughead finds himself one step closer to uncovering the Gargoyle King’s identity.

star 7.76
572 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Cristine Chambers, James DeWille
Chapter Three: Body Double

#17 - Chapter Three: Body Double

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 9, 2017

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

star 7.75
3,239 votes
Writers: Yolonda Lawrence
Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

#18 - Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 9, 2017

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

star 7.75
2,719 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

#19 - Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2017

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 7.74
1,717 votes
Directors: Maggie Kiley
Writers: Arabella Anderson, Tessa Williams
Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day

#20 - Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2018

The jury begins deliberations in the murder trial and Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly brings up some dark secrets she's kept hidden. Veronica pleads with Hiram to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.

star 7.73
1,004 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

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

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 2, 2017

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 7.73
2,901 votes
Writers: Nicolaas Zwart, Tessa Williams
Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March

#22 - Chapter Seventy: The Ides of March

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 12, 2020

Worried about what the future may hold for him after high school, Archie seeks advice from an unlikely source — Hiram Lodge. Meanwhile, Veronica begins to spiral after learning some devastating news about someone close to her. Finally, accusations made against Jughead leaves his future at Stonewall Prep hanging in the balance.

star 7.73
361 votes
Directors: Claudia Yarmy
Writers: Chrissy Maroon, Evan Kyle
Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High

#23 - Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2019

Archie encourages Mad Dog to attend Riverdale High and join the football team. Jughead meets Mr. Chipping, who offers him a spot at an elite school called Stonewall Prep. Veronica is conflicted when information about her involvement in Hiram’s arrest leaks to the public. Kevin applies for a spot on the Blue & Gold to make amends with Betty. Cheryl goes head to head with Mr. Honey, the school’s new principal.

star 7.73
502 votes
Writers: Michael Grassi, Will Ewing
Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

#24 - Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 29, 2017

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
1,631 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: James DeWille
Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#25 - Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 16, 2017

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

star 7.72
3,033 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Michael Grassi