The Best Episodes of Riverdale

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
1,623 votes
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Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

#2 - 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
1,649 votes
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Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

#3 - 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 7.89
1,619 votes
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Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

#4 - 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 7.87
2,055 votes
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Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

#5 - 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 7.86
638 votes
Directors: Maggie Kiley
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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 7.86
722 votes
Directors: Ellen Pressman
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Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

#7 - 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 7.83
1,668 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
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Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

#8 - 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 7.82
1,923 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

#9 - 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
1,320 votes
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Chapter Three: Body Double

#10 - 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
2,300 votes
Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#11 - 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
2,188 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
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Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

#12 - 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
836 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

#13 - 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 7.74
467 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods

#14 - 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 7.73
914 votes
Directors: Kevin Sullivan
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Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness

#15 - 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 7.72
2,151 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
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Chapter Eight: The Outsiders

#16 - 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 7.70
1,806 votes
Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion

#17 - Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion

Season 1 - Episode 9

Archie receives an offer from Cheryl; Veronica befriends a classmate that her father's illegal doings has hurt; Alice prepares for revenge on the Blossoms.

star 7.66
1,692 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
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Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks

#18 - Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks

Season 2 - Episode 2

With the gunman still at large and the residents of Riverdale on edge, Betty leads the charge to save Pop’s after learning that the diner may be forced to close its doors forever. Meanwhile, the gang becomes increasingly concerned for Archie’s well being after noticing a string of unusual behavior from him. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica approach Cheryl and Josie for their help saving Pop’s, while Jughead’s attempt to find FP a new lawyer may have some serious repercussions. Finally, when a past betrayal unexpectedly comes to light, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads with Hiram and Hermione.

star 7.62
1,048 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
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Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil

#19 - Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil

Season 1 - Episode 2

Archie pleads with Ms Grundy to come forward with what they heard; Cheryl deals with the pressure of Jason's death; Jughead stumbles upon Archie's secret.

star 7.60
2,437 votes
Chapter One: The River's Edge

#20 - Chapter One: The River's Edge

Season 1 - Episode 1

As a new school year begins, the town still reels from Jason Blossom's tragic death; Archie decides to pursue a career in music; Cheryl Blossom stirs up trouble.

star 7.45
3,105 votes