The BEST Episodes of Riverdale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2019

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.

Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam

#1 - Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 8.47
398 votes
Directors: Gabriel Correa
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

#2 - 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 8.12
2,146 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

#3 - 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 8.10
893 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Shepard Boucher
Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

#4 - 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 8.02
2,148 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Michael Grassi
Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

#5 - 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 7.92
792 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

#6 - 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 7.91
862 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Cristine Chambers
Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

#7 - 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 7.90
1,481 votes
Directors: Ellen Pressman
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

#8 - 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 7.88
2,110 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

#9 - 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 7.88
1,264 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Shepard Boucher
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 7.87
1,437 votes
Directors: Maggie Kiley
Writers: Arabella Anderson, Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

#11 - 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
2,568 votes
Writers: Nicolaas Zwart, Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween

#12 - Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween

Season 4 - Episode 4

When ominous videotapes begin appearing on doorsteps across Riverdale, widespread fear quickly returns to the town. At Stonewall Prep, Jughead learns about a series of mysterious disappearances that have occurred to former students at the school. Meanwhile, Archie’s plan to create a safe space for the town’s kids gets derailed when some unwanted visitors crash their Halloween party. Elsewhere, Veronica comes face to face with trouble, while Betty’s past comes back to haunt her. Lastly, a haunting at Thistlehouse rocks Cheryl and Toni to their core.

star 7.85
241 votes
Directors: Erin Feeley
Writers: Janine Salinas Schoenberg
Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House

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

Season 3 - Episode 21

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 7.84
428 votes
Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

#14 - 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 7.83
2,442 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

#15 - 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 7.82
2,168 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Brian E. Paterson, Britta Lundin
Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil

#16 - 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 7.81
1,231 votes
Directors: Kevin Sullivan
Writers: Yolonda Lawrence
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart

#17 - 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 7.81
1,026 votes
Directors: Julie Plec
Writers: Michael Grassi
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Wicked and the Divine

#18 - 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 7.81
1,067 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Three: Body Double

#19 - 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 7.80
2,862 votes
Writers: Yolonda E. Lawrence
Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

#20 - 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
2,102 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#21 - 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 7.80
2,720 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Michael Grassi
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 7.79
844 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Yolanda E. Lawrence
Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High

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

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 7.79
282 votes
Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club

#24 - Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club

Season 3 - Episode 4

When Betty confronts Alice about Gryphons and Gargoyles, Alice has no choice but to come clean about how she, along with a young Fred, FP, Hermoine, Hiram, Sierra, Penelope and Tom, played the game in the early 90’s – and how a shocking mystery has been plaguing them all ever since.

star 7.77
701 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

#25 - 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 7.75
1,349 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: James DeWille