The BEST Episodes of Riverdale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2020

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 - 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 8.52
427 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 8.16
2,236 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

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

#4 - 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
2,237 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Michael Grassi
Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

#5 - 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 8.00
923 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Cristine Chambers
Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World

#6 - 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 7.91
827 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

#7 - 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 7.89
2,171 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine

#8 - Chapter Sixty-Six: Tangerine

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2019

After declaring war on Hiram, Veronica enlists a secret weapon against her father - her Abuelita. Archie and FP team up to take Dodge down for good, while Betty and Charles investigate a series of strange attacks aimed at Betty. Elsewhere, Jughead's search for his grandpa, Forsythe Pendleton Jones I, leads to more questions than answers, while Cheryl finally makes peace with the past that's been haunting her.

star 7.86
169 votes
Directors: Gabriel Correa
Writers: Brian E. Paterson
Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

#9 - 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
1,623 votes
Directors: Ellen Pressman
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

#10 - 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 7.82
2,285 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Brian E. Paterson, Britta Lundin
Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House

#11 - 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 7.81
439 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Cristine Chambers, James DeWille
Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

#12 - 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 7.78
1,406 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Shepard Boucher
Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High

#13 - 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 7.78
317 votes
Writers: Michael Grassi, Will Ewing
Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt

#14 - 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 7.78
883 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Yolanda E. Lawrence
Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club

#15 - Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 2018

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
711 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Three: Body Double

#16 - 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 7.77
3,086 votes
Writers: Yolonda E. Lawrence
Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place

#17 - 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 7.76
2,584 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Aaron Allen
Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween

#18 - Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2019

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 7.75
274 votes
Directors: Erin Feeley
Writers: Janine Salinas Schoenberg
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 7.75
1,607 votes
Directors: Maggie Kiley
Writers: Arabella Anderson, Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

#20 - 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 7.74
1,517 votes
Directors: Dawn Wilkinson
Writers: James DeWille
Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day

#21 - 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 7.74
867 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

#22 - 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
2,766 votes
Writers: Nicolaas Zwart, Tessa Leigh Williams
Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night

#23 - 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 7.73
452 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Michael Grassi, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

#24 - 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
2,889 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Michael Grassi
Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

#25 - Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2017

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 7.72
2,245 votes
Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa