Riverdale

The WORST episodes of Riverdale

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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

Last Updated: 6/22/2022Network: The CW
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Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal
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5.02
204 votes

#1 - Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/29/2021

Refusing to accept what’s going on around her, Alice creates an imaginary musical fantasy world in which the Coopers are one big happy family again. But as her mother continues to spiral, Betty does her best to pull her back to reality. Tabitha ropes Jughead into a family dinner with her parents. Veronica and Archie make a big decision about their future.

Directors: Ronald Richard
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Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town
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6.03
438 votes

#2 - Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/15/2020

After the previous debacles of Carrie and Heathers, Kevin has decided to revive Riverdale High’s tradition of hosting a Variety Show. But when Mr. Honey forbids him from performing a number from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kevin and the gang rally against their principal — by each performing a number from Hedwig, turning the Variety Show into a full-fledged musical that, as always, reflects their inner lives and struggles. And amidst all the drama, one forbidden “showmance” begins to blossom.

Directors: Antonio Negret
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Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats
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6.32
193 votes

#3 - Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/8/2021

After going MIA during the middle of her world tour, mega-star Josie McCoy returns to Riverdale unexpectedly. But it's not until she reunites with her former bandmates Valerie and Melody, that she opens up about the real reason why she's back. Veronica gets creative after a surprise visit from her old friend Alexandra Cabot. Toni steps in to help Tabitha and Veronica land a deal.

Directors: Robin Givens
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Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun
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6.44
672 votes

#4 - Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/20/2019

As rehearsals for this year's musical "Heathers: The Musical" get underway, Cheryl, as queen bee Heather Chandler, channels her own HBIC to deal with a recent fallout. Meanwhile, Betty grows increasingly annoyed by Evelyn's involvement with the musical – as well as the lives of her friends. Elsewhere, Veronica learns some devastating news about her family, and Archie and Josie make a decision about their future. Lastly, Jughead makes a surprising move against Gladys.

Directors: Maggie Kiley
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Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher
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6.62
155 votes

#5 - Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/30/2021

After being visited by a mysterious figure who arrives in Rivervale, the gang find themselves faced with unexpected ultimatums.

Directors: Jeff Woolnough
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Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)
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6.70
164 votes

#6 - Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/7/2021

As Bailey’s Comet passes over Rivervale, Cheryl and Nana Rose revisit the tragic stories of the Blossom women through the years. Meanwhile, the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event prompts Cheryl to summon a familiar face to Rivervale - Sabrina Spellman.

Directors: James DeWille
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Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale
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6.74
189 votes

#7 - Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/16/2021

Following the explosion that ended Season Five, a new day dawns in the town of RiverVALE, where everything is as it should be. Veronica and Reggie are now the town's power couple, while Jughead and Tabitha move in together. But with Cheryl demanding a return to the “old ways,” this serenity will surely not last. And how could Archie and Betty possibly have survived?

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories
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6.78
157 votes

#8 - Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/23/2021

A vengeful spirit from folklore, la Llorona arrives in Rivervale to terrorize the rainy town. Betty and Toni find themselves in the specter's path and must seek Cheryl’s help to protect the children in Rivervale, including Baby Anthony. Meanwhile, Jughead and Tabitha, along with Veronica and Reggie, experience their own hauntings that begin to put a strain on their respective relationships.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Eighty-Nine: Reservoir Dogs
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6.84
187 votes

#9 - Chapter Eighty-Nine: Reservoir Dogs

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/25/2021

While helping Eric deal with his PTSD, Archie is forced to confront his own past trauma in the Army. To find the Lonely Highway killer, Betty and Tabitha come up with a way to lure truckers to Pop's. Cheryl extends an invitation to Kevin. Veronica gives Reggie a shot to prove her wrong.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows
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6.87
214 votes

#10 - Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/11/2021

In the aftermath of the prison break at Hiram’s jail, Archie leads the charge to round up the remaining convicts on the loose. Tabitha reaches out for Betty’s help when she realizes Jughead is missing. When Penelope re-enters the fold, Cheryl becomes suspicious of her true intentions.

Directors: Tessa Blake
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Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: American Psychos
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6.95
76 votes

#11 - Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: American Psychos

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 6/12/2022

In order to catch the Trash Bag Killer once and for all, Betty devises a plan to hold a serial killer convention in Riverdale. Elsewhere, Cheryl receives some news about Toni and Fangs that sends her spiraling, while Archie and Tabitha try to loosen the grip Percival has over his workers.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers
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6.96
182 votes

#12 - Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 9/15/2021

After hearing some unexpected news about his former commanding officer, Archie opens up to Uncle Frank about his time in the Army. Veronica comes up with a clever way to raise funds after Chad calls the SEC on her. Cheryl and Kevin attempt to take control of the ministry. Jughead goes on an apology tour.

Directors: Robin Givens
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Chapter One Hundred and Five: Folk Heroes
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7.07
92 votes

#13 - Chapter One Hundred and Five: Folk Heroes

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/17/2022

To get the town of Riverdale out from under Percival’s grip, Archie, Jughead and Betty devise a plan to turn Archie into a modern-day folk hero by performing a series of impossible feats. Meanwhile, Percival takes aim at Veronica, Toni and Tabitha, pitting them and their businesses against one another. Finally, after falling ill, Cheryl makes a surprising discovery about herself.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man
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7.09
246 votes

#14 - Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/31/2021

While preparing for the school’s Parent-Teacher night, Archie is caught off guard when his former Army General shows up in Riverdale with some unexpected news. Cheryl pushes back after hearing that Hiram and Reggie have expressed interest in taking over the Blossom maple groves. Jughead’s unconventional way to get through a case of writer’s block causes Tabitha to be concerned for his safety. Finally, Betty and Alice receive some unexpected visitors.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter One Hundred and One: Unbelievable
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7.11
123 votes

#15 - Chapter One Hundred and One: Unbelievable

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/20/2022

As news begins to spread about the bombing at the Andrew's home, Archie, Betty and Jughead begin to deal with mysterious side effects from the explosion. Elsewhere, Veronica spirals after learning that Hiram may have been involved, and Cheryl is consumed with guilt when she believes she may have had a hand in the explosion.

Directors: James DeWille
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Chapter Ninety-Five: Riverdale: RIP (?)
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7.12
166 votes

#16 - Chapter Ninety-Five: Riverdale: RIP (?)

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 10/6/2021

As the gang pick up the pieces after a rough year back in Riverdale, an incident at Pop's forces them to make a difficult decision about the future of the town.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember
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7.15
1140 votes

#17 - Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/18/2018

As Riverdale High begins rehearsals for its upcoming production of “Carrie the Musical”, the arrival of an ominous letter forces director Kevin to make a difficult decision about the show. Jughead uses his cover as the musical’s documentarian to solve the mystery behind the letter. Meanwhile, tensions between Betty and Veronica continue to escalate just as Alice announces she is joining the musical to spend more time with Betty. Elsewhere, Hiram enacts a devious plan to further drive a wedge between Fred and Archie, while Cheryl channels Carrie White during a showdown with her mother.

Directors: Jason Stone
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Chapter One Hundred and Four: The Serpent Queen's Gambit
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7.15
102 votes

#18 - Chapter One Hundred and Four: The Serpent Queen's Gambit

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/10/2022

After suspecting that Percival is about to make a big play, Archie, Betty and Jughead warn their friends about his potential threat to the town. Meanwhile, Toni also finds herself a target after Percival announces his plans to rid the town of gangs, including the Serpents. Finally, Cheryl makes her move against Archie, Betty and Jughead.

Directors: Antonio Negret
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Chapter Ninety: The Night Gallery
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7.15
187 votes

#19 - Chapter Ninety: The Night Gallery

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/1/2021

Cheryl enlists the help of Archie, Kevin, Fangs and Reggie after she learns there is palladium underneath her maple groves. Betty and Alice confront a trucker who may have been involved in Polly's disappearance. Jughead and Archie each confront events from their past.

Directors: Mädchen Amick
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Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key
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7.16
251 votes

#20 - Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/17/2021

A big announcement forces everyone to take stock of their current lives. Cheryl sets a risky plan in motion after learning some surprising news about Toni. Jughead tries to make sense of a strange encounter he had. Kevin and Fangs make a big decision about their future together.

Directors: Rachel Talalay
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Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: Blue Collar
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7.16
87 votes

#21 - Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: Blue Collar

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/29/2022

After learning that Percival is exploiting his new work crew, Archie and Tabitha devise a plan to help protect the workers and get them out from under Percival's control. Meanwhile, Jughead finds himself with a target on his back after Percival catches wind of a scheme he and Veronica hatched against Reggie. Finally, Betty receives some unexpected news about a dark moment from her past, and Toni and Fangs find themselves at a crossroads.

Directors: Tara Dafoe
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Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire In The Sky
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7.18
255 votes

#22 - Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire In The Sky

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/10/2021

Following in his Grandpa Artie’s footsteps, Archie begins to recruit Riverdale’s new volunteer fire department. Toni’s attempt to lure Cheryl out of Thornhill and back into daily life in Riverdale leads to more tension between the two. Elsewhere, Betty, Alice and Kevin’s latest investigation leads them into conflict with Hiram. Finally, as Veronica comes up with a risky plan to support Riverdale’s local businesses, Jughead and Tabitha begin to unravel an old mystery surrounding some strange sightings in the town.

Directors: Gabriel Correa
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Chapter Seventy-Five: Lynchian
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7.21
350 votes

#23 - Chapter Seventy-Five: Lynchian

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/29/2020

Jughead and Charles follow a new lead after the contents of the latest videotape takes a sinister turn. Meanwhile, Kevin, Reggie and Fangs take their latest business venture to the next level, while Cheryl and Veronica's maple rum business faces a new threat. Finally, Archie and Betty contemplate their next steps.

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Chapter One Hundred and Two: Death at a Funeral
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7.22
125 votes

#24 - Chapter One Hundred and Two: Death at a Funeral

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/27/2022

Following the explosion at the Andrews residence, Archie assembles a team to help rebuild his home, while Jughead copes with his new reality. Meanwhile, at the Riverdale town hall meeting, Veronica breaks some news to the town, which later prompts a visit from her mother Hermione. At Thornhill, Britta tries to get to the bottom of some strange happenings going on with Cheryl and Nana Rose.

Directors: Tara Dafoe
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Chapter Eighty-Five: Destroyer
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7.25
234 votes

#25 - Chapter Eighty-Five: Destroyer

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/24/2021

After the Bulldogs lose several football games, Archie and Veronica come up with a plan to boost school spirit. Jughead turns his attention to a student who he thinks might need his help. Betty seeks guidance from Cheryl after being faced with a difficult decision to make. Finally, Kevin is forced to face a dark moment from his past.

Directors: Rob Seidenglanz
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