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In this darkly dramatic adaptation of characters and situations from the Archie comic books, a group of teenage friends navigates the perils of adolescence, but also the perils of murder, sex, greed and lots of other kinds of intrigue. The series debuted on The CW network in 2016 and can also be found on the Netflix streaming service.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on The CW
2 Seasons, 26 Episodes
January 26, 2017
Drama
7.7/10
Cast: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse
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Riverdale Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amidst preparations for the town's annual Picken's Day festivities, Jughead interviews Toni's grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale's history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram's love of the sport. Meanwhile, Betty unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic, and Veronica and Josie clash as they prepare for their Picken's Day performance.

  • Tensions mount when the sudden shut down of Southside High forces Jughead and his fellow serpents to transfer to Riverdale High. Veronica ensures Hiram and Hermoine that she's still on board with their plans for SoDale. Archie is conflicted when he is asked to gather some information on Hiram's suspicious business dealings. Betty sets out on a quest to find her long-lost brother, Chic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (#201.)

  • Archie and Veronica are shocked to learn of the arrest but know they need to come clean to their parents about what they uncovered. Still hurt by the betrayal of his friends and torn over who to trust, Jughead reluctantly joins them in a quest for truth. Meanwhile, Cheryl confronts her mom about why she treats her so much worse than she ever did with Jason.

  • Betty is overwhelmed with planning Homecoming and Reunion weekend, but Alice wants her to help with the Jason Blossom investigation. Alice seeks help from Archie and Veronica.

  • When Fred decides to finalize the divorce with Archie’s mother, Archie buries his feelings. Meanwhile, Archie plans a romantic evening for him and Valerie, but Betty hijacks his plans when she decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party.

  • Archie is hesitant to escort Cheryl to her family’s official start of maple syrup tapping until he gets an offer that could benefit his future. In an effort to be kind, Veronica incidentally befriends a classmate that her father’s illegal doings has injured.

  • As Fred and his crew are about to start construction he loses his crew, which threatens his livlihood. Wanting to help his dad, Archie and his friends volunteer to help, but after one of them is attacked, the gang hatches a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory.

  • When a major piece of evidence gets destroyed, new rumors surface for who is responsible for Jason's murder.

  • With Riverdale High's upcoming annual variety show, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his big performance leads to a fight between her and Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead's investigation into Jason's death brings them to a home for troubled youth and face-to-face with Polly.

  • The Blossom family makes last minute preparations for Jason's funeral. Meanwhile, Archie's attempt to refocus his energy on football comes to a halt when an opportunity to work with a new music mentor presents itself.

  • When Jughead discovers that an anonymous buyer intends to tear down the local drive-in, he is determined to keep it open. Betty finds her friendship with Archie on the line after stumbling upon some startling information she's uncovered about Miss Grundy's past.

  • After new information surrounding Jason's death comes to light, Cheryl finds herself under a cloud of suspicion and forced to come clean about the last time she saw her brother. Meanwhile, Archie makes a tough decision that puts a major strain on his relationship with Miss Grundy.

  • As new details of Jason’s death surface, Archie begs Miss Grundy to reveal what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty makes an effort to reconcile with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica who is trying to make up for her actions.

  • In the series premiere, the townspeople of Riverdale are still struggling with the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. One thing Archie Andrews has learned from the events of the summer is he won't be following in his father's footsteps.

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Riverdale News

'Riverdale' Spinoff Is Coming to Netflix, Not CW

The CW is working on a reboot of an old series instead.

This Week's 'Riverdale' Answers a Few Questions

Last week's episode ended with some things up in the air, but this week sorted them out.

'Riverdale' Ratings Explode Among Young Viewers

Putting the series on Netflix over the summer paid off in a big way.

'Riverdale' Star Recovering After Car Crash

K.J. Apa reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on his way home from the set this week.

'Riverdale' Co-Stars Are Dating

Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are allegedly a thing.

Elisabeth Smart Movie to Feature 'Riverdale,' 'Blacklist' Stars

The film about the infamous kidnapping case will air on Lifetime.

'Riverdale' Star Responds to Online Body Shaming

Lili Reinhart took to Twitter in self-defense in response to trolls making comments about her weight.

'Riverdale''s Camila Mendes Is Living the Dream

The young actress hit the big time with her first job.

Does Archie Have a New Girlfriend on 'Riverdale'?

A new promo suggests that he does.

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