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The Best Episodes of Riverdale

Every episode of Riverdale ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Riverdale!

Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Network:The CW

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The best episode of "Riverdale" is "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam", rated 9.3/10 from 3037 user votes. It was directed by Gabriel Correa and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam" aired on 10/9/2019 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night".

  • Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam
    9.3/10 3,037 votes

    #1 - Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-10-09

    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.

    Director: Gabriel Correa

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night
    9.0/10 2,508 votes

    #2 - Chapter Thirty-Four: Judgment Night

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2018-05-09

    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.

    Director: Cherie Nowlan

    Writer: Shepard Boucher

  • Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder
    8.7/10 2,688 votes

    #3 - Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-05-04

    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.

    Director: Rob Seidenglanz

    Writer: Michael Grassi

  • Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter
    8.5/10 2,559 votes

    #4 - Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-05-11

    Archie and Veronica continue to grow closer. Betty is tired of her family acting as if nothing has happened and confronts her mother. Jughead finds himself in an unexpected situation, leaving Archie and the gang scrambling. Hermione makes Fred an offer that seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, the truth about Blossoms’ family business is revealed leaving Cheryl to take matters into her own hands.

    Director: Lee Toland Krieger

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls
    8.4/10 2,009 votes

    #5 - Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-11-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room
    8.4/10 1,309 votes

    #6 - Chapter Seventy-Three: The Locked Room

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2020-03-11

    Jughead and Betty confront Bret, Donna and Professor DuPont and unravel their plan to commit the perfect murder.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners
    8.3/10 1,669 votes

    #7 - Chapter Thirty-Two: Prisoners

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2018-04-25

    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.

    Director: Jennifer Phang

    Writer: Cristine Chambers

  • Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club
    8.3/10 1,972 votes

    #8 - Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-11-07

    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.

    Director: Dawn Wilkinson

    Writer: Tessa Leigh Williams

  • Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation
    8.3/10 1,394 votes

    #9 - Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2021-02-03

    With Graduation Day around the corner, the gang consider their next steps beyond Riverdale High. Archie learns whether he will be able to graduate with his classmates. FP makes a difficult decision about his and Jellybean's future.

    Director: Gabriel Correa

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt
    8.2/10 1,584 votes

    #10 - Chapter Thirty-Three: Shadow of a Doubt

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2018-05-02

    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.

    Director: Gregory Smith

    Writer: Yolonda Lawrence

  • Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night
    8.1/10 1,753 votes

    #11 - Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-12-13

    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.

    Director: Rob Seidenglanz

    Writer: Shepard Boucher

  • Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House
    8.1/10 1,273 votes

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

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2019-05-08

    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.

    Director: Rob Seidenglanz

    Writer: Cristine Chambers

  • Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night
    8.1/10 1,586 votes

    #13 - Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2019-05-15

    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.

    Director: Rachel Talalay

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend
    8.0/10 2,245 votes

    #14 - Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-04-13

    When Fred decides to finalize the divorce with Archie’s mother Mary, Archie hides his true feelings. Archie tries to win Valerie back with a romantic evening, however, Betty hijacks his plans when she decides to throw Jughead a surprise birthday party. Once Cheryl learns of the party, she decides to make it interesting and things quickly get out of control. Meanwhile, Veronica contemplates whether she should participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.

    Director: Dawn Wilkinson

    Writer: Britta Lundin, Brian E. Paterson

  • Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again
    8.0/10 2,132 votes

    #15 - Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-04-27

    Betty is slammed overseeing Homecoming and Reunion weekend, but Alice wants her to help with the Jason Blossom investigation. Alice turns to Archie and Veronica for help, but when Betty discovers they are working with her mom, she is not happy. After seeing his father FP start to clean up his act, Jughead wonders if it's the right time to give him another chance. Cheryl and Polly have both decided to go to Homecoming in Jason's honor, until a revelation waylays their plans. Meanwhile, Fred and Mary attend the Homecoming dance, leaving Fred to possibly reconsider the divorce.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof
    8.0/10 1,741 votes

    #16 - Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-11-15

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart
    8.0/10 1,593 votes

    #17 - Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-02-07

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Forty: The Great Escape
    8.0/10 1,557 votes

    #18 - Chapter Forty: The Great Escape

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-11-14

    After weeks go by with no contact from Archie, Veronica devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty learns that Jughead has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Seventy-One: How to Get Away with Murder
    8.0/10 994 votes

    #19 - Chapter Seventy-One: How to Get Away with Murder

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2020-02-26

    When a night in the woods goes horribly awry, Betty, Archie and Veronica are forced to confront what one of them may be capable of.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show
    7.9/10 2,701 votes

    #20 - Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-02-16

    When Jughead learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately 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. Elsewhere, Veronica confronts her mother Hermoine about a suspicious meeting she witnessed between her mother and a shady Southside Serpent. Finally, after uncovering Betty's diary, Alice finds the perfect opportunity to destroy Archie's golden boy image.

    Director: Mark Piznarski

    Writer: Michael Grassi

  • Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying
    7.9/10 2,276 votes

    #21 - Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-10-11

    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.

    Director: Rob Seidenglanz

    Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

  • Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside
    7.9/10 1,755 votes

    #22 - Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-11-29

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chapter Three: Body Double
    7.8/10 2,848 votes

    #23 - Chapter Three: Body Double

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-02-09

    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. Elsewhere, Betty decides to revive the school newspaper and asks for Jughead's help in investigating Jason's death, while Veronica and Ethel work on exposing some of Riverdale High's football players after rumors of a "shame book" begin to circulate. Finally, after getting grounded by his dad Fred, Archie must figure out a way to make it to the Taste of Riverdale event where Josie and the Pussycats will be performing a song he helped write.

    Director: Lee Toland Krieger

    Writer: Yolonda Lawrence

  • Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!
    7.8/10 2,442 votes

    #24 - Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-03-02

    With Riverdale High's annual variety show around the corner, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his big performance lead to some major fallout 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. Just as her relationship with her mother was on the upswing, an unexpected betrayal sends Veronica spiraling, while Josie deals with her own pressures at home after her overbearing father returns for her performance at the variety show. Finally, Hermoine's first day at Andrew's Construction finds her and Fred growing closer.

    Director: Steven A. Adelson

    Writer: Nicholas Zwart, Tessa Leigh Williams

  • Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks
    7.8/10 1,879 votes

    #25 - Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-10-18

    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.

    Director: Allison Anders

    Writer: Michael Grassi