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This drama series is based on characters from the Archie series of comic books, but unlike the generally light-hearted comics, the TV adaptation pulls in dark, adult-oriented themes of sex, crime and mysterious intrigue. The series premiered on The CW in January 2017 to generally positive reviews.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on The CW
1 Season, 9 Episodes
January 26, 2017
Drama
8.0/10
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Riverdale Full Episode Guide

  • As Fred and his crew are about to start construction he loses his crew, which could put his livelihood in jeopardy. Wanting to help his dad, Archie and his friends pitch in to help but after one of them is attacked, the gang comes up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory. With Jughead’s secret revealed, he is worried about how his friends will react. Meanwhile, Veronica and Betty suggest throwing Polly a baby shower to make her feel better, but Polly is hesitant knowing how everyone feels.

  • 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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In A Lonely Place Preview (00:19) Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill! Preview (00:23) The Last Picture Show Preview (00:47) Body Double Preview (00:48)