Riverdale (2017 TV series)

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Based on Characters
by Archie Comics
Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Narrated by Cole Sprouse
Composer(s) Blake Neely
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jon Goldwater
  • Sarah Schechter
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Producer(s) J.B. Moranville
  • Stephen Jackson
  • David Lanzenberg
  • Paul Karasick
  • Harry Jierjian
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
Picture format 4K Ultra HD
Original release January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) – present (present)
External links
Website www.cwtv.com/shows/riverdale

Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. It was ordered to series at The CW in May 2016, and the 13-episode first season premiered on January 26, 2017, and concluded on May 11, 2017. It was adapted for television by Archie Comics' chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and executive produced by Greg Berlanti.[2][3] On March 7, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which is scheduled to debut on October 11, 2017.[4]

The show features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, his next door neighbor who has a crush on him, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, his new love interest and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, his ex-best friend and the narrator of the show. The show also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, the lead singer of the Pussycats, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, the twin sister of Jason Blossom, who is at the center of the series' mystery. Other characters in the show include Fred Andrews, Alice Cooper and Hermione Lodge, the parents of Archie, Betty, and Veronica respectively.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • KJ Apa as Archibald "Archie" Andrews: An intense and conflicted teen, Archie is a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working at his father's construction business and is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music—against the wishes of his father and his football coach.[5]
  • Lili Reinhart as Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper: A sweet, smart, eager-to-please and beautiful girl with a longtime crush on her best friend, Archie. She is tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., so she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice—much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.[6]
  • Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge: A beautiful, sophisticated, confident, silver-tongued high school sophomore and former socialite. Veronica is the "new girl" in town and is eager for a fresh new start. Veronica sees the move to Riverdale from New York as an opportunity to reinvent herself while making amends to redeem herself from the rich spoiled girl she once was. Humbled from her old ways in the past and from an embezzlement scandal involving her father, she and her mother have lost most of their status and wealth.[7]
  • Cole Sprouse as Forsythe "Jughead" Jones III and the narrator of the series: A philosophically inclined social outcast who was once the best friend of Archie, who is still dealing with the rift that came between them over the summer. His father is the leader of a local motorcycle gang called the Southside Serpents.[6]
  • Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge: Veronica's mother, who has returned to Riverdale with her daughter to continue a deal established by Lodge Industries and to establish an affair with Fred Andrews following the recent incarceration of her husband Hiram Lodge.[8]
  • Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom: A wealthy, entitled, and manipulative girl who recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.[9]
  • Ashleigh Murray as Josephine "Josie" McCoy: A striving, competitive, fierce, snooty, and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats.[5]
  • Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper: Polly and Betty's mother, who is the editor of the local paper. She is a controlling and demanding perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughters.[10]
  • Luke Perry as Frederick "Fred" Andrews: Archie's father, who owns a construction firm that he hopes his son will take over one day.[11]


  • Casey Cott as Kevin Keller: An openly gay high school student who is friends with Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. He is the son of Riverdale's sheriff.[12]
  • Martin Cummins as Sheriff Keller, the town's police chief and Kevin's father.[13]
  • Skeet Ulrich as Forsythe "F.P." Jones II: The leader of the Southside Serpents, a gang of criminals that live and operate on the fringes of Riverdale. He is Jughead's estranged father.[14][15]
  • Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy: the Mayor of Riverdale and mother of Josie McCoy.[16]
  • Nathalie Boltt as Penelope Blossom: The mother of Cheryl and Jason.
  • Lochlyn Munro as Hal Cooper: The father of Polly and Betty, and husband to Alice Cooper.[17]
  • Colin Lawrence as Coach Floyd Clayton: The father of Chuck, and coach of Riverdale Bulldogs Football Team.
  • Peter James Bryant as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee: the principal of Riverdale High School.
  • Sarah Habel as Miss Geraldine Grundy: Riverdale High School's young music teacher, who had a sexual relationship with Archie over the summer. It is revealed in the fourth episode of Riverdale that Grundy moved to Riverdale after changing her name from Jennifer Gibson after her divorce, to escape from an abusive relationship. Since then Grundy has moved from Riverdale to avoid police capture because of her relationship with Archie. (season 1)
  • Ross Butler (season 1)[a] and Charles Melton (season 2)[b] as Reginald "Reggie" Mantle: Archie's long-time friend and rival, a football player at Riverdale High and town prankster.[20]
  • Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton: A football-star jock at Riverdale High School with a reputation for being a player[14]
  • Rob Raco as Joaquin DeSantos: The youngest member of the Southside Serpents, who finds himself tied between a romantic relationship with Kevin and the mystery of Jason Blossom's murder.[21]
  • Asha Bromfield as Melody Valentine: The drummer for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats.
  • Cody Kearsley as Marmaduke "Moose" Mason: Archie's bicurious jock friend who propositions Kevin.[20]
  • Hayley Law as Valerie Brown: The songwriter, bassist, and backup vocalist for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats and Archie's ex-girlfriend.
  • Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs: A victim of Chuck Clayton's slut-shaming.[22]
  • Trevor Stines as Jason Blossom: Cheryl's twin brother, whose murder hangs over the town of Riverdale.
  • Olivia Ryan Stern as Tina Patel: The super-smart little sister of Archie Comics character Raj Patel, Tina has been described as an Indian Veronica. Tina is one of Cheryl Blossom's best friends.
  • Caitlin Mitchell-Markovitch as Ginger Lopez: One of Cheryl's best friends.
  • Major Curda as Dilton Doiley:[c] The leader of the town's troop of Ranger Scouts.
  • Tiera Skovbye as Polly Cooper: The older sister of Betty, and the daughter of Alice and Hal Cooper. She is pregnant with Jason Blossom's children.[23]
  • Barclay Hope as Clifford Blossom: The father of Cheryl and Jason. (season 1)
  • Alvin Sanders as Pop Tate: The owner of the local diner; Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
  • Tom McBeath as Smithers: The butler for the Lodge family.[14]
  • Adain Bradley as Trev Brown: The younger brother of Valerie.


  • Raúl Castillo as Oscar Castillo: A serious and successful songwriter from New York who is a visiting professor at Riverdale's Carson College who agrees to audition Archie in the hopes of possibly mentoring the aspiring singer-songwriter.[24]
  • Molly Ringwald as Mary Andrews: The mother of Archie, who left two years ago to follow her dreams, but returns to Riverdale in her family's hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie and her husband, Fred, but also her former high school friends Hermione and Alice.[25]


  1. ^ Butler left the series after season 1 owing to his commitments as a series regular on 13 Reasons Why.[18]
  2. ^ Melton has been cast to take over the role of Reggie from Ross Butler in season 2.[19]
  3. ^ Daniel Yang portrayed Dilton in the pilot.


Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Average viewership
(in millions including DVR)
1 13 January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 154 1.69[26]
2 22[27] October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)[4] TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) T15.10136 1.38[28]
During an eventful summer, including the tragic death of quarterback Jason Blossom on the Fourth of July, Archie Andrews discovers his passion for music. He soon begins his sophomore year and expresses his love for music to Betty Cooper, the sweet girl-next-door who harbors her own secret—her feelings for Archie. Meanwhile, Veronica Lodge, the beautiful daughter of a millionaire facing embezzlement charges, arrives in town, instantly capturing Archie's attention. Despite the fact that a love triangle is developing, Betty and Veronica become fast friends, united when Veronica stands up against the condescending captain of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom, who may be hiding a secret concerning her brother's death. Archie's former best friend, Jughead Jones, begins to write a novel retelling the events of the summer, including what happened between him and Archie. Kevin Keller and Moose Mason stumble across Jason's body by the lake.
2 2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02) T13.20302 1.15[29]
Veronica's kiss with Archie strains his relationship with both girls, while Miss Grundy insists that he not reveal that the two of them heard the gunshot that may have killed Jason since it would also expose their secret affair. Kevin, disturbed by the discovery of Jason's body, refuses to acknowledge Moose's affections for him. Jughead, after accidentally discovering Archie and Grundy holding hands, deduces their secret and confronts Archie for refusing to go to the sheriff. Archie asks his father for advice and decides to come clean. Cheryl strikes up a friendship with Betty, but it soon ends when it becomes clear that she blames Betty's sister, Polly, for Jason's death. At a pep rally in his honor, Cheryl runs away after imagining her brother on the field; in the locker room, where Veronica has followed to comfort her, Cheryl admits to her that Jason was supposed to "come back." Against her mother's wishes, Betty renews her friendship with both Archie and Veronica, while Archie also reconciles with Jughead. The next day, during science class, Cheryl is arrested due to evidence from Jason's autopsy, which revealed that he was actually murdered a week after the Fourth of July.
3 3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" Lee Toland Kreiger Yolonda E. Lawrence February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09) T13.20303 1.20[30]
Cheryl is questioned by the sheriff about her role in Jason's death, but she gets bailed out by her parents. Betty, upset with how her mother is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, the Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is horrified to learn that her new boyfriend, Chuck Clayton, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school and, when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on the Fourth of July was fired by the troop's Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Archie's dad builds him a studio in which to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence together. Dilton reveals that he saw Ms. Grundy's car by the river and Jughead realizes Archie's secret is at risk.
4 4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" Mark Piznarski Michael Grassi February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16) T13.20304 1.14[31]
Jughead despairs over the news that the local drive-in where he works is closing and compares Riverdale's atmosphere of suspicion to that of Salem. At the diner, Betty spots Archie and his father having dinner with Ms. Grundy and she confronts him about their relationship. Under the guise of an interview, Betty questions Ms. Grundy about her life, while Veronica demands answers from her mother upon learning she was speaking to a gangbanger; Hermione insists that nothing shady happened. Betty and Veronica meet with Archie and inform him that there is no trace of Geraldine Grundy ever existing aside from a woman who died seven years ago. They break into her car and find a gun and ID with the name "Jennifer Gibson." Grundy reveals that she was in an abusive relationship and only wanted to escape. At the drive-in's final night, Veronica spots her mother meeting with the same man from before. Alice exposes Archie's affair and threatens to put Grundy on trial, but agrees to stand down as long as she leaves town. Sheriff Keller finds that all of his evidence pertaining to Jason's murder has been stolen. Jughead vandalizes the projectionist's booth before leaving his temporary home in full view of the gang leader, who turns out to be his father.
5 5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" Jesse Warn Ross Maxwell February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23) T13.20305 0.98[32]
Cheryl's parents refuse to allow her to speak at Jason's memorial, but she does so anyway, ultimately breaking down during her speech while wearing the white dress she had on the day he left. Coach Clayton pits Archie and Reggie against each other for the coveted spot of team captain. Archie is introduced to a potential songwriting mentor, who ultimately decides not to teach him. Trev informs Betty that Jason had become much more secretive in the weeks before his death and was rumored to be selling drugs. Jughead suggests searching the Blossom family mansion for clues during the memorial dinner. He and Betty encounter Jason's grandmother, who mistakes Betty for Polly and reveals that she and Jason were engaged. While cleaning the diner, Hermione finds a box with a snake inside it, a warning from the Serpents. Betty learns that her family has hated the Blossoms ever since their ancestor killed great-grandfather Cooper decades before. Archie is named captain, but turns it down to focus on his music. Jughead and Betty deduce that her father is responsible for stealing the sheriff's evidence.
6 6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" Steven A. Adelson Tessa Leigh Williams & Nicholas Zwart March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) T13.20306 1.09[33]
With Riverdale High's annual variety show approaching, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his debut performance lead to a major fallout with Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead's investigation into Jason's murder brings them face-to-face with Betty's sister Polly, who is revealed to be captive at a home for troubled youth, unaware of Jason's death and seven months pregnant. As Veronica decides to rebuild her relationship with her mother, she learns that Hermione is using her for her own purposes. At the same time, Hermione's first day of work at Andrews Construction brings her closer to Archie's father, Fred. Josie deals with her own family pressures after her father visits for her performance at the variety show. Betty confronts her parents about Jason's death to no avail, but grows closer to Jughead, eventually kissing him. After, they discover a car hidden in the woods containing drugs and Jason's belongings. However, an unknown perpetrator torches the car and destroys all the evidence before the police arrive, around the same time that Polly escapes from the home.
7 7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" Allison Anders Aaron Allen March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09) T13.20307 1.03[34]
Cheryl informs Sheriff Keller that Polly has escaped and the town organizes a search party to find her. As tensions continue to grow between the Blossoms and the Coopers, Betty finds her sister hiding in the attic of their house. Cheryl offers to help Betty take care of Polly. F.P., after being offered a job by Fred, reveals that he and Fred founded Andrews Construction together, but that Fred kicked him out of the business after bailing him out of jail. Fred counters that F.P. was stealing money from him while abusing drugs and alcohol and that he had no choice. Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's murder, but Fred provides Keller with an alibi. Cheryl suspects that her parents have bad intentions with Polly, so Polly moves in with the Lodges instead. F.P. is revealed to have Jason's jacket in his trailer.
8 8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" David Katzenberg Julia Cohen March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30) T13.20308 0.99[35]
Polly reveals to Sheriff Keller that Jason was supposed to make a drug delivery for "some biker gang", implied to be the Southside Serpents, in exchange for money before both of them ran away. Veronica suggests hosting a baby shower for Polly. Fred's workers leave because of payment by Clifford Blossom. Archie tries to help Fred by getting some friends to continue work on the construction project. After a confrontation with F.P. Jones in a Serpents' bar, Archie realizes Jughead's father is a Serpent. At the baby shower, Penelope and Alice fight over whom Polly should live with. Alice finds out that Hal had previously tried to take Polly to get an abortion and then kicks him out of the Cooper Household. F.P. recruits some of his Serpents to replace Fred's crew, and informs Hermione that Hiram is behind the attack on Fred's construction site. Polly chooses to live with the Blossoms.
9 9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" Lee Rose James DeWille April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06) T13.20309 0.91[36]
As the Blossom family's annual maple tree-tapping ceremony approaches, Cheryl asks Archie to be her escort. When he refuses, Penelope offers to get him into an exclusive music school as a favor. Veronica grows close to Ethel, but when Hermione reveals that her father was one of Hiram's investors, she becomes distraught upon learning that he attempted suicide after losing his home. Alice prepares to publish a full-blown expose on the Blossoms, but Hal retaliates for being thrown out by firing her from the paper. Betty gets a call from Archie, learning that Polly moved in with the Blossoms to learn the truth about Jason's death. She and Jughead decide to write the tell-all expose in the Blue and Gold and ask Alice to join them. Finally realizing that the Blossoms' are using him, Archie attempts to reconcile with Val, but she breaks up with him.
10 10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" Dawn Wilkinson Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13) T13.20310 0.87[37]
Fred leaves for Chicago to finalize his divorce, leaving Archie alone. Betty learns that Jughead's birthday is coming up, and that he has never had an actual party. She and Veronica persuade Archie to let them throw it at his house. Veronica's father threatens to retaliate against her mother if Veronica refuses to testify on his behalf. The Vixens elect Veronica as their captain for Homecoming over Cheryl, and she retaliates by crashing the party with Chuck and his friends. F.P. also shows up, on Betty's advice. Jughead argues with Betty and tries to leave, but Cheryl forces him to stay for a "game" in which participants are forced to reveal their secrets. Jughead and Chuck get in a fight, and F.P. declares the party over. He urges his son to reconcile with Betty and confronts Alice, implying she was once a member of the Serpents. Archie and Veronica comfort each other and share a kiss. Veronica subsequently changes her mind and agrees to testify on her father's behalf. Fred returns home with, to Archie's surprise, his mother Mary.
11 11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" Kevin Rodney Sullivan Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27) T13.20311 0.89[38]
While Archie and his mother reconnect, Veronica learns that her father may soon be released from prison. F.P. questions the purpose of Jughead's novel, urging him to consider moving on. To learn the truth about Hiram, Veronica decides to investigate F.P. as a possible suspect in Jason's murder. The Blossoms, increasingly suspicious of Polly, forbid her to enter their master bedroom. Fred and Mary agree to attend Homecoming together. Polly and Cheryl discover the former's engagement ring in Penelope's jewelry collection, which she claims is because Jason threw it away in disgust after arguing with his father. At a contentious dinner, Alice tries to question F.P., but he shuts her down. Afterwards, he informs Jughead that they will be moving to Toledo to reunite with the rest of the Jones family. While Archie and Veronica perform "Kids in America" at Homecoming, the police execute a search warrant on F.P.'s trailer, find a gun, and arrest him for murder. Jughead disappears, and Archie and Veronica deduce that someone is framing F.P. for Jason's death.
12 12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" Rob Seidenglanz Michael Grassi May 4, 2017 (2017-05-04) T13.20312 0.98[39]
Jughead calls his mother, but she refuses to let him move in with her. F.P. confesses to everything, including Jason's murder. Betty and Alice catch Hal trying to destroy evidence, and learn the family secret: the Coopers are, in fact, Blossoms by blood, and Jason and Polly's relationship was technically incest. The Coopers take Polly back to their home. Mary, posing as F.P.'s lawyer, advises Jughead to visit his father, who tells him never to come see him again. With Joaquin's help, the group tracks down one of F.P.'s associates, but find him dead of overdose. The police are summoned, and find a bag full of money with Hermione's initials on it. With both Hal and Hermione cleared as suspects, Jughead and Betty investigate a lead from Kevin, and find Jason's varsity jacket. Inside one of the pockets, they find a thumb drive and discover Clifford murdered Jason, before informing Cheryl. Nevertheless, Jughead learns that his father's other charges will not be dropped. Veronica learns that her father has been formally released, and Mary returns to Chicago. When the police go to arrest Clifford, Cheryl directs them to his corpse hanging in the syrup distillery, next to several open casks filled with drugs.
13 13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) T13.20313 0.96[40]
It is revealed that Clifford was in the drug business and that Jason found out, leading to his abduction and subsequent death at the hands of Clifford. F.P. is cleared of any charges relating to the murder but remains in police custody. Alice reveals to Betty that in high school, she found out that she was pregnant, but Hal sent her to the Sisters of Silent Mercy and made her give up the child, a baby boy, for adoption. Jughead is placed in the care of a foster family and transfers to Southside High. After receiving a text from Cheryl announcing she is going to commit suicide, Veronica, along with Archie, Betty, and Jughead, rush to Sweetwater River, where Archie manages to punch through the ice and save Cheryl. Cheryl later burns down her mansion, much to Penelope's dismay. Archie meets Fred at Pop's where a masked gunman arrives and demands Pop turn over his money. He then tells Fred to turn over his wallet at gunpoint. When Archie tries to intervene, the gunman shoots Fred.

Season 2[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
14 1 "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying"[41] Rob Seidenglanz[27] Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)[4] TBA TBD
15 2 "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks"[42] TBA Michael Grassi TBA TBA TBD
16 3 "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods"[43] TBA Ross Maxwell TBA TBA TBD
17 4 "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown"[44] TBA Amanda Lasher TBA TBA TBD
18 5 "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls"[45] TBA Aaron Allen TBA TBA TBD
19 6 "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"[46] TBA Tessa Leigh Williams & Arabella Anderson TBA TBA TBD


Warner Bros. began development on an Archie feature film in 2013, after a pitch from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore that would place Archie's gang into a teen comedy feature film in the John Hughes tradition.[47] Dan Lin and Roy Lee became producers on the project, which eventually stalled as priorities shifted at Warner Bros. towards larger tentpole films and was reimagined as a television series.[47] Riverdale was originally in development at Fox, with the network landing the project in 2014 with a script deal plus penalty.[48] However, Fox did not go forward with the project.

In 2015, the show's development was moved to The CW, which officially ordered a pilot on January 29, 2016. Filming of the pilot began on March 14 and ended on April 1.[49] Production on the remaining 12 episodes of season one began on September 7 in Vancouver.[50] Sets include Pop Tate's Chock'lit Shoppe, a copy of the functioning diner used in the pilot that is so realistic a truck driver parked his 18-wheeler there, believing that it was open.[51]

Casting Archie was a difficult process, with Aguirre-Sacasa stating "I think we literally saw every redheaded young guy in L.A. It certainly felt that way."[52] The production team found KJ Apa just three days before they had to present screen tests to the network, which created tension in the last few days leading up to the studio presentation.[52]

On March 7, 2017, The CW announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[53] Production of season two will return to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Principal photography began on June 22, 2017.[54][55]

On April 25, 2017, it was announced Mark Consuelos had signed on for the second season to play Veronica Lodge's father, Hiram Lodge.[56] The role was in second position to his existing role on Pitch but the cancellation of that series was announced on May 1, 2017.[57] On May 12, 2017, it was announced Charles Melton was cast to play Reggie in season 2 as Ross Butler was unavailable due to his status as a series regular on 13 Reasons Why.[19] It was also announced the same day that Casey Cott was promoted to a series regular.[58]

On July 14, 2017, it was announced that True Blood star Brit Morgan had been cast in the recurring role of Penny Peabody, an attorney the Southside Serpents call in case of any run-ins with the law.[59] On August 11, 2017, it was announced Graham Phillips had been cast to play Nick St. Clair, Veronica's ex-boyfriend from New York.[60][61]



Netflix acquired the exclusive international broadcast rights to Riverdale,[62] making the series available as an original series to its platform less than a day after their original U.S. broadcast.[63]


In July 2016, members of the cast and the executive producers attended San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming series, where they premiered the first episode "Chapter One: The River's Edge".[64] The first trailer for the series was released in early December 2016, while additional teasers followed later that month and into 2017.[65][66] The CW also sponsored multiple Tastemade videos, where they cooked several foods that are popular in the Archie universe.[67][68][69]

Comic-book adaptation[edit]

Along with heavily promoting the TV series in their regular comics since January 2017, Archie Comics are planning to release a comic book adaptation of Riverdale, featuring auxiliary story arcs set within the television series' own continuity. The comic book adaptation is being headed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa himself, along with various other writers from the show. Alongside a one-shot pilot issue, illustrated by Alitha Martinez, released in March 2017,[70] the first issue of the on-going Riverdale the comic book series is set to release starting April 2017.[71]

In addition to the adaptation, Archie Comics are releasing a series of compilation graphic novels branded under the title Road to Riverdale. This series features early issues from the New Riverdale reboot line, introducing the audience of the TV series to the regular on-going comic series that inspired it. Archie Comics plans to re-print the volumes of Road to Riverdale in subsequent months as digest magazines. The first volume was released in March 2017.[71]


Critical response[edit]

The first season of Riverdale has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a fresh rating of 89% based on 51 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive."[72] On Metacritic, the season has a normalized score of 67 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[73] Dave Nemetz of TVLine gave the series a "B+" saying that it turned, "out to be an artfully crafted, instantly engaging teen soap with loads of potential."[74]

Some writers have criticized the series for its handling of minority characters. While reviewing the first season, Kadeen Griffiths of Bustle declared "the show marginalizes and ignores the [people of color] in the cast to the point where they may as well not be there."[75] In an article for Vulture, Angelica Jade Bastien discussed the show's treatment of Josie and the Pussycats (who are each played by African Americans), noting, "They're not characters so much as they are a vehicle for a Message. Josie and her fellow pussycats are positioned to communicate the message that Riverdale is more modern and inclusive than teen dramas of the past, even though it has yet to prove it beyond its casting."[76] Monique Jones of Ebony noted, "Despite the show's multi-racial casting choices, it seems like Riverdale is still a mostly white town." She also expressed fondness for the relationship between Archie Andrews and Valerie Brown, but declared "Archie shouldn't be what makes Valerie interesting to us".[77]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
18–49 rating
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Thursday 9:00 pm 13 January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) 1.38[28] May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 0.96[40] 2016–17 154 1.69 0.7/2[26]
2 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22[27] October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11)[4] TBD TBA TBD 2017–18 TBD TBD TBD

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" January 26, 2017 0.5/2 1.38[28] 0.4 1.01 0.9 2.38[78]
2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" February 2, 2017 0.4/2 1.15[29] 0.4 0.76 0.8 1.91[79]
3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" February 9, 2017 0.5/2 1.20[30] N/A 0.71 N/A 1.90[80]
4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" February 16, 2017 0.4/1 1.14[31] 0.4 0.73 0.8 1.87[81]
5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" February 23, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[32] 0.4 0.71 0.7 1.69[82]
6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" March 2, 2017 0.4/1 1.09[33] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" March 9, 2017 0.4/1 1.03[34] 0.3 0.76 0.7 1.80[83]
8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" March 30, 2017 0.4/2 0.99[35] N/A 0.55 N/A 1.54[84]
9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" April 6, 2017 0.3/1 0.91[36] N/A 0.63 N/A 1.54[85]
10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" April 13, 2017 0.3/1 0.87[37] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.48[86]
11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" April 27, 2017 0.3/1 0.89[38] N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" May 4, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[39] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.56[87]
13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" May 11, 2017 0.4/2 0.96[40] N/A 0.56 N/A 1.52[88]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Riverdale Won [89]
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series KJ Apa Nominated
Breakthrough Performance KJ Apa Won [90]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Won [91]
Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse Won
Choice Breakout TV Show Riverdale Won
Choice Breakout TV Star K.J. Apa Nominated
Lili Reinhart Won
Choice TV Ship #BUGHEAD (Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse) Won
Choice Hissy Fit Madelaine Petsch Won
Choice Scene Stealer Camila Mendes Won


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