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The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale' 

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There are so many good episodes of Riverdale, but which ones really stand out? Do you like “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" the best, or is "Chapter Forty-Four: No Exit" your favorite episode of Riverdale? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Riverdale are, let's rank every Riverdale episode from best to worst.

Riverdale is an American teen drama based on the characters of Archie Comics. Riverdale premiered on The CW on January 26, 2017. Archie Comics released a series of graphic novels in accompaniment to the show’s premiere. With a passionate fanbase and a cast that references the shows and pop culture influences just as much as the movie title-influenced episode names themes, the series has remained comfortably over 80% on Rotten Tomatoes each season.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Riverdale, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Riverdale episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. Once you've finished voting (and watching!), make sure to check out these other shows like Riverdale!

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Chapter Thirty-Nine: The... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: November 7, 2018

Season 3, Episode 4

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.

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Chapter Fifty-Eight: In ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: October 9, 2019

Season 4, Episode 1

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.

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Chapter Fifty-Seven: Sur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: May 15, 2019

Season 3, Episode 22

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.

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Chapter Thirty-Four: Jud... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: May 9, 2018

Season 2, Episode 21

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.

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Chapter One: The River's... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: January 26, 2017

Season 1, Episode 1

As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same.

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Chapter Thirty-Six: Labo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: October 10, 2018

Season 3, Episode 1

As the jury begins deliberations in his murder trial, Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly brings up some dark secrets she’s kept hidden. Veronica pleads with Hiram to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.

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Chapter Thirteen: The Sw... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: May 11, 2017

Season 1, Episode 13

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.

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Chapter Fifty-One: Big F... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: March 20, 2019

Season 3, Episode 16

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,

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Chapter Forty: The Great... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: November 14, 2018

Season 3, Episode 5

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.

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Chapter Twelve: Anatomy ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: May 4, 2017

Season 1, Episode 12

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.

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Chapter Thirty-One: A Ni... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: April 18, 2018

Season 2, Episode 18

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.

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Chapter Twenty-Two: Sile... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: December 13, 2017

Season 2, Episode 9

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.

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Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: October 11, 2017

Season 2, Episode 1

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.

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Chapter Forty-Six: The R... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: January 30, 2019

Season 3, Episode 11

After one of their own becomes the target of an unseen assailant, the gang works together to get to the bottom of Riverdale's latest mystery. Meanwhile, Betty works with a surprising ally to piece together clues about a series of deaths in the town. Elsewhere, a spiraling Archie sets out on a new path, while Jughead comes face to face with Ms. Mulwray, Hiram's alleged mistress.

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Chapter Forty-One: Manhu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: November 28, 2018

Season 3, Episode 6

After confronting the parents, who were part of “The Midnight Club” twenty-five years ago, Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is. Meanwhile, Veronica’s attempt to prove Archie’s innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin for help making things right.

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Chapter Four: The Last P... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: February 16, 2017

Season 1, Episode 4

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.

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Chapter Thirty-Five: Bra... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: May 16, 2018

Season 2, Episode 22

With Fred trailing in the polls, Archie steps in to lend a hand in his dad’s mayoral campaign. Veronica stays one step ahead after uncovering Hiram’s latest scheme. Elsewhere, Cheryl finalizes her emancipation from her mother, while FP makes a surprising announcement to Jughead and the Serpents. Finally, Betty confronts her darkest demons.

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Chapter Forty-Nine: Fire... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: March 6, 2019

Season 3, Episode 14

Betty takes matters into her own hands when she learns that The Farm has set their sights on someone in her inner circle. Meanwhile, when Hiram and Gladys’ control over Veronica becomes too much to handle, she sets a plan in motion to turn the tables on them. Elsewhere, Archie grows concerned about a young runaway he meets at the gym, while Jughead struggles to maintain control over the Serpents.

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Chapter Seven: In a Lone... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: March 9, 2017

Season 1, Episode 7

When a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed, new rumors begin to swirl as to who was really behind Jason's murder. Tensions build when Jughead's father returns to the fray and it's revealed that he and Fred have some unresolved issues between them. Meanwhile, Veronica takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione. Cheryl approaches Betty with an unexpected proposal that leaves Betty torn.

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Chapter Sixty-Five: In T... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: December 4, 2019

Season 4, Episode 8

As residents across Riverdale begin receiving more mysterious videotapes on their doorsteps, the seniors of Riverdale High eagerly await their college decision letters. Concerned that the stress may be getting to them, Mrs. Burble, the school's guidance counselor, meets with Betty, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl and Jughead to discuss what's plaguing them.

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Chapter Forty-Five: The ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: January 23, 2019

Season 3, Episode 10

With SAT’s around the corner, Alice and FP urge Jughead and Betty to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.

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Chapter Twenty: Tales fr... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: November 29, 2017

Season 2, Episode 7

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.

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Chapter Forty-Two: The M... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: December 5, 2018

Season 3, Episode 7

Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake. Meanwhile, after Alice takes extreme measures to ensure Betty’s safety from the Gargoyle King, Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past. Finally, after learning that La Bonne Nuit is in trouble, Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.

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Chapter Forty-Four: No E... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: January 16, 2019

Season 3, Episode 9

With Riverdale in disarray following Hiram’s takeover, Veronica leads the charge against her father after he takes aim at La Bonne Nuit. Meanwhile, as Betty reluctantly houses the group of patients who escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, Jughead confronts a group of desperate Serpents, who have resorted to drastic measures to make ends meet. Finally, Archie is forced to face his demons.

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Chapter Forty-Three: Out... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Riverdale'

Original Airing: December 12, 2018

Season 3, Episode 8

On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead and Archie head to Toledo to visit Jughead’s mother Gladys and sister Jellybean. Back in Riverdale, Betty inches closer to uncovering the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles, while Veronica and Cheryl take on Hiram, Hermoine and Penelope after more students fall victim to seizures.