Ranking The Best Seasons of 'Riverdale'

All the seasons of Riverdale have been full of drama, but which seasons really stand out? After introducing viewers to Archie and the gang in season one, the characters faced several tough adversaries and complicated mysteries including The Black Hood and the Gargoyle King in later seasons. Some of the most memorable episodes of Riverdale come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Riverdale are, let's rank every Riverdale season from best to worst.

Riverdale is a CW series based on the characters of Archie Comics. Originally conceived as a film adaptation, it was reimagined as a series and premiered on The CW on January 26, 2017, and has quickly risen to become one of the network's most popular shows. With an ensemble cast that includes a mix of young stars like KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse with more seasoned performers such as Mädchen Amick, Skeet Ulrich, and the late Luke Perry, the familiar Archie Comics characters' interpersonal drama is interwoven with the crime and scandal that fills the small town of Riverdale.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Riverdale, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be tough to put one Riverdale season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like. And if you've finished every season, make sure to check out these other shows like Riverdale!

  • Riverdale - Season 1
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    The first season of Riverdale premiered on January 26, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Archie and the gang.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Chapter One: The River's Edge," "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend," and "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Veronica moves to town.
    • Cheryl makes an admission about Jason.
    • A gunman robs Pop's.
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  • Riverdale - Season 2
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    The second season of Riverdale premiered on October 11, 2017, and contains 22 episodes. This season focuses on the search for the gunman who robbed Pop's and changed Archie's life.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying," "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil," and "Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Ms. Grundy falls victim to The Black Hood.
    • Midge delivers a shocking performance in Carrie.
    • The Black Hood is revealed.
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  • Riverdale - Season 4
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    The fourth season of Riverdale premiered on October 9, 2019, and has 19 episodes instead of the planned 22, due to filming stopping during the pandemic. This season is the first not to include the character of Fred following Luke Perry's passing in 2019.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Chapter Sixty-Three: Hereditary," "Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam," and "Chapter Sixty: Dog Day Afternoon."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Jughead is offered a position at the prestigious Stonewall Prep.
    • Riverdale families receive videotapes of their houses being watched.
    • Chic proves his trust to Betty.
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  • Riverdale - Season 5
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    The fifth season of Riverdale premiered on January 20, 2021. This season starts with the final events around graduation before making a jump seven yeras into the future.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge," "Chapter Eighty-Two: Back to School," and "Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • The gang graduates and Archie struggles with his choices for the future.
    • Archie persuades Betty, Jughead, and Veronica to become temporary teachers at Riverdale High.
    • During her world tour, Josie McCoy disappears and returns to Riverdale.
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