10 Best Episodes of Riverdale - Season 3

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

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Riverdale - S3E11

#15 - Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia (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.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 671 votes.

Riverdale - S3E18

#14 - Chapter Fifty-Three: Jawbreaker (Season 3 - Episode 18)


When a tainted batch of fizzle rocks makes its way through Riverdale, Jughead and FP set out to find who’s responsible. After asking Veronica to help get him into an upcoming boxing tournament, Archie quickly learns he may be in over his head. Elsewhere, Betty makes one last attempt to rescue Alice from The Farm’s grip, and Toni becomes unsettled by a sudden change in Cheryl’s behavior.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 579 votes.

Riverdale - S3E17

#13 - Chapter Fifty-Two: The Raid (Season 3 - Episode 17)

As Betty enlists Cheryl’s help to infiltrate The Farm, Archie and Veronica help an ally from his past. Meanwhile, Jughead’s attempt to put a stop to Riverdale’s drug trade puts him on a collision course with Gladys. Finally, Hiram breaks some surprising news to Veronica.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 591 votes.

Riverdale - S3E3

#12 - Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below (Season 3 - Episode 3)


When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 820 votes.

Riverdale - S3E15

#11 - Chapter Fifty: American Dreams (Season 3 - Episode 15)

As Gladys prepares for FP’s 50th birthday party, Jughead questions his mom’s motives for returning to Riverdale. When an unexpected encounter brings Archie back into the world of G&G, Jughead and Betty devise a plan to help him face his past head-on. Finally, Cheryl and Toni find themselves at a crossroads, and Veronica reveals a damaging secret to Betty.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 612 votes.

Riverdale - S3E20

#10 - Chapter Fifty-Five: Prom Night (Season 3 - Episode 20)


Betty takes matters into her own hands after learning some unsettling news about her father. Mary grows concerned by Archie’s desire to take boxing to the next level. Elsewhere, Cheryl runs into a roadblock during her campaign for prom queen, while Jughead and Betty’s plan to confront the Gargoyle King takes an unexpected turn.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 557 votes.

Riverdale - S3E5

#9 - Chapter Forty: The Great Escape (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.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 796 votes.

Riverdale - S3E7

#8 - Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in Black (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.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 749 votes.

Riverdale - S3E6

#7 - Chapter Forty-One: Manhunter (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.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 733 votes.

Riverdale - S3E8

#6 - Chapter Forty-Three: Outbreak (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.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 735 votes.

Riverdale - S3E2

#5 - Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men's Eyes (Season 3 - Episode 2)

After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead and Betty team up to investigate Riverdale's latest mystery. As Archie navigates his new surroundings, Veronica devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. Elsewhere, when Moose decides to join the RROTC, Kevin worries he may be pulling away from him.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 872 votes.

Riverdale - S3E4

#4 - Chapter Thirty-Nine: The Midnight Club (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.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 835 votes.

Riverdale - S3E1

#3 - Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day (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.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 978 votes.

Riverdale - S3E22

#2 - Chapter Fifty-Seven: Survive the Night (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.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 599 votes.

Riverdale - S3E21

#1 - Chapter Fifty-Six: The Dark Secret of Harvest House (Season 3 - Episode 21)

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.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 570 votes.

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