10 Best Episodes of Riverdale - Season 5

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 - S5E16

#15 - Chapter Ninety-Two: Band of Brothers (Season 5 - Episode 16)

After hearing some unexpected news about his former commanding officer, Archie opens up to Uncle Frank about his time in the Army. Veronica comes up with a clever way to raise funds after Chad calls the SEC on her. Finally, Cheryl and Kevin attempt to take control of the ministry, and Jughead goes on an apology tour.

The episode was rated 6.85 from 205 votes.

Riverdale - S5E19

#14 - Chapter Ninety-Five: RIVERDALE: RIP (?) (Season 5 - Episode 19)


As the gang pick up the pieces after a rough year back in Riverdale, an incident at Pop's forces them to make a difficult decision about the future of the town.

The episode was rated 7.02 from 193 votes.

Riverdale - S5E10

#13 - Chapter Eighty-Six: The Pincushion Man (Season 5 - Episode 10)

While preparing for the school's Parent-Teacher night, Archie is caught off guard when his former Army General shows up in Riverdale with some unexpected news. Cheryl pushes back after hearing that Hiram and Reggie have expressed interest in taking over the Blossom maple groves. Jughead's unconventional way to get through a case of writer's block causes Tabitha to be concerned for his safety. Finally, Betty and Alice receive some unexpected visitors.

The episode was rated 7.05 from 265 votes.

Riverdale - S5E14

#12 - Chapter Ninety: The Night Gallery (Season 5 - Episode 14)


Cheryl enlists the help of Archie, Kevin, Fangs and Reggie after she learns there is palladium underneath her maple groves. Meanwhile, Betty and Alice confront a trucker who may have been involved in Polly's disappearance. Elsewhere, Jughead and Archie each confront events from their past.

The episode was rated 7.06 from 210 votes.

Riverdale - S5E8

#11 - Chapter Eighty-Four: Lock & Key (Season 5 - Episode 8)

A big announcement forces everyone to take stock of their current lives. Cheryl sets a risky plan in motion after learning some surprising news about Toni. Jughead tries to make sense of a strange encounter he had. Kevin and Fangs make a big decision about their future together.

The episode was rated 7.09 from 267 votes.

Riverdale - S5E9

#10 - Chapter Eighty-Five: Destroyer (Season 5 - Episode 9)


After the Bulldogs lose several football games, Archie and Veronica come up with a plan to boost school spirit. Jughead turns his attention to a student who he thinks might need his help. Betty seeks guidance from Cheryl after being faced with a difficult decision to make. Finally, Kevin is forced to face a dark moment from his past.

The episode was rated 7.12 from 250 votes.

Riverdale - S5E7

#9 - Chapter Eighty-Three: Fire in the Sky (Season 5 - Episode 7)

Following in his Grandpa Artie's footsteps, Archie begins to recruit Riverdale's new volunteer fire department. Toni's attempt to lure Cheryl out of Thornhill and back into daily life in Riverdale leads to more tension between the two. Elsewhere, Betty, Alice and Kevin's latest investigation leads them into conflict with Hiram. Finally, as Veronica comes up with a risky plan to support Riverdale's local businesses, Jughead and Tabitha begin to unravel an old mystery surrounding some strange sightings in the town.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 270 votes.

Riverdale - S5E17

#8 - Chapter Ninety-Three: Dance of Death (Season 5 - Episode 17)


After learning that a friend has gone missing, Tabitha enlists help from Jughead and Betty to investigate the disappearance. Penelope plants doubt in Kevin's mind, which leads him to confront Cheryl about the ministry. Finally, an explosion at the mines leaves several lives hanging in the balance.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 198 votes.

Riverdale - S5E4

#7 - Chapter Eighty: Purgatorio (Season 5 - Episode 4)

After spending seven years away from Riverdale, Archie returns to find the town is now under Hiram Lodge's grip and on the verge of becoming a ghost town. When Toni catches him up on what's been going on, Archie reaches out to the rest of the gang to return home.

The episode was rated 7.24 from 299 votes.

Riverdale - S5E2

#6 - Chapter Seventy-Eight: The Preppy Murders (Season 5 - Episode 2)


Betty and Jughead's investigation into the auteur takes a twisted turn after receiving a call from Bret. Meanwhile, Archie is forced to make an impossible decision when the person responsible for his father's death needs his help. Elsewhere, Veronica and Hermosa come up with a plan to force Hiram into early retirement, and Cheryl makes a business move.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 298 votes.

Riverdale - S5E12

#5 - Chapter Eighty-Eight: Citizen Lodge (Season 5 - Episode 12)

Hiram shares with Reggie his origin story and how he went from a young Jaime Luna to the powerful kingpin of Riverdale. Elsewhere, Reggie reflects on his relationship with his father.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 231 votes.

Riverdale - S5E6

#4 - Chapter Eighty-Two: Back To School (Season 5 - Episode 6)


Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead prepare for their first day as Riverdale High's newest teachers. Veronica introduces her husband Chad to the group after he shows up unexpectedly in Riverdale. After realizing they are out of funds, Archie and Toni turn to Cheryl for help restarting the football and cheer teams. Finally, Betty, Kevin and Alice follow a lead after learning that Polly may be in trouble.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 280 votes.

Riverdale - S5E5

#3 - Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming (Season 5 - Episode 5)

Toni, Alice, Archie and Kevin fight to keep Riverdale High's doors open after learning that its budget had been cut by Hiram Lodge. Veronica gets creative when she discovers Chad is having her followed. Jughead starts a new job after debt collectors show up in Riverdale.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 289 votes.

Riverdale - S5E1

#2 - Chapter Seventy-Seven: Climax (Season 5 - Episode 1)


Betty and Jughead's investigation into the auteur leads them to the discovery of a secret underground for red-band screenings. Elsewhere, in order to impress the visiting Naval Academy Commandant, Archie agrees to participate in a boxing exhibition against another candidate - KO Kelly. Meanwhile, as Cheryl prepares for prom, she stumbles upon a major secret that Toni's been keeping from her.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 346 votes.

Riverdale - S5E3

#1 - Chapter Seventy-Nine: Graduation (Season 5 - Episode 3)

With Graduation Day around the corner, the gang consider their next steps beyond Riverdale High. Archie learns whether he will be able to graduate with his classmates. FP makes a difficult decision about his and Jellybean's future.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 297 votes.

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