10 Worst Episodes of Riverdale

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 - S5E11

#10 - Chapter Eighty-Seven: Strange Bedfellows (Season 5 - Episode 11)

In the aftermath of the prison break at Hiram's jail, Archie leads the charge to round up the remaining convicts on the loose. Tabitha reaches out for Betty's help when she realizes Jughead is missing. When Penelope re-enters the fold, Cheryl becomes suspicious of her true intentions.

The episode was rated 6.78 from 235 votes.

Riverdale - S6E2

#9 - Chapter Ninety-Seven: Ghost Stories (Season 6 - Episode 2)


A vengeful spirit from folklore, la Llorona arrives in Rivervale to terrorize the rainy town. Betty and Toni find themselves in the specter's path and must seek Cheryl’s help to protect the children in Rivervale, including Baby Anthony. Meanwhile, Jughead and Tabitha, along with Veronica and Reggie, experience their own hauntings that begin to put a strain on their respective relationships.

The episode was rated 6.67 from 184 votes.

Riverdale - S6E17

#8 - Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: American Psychos (Season 6 - Episode 17)

In order to catch the Trash Bag Killer once and for all, Betty devises a plan to hold a serial killer convention in Riverdale. Elsewhere, Cheryl receives some news about Toni and Fangs that sends her spiraling, while Archie and Tabitha try to loosen the grip Percival has over his workers.

The episode was rated 6.66 from 131 votes.

Riverdale - S6E1

#7 - Chapter Ninety-Six: Welcome to Rivervale (Season 6 - Episode 1)


Following the explosion that ended Season Five, a new day dawns in the town of RiverVALE, where everything is as it should be. Veronica and Reggie are now the town's power couple, while Jughead and Tabitha move in together. But with Cheryl demanding a return to the "old ways," this serenity will surely not last. And how could Archie and Betty possibly have survived?

The episode was rated 6.63 from 224 votes.

Riverdale - S6E4

#6 - Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s) (Season 6 - Episode 4)

As Bailey's Comet passes over Rivervale, Cheryl and Nana Rose revisit the tragic stories of the Blossom women through the years. Meanwhile, the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event prompts Cheryl to summon a familiar face to Rivervale - Sabrina Spellman.

The episode was rated 6.55 from 192 votes.

Riverdale - S6E3

#5 - Chapter Ninety-Eight: Mr. Cypher (Season 6 - Episode 3)


After being visited by a mysterious figure who arrives in Rivervale, the gang find themselves faced with unexpected ultimatums.

The episode was rated 6.50 from 181 votes.

Riverdale - S3E16

#4 - Chapter Fifty-One: Big Fun (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,

The episode was rated 6.32 from 637 votes.

Riverdale - S5E15

#3 - Chapter Ninety-One: The Return of the Pussycats (Season 5 - Episode 15)


After going MIA during the middle of her world tour, mega-star Josie McCoy returns to Riverdale unexpectedly. But it's not until she reunites with her former bandmates Valerie and Melody, that she opens up about the real reason why she's back. Elsewhere, Veronica gets creative after a surprise visit from her old friend Alexandra Cabot. Finally, Toni steps in to help Tabitha and Veronica land a deal.

The episode was rated 6.22 from 214 votes.

Riverdale - S4E17

#2 - Chapter Seventy-Four: Wicked Little Town (Season 4 - Episode 17)

Kevin decides to revive Riverdale High’s tradition of hosting a variety show. But when Mr. Honey forbids him from performing a number from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” Kevin and the gang rally against their principal turning the variety show into a full-fledged musical that reflects the students’ inner lives and struggles. And amidst all the drama, one forbidden “showmance” begins to blossom.

The episode was rated 5.95 from 435 votes.

Riverdale - S5E18

#1 - Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal (Season 5 - Episode 18)


Refusing to accept what's going on around her, Alice creates an imaginary musical fantasy world in which the Coopers are one big happy family again. But as her mother continues to spiral, Betty does her best to pull her back to reality.

The episode was rated 5.02 from 230 votes.

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