Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life—the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Season 01 , Episode 1 Riverdale reels from the tragic death of Jason Blossom, a high school student; new student Veronica Lodge arrives in town; Cheryl Blossom stirs up trouble among the others while keeping a few secrets of her own.
Season 01 , Episode 2 Archie implores Miss Grundy to share what they overheard at Sweetwater River after details of Jason’s death are revealed; Betty hopes to fix her friendship with Archie, but undertakes a different tact with Veronica, who wants to make amends for her actions. Cheryl deals with the pressure of rumors about her brother’s death; and tensions boil over when Jughead uncovers a secret about Archie. Meanwhile, fall pep-rally plans are scheduled to include an appearance by Josie and the Pussycats.
Season 01 , Episode 3 New information about Jason’s death is uncovered and Cheryl comes under suspicion; a difficult decision leads to strain on Archie’s relationship with Miss Grundy; and Betty revives the school newspaper and seeks Jughead’s help in looking into the death. Meanwhile, Veronica and Ethel hear rumors of a “shame book” written by the school’s football players; and, after getting grounded, Archie looks for a way out to attend an event where Josie and the Pussycats are to perform a song he cowrote.
Season 01 , Episode 4 Jughead discovers an anonymous buyer for the drive-in plans to tear it down and launches a battle to keep it open; Betty’s friendship with Archie takes a hit after she uncovers shocking information about Miss Grundy’s past. Meanwhile, Veronica confronts her mother about a suspicious meeting between her and a shady Southside Serpent; and after uncovering Betty’s diary, Alice seizes the opportunity to destroy Archie’s golden-boy image.
Season 01 , Episode 5 The Blossom family prepares for Jason’s funeral, but do so with a secret agenda in mind; Archie sacks football after an opportunity to work with a new music mentor arises; Betty intensifies her investigation into Jason’s death and uncovers unsettling revelations about her family. Meanwhile, Veronica forms an unlikely friendship with Cheryl; and Hermoine seeks help from Fred after receiving a cryptic message from the Southside Serpents.