Family, Horror, Soap
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.
Aired a year ago - May 11, 2017
Jughead finds himself in an unexpected situation; The truth about Blossoms' family business is revealed, leaving Cheryl to take matters into her own hands.
- That's good, right?
Forget it, I'll tell her.
Betty, I think it's important that we
hear from Riverdale's best and brightest.
but Jubilees aren't my thing.
It doesn't matter how many
Jubilees Mayor McCoy throws.
It was to have been the grandest
funeral in Riverdale history.
Actually, Hiram and I have talked,
The Jubilee, that's for the entire town.
And on my copy of Forever by Judy Blume.
Well, he can keep staying
with us, right, Dad?
He'll make it.
But yes, the prison thing, too.
trouble's just gonna keep
coming at you from all sides.
He and Fred? They will not get along.
I am scared for you,
Elizabeth, not of the truth.
Dad was keeping a secret
that almost destroyed us.
but you hide them from yourself.
And five months later,
your brother was born.
Hey, where are you? Have
you been getting my messages?
- Archie, be careful!
- Thank you.
- No problem.
The moment you're talking about,
called to tell me what
happened with Cheryl.
We are singing a song that
my boy, Archie Andrews, wrote.
Hey, I wanted to let you know that I...
I have to answer for my
part of it, you understand?
♪ I wanna share it with you ♪
And yet how do we thank
him? By banishing him.
she's no doubt sleeping soundly
in the arms of Prince Valium.
Aired a year ago - May 04, 2017
Archie and Veronica are shocked to learn of the arrest, and must come clean to their parents about what they uncovered; Jason's killer is revealed.
I bribed the Mayor
to get the drive-in land,
Not really. My mom's spiraling,
and I'm on the verge.
but at least
some good came out of it.
- Polly Cooper.
- So I would learn.
his sister was going to row
him across Sweetwater River,
And that's when you shot him and
stuffed him in the freezer.
I went to the station.
It's surreal, isn't it?
How's Jughead doing?
- I barely touched him.
wherever they go,
whatever they do.
about the Blossom
Wait, you mean about Great-Grandpappy
Cooper being murdered by a Blossom?
relatives by blood.
Polly, honey, are you okay?
because they were related.
who is Joaquin DeSantos?
Are you even sorry?
I mean, I was terrified.
I... I just assumed.
Betty, I saw my dad.
We're waiting to see
a time of death,
I'm gonna miss you, Preppy...
Why were he and Daddy arguing?
There's the sticky,
dark, dirty truth.
Nancy Drew strikes again.
on the night of his arrest,
I'm sorry, Mom,
Aired a year ago - Apr 27, 2017
Cheryl and Polly decide to attend the Homecoming in Jason's honor, until a revelation waylays their plans; Alice turns to Archie and Veronica for help.
Me, I can barely string
two sentences together,
Most things are both.
- We spent the night.
- We crashed, in separate beds.
Ladies, I need you to
look around the room.
Conspiring about what?
by all rights, it should've been Polly
and Jason on that stage being crowned.
to find anything that links FP to Jason.
What, with all the
exploring you've been doing.
[CLEARS THROAT] Plates are spinning...
When I invited Jughead,
he seemed so excited.
Let me guess. Pepperoni and red pepper?
We both want to hear you play,
if that's still happening.
No, dude, I'm telling
you, something has shifted.
Legend has it that Clifford's
hair turned white overnight.
The only way your mom
could have that ring
Betty tells me that you're
working for Fred Andrews now.
were you upset when Hiram
Lodge bought the drive-in land?
nor our lineage.
Your mom ever tell you about that night?
This was such a nice idea, Mom,
We'll switch... I'll take
the bedroom this time.
and Archie Andrews is there with
a smile and a sports metaphor."
No, of course. Take
your time. Thank you.
And hell, you know what happens to
people like us in Riverdale, Jug.
I just kind of wanna figure
something out together.
I don't think that's an actual word.
Actually, Principal Weatherbee,
will you do the honors?
♪ We're the kids in America whoa-oh ♪
♪ We're the kids in America whoa-oh ♪
♪ There's a new wave
coming, I warn you ♪
I'm sorry, Bee, but you know FP had
some kind of arrangement with my dad.
- Why would you guys do that?
- My mom put them up to it.
I'm no killer.
You are not going anywhere, young lady.
Aired a year ago - Apr 13, 2017
Fred decides to finalize his divorce; Archie plans to win Valerie back; Betty plans a surprise birthday party for Jughead, until Cheryl spirals things out of control.
Why don't you tell her? You were there.
But you should still come with us.
Kid's never even had a
party, never wanted one...
Okay, so I'm thinking a quaint
gathering, inner-circle only.
And I bet it would mean so
much to Jughead if you came.
I sure did, and I wish I hadn't.
One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight.
Consider this your last
practice as River Vixens,
That is our concern, yes.
Ooh. That's where you're
wrong, Jughead Jones.
not to mention my mom's,
I'm in a foul mood.
♪ Happy birthday to you ♪
Said he would destroy my mom if I
didn't make a statement on his behalf.
Why is everything so doom
and gloom with you, Jug?
- What does that mean?
- It means
- You here to roofie me again?
- No, Chuck,
I didn't plan on Chuck and Cheryl,
- To prove what?
- You're a great girlfriend.
or until Archie changes his mind
I'll start the game with Veronica Lodge.
And as you got older, Jason started
to think it was strange, unnatural.
Don't get in the gutter with them.
Everybody knows why I got suspended.
Why did you?
Veronica, why do I keep doing this?
but we wouldn't have met,
And would you describe
my father as a good man?
And I'm ready to go on record
Aired a year ago - Apr 06, 2017
Archie receives an offer from Cheryl; Veronica befriends a classmate that her father's illegal doings has hurt; Alice prepares for revenge on the Blossoms.
If music be the food of love,
But all my screaming was for naught.
All right, sure.
But she did transfer schools.
Did she tell you her
Say you'll reconsider escorting
my daughter to the tapping.
I told her I'd take Cheryl
Archibald! Come join us
before the snow starts again.
Mom, they're being
kicked out of their house,
Do you remember what
she did at the funeral?
we are the anonymous buyers.
So you have dragged me into a war
The music academy, you mean?
I'm an Andrews, Mr.
Blossom, like you said.
That doesn't make any
sense. That's not Polly.
Enough about Polly.
And she didn't call to tell me.
thinking how you would look magnificent
And I still wear these
pearls he gave me.
to the maple banquet with me tomorrow,
The Blossoms tried to run
our business into the ground.
including taking Polly.
Uh, before we do that...
But I'll tell you what,
If you have to ask,
Don't think they're
being nice or genuine.
You know, I'm going
to be honest with you.
He's the reason Dad did this to himself.
sometimes I think you may be the
only decent person left in Riverdale.
I am so close to getting that land back.
Because he tried to kill himself...
CHERYL: Archie Andrews,
"What if this is it?
Aired a year ago - Mar 30, 2017
Archie and his friends pitch in to help Fred, but when one of them is attacked, they come up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory.
An impossible situation is being invited
Oh, my God, you guys, relax.
No, Vic, I can't.
Because I think it's an amazing idea.
Cliff Blossom made my crew an offer
they couldn't refuse so they walked.
We've got equipment sitting there,
supplies, bills that are past due.
But I do not want to fight with her.
If they find out your father is the one
bleed him out.
Until you find a new crew.
Help keep things on schedule.
I want my family back together.
So if having his back means I gotta
haul some rocks, then bring it on.
If this was Clifford Blossom
asking for help, you would say yes.
'Cause we don't know that for a fact.
Jughead, are you coming with me or not?
We figured it was the Serpents, angry
for getting kicked off their land,
♪ Our house ♪
Let me begin with an apology.
sorry for your troubles.
Great-grandfather Blossom used to
play with it. Isn't it magnificent?
Why is your own daughter
not living with you?
I never wanted you to
feel alone, or unwanted,
That I shouldn't have
to live with my mistake.
I tried, my whole life, to build stuff.
and what if that kid hates music,
What a mess.
Anything else you wanna ask?
That you offered to pay for?
Because of exactly what
is happening right now.
And I think, by now, you
know what I'm capable of.
We're gonna need that
inside line with the Sheriff.
Aired a year ago - Mar 09, 2017
New rumors swirl when a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed; Cheryl approaches Betty with an unexpected proposal.
Right, well, exactly.
Don't tell her, either.
Please. What decade is this?
They're the first people
that he would tell.
Between the two of us, I think we
can really make this thing happen.
Letting me be a River Vixen again?
Cheryl just tweeted
That's generous of him, after
all the crap he pulled on me.
and some dim-witted,
sexy, disposable arm-candy.
You think if I knew that, I'd
be out here with the mosquitoes?
I don't know if I can do this.
is pregnant with Jason Blossom's baby.
It's okay. I'm alone.
Polly, everyone's worried sick,
Mom, Dad, when we find Polly,
So don't trust me. Watch me like a hawk.
We're all on the same team now.
Senior Year, he started a band,
You know, if I'd have known, I
would have gotten another milkshake.
Really? When? Right now?
Our houses, our cars, our
club memberships, our yacht,
Did something happen between you two?
Made me sign a paper saying the bail
money was him buying me out of the company.
Where is Polly staying now?
Are you ready to roll, Jugs?
Veronica, did your mom cut you off?
I'm already way ahead in all my classes.
you forced him out of the
company he helped found.
So I need to make certain decisions
Weatherbee also allowed me
I didn't do it, Betty,
you have to believe me.
Yeah, I had him tear
down some drywall for me.
like they did your old
man? Well, screw that.
I just need a little time to do that.
Aired a year ago - Mar 02, 2017
With Riverdale High’s annual variety show around the corner, Valerie’s efforts to help Archie prepare for his big performance lead to some major fallout between her and Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead’s investigation into Jason’s death brings
them to a home for troubled youth and face-to-face with Polly. Just as her relationship with her mother was on the upswing, an unexpected betrayal sends Veronica spiraling, while Josie deals with her own pressures at home after her overbearing father returns for her performance at the variety show. Finally, Hermoine’s first day at Andrew’s Construction finds her and Fred growing closer.
Excuse me. Sorry, I gotta go.
- To help me get my sea legs.
- Have you met Josie?
It's been months.
We all did.
What is up with you today, J?
Or with Archie.
Last time I fired
someone, it was not good.
Maybe you could be my co-host.
But not more skinny
and beautiful than you.
Do you wanna talk about it?
We can go somewhere and talk.
May I see some identification?
I should've, but Mom and
Dad... They stopped...
Oh, he was so happy, Betty.
Does he know that I'm here?
I met Josie and Melody when we
were all working at Power Records.
So, Myles, you being a
professional jazz man,
Well, I figure as long as the kids are
havin' fun, that's the point, right?
You hated Jason, and now Polly
is pregnant with his baby.
Myles, Fred Andrews is a working
man who lives in the real world.
I caught my mom and Fred
Andrews in an intimate moment.
Dad, if I tank at the
Variety Show, would you...
- Mom, I've been thinking...
I was gonna apologize to you.
I'm betting you can negotiate new terms.
They're parents. They're all crazy.
Why didn't you tell
me your dad was coming?
Co-lead. And only on the bridge.
♪ I feel love ♪
That was Josie and the Pussycats!
♪ Are you just gonna walk away? ♪
♪ Back this way ♪
Aired a year ago - Feb 23, 2017
With Jason’s funeral around the corner, the Blossom family moves forward with last minute preparations – and a secret agenda. Meanwhile, Archie’s attempt to refocus his energy on football comes to a halt when an opportunity to work with a new music
mentor presents itself. Betty dives deeper into her investigation of Jason’s death and unearths some dark revelations about her family. Elsewhere, after uncovering secrets about her own family, Veronica forms an unlikely friendship with Cheryl, who is having a tougher time with Jason’s impending funeral than she lets on. Finally, Hermoine turns to Fred for help after receiving a cryptic message from the Southside Serpents.
Absolutely, it's a date.
Oh, there's nothing to tell.
You wanna meet him?
Hey, try to remember, she
is burying her brother.
Talk to me about your music.
Where are your sheets?
People with grudges against us,
Were you guys close?
And all this started after
Jason and Polly got together?
Right, Josie and the
Pussycats. Oh, I'm a big fan.
She didn't say anything.
Your sheets are sloppy, rushed.
How is he, by the way?
I didn't even get a
chance to say goodbye.
Everything with Jason's been so...
You are only going to make things worse.
Jason convinced me we had
to combine them into one.
Under the mattresses,
maybe in the drawers,
Your wedding was the last
thing I was living for.
there will be no more River Vixens.
You have a band backing you
up, Val. It's not that easy...
That is none of your business.
And one day great-grandfather Blossom
Aired a year ago - Feb 16, 2017
When Jughead learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately to keep it open. Betty finds her friendship with Archie on the line after stumbling upon some startling information she’s uncovered about
Miss Grundy’s past. Elsewhere, Veronica confronts her mother Hermoine about a suspicious meeting she witnessed between her mother and a shady Southside Serpent. Finally, after uncovering Betty’s diary, Alice finds the perfect opportunity to destroy Archie’s golden boy image.
Aired a year ago - Jan 26, 2017
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same.
- ...and I'd go home, write them down.
- You don't like reading poetry.
- Both of us. Together.
- We're sophomores.
Hey, Dad. First day of school
and I'm already late.
I mean, just think of your poor sister.
Riverdale High first opened its doors
in 1941, and...
The Pussycats are building a brand.
In that case, mind putting in a word?
I've tried every flavor of boy but orange.
Which is why I've asked the school board
not to cancel the back-to-school semi-formal.
We're civil. How about you?
Of the secrets we hold
This year, it's all about Cheryl trying
to win the Best Supporting Psycho Oscar...
Well, you're a total smoke show now,
I mean it.
There is no one else I can take lessons from.
Believe me. I've looked.
Who's lighting fireworks
at 6 in the morning?
Well, you haven't seen our big finish yet.
- It didn't end well.
- In fact...
Why did...? Why did you defend me?
So when my mom said
we were moving to Riverdale...
But it's my mom who broke her.
No, I'm not really in the headspace
for a dance.
I made the cheerleading squad.
You think so?
What have you done?
Multiple secrets, actually.
And maybe we could have done something...
Did that go okay?
So do you miss New York?
Ronnie, what is it?
What are you working on?
...whatever happened, just talk to her, man.