Riverdale: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive.



Critic Ratings: 62


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User Ratings: 1966

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Air date: Jan 26, 2017

Premiere of a drama based on characters from the Archie comic-books series is set in Riverdale, where aspiring musician Archie deals with life, love and high school.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2017

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.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2017

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.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2017

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.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2017

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.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2017

Valerie helps Archie prepare for his performance in the school's annual variety show, which doesn't sit well with Josie; Betty and Jughead's investigation leads to a home for troubled youth and a face-to-face with Polly; Veronica's improving relationship with her mother takes a hit after an unexpected betrayal. Also, Josie deals with her own issues at home after her overbearing father returns to see her perform at the variety show; and Hermoine begins work at Andrew's Construction.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2017

The destruction of an important piece of evidence triggers new speculation as to whom murdered Jason; things intensify when Jughead's father gets back into the fray, which reveals unsolved issues between him and Fred. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of her fight with Hermione, Veronica decides to take matters into her own hands; and Cheryl makes an unexpected proposal to Betty.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2017

On the verge of starting a construction job, Fred loses his crew, which could jeopardize his livelihood, so Archie rounds up his friends to pitch in and help, but things don't go well. With his secret exposed, Jughead worries about how his friends will take it; Betty and Veronica consider throwing a baby shower for Polly, who is apprehensive in light of knowing how everyone feels.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2017

A reluctant Archie has an ulterior motive for agreeing to escort Cheryl to her family's official start of maple-syrup tapping, where he picks up information about Betty's sister; Veronica attempts to be nice and befriends a classmate whose father's illegal doings cause problems; Hermione wrestles with telling Fred the truth. Meanwhile, Alice plots revenge on the Blossoms with the help of her two daughters.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2017

Archie hides his true feelings when his father plans to finalize the divorce from Archie's Mom, and later tries to win back Valerie with a romantic evening. However, Betty impacts the plan by throwing a surprise birthday party for Jughead, and once Cheryl gets wind of the event, she tries to make it interesting, but things quickly get out of control. Meanwhile, Veronica considers whether to participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released.

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The characters and setting of the long-running "Archie" comic series get a modern, neo-noir update in the premiere season of The CW's teen drama-mystery series. The events following the murder of a beloved classmate prompt Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the rest of Riverdale's residents to take a closer look at the scandals and secrets lurking under the seemingly wholesome, all-American surface of their hometown. Starring Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, K.J. Apa and Lili Reinhart.

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Critic Reviews for Riverdale Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (30)

Riverdale, an enjoyable and moody teen series for adults who love teen series, a group of which I consider myself a member, is a fascinating splash in the ongoing remake deluge.

Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Riverdale can be overwrought at times and even too transparently politically correct at others. But it's also crisply entertaining and particularly well-cast with respect to the pivotal roles.

Jan 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[It's] a lot of fun, but what I like most so far is that Betty's much more than a ponytail, Veronica's not nearly as spoiled as I remember, and together they're navigating friendship and romantic rivalry in what I'd like to think are 21st century ways.

Jan 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Well done, but formulaic. Nevertheless, a long run seems assured.

Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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There are so many interesting storylines in the first season. The plot keeps getting wilder and more bizarre throughout the season. People will be surprised once they see where it's all heading.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale looks like it'll be a nice place to visit for a few seasons.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale demonstrates what progress in media should look like-experimental, well-intentioned, and willing to take risks.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

And within that power comes strength and empathy, which is really the underlying message behind the bonds of the women on Riverdale and what makes the show what it is.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

To wit: Riverdale is not a masterpiece. But, I like it.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Still relatively fresh out of Shortland Street, K. J. Apa makes a fairly convincing American teen heartthrob; his new accent holds up pretty well, though he is a boy of few words compared to the other characters.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

If you love a good mystery, enjoy the tension of love triangles heartbreak, and sexual awakening, and think you can solve the mystery of "Who killed Jason Blossom?" then you will adore "Riverdale."

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The result is a smart teen drama that manages to tackle current social issues while simultaneously weaving in a pretty creepy mystery.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riverdale: Season 1

  • Nov 21, 2020
    This show is remarkable, from Bughead to Varchie. From The Black Hood to The Gargoyle King. From the Farm to Jug faking his death for those Stonewall Preppies. This show gets more hate than it deserves. It has funny moments (My favorite is when Chic tells Alice that Betty has been intimate with Jughead) it has its heartbreaking moments (Fred's death) and it has it's WOW moments (like when we discovered that Hal was the Black hood or when Charles was revealed to be Chic's lover.) This show is beautiful and yes it has it's terrible moments (Cheryl keeping Jason's dead body in Thornhill and The dreaded musical episodes) but this show is great for the most part and it's hate is undeserved.
  • Nov 15, 2020
    Riverdale season 1 was definitely one of the best season in riverdale, if not the best. I don't mean riverdale season 1 was that great. I just mean compared to the rest. It's a teen CW show so you can expect a lot of unnecessary sex scenes. The characters supposed to be in high school, but they do not look at all like teenagers. Almost all the boys have abs and there's one fat girl. I think it would've been better if there were 13 episodes.
  • Oct 18, 2020
    This is the type of show I turn on while I clean my room or fold laundry. Its anticlimactic and just straight up boring. The only thing I liked about it was the crime and how they solved it.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    Twisted and a lot of fun. Most of the cast is great but Reinhart steals the show.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Honestly, I don't get why people love this show so much. I'd heard all good things about it, so I watched the first season, and it was all I could do to get through it. The only thing that kept me coming back was to find out who had committed the murder. The mystery was good. Most of the characters, less so. It felt like every single adult (with the exception of Archie's dad) was a twisted, unlikeable, emotionally manipulative or outright abusive jerk. No wonder all the kids were so messed up. Everything was just...too over the top to me. I mean, it's set in the modern day, but Veronica and her pearls? "Archiekins?" (Ugh) They sent Polly to a nunnery, ffs? It felt like the show tried too hard to have a modern setting but still cling to the old Archie comics settings and tropes of that time period, and for me it didn't work. If they'd just let it be truly modern, I would have bought into it and maybe enjoyed it. But I could never put aside the eye-rolling, outdated stuff. It got on my nerves. As far as the teenagers' characterization... Jughead was my favorite, prob because he was the most down-to-earth real person in the whole show. Archie was one of my least favorites...I mean, what did he actually do through the whole season? The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set in this same general universe and holy moly, that show is so much better, so much more believable, and it's a show about witches and magic, for crying out loud! That it's more believable than this one...that's saying something.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    This was such an intriguing season with many interesting sub plots and creative situations.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Riverdale is by no means realistic fiction. Something about the way the characters spew the most bizarre, illogical strings of words known to cinema (looking at you, Veronica Lodge) strikes me as fantastical instead. Having placed Riverdale in the fantasy/adventure genre, Riverdale deserves at least a 6/10 for its clean-cut cinematography and double-guessing plot. I gave it a seven because it made me laugh so much.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Lately, several teen series with similar premises are being released. Some go for the more everyday style, where there is a group of teenagers that grow and mature over the seasons; and others go to the mystery side, where there is a group of teenagers who try to figure something out for themselves as they grow and mature over the seasons. Riverdale is the second case, but there is no growth and maturation. Not this season. There are characters that get a little change and others remain the same. The character Archie Andrews is the most unlit in the group of protagonists. It doesn't make much difference. It has small dramas involving the family and a constant desire to know where it belongs. But these questions are not well worked out or deepened in the character, something that leaves him behind in the plot. Betty Cooper is the character that has the most prominence and that makes the story go with everything you get into and discover. She didn't captivate me and I don't know why. The character Jughead is quite interesting. At the beginning of the season he was mysterious and had a somewhat radical worldview, but that is explained later by his father's appearance. However, he started to get quite annoyed with his view of himself. "A lone wolf" - this is boring and spoils the character with these cheesy lines. Cheryl Blossom is among the hate and I accept your personality. With others she is an **** and with her family she is the one who suffers. I don't think I had much information about her and what she thinks for me to like the character. Veronica Lodge is the character that is among the protagonists, and is alternating between highlight and non-highlight. She has a very strong personality that resembles that of Cheryl Blossom, something that puts them as enemies here. However, some of his dialogues are worthy of a teenager who thinks she is doing everything right, but who doesn't know anything about what is really happening. What makes me like her is the fact that she is trying to change, and to recognize her place and her mistakes. This makes her a little mature around other young people. The adult cast stands out - without much difficulty - from the youth group. Some have an interesting mystery, others have a very realistic difficulty and others have very significant dramas for the plot. Some very small and others with greater prominence. Fred Andrews is, ethically speaking, the most correct of them all. He tries to do his best in the care of his son Archie, while dealing with problems involving his work. Hermione Lodge is a mother who is trying to start her life in a very strange way after her husband was arrested. She is very neutral if we consider her personality. Blossom parents are a despicable thing. They are totalitarians, oppressors, and they are certainly not a great example of parents. This is the result of Nathalie Boltt's good performances as Penelope Blossom and Barclay Hope as Clifford Blossom. The character with whom I got most attached was Alice Cooper. At the beginning of the story it is very problematic and is poorly understood, but when the story progresses, we are able to understand its actions and personality. She's just a mother who would do anything for the sake of her daughters. The acts she does are not right in the eyes of teenagers, but understandable to the adult world. Riverdale is another teen series involving mystery and that has a range of characters that have not yet shown what they came for.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    Even though it breaks the show don't tell rule a little and has some awkward moments in terms of dialogue, this is a great season of television, the characters are ones you can really get invested with, along with a very well though out mystery plot line that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are introduced correctly and thus no one seems to be an obvious culprit. It's entertaining and keeps you guessing.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    This was a new and fresh show with dark themes and dark characters. The show doesn't actively have a lot of humor, but the interactions between some characters are really fun. And when they make some jokes here and there, they are very self-aware of the problems with the show and mention it in their own episodes. Jughead is the best character of any show. He is funny, dark, weird and very entertaining. Some people say it's a typical teen drama show. I mean it has some moments that make you believe so, but overall it isn't. It is a fresh show with a good cast and awesome storytelling.

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