Riverdale: Season 2 (2017 - 2018)


Season 2

Critics Consensus

Riverdale enters its sophomore year with an off-kilter new murder mystery while continuing to up the hormonal teen melodrama.



Critic Ratings: 15


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Air date: Oct 11, 2017
Air date: Oct 18, 2017
Air date: Oct 25, 2017
Air date: Nov 1, 2017
Air date: Nov 8, 2017
Air date: Nov 15, 2017
Air date: Nov 29, 2017
Air date: Dec 6, 2017
Air date: Dec 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 17, 2018
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Season 2 of this drama series opens moments after last season's finale. Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) is shot by a hooded gunman, and his son Archie (KJ Apa) must rush towards the hospital to save his father's life. Meanwhile, Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) has to try and fit in at his new school and is determined to become a member of his father's gang, the Southside Serpents. Plus, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) agrees to help her parents in the family business, which puts her in the perilous world of criminals and crooks.


KJ Apa
as Archie Andrews
Camila Mendes
as Veronica Lodge
Lili Reinhart
as Betty Cooper
Sarah Habel
as Ms. Grundy
Cole Sprouse
as Jughead Jones
Mädchen Amick
as Alice Cooper
Madelaine Petsch
as Cheryl Blossom
Luke Perry
as Fred Andrews
Ashleigh Murray
as Josie Mccoy
Ross Butler
as Reggie Mantle
Marisol Nichols
as Hermione Lodge
Casey Cott
as Kevin Keller
Brit Morgan
as Penny Peabody
Alvin Sanders
as Pop Tate
John Behlmann
as Agent Adams
Henderson Wade
as Sheriff Minetta)
Robin Givens
as Mayor McCoy
Martin Cummins
as Sheriff Keller
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Critic Reviews for Riverdale Season 2

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

This show is as good as TV melodrama gets, achieves maximum bang for it buck in delivering that melodrama without betraying the characters, and also it looks great. Riverdale is no joke.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Season 2 maintains much of that fun. While the characters are still engaging, the central mystery fails to capture the lightning in a bottle intrigue that kicked off season 1.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Riverdale embraces madness, salting and debauchery without inhibiting, without the soap opera being half-full. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Really anything that gives Alice more of a prominent, major role in a storyline is fine by me.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Riverdale uses popular culture to explicate, and magnify, its themes and preoccupations, only through an expressly feminine perspective.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

But I fear its concern with crime and punishment, with the guilt that always seems to accompany sin, has made it so grave, in form as in function, that saving it from itself demands a super-heroic effort of its own.

Nov 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Riverdale is a pitch-perfect teen drama.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The narrative is still unbalanced, with hormones once again taking over as melodrama masquerades as intrigue. It was everything we've come to expect from Riverdale.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

In its second season, Riverdale again establishes a strong central mystery, but the man in the black hood is quite different and already much more violent.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

[K.J.] Apa is at his best here - expressive and a little bit frantic in a way that makes him more endearing than he ever had been in season 1.

Oct 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riverdale: Season 2

  • Jul 14, 2019
    The second season of Riverdale is low-key meh than the first season. First of all, the musical episode is messed out. Secondly, Hiram Lodge is back from the prison Last at least, The Black Hood is everywhere The only thing I love about season two was Cheryl and Toni (Choni). I ship them so bad.
  • Jun 07, 2019
    Not as good as the first season but its decent.
  • May 24, 2019
    The second season is just as good as the first.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    Script is bad and acting is terrible.
  • Mar 20, 2019
    the show has declined, in quality quite quickly. The new murderer is a good story unfortunately it gets muddled up.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Riverdale follows up its amazing first season with a season that is kind of all over the place but in the most riverdale way possible. (Thats a good thing btw)
  • Feb 12, 2019
    Though the second season starts off hitting Wisconsin levels of cheese, the amazing cast and great mysteries are still strong enough to keep its targeted audience and others begging for another season.
  • Feb 09, 2019
    This show is horrible. Terribly cheesy. Extremely forced plot lines and messy story arcs that don't make any sense. I enjoyed season one but now this show is just simply dumb and over the top cheesy.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    I bet they paid to RT to make it look like they are good. Byt second season even go worst than the first season. Nothing make any sense.
  • Jan 27, 2019
    There are small moments that prove that Riverdale's sophomore season still has the makings of a massively intriguing show, unfortunately by the end it's impossible to describe the show as anything other than a complete mess.

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