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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User Ratings: 1017

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017
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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…
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[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…

The plot, much like cold maple syrup, thickens!

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

[Betty and Veronica's competitiveness] fits neatly into the canon: You're either the Madonna or the whore. Maleficent or Princess Aurora. Sandy or Rizzo. We've got two choices, ladies, and both are reductive.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riverdale: Season 2

  • Jun 03, 2020
    This is the best season of them all. The black hood is a crazy, dark and very entertaining murderer. I also really like the twist which reveals, that it's Betty's dad. They also focused on Hiram Lodge, which was very fun, because they weren't limited on one storyline. It was a perfect season overall.
  • May 12, 2020
    Literally the dumbest show anyone could ever watch 👎👎👎
  • May 10, 2020
    The black hood story will keep you tied to your screen the whole way throughout the seasons and many twists and turns. This season is much better than season 1.
  • May 05, 2020
    I thoughy season 2is a good season. It takes place where the 1st season leaves of, and the story stays steady and decent. Good season
  • Apr 20, 2020
    Much darker than season 1. Very nice plot and acting got better.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    so good, the black wold is amazing but not best of betty
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Much better than the first season. Glad to see they actually added some real criminals to it, rather than just watching spoiled kids stand up to their spoiled perant the whole Time (like season 1). Woulda gave 4stars but it got a little to farfetched there towards the end.
  • Mar 24, 2020
    Amazing i am already at season 4 because of the lockdown
  • Feb 10, 2020
    1st season was okay but this shit went downhill.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    Love it. Scary, mysterious, and full of excitement. I liked it... A LOT.

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