Riverdale: Season 3 (2018 - 2019)


Season 3

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Suspend your disbelief and hold on to your beanie: Season 3 of Riverdale is off the rails, and delightfully so.



Critic Ratings: 6


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User Ratings: 742

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Air date: Oct 10, 2018

The Season 3 premiere: The jury begins deliberations in the murder trial; and Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer. Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly brings up some dark secrets she's kept hidden. Veronica pleads with Hiram to step in and help Archie before a verdict is announced. Finally, Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies latest attack.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2018

After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead and Betty team up to investigate. As Archie navigates his new surroundings, Veronica devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. Elsewhere, when Moose decides to join the RROTC, Kevin worries he may be pulling away from him.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2018

A series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, so Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2018

When Betty confronts Alice about Gryphons and Gargoyles, Alice has no choice but to come clean about how she, along with a young Fred, FP, Hermoine, Hiram, Sierra, Penelope and Tom played the game in the early '90s--and how a shocking mystery has been plaguing them all ever since.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2018

After weeks go by with no contact from Archie, Veronica devises a plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, Betty learns that Jughead has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, and she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2018

Betty follows some strong leads in hopes of finding out who the true Gargoyle King is after confronting the parents, who were part of "The Midnight Club" 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Veronica's attempt to prove Archie's innocence lands her in hot water. Finally, Archie turns to Kevin (Casey Cott) for help making things right.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2018

Fearful that he will be caught, Archie hits the road and ends up at a farm outside Riverdale, where he meets Laurie Lake. Meanwhile, Alice takes extreme measures to ensure Betty's safety from the Gargoyle King, and Betty finds herself up against a formidable foe from her past. Finally, after learning that La Bonne Nuit is in trouble, Veronica makes a risky business decision that could cost her everything.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2018

On the road and running out of places to stay, Jughead and Archie head to Toledo to visit Jughead's mother Gladys and sister Jellybean. Back in Riverdale, Betty inches closer to uncovering the truth about Griffins & Gargoyles, while Veronica and Cheryl take on Hiram, Hermoine and Penelope after more students fall victim to seizures.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2019

With Riverdale in disarray following Hiram's takeover, Veronica leads the charge against her father after he takes aim at La Bonne Nuit. Meanwhile, Betty reluctantly houses the group of patients who escaped the Sisters of Quiet Mercy, and Jughead confronts a group of desperate Serpents who have resorted to drastic measures to make ends meet. Finally, Archie is forced to face his demons.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2019

With SATs around the corner, Alice and FP urge Jughead and Betty to stop investigating G&G and start focusing on their SAT prep. However, when Alice takes things one step too far, Betty is forced to come face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Jughead makes a bold move against the Gargoyle Gang.

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At the beginning of Season 3, Archie (KJ Apa) is waiting for the verdict of his trial and decides to spend one last free weekend with Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse). After he's sentenced to two years in jail, Archie is caught in a power struggle inside the prison, while Veronica tries to find a way to break him out. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead investigate a series of strange incidents that seem to be connected, uncovering a weird cult that somehow managed to bring a fantasy game to life.

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Critic Reviews for Riverdale Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (0)

Confidently finding its groove in storylines more outlandish than anything you will find in the comics, Riverdale is still going strong

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's erratic quality can be an asset... but it can also be frustrating because there's constantly a better show buzzing underneath.

Jun 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Riverdale has finally hit soap-opera bingo.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

My only hope, with just four episodes left in the season, is that this mundanity proves to be a trap, one that will rip us forward in a shocking turn of events.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The third season of Riverdale sees the show moving further from the ensemble feeling of the first, continuing a trend which really started in the middle of the second.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

One of our wishes was always that Riverdale would embrace the inherent insanity in making a dark Archie reboot and amplifiying its silly strangeness. This season it has done so.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Riverdale: Season 3

  • 6d ago
    This season was fine I liked to whole concept of how the the game their parents played in highschool is coming back to get them. I don't think that most of the stuff in the show was nessacary. It was a little overwhelming and kinda all over the place. The one thing I didn't like was how it ended with so many loose ends.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    The show is full of inconsistencies and the plot makes no sense. It seems like if the writers were out of ideas, and just started including random things to the story, it is also very awkward since they started with a kind of drama or suspense story and they add dumb jokes and music that make the serious themes they are talking about seeming like a complete joke. It does not follow the original Archie Comics story and in my opinion, it is a very bad adaptation. Some characters are written in a way that makes the show seem racist and homophobic because they have no more depth than being gay or singing as a black female.
  • Sep 27, 2020
    What the F (pardon my French) is going on with all of this EVERY EPISODE SINGING/DANCING CHOREOGRAPHY shit? It's too much. A song here & there is fine but half of a show of song? This isn't a musical. Didn't start like one and your older watchers (in their 30s) are having a harder time continuing to watch. I'm literally fast forwarding slow your roll. A song here and there is one thing but the entire dialogue is getting annoying hopefully they got cursed by the farm with singing or some shit. Put this to rest, or slow down the musical. We didn't start watching it because they constantly are breaking out into song. Also prevents you missing certain things if you don't listen to every single lyric it's too much
  • Sep 06, 2020
    This season makes literally mo sense and the show is just so ridiculous
  • Aug 30, 2020
    went downhill after the first season. the acting is terrible and the plot is bizarre. They try to string it all together with Archie being shirtless in most every episode
  • Aug 06, 2020
    Storyline has gone downhill since Season 2. I felt the show ran out of ideas and added random issues in the series. Storyline was very stupid. Highly not recommended
  • Aug 03, 2020
    The terrible mystery drags this season down even if the cast keeps it fun.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    I just love this show. I know people don't like it. Especially this season, but i absolutely love it. The drama, the characters, the mystery and the storytelling. There isn't anything wrong with it.
  • May 20, 2020
    This season is complete garbage. The storyline is completely out-of-the-blue, throwing off the tone of the series, and the twists aren't interesting nor shocking. They're just dumb and make the story even more convoluted. And to be honest, the story is simply boring because of its lack of any kind of integrity. But the worst part is the script. The "emotional confrontations" are hilariously overdramatic. In fact, every single line is cringe-worthy. And the strained acting doesn't make them any better.
  • May 15, 2020
    Huge disappointment I was a fan of Riverdale (1st season and much of season 2) but then the end of season two and the entirety of season 3 is awful awful awful! From a teen drama (although they all look like adults) to a high school music where although they're all students they practically run the town and order others around. Season 3 was a structural disaster from the beginning of the third season to the end. Starting with Veronica, we have to somehow forget all the romance with Archie and instead she opts for a funny looking nerdy guy. She is running a small business with her nose in the air, wearing ridiculous clothing and super cringey push up bras. Then there's Archies who has been with every girl around, he's desperate and predictable Rocky Balboa like scenes. How can we make Archie hotter I know let's give him his own gym and allow him to walk around with his abs out. Moving onto the over acting Betty - the drama in her life is just hilarious. She's allowed to stand near her convicted killer father, she throws herself at Jug like its some kind of Porno and often just gets in the way. I'm sure just to make things more hormonal she will no doubt mess up again and go after Archie. Lastly, there the former deadbeat JP who lands the Sheriff position (but when ever there's a murder which is sometimes three times a show the police are no where in site) The whole thing is a massive joke! 44% audience score, way too many inconsistencies, too much god awful skin flaunting, bad parenting, absolutely nonsense, it's far too drastic and unrealistic. I cannot see why this was so popular. Oh no wait yeah I can! You can all flirt and flaunt it we get it! You have an endless budget we get it! There's silly gangs that would have in real life got banged up after the first few day's we get that! Stop embarrassing yourselves! And people in Canada and America actually like this haha Rating first season: 9/10 Rating second season: 7/10 Rating third season: 2/10 Diabolical!

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