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Jan 27, 2021, 6:50 am*

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Jaime Carrillo

Small towns always have secrets. This is especially true for Riverdale, the hottest teen drama going. Archie Comics characters aren’t just for baby boomers who still read “the funnies.” Riverdale follows the daily lives of Archie, Betty, Veronica, and even Jughead, as they uncover the seedy underbelly of their town. It’s a little John Hughes and a little Beverly Hills 90210 with the backdrop of a town that screams Americana.

What is Riverdale?

  • Launched: January 2017
  • Channel: The CW
  • Genre: Teen drama
  • Starring: KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
  • Seasons: 4
  • Status: Renewal for Season 5 announced January 2020

Stream Riverdale live: How to watch Riverdale and other CW shows online

All the big name live TV streaming services let you try out their services for one week, allowing you to watch Riverdale for free. There are variations among them, though, especially when it comes to the local channels offered. Depending on which service you choose, the availability of the CW in your area might vary. The links below will offer a quick primer on what channels you’ll get with each service.

Riverdale on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, the CW where you can stream Riverdale.

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Hulu Live TV $64.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)
$70.99

Riverdale on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch Riverdale, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

fubo tv
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

Riverdale on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Riverdale, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.

Riverdale on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Riverdale, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.

at&t TV Now
Plus$55
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


Riverdale on the CW App

The CW isn’t just a TV station or an app on your phone, it’s available on nearly every major streaming device, meaning its easy to stream CW shows to your big screen at your convenience. All episodes of Nancy Drew (as well as other newer series Batwoman and Katy Keene) are available all season long. Yes, there are ads but on the plus side, you don’t need a cable provider or to log-in, and it’s completely free.


How to catch up on past Riverdale episodes

If you’re looking for a place to catch up on older Riverdale episodes, Netflix can help get you to the starting point of the current season .

If you’ve missed the latest episodes of your favorite CW shows like Riverdale, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and others, you can stream select episodes directly from The CW shows. You don’t need credentials or an account to watch the most recent episodes, but each new episode expires after a couple of weeks, so you’ll want to act quickly. You can also catch extended trailers and other video extras, so it’s worth a dive.


Basic $8.99
Standard $12.99
Premium $15.99
Try Netflix

The leading name in streaming is still the best movie streaming site online, though the competition is closing in fast. Netflix’s smart suggestions learn from your viewing habits, making recommendations based on what you watch and how you rate it. With vast libraries across every genre, Netflix has a little bit of something for everyone in your house, from war movies, documentaries, anime, and indie flicks to true crime and movies based on true stories. The only knock on Netflix is that it’s relatively light on classic movies.

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2019, 5:30 am