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(2016– )

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Sex & Nudity

  • Two male characters kiss each other
  • A student and teacher kiss and have sex multiple times but no nudity is shown.
  • A character is almost sexually assaulted in an episode. But the person about to commit the act is stopped and beaten.
  • A couple has sex in front of a fireplace. We don't see anything graphic, but we see the woman take off her top and sit atop of her partner.
  • A teenage girl stripteases to underwear in front of a large gang crowd as part of an acceptance ritual
  • Teens and adults are sexually active throughout the series. However, nothing is seen as the camera cuts away before anything happens. Instead, you'll hear moaning, beds creaking, kissing sounds, etc. No nudity.
  • Several episodes have male topless nudity including developed abdominal muscles thus objectification of the male form.
  • As with the comics upon which it is based, Riverdale sometimes features female characters in low cut or otherwise revealing clothing.
  • Two teenage female characters kiss each other.

Violence & Gore

  • People are shot, killed, and beaten. There is some blood
  • A girl opens a gift box to find a severed finger inside
  • A girl and her friend open a package containing a threatening letter and a bloody pig's heart.
  • A boy goes through the "gauntlet" and is beaten by other people. There is blood dripping out of his mouth.
  • A teenage boy has a vision of himself getting stabbed in the chest by a stranger. Blood pours from the wound and from his mouth. Luckily this does not happen in reality.
  • A man is shot in the shoulder by an arrow, no blood is visible.
  • Two boys fight in an arena. After the fight, the winner's bloody face is shown. Both boys end up surviving.
  • A prison riot breaks out. May be scary to viewers since it happens very suddenly.


  • Infrequent use of "bitch."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Teenagers are seen taking "Jingle Jangle" (drug)
  • Teenagers consistently drink with no discussion-Accepted that everyone does it
  • Two boys are found in the woods revealing that they overdosed on cyanide. One dies while the other other dies later on.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Intense and potentially frightening throughout. The second season is much more intense and frightening than the first. While the first season is a whodunit murder mystery, the second season takes the form of slasher horror/ thriller. Season 3 introduces a storyline involving a game called Gryphons and Gargoyles, which is a more twisted version of Dungeons and Dragons


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • 2 couples are seen in bed having sex
  • Two characters kiss in a closet. Later in the series, it is implied that they sleep together.

Violence & Gore

  • Archie punches a patch of ice to free Cheryl from the water she's trapped in. This scene is surprisingly bloody.
  • The "Black hood" terrorizes the town of riverdale, sending threatening letters to civillians.
  • The Black Hood kills two teachers. In one instance, he attacks a female teacher with a cello bow. She chokes and is lifted off her feet as she is strangled with the bow and blood drips from her neck. In the other instance a male teacher is shot in jail, but no blood is shown.
  • Jughead and the serpents gang up on Penny Peabody after she scams and threatens them. They kidnap her and drop her off in a forest. Jughead orders the serpents to hold her down as he uses a knife to cut the serpent tattoo out of her arm. The screen turns black before a cut or blood can be shown, but we see Jughead's knife press into her arm as she screams.
  • At the end of the episode "A night to remember" A well known character is shown to have been another victim of the black hood. They have a number of stab wounds with blood shown on a wall behind them. They are shown from many angles. This entire sequence takes place in front of an audience. Very disturbing and borderline graphic.
  • A boy's dead body, beaten and bloody, is shown.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A family has been exposed for dealing heroin instead of maple syrup.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man hangs himself after being convicted of murder.
  • The Black hood calls Betty on her phone multiple times and threatens her, making her cut everyone out of her life or else he will kill them. She cries often due to this treatment. What's more disturbing is that someone close to her is behind all of it.
  • There are many instances where teenagers have nightmares about the Black Hood. A girl has a dream in which she is playing the piano and is attacked from behind by the Black Hood. She chokes as her throat is slit. She wakes up choking in her bed. In another instance, a girl has a dream that her family is celebrating christmas and the Black Hood is dressed as santa. He climbs over the couch like a spider to attack her but she wakes up before he does.
  • The Black Hood shoots archie's dad in the side and blood pours from the wound. Archie takes him to the hospital covered in blood.
  • When Archie and Veronica are at the "devil's house" We see black and white flashbacks of a man murdering a family. The man smiles as he shoots the family. We don't see blood but we hear gunshots and we see each family member drop to the ground and writhe.
  • We see security camera footage/flashbacks of a man shooting his own son in the head. This scene is very hard to watch.
  • Some characters have seizures but ultimately end up being okay. These happen with little to no warning.

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