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Sex & Nudity

  • Sex implied
  • 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.
  • Later in the series two teen girls are shown initiating sex in revealing lingerie
  • As with the comics upon which it is based, Riverdale sometimes features female characters in low cut or otherwise revealing clothing.

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.
  • A character is about to be operated on by another character but are interrupted. The character ends up unharmed and with no recollection of the event.


  • D****ebag is used once
  • Infrequent mild language (e.g. hell and ass) and name calling (e.g. fat, bitch and bastard.)

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.
  • People eat fizzle rocks (drugged pop rocks)

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 twist on the popular strategy game Dungeons and Dragons as well as a cult that is actually an organ farm.


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. Blood is seen on the ice. The most violent moment in season 1.
  • 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.
  • A character is shown hanging on a board with multiple wounds and blood behind her. This is shown in front of an audience. This is the most violent moment of season 2.
  • A main character is attacked by a bear. Blood is seen on his chest and he's found by two cops supposedly dead. However he does survive.
  • A video is shown on Jugheads laptop from a usb of Clifford Blossom shooting Jadon Blossom but the scene changes before the gunshot is heard so no blood or gore is shown
  • Clifford Blossom hung himself in the barn of maple syrup
  • A character is shot in the chest. He falls to the ground and blood is seen soaking through his shirt. Reactions to this depend on how you see the character.
  • A girl repeatedly bashes her head into a locker. Some blood is seen on the locker and she's foaming from her mouth.
  • 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.
  • The maple syrup buisness is a coverup for a heroine business but the heroine is only shown once for like 5 seconds then just spoken of after that

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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