Riverdale start time, channel
Riverdale season 5’s premiere episode airs Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET on The CW.
The fab four are back when you watch Riverdale season 5 online. The CW drama returns for more mysteries and romantic entanglements – and at some point, a big time jump that will propel the characters seven years into the future.
But before that happens, Riverdale season 5 will close out the high school stories of Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and friends.
Last year’s edition of Riverdale was cut short by a few episodes when production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The finale left quite a few threads dangling and the Riverdale season 5 premiere episode picks up where it left off – with prom on the horizon. Betty and Jughead also get a lead in their investigation into the author.
Later in the season, fans can expect to see the foursome graduate. Then, the show will fast-forward seven years. As creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explained to Entertainment Tonight, “Since all of our characters would be going to different colleges, my instinct has been to leapfrog over four years, and kind of pick up with everyone there.”
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Riverdale season 5 online. More, check out the trailer below:
How to watch Riverdale season 5 anywhere, with a VPN
Just because The CW isn’t available everywhere doesn’t mean you need to miss Riverdale season 5. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.
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How to watch Riverdale season 5 in the US
American fans can watch Riverdale season 5 premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET on The CW, if you get the network with your TV package or with one of the best TV antennas.
If you’ve already cut the cord, you can watch Riverdale season 5 online via several live TV streaming services, including Fubo TV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV.
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You can also watch Riverdale on The CW for free through Locast, in select cities. If you live in one of the 26 markets, you can watch broadcast channels free online.
The Locast app is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV and Google Chromecast.
To use Locast, you’ll need to enter an address. If you are away from home but still want to access your Locast area, you’ll need ExpressVPN.
How to watch Riverdale season 5: Netflix release date
International viewers in most territories – including Canada, the UK and Australia – can watch Riverdale season 5 on Netflix the day after the US airing. That means the premiere episode will stream starting Jan. 21.
Riverdale season 5 cast
The cast of Riverdale season 5 is headlined by the four leads:
- KJ Apa as Archie Andrews
- Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper
- Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
- Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones
They are joined by cast members portraying the fab four’s friends, family and foes, including:
- Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, a classmate
- Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, an openly gay student
- Charles Melton as Reggie Mantle, a football player
- Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz, Cheryl’s girlfriend
- Drew Ray Tanner as Fangs Fogarty, Kevin’s boyfriend
- Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, Betty’s mother
- Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge, Veronica’s mother
- Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Veronica’s father
- Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones, Jughead’s father
Fans can expect to see some new faces in the Riverdale season 5 cast.
Erinn Westbrook is on board as Tabitha Tate, the granddaughter of Pop Tate. She comes to Riverdale to take over Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe.
After the time jump, Chris Mason is playing Veronica’s controlling and jealous husband who works on Wall Street.