When will ‘Riverdale’ Season 5 be on Netflix? US & International Schedule

when will riverdale season 5 be on netflix

Riverdale – Picture: The CW 

Riverdale Season 5 is about to start dropping on Netflix internationally again after a big summer break. The CW series has been severely disrupted by the pandemic which will mean Netflix US will have to wait until much later. Here’s an updated guide to when Riverdale season 5 will be on Netflix around the world. 

Note: this was first posted in November 2020 with the latest update in August 2021 to reflect the changing release schedule.

Despite mounting criticisms of Riverdale, the show continues to be popular on Netflix around the world. Riverdale featured prominently in the Netflix US top 10 shortly after season 4 dropped. It featured in the top 10s between May 15th, 2020 and June 11th, 2020.

The series has also featured in the Netflix top 10s in countries like Germany, France, the Netherlands, India, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

We’ve already had a few big bits of news for the fifth season including that Drew Ray Tanner has been promoted to series regular plus Erinn Westbrook who’s featured in Glee will be featured as a new character for season 5.

Why Riverdale season 5 began Netflix much later in all regions

Riverdale was delayed from its usual October release schedule on The CW.

This should come as no surprise as productions for TV series around the world came to a halt due to COVID-19 and even saw a reduced episode count for Riverdale season 4.

The new season did eventually start filming in August 2020 according to ProductionWeekly. It didn’t actually occur until later in September 2020 according to sources. The series has also stopped production at least once due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

After a long wait, the show finally began airing in the US on January 20th, 2021.

Riverdale season 5 will feature a 3-month hiatus

Episodes 1 through 11 will release between January and early April 2021 but will then take a three-month hiatus according to reports.

The show is now due to come back on August 11th, 2021.

Riverdale Season 5 Netflix Original Release Schedule

In essentially all Netflix international territories, Riverdale continues and will continue to be a Netflix Original title going into season 5.

As you may know, Netflix releases Riverdale episodes shortly after its US premiere on The CW. That will start to happen again in January 2021.

New episodes will air in the US on Wednesdays before arriving on Netflix the following morning (typically around 8 AM GMT).

Episode Number US Release Netflix Original Release Date
501 January 20th, 2021 January 21st, 2021
502 January 27th, 2021 January 28th, 2021
503 February 3rd, 2021 February 4th, 2021
504 February 10th February 11th
505 February 17th February 18th
506 February 24th February 25th
507 March 10th March 11th
508 March 17th March 18th
509 March 24th March 25th
510 March 31st April 1st
511 April 7th April 8th
512 August 11th August 12th
513 August 18th August 19th
514 August 25th August 26th
515 September 1st September 2nd
516 September 8th September 9th
517 September 15th* September 16th*
518 September 22nd* September 23rd*
519 September 29th* September 30th*

Dates marked with an asterisk are yet to be confirmed within the Netflix app.

When will Riverdale season 5 be on Netflix in the United States?

The US will have even longer to wait for season 5. Season 4 arrived on Netflix around a week after its season finale in May 2020.

Assuming the series now wraps up at the end of September 2021, we should see all of season 5 added to Netflix in early October 2021.

If you’re worried about Riverdale potentially leaving Netflix US, don’t stress as it’s due to stay on Netflix for the show’s lifetime plus a number of years thereafter.

In the meantime, if you’re all caught up with Riverdale, do check out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina if you haven’t already. Also, if you can (it’s not available on Netflix) give Katy Keene a try too as it also is within the shared Archie Comics universe.

Also if you’re wondering about the future of Riverdale, it got renewed for a sixth season in February 2021.

Are you looking forward to watching Riverdale season 5 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

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