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7 Shows Like Riverdale to Watch While We Wait for Season 5


Welcome to adulthood, Riverdale. This month, The CW will finally treat fans to Riverdale Season 5, which will jump seven years into the future to show our Core Four, now in their early 20s, returning to the Town with Pep for more murderous action. Plus, because the COVID-19 pandemic altered last season’s release schedule, viewers will get to see a few more episodes of Skeet Ulrich’s FP Jones and Marison Nichols’ Hermione Lodge, both of whom had planned to leave Riverdale after Season 4.

Unfortunately, Riverdale Season 5 isn’t coming out until Wednesday, January 20, but in the mean time, fans have quite a few options to tide them over. Are there any shows like Riverdale on Netflix? Where can I watch Netflix shows like Riverdale? Here’s everything you need to watch as you wait for Riverdale Season 5 to come out!


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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t quite a Riverdale spinoff series, but it’s close. Set in the neighboring town of Greendale (and in the Archieverse at large), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka as a teenage witch who attempts to straddle the line between good and evil. The series both hail from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, and both blend the creator’s commitment to camp, supernatural adventure, and good, old-fashioned teenage romance.

Stream Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix


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‘The Vampire Diaries’

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Few shows blend romance and the supernatural quite like The Vampire Diaries. The CW drama, which aired eight seasons from 2009 to 2017, featured the love triangle to end all love triangles, as Elena (Nina Dobrev) constantly vacillated between vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). Much like recent seasons of Riverdale have done with Archie-Betty-Jughead, the Elena-Stefan-Damon love triangle grounded the supernatural drama throughout the bizarre plot twists of its many seasons.

Stream The Vampire Diaries on Netflix


3

‘Never Have I Ever’

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Fans who watch Riverdale for the ride-or-die best friendships will love Never Have I Ever, Mindy Kaling’s semi-biographical Netflix Original. While it’s certainly more of a comedy than Riverdale, Never Have I Ever hinges on tropes that any high school student can relate to, such as feeling like an outcast, crushing over a hot athlete, and balancing family and friendship obligations. Basically, Jughead would be right at home with these self-proclaimed “weirdos!”

Stream Never Have I Ever on Netflix


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‘The Society’

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Hot teens partying all night long? Check. Hot teens taking matters into their own hands when they should probably just consult any kind of authority figure? Check. Hot teens solving murders and investigating mysteries with far-reaching implications? Check, check, check. These are just a few of the many similarities between Riverdale and The Society, Netflix’s gone-too-soon teen drama that serves as a modern-day take on The Lord of the Flies. You know, a book they probably read at Riverdale High!

Stream The Society on Netflix


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‘Dare Me’

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Archie may know the epic highs and lows of high school football, but has he experienced the epic highs and lows of high school cheer? That question is examined in Dare Me, a USA Network drama now streaming on Netflix. In true Riverdale form, Dare Me‘s first season (and, as of now, its only season) ends on a mysterious cliffhanger that leaves viewers questioning everything they thought they knew about its characters. And you thought Gladys Jones was a shady lady.

Stream Dare Me on Netflix


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‘Legacies’

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If you’ve never stuck around post-Riverdale to watch Legacies, now’s the time to change that. A spinoff of The Originals (which is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries), Legacies stars Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, a 17-year-old descended from the world’s most powerful vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines. Now a student at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, Hope learns to hone her supernatural abilities and impulses — while engaging in more than a few romances, of course.

Stream Legacies on Netflix


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‘Outer Banks’

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Pogues, Kooks, Serpents, Ghoulies… what does it matter? Like RiverdaleOuter Banks follows a group of four core teens (plus a few supporting characters, here and there) as they attempt to solve one of their fathers’ disappearance. Along the way, the Pogues, as they describe themselves, discover that John B’s father was on the hunt for a legendary treasure, and they set out to find it before the corrupt police department and a group of local criminals sniff out the trail. Sound familiar?

Stream Outer Banks on Netflix



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