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'Riverdale' Season 5 Netflix Release Date: When the Show Will Stream

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/20/2021 Samuel Spencer
A 'Riverdale' Season 5 time-jump could see Archie and Betty together © The CW A 'Riverdale' Season 5 time-jump could see Archie and Betty together

Riverdale Season 5 begins this January on The CW, which means that the series will soon be able to watch online. Outside of the U.S., Netflix gets episodes of the show the days after they first air. However, the American deal between The CW and Netflix is slightly different, meaning that U.S.subscribers have a few months to wait before they can binge Season 5 on the service.

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Riverdale Season 5 Netflix release date

Each episode of Riverdale first airs on Wednesdays night on The CW. Then, the following morning, each instalment comes to Netflix.

Each episode is released on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. GMT. When it is available where you are will depend on your time difference with the U.K.

Episodes of Riverdale Season 5 are expected to be released weekly on Netflix in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Japan, Lithuanaia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Notably, the United States is not on that list. Viewers in America will get Season 5 of the show, but not until later in the year. Netflix and The CW have a deal on shows like Riverdale (as well as hits like The Flash and Dynasty among others) whereby episodes will come to Netflix eight days after the season finale first airs on TV.

As we do not know when The CW will air the last of the season's 19 episodes, we do not know exactly when the show will come to Netflix in the U.S. However, we can make an estimate based on when previous seasons have come to the streaming service.

All previous seasons, including the last season that was cut short, came to Netflix towards the end of May. However, the earliest that Season 5 will come to the streamer will be early June.

As Riverdale Season 5 has 19 episodes, the earliest it can finish if The CW airs only one episode a week is May 26. This would mean that the episodes come to Netflix on Thursday, June 3.

In all the above-named countries plus the United States, all four previous seasons of Riverdale are streaming now, while the first three seasons are streaming in Italy, South Africa and Spain.

In the lead up to Riverdale Season 5 being released, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told TV Guide: "We're not short-changing things like prom and graduation. We're saving them to do them [in Season 5]."

This will be followed by a seven-year time jump, of which star KJ Apa explained to TVLine: "I feel like this is the kind of thing the show needed to kind of freshen up all the characters...the new world of Riverdale, now that we are playing older characters, has changed a little bit."

Riverdale Season 5 airs Thursdays on Netflix outside the U.S.

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