Riverdale season 5 has begun dropping on Netflix internationally as of January 2021 onwards but is about to hit a hiatus as the show goes off the air for three months to allow for production to catch up. Here’s an up-to-date scheduled of when Riverdale season 5 will be dropping globally on Netflix throughout 2021 including the United States.
Note: this was first posted in November 2020 with regular updates to reflect the changing release schedule.
The series continues to be popular on Netflix around the world. Riverdale featured prominently in the Netflix US top 10 shortly after season four dropped between May 15th, 2020, and eventually dropped out of the top 10 on 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 four.
The new season started filming in August 2020 according to ProductionWeekly who reports the series will continue its filming in Vancouver, Canada. 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 concerns.
After a long wait, the show finally began airing in the US from January 20th, 2021.
Riverdale season 5 will feature a 3-month hiatus
Episode 1-11 will release between January and early April but will then take a three-month hiatus according to reports. It’s worth pointing this out as it materially effects when the series will come to Netflix.
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||July 7th||July 8th|
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.
With the release now pushed back three months (and the added hiatus) you can probably expect the new series to arrive on Netflix US in either August or September 2021 at the earliest.
However, we may see a suprise addition of the first half (episodes 1-11) added to Netflix in the middle of April 2021 similar to how a portion of the final season of Supernatural hit Netflix. We don’t have confirmation of this but it’s a possibility at least. With that said, it may just be the reality that Americans will have to wait.
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.