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How to watch Riverdale season 5 online: Episode 5 start time, Netflix release date and more

How to watch Riverdale season 5 episode 5
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Riverdale start time, channel

Riverdale season 5 episode 5 begins at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 17. It's on The CW. 

Growing up is hard to do. When you watch Riverdale season 5 episode 5 online this week, Archie and the gang have made the time jump forward on The CW drama. Now, they're 25-year-old adults, yet episode 5 finds them back at high school! 

The first part of Riverdale season 5 closed out the high school stories of Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and friends. Then, last week's episode skipped over seven years and caught up with them as adults.

Riverdale episode 505 is titled "Chapter Eighty-One: The Homecoming." Archie, Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Kevin Kevin (Casey Cott) fight to keep Riverdale High open, after its budget was cut by Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos). 

Meanwhile, Veronica discovers her husband Chad (Chris Mason) has hired someone to follow her and Jughead is pursued by debt collectors. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Riverdale season 5 episode 5 online. Plus, check out a sneek peek 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.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)

Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.
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How to watch Riverdale season 5 in the US

American fans can watch Riverdale season 5 episode 5 on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. 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 505 online via several live TV streaming services, including Fubo TV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV.

Of these options, we recommend FuboTV, one of the best streaming services on the market.

Fubo.TV is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Family Plan ($65 per month), you get over 120 channels, including all the local broadcast networks and top cable brands like Lifetime, AMC, E!, HGTV, FX, ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. View Deal

You can watch Riverdale for free without cable via The CW app, which is available on most major streaming devices including Apple TV and Roku. New episodes drop the day after the episode airs on TV. 

You can also access The CW on 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 area Locast, 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 U.S. airing.

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 F. P. Jones, Jughead's father

Fans will also see new faces in the Riverdale season 5 cast, particularly after the time jump.

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.

Chris Mason is playing Veronica's controlling and jealous husband who works on Wall Street. 

Kelly Woo

Kelly covers streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.