Dawson's Creek

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  • TV-14
  • 1998
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.8  (44,850)

Dawson's Creek is a teen drama that aired on the WB from 1998 to 2003. This was a golden era for melodramatic programming starring impossibly attractive all-American actors. Dawson's Creek quickly became one of the most popular shows of this genre. The hour-long drama focuses on four teenage friends who encounter the typical rites of passage as they progress through their high school and college years. The show is most noteworthy for the way its characters use unrealistically mature language to articulate the uncertainty and confusion of being teenagers. This is not a flaw in the show's writing. It makes the series unique among its pedantic peers. The teens on Dawson's Creek are not meant to be literal 15-year-olds.

Dawson's Creek stars James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, a Massachusetts teen and film fanatic who compares his life to the more exciting lives lived by fictional characters. Dawson's tomboyish best friend Joey, played by Katie Holmes, secretly pines for him. The central drama in the early seasons of the show centers around the changing dynamics of their platonic friendship. Dawson cannot see the perfect potential girlfriend right in front of him, so he pursues Michelle Williams' beautiful and troubled Jen Lindley. Joshua Jackson plays Pacey Witter, Dawson's wise-cracking best friend. Pacey throws himself headfirst into exciting experiences, while the more analytical Dawson watches from the sidelines. Dawson feels left out of the excitement that everyone else seems to be enjoying without him. In the end, Joey falls in love with Pacey and remains best friends with Dawson.

Dawson's Creek is remarkable for launching the careers of four stellar actors. It is unique among teen shows in that every single major player is still famous and actively working. Van Der Beek has reinvented himself as a self-aware comedian. Jackson has never stopped playing casually handsome bad boys. Holmes worked steadily in small, interesting films before marrying Tom Cruise and ascending to the top of the celebrity ladder. Williams is now regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation.

Dawson's Creek is not a particularly great show, but it encapsulated a moment in teen-focused media. It took teenage experiences seriously and expanded the ways in which coming-of-age stories were told. Every teenager can relate to Dawson's desire to live a life like the ones depicted on television. Dawson's Creek validates those feelings with stellar acting and refreshingly direct dialogue.

Dawson's Creek is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (128 episodes). The series first aired on January 20, 1998.

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...Must Come to an End (2)
24. ...Must Come to an End (2)
May 14, 2003
[ Part II ] All the friends try to cope with the revealtion that one of them will pass away very soon. Jen rebuilds her bond between all of her friends, as well as gives her daughter some words of wisdom. Jack continues to struggle with the curveballs life has thrown him, but starts to think positively about his future. Meanwhile, Joey is forced to choose once and for all between Pacey and Dawson, and finally realizes that the answer has been with her all this time...
All Good Things... (1)
23. All Good Things... (1)
May 14, 2003
[ Part I ] The series finale finds the gang 5 years older and everyone is meeting up in Capeside for a wedding. Dawson is a director for a tv show called "The Creek". Jack is a Capeside school teacher in love with the town sherrif. Pacey re-opened the Ice House. Jen is a single mother still living with Grams. And Joey is a book editor living in NYC with her current boyfriend.
Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption
22. Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption
May 7, 2003
Joey tries everything she can to help Dawson make the movie even though all the money for it is gone. She recruits everyone to help.
Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
21. Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
April 30, 2003
Pacey finally tells Dawson that the money is all gone. Dawson is totally crushed by the news and is not sure where to go from there. Jen invites her mother to Boston to tell her about Gram's cancer.
20. Catch-22
April 23, 2003
Pacey looses all of Dawson's money on the stock market.
Lovelines (aka The Eddie)
19. Lovelines (aka The Eddie)
April 16, 2003
Dr. Drew and Adam come from Lovelines to the college to help them with their love and sex problems.
Love Bites
18. Love Bites
April 9, 2003
Gram's reveals that she has breast cancer and Jen is crushed by the news.
Sex and Violence
17. Sex and Violence
April 2, 2003
Joey decides to be Pacey's secretary to make some extra money.
That Was Then (aka Before and After)
16. That Was Then (aka Before and After)
March 26, 2003
Joey babysits for Harley and finds Patrick in her room.
15. Castaways
February 12, 2003
Pacey and Joey get locked in a K-mart after closing.
Clean and Sober
14. Clean and Sober
February 5, 2003
In L.A. Dawson decides to see how Audrey is doing at rehab. Back in Boston Pacey decides to throw a party and very drunk Joey ends up telling her friend's old secrets to everyone at the party.
Rock Bottom
13. Rock Bottom
January 29, 2003
Eddie, Joey and Audrey head for California to drop Audrey off at rehab.
All the Right Moves
12. All the Right Moves
January 22, 2003
Emma lets Audrey sing in her band again but still gets trashed right before the show starts so she messes up.
Day Out of Days
11. Day Out of Days
January 15, 2003
Joey is confused about not hearing from Eddie since Christmas.
Merry Mayhem
10. Merry Mayhem
December 11, 2002
The whole gang decides to go to Capeside to spend Christmas with Gail. Everyone's relationships fall apart.
Everything Put Together Falls Apart
9. Everything Put Together Falls Apart
November 20, 2002
Joey decides to spend the night with Eddie and then misses her important exam. Dawson is getting really jealous of the new actor flirting with Natasha.
8. Spiderwebs
November 13, 2002
The whole gang goes to a No Doubt concert. Joey AND Dawson spend their time with their new "close friends" while ignoring eachother. The big secret comes out to Pacey that while he was still with Audrey she slept with Jen's crush CJ.
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
7. Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
November 6, 2002
Audrey's friends think she may have a drinking problem after she gets really wasted before performing with Emma's band.
Living Dead Girl (aka Halloweenie)
6. Living Dead Girl (aka Halloweenie)
October 30, 2002
Joey ends up "babysitting" Harley, Prof. Hetson's daughter. Dawson believes he is seeing a ghost while he is trying to put on a Halloween party for Todd.
The Impostors
5. The Impostors
October 23, 2002
Joey wants nothing but the truth from Eddie. Meanwhile, Audrey gets to be lead singer in Emma's band but Pacey is so busy with his job he ends up ignoring Audrey, again.
Instant Karma!
4. Instant Karma!
October 16, 2002
Dawson is confused when he finds himself wondering about Joey........and Natasha. Audrey gets herself attention from a new guy.
The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest
3. The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest
October 9, 2002
Joey ignores good advice from Audrey and writes a letter to Dawson with her feelings. By the time she is done she was so tired she mailed it to the whole school in stead of Dawson. Meanwhile Pacey goes to work for the first time and notices everybody has already started.
The Song Remains the Same (2)
2. The Song Remains the Same (2)
October 2, 2002
Pacey and Jack become roomies. Dawson and Joey become closer then ever before untill she finds out that he has a girlfriend back in California.
The Kids Are Alright (1)
1. The Kids Are Alright (1)
October 2, 2002
After a short summer romance in Capeside, Joey returns to Boston for a new school year. In the hallway she runs into Professor Greg Hetson, she immediately receives homework. Joey wants to prove herself at all cost and starts working, until a message from Dawson confuses her. Meanwhile Audrey also arrives in Boston. Pacey wants to get a job and luckily finds someone who can help him. Jen learns her parents want to get a divorce and jack deals with a broken relationship.
Where to Watch Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek is available for streaming on the The WB website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dawson's Creek on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 20, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (44,850)