The BEST Episodes of Dawson's Creek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2020

Network: The WB

Dawson, Joey, and Pacey are life long friends, whose lives start to rapidly change when a new girl, Jen, moves in next door to Dawson Leery and the foursome start high school. Along the way they are joined by two other newcomers to Capeside: Jack and Andie and, when they go to college, by Audrey.

...Must Come to an End (2)

#1 - ...Must Come to an End (2)

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2003

(Part 2 of 2) Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding. Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek' but has never forgotten the love of his life, Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts, Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho, and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with Deputy Doug. Together all the secrets come out as tragedy and love becomes clear.

star 8.93
54 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman
Cinderella Story

#2 - Cinderella Story

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 2000

When Joey turns to Pacey for rescuing after she flees Boston halfway through her visit with A.J., the two old friends may finally confront their growing feelings for each other. Meanwhile, to avoid suspension, Pacey becomes a mentor to a young boy and must contend with a little version of himself with a big attitude; and behind Gale's back, Dawson asks Mitch to help with the opening of her new restaurant.

star 8.48
157 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff

#3 - Detention

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 3, 1998

In what is said to be one of the best episodes, the gang, after committing various violations at school, gets stuck together for an 8 hour Saturday detention, where Dawson and Pacey turn against each another; and Joey offers a tearful partial explanation for her anger toward Jen.

star 8.36
163 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Mike White
True Love

#4 - True Love

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2000

After an emotional day filled with love, tears and wedding vows, Joey ultimately must choose between her love for Dawson and her new feelings for Pacey. Across town, Grams talks about love and regret with Jen, while Jack and Andie make a decision to drive all night so that Jen can see Henry one last time.

star 8.30
153 votes
Writers: Gina Fattore, Tom Kapinos
All Good Things... (1)

#5 - All Good Things... (1)

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 14, 2003

(Part 1 of 2) Five years have passed and everyone is reunited in Capeside for a special wedding. Dawson has been living in Los Angeles producing his autobiographical television series 'The Creek' but has never forgotten the love of his life, Joey is a successful book editor living in New York with her boyfriend but comes home to realize she still loves her childhood sweethearts, Pacey is the owner of the new Ice House and still carries a torch for Joey, Jen is a single mom living with Grams and managing an art gallery in Soho, and Jack is a teacher at Capeside High and has fallen in love with Deputy Doug. Together all the secrets come out as tragedy and love becomes clear.

star 8.15
99 votes
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman
Stolen Kisses

#6 - Stolen Kisses

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 26, 2000

Dawson invites Joey, Andie and Pacey to spend Spring Break in the mountains at his aunt's home, but the trip is filled with tension as Joey and Pacey continue to battle about their feelings for each other and Andie becomes intrigued with the gang's childhood friend Will who is visiting. Meanwhile, back in town, Jen becomes surprisingly territorial when another woman flirts with Henry.

star 8.10
164 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Tom Kapinos
To Green, With Love

#7 - To Green, With Love

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 2000

Joey relies on the support of Pacey and A.J. to rally the students in protest against the school superintendent after he forces Principal Green to resign for expelling the student who destroyed Joey's mural. Meanwhile, Dawson and Gale both go back to their respective places in back and in front of the camera to produce a piece about the ongoing school protest which ruffles more than a few feathers of the school board hierarchy.

star 8.09
124 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Gina Fattore, Greg Berlanti
Double Date

#8 - Double Date

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 28, 1998

A double date finds Jen and Cliff joined by Dawson and a savvy sidekick who calls him on a plot to make Jen jealous. But it's Dawson turn to turn green when Pacey grows close to Joey working on a project.

star 8.06
158 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman

#9 - Castaways

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2003

After agreeing to pose as Pacey's sister at a business party, Joey demands to be taken home. When Pacey makes a quick stop at a local K-Mart they are accidentally locked inside the store. They're forced to spend the night there and talk about their friendship and relationship, both past and future. After the night is over they are both left to ponder what the future has in store for them.

star 8.04
91 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Gina Fattore

#10 - Decisions

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 19, 1998

In the season finale, Dawson and Joey confront their true feelings. Joey, visits her father in prison, and debates leaving to go to France.

star 8.04
157 votes
Writers: Dana Baratta, Mike White
Escape from Witch Island

#11 - Escape from Witch Island

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 1999

In a bone-chilling installment, Dawson recruits Joey, Pacey and Jen to be his guerrilla crew on a documentary for history class about Witch Island, a local spot shrouded in mystery for its reputation for being haunted by witches. They are haunted by tall tales of witches and love lost that has Dawson and Joey questioning their own romance and Jen and Pacey considering a new kind of friendship. Back at school, Andie takes her job on the school disciplinary committee a little too seriously when she tries taking back the halls of Capeside.

star 8.02
127 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
The Longest Day

#12 - The Longest Day

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2000

In a story that replays the same day's activities from three different perspectives (as in the 1999 movie "Go"), Joey and Pacey vacillate on the ways to tell Dawson about their feelings for each other. But when the truth does come out, Dawson's reaction is the one they hoped they wouldn't get. Meanwhile, Andie, who thought she was over Pacey enough to date, accepts a date with Capeside visitor Will, but their first date is ruined when she also learns about Joey and Pacey.

star 8.01
159 votes
Directors: Perry Lang
Writers: Gina Fattore

#13 - Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 1998

While working on the film class's movies, team player Dawson has a hard time being stuck in the background. Meanwhile as he plots to give Jen the "perfect kiss", Joey is swept away by a handsome stranger and Pacey tries to graduate to manhood.

star 8.01
191 votes
Writers: Rob Thomas
Coming Home

#14 - Coming Home

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2000

Pacey and Joey return from their summer vacation on "True Love". Now they have to deal with Dawson's feelings, who has been deeply hurt for the past months. At first, he doesn't want to talk with neither one of them, but Jen convinces him to talk to Joey. Meanwhile, Pacey's older sister, Gretchen, arrives in Capeside and moves in with Doug, making Pacey homeless. But he won't live with his parents anymore, and so he asks Joey to let him crash at her house for a while. Dawson tells Jack about Gretchen, for whom he had a secret crush a few years ago. Andie meets 2 foreign guys, and she is attracted to them. Dawson and Joey talk, and he says he'll be ok, but it takes one day at a time. Everybody is wondering if Pacey and Joey did it while on the trip, and they don't confirm or deny. But Joey secretly tells Dawson nothing really happened.

star 7.99
125 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti
Beauty Contest

#15 - Beauty Contest

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 12, 1998

Joey and Pacey enter a beauty competition; Jen regrets her breakup with Dawson.

star 7.96
149 votes
Writers: Dana Baratta
A Weekend in the Country

#16 - A Weekend in the Country

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 19, 2000

Joey's friends and their families work together to make sure that the opening of Potter's Bed & Breakfast is a success and that she and Bessie don't lose everything they have after Pacey surprises them with a visit from a prestigious travel critic. Throughout the weekend, Jen admits her concerns to Grams about getting close to Henry; Jack considers moving back home after hearing Andie's loving plea; and Dawson tries to understand the connection between his parents even after their divorce.

star 7.93
118 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff

#17 - Neverland

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 5, 2000

Pacey hopes taking Dawson to their favorite childhood camping spot will help ease the pain when he tells Dawson about his new feelings for Joey. Meanwhile, Joey deals with the emotional fallout from her kiss with Pacey by spending girls' night out with Jen and Andie, but to Jen's surprise they stumble upon a birthday party for Henry that she wasn't invited to.

star 7.92
185 votes
Writers: Maggie Friedman
... That Is the Question (2)

#18 - ... That Is the Question (2)

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 17, 1999

On Dawson's advice, Joey attempts to heal the wounds of her new romance with Jack left shattered by rumor and innuendo, but when Jack confronts his innermost secrets, their lives and everyone's close to them will never be the same again. Meanwhile, for the first time in his life, Pacey stands up for what he believes in when he takes on an abusive teacher, but the consequences of his convictions are more than he could have imagined.

star 7.90
128 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Kevin Williamson

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 1998

Film-buff Dawson finds his best friend, Joey, growing jealous of his attraction to a neighbor's granddaughter. Meanwhile, pal Pacey falls in love with a mystery woman, who is really a teacher at Capeside.

star 7.87
364 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Kevin Williamson
High Risk Behavior

#20 - High Risk Behavior

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 13, 1999

"Horrifically epic" tryouts for his movie prompt a steamy dialogue between Dawson and Jen that could recast her role in his love life. Jack poses nude for Joey, who feels herself drawn towards intimacy. Pacey sets out to fulfill Andie's dream date and his own.

star 7.86
108 votes
Writers: Jenny Bicks

#21 - Hurricane

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 1998

When a major hurricane moves inland, all take refuge in the Leery home, where Dawson rages at Jen about her past, and Mitch storms out after learning of Gale's affair. That leaves a tormented Dawson to deal with their fallout. Meanwhile, Pacey ruins his brother's chances to get with Tamara at her beach house.

star 7.86
191 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Dana Baratta, Kevin Williamson
The Anti-Prom

#22 - The Anti-Prom

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2000

Dawson, Joey and Andie prepare their own unique prom when they learn that the committee has scrutinized Jack's selected date. Dawson, who has invited Joey to be his date, uses the special evening to try to win her back and make Pacey jealous; Andie persuades Pacey to be her escort but her evening ends by consoling him about his love life uncertainties; Jen becomes outraged with Henry when he reveals he is leaving Capeside for the summer; and Gale and Mitch celebrate their new found romance.

star 7.83
129 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Maggie Friedman
A Winter's Tale

#23 - A Winter's Tale

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 2001

While the rest of the class is on the ski trip, Dawson stays behind to care for a near-death Mr. Brooks, but he's overwhelmed when he's asked to make an impossibly hard decision. Dawson is given the responsibility to decide whether to cut off Brooks' life support. Meanwhile, there's a lot more than skiing going on when the senior trip doesn't go exactly as planned. The evening takes an unexpectedly romantic turn for best friends Jack and Jen... After spraining her ankle Jen gets drunk and nearly sleeps with Jack. while Pacey and Joey find their own ways to keep warm on the cold, snowy night, taking their relationship to the next level.

star 7.81
150 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Chris Levinson, Zack Estrin
Road Trip

#24 - Road Trip

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 17, 1998

Hoping to get over Jen, Dawson agrees to join Pacey and Billy in a boys night out and finds what he is looking for in another woman. Meanwhile Jen handles damage control after Joey becomes the subject of a rumor at school.

star 7.78
150 votes
Directors: Steven Robman
Writers: Rob Thomas
Great Xpectations

#25 - Great Xpectations

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2000

Andie gets accepted into Harvard in advance, but accomplishing what should be the biggest thing in her life doesn't exactly makes her happy. She decides to explore different paths in her life by going to a rave. In the party, Drue gives Jen drugs, and she gives it to Andie. She tries ecstasy, which has a reaction with her anti-depressives and makes a disastrous combination, which almost leads her to death. Mitch and Gail decide to keep their baby, and things get awkward during the celebration when Gretchen brings Pacey and Joey with her.

star 7.78
138 votes
Writers: Nan Hagan