The Best Episodes of Dawson's Creek

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2018

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

(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 8.86
37 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman
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All Good Things... (1)

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

Season 6 - Episode 23

(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 8.58
55 votes
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman
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Stolen Kisses

#3 - Stolen Kisses

Season 3 - Episode 19

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 8.36
69 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Detention

#4 - Detention

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 8.30
83 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Mike White
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Cinderella Story

#5 - Cinderella Story

Season 3 - Episode 17

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 8.24
63 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
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The Long Goodbye

#6 - The Long Goodbye

Season 5 - Episode 4

Lifelong friends Dawson, Joey and Pacey put past grudges behind them in the wake of the tragic death of one of their fathers. Along with Jack, Jen and Grams, each tries to find the words and actions to comfort their friend.

star 8.16
44 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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Castaways

#7 - Castaways

Season 6 - Episode 15

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 8.15
47 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Gina Fattore
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True Love

#8 - True Love

Season 3 - Episode 23

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 8.08
58 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos, Gina Fattore
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Decisions

#9 - Decisions

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.03
78 votes
Writers: Mike White, Dana Baratta
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The Scare

#10 - The Scare

Season 1 - Episode 11

In honor of Friday the 13th, Dawson, plans a séance for the gang, they are all spooked by reports of a serial killer heading towards Capeside.

star 8.02
49 votes
Directors: Rodman Flender
Writers: Mike White
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Hurricane

#11 - Hurricane

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 8.01
90 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Dana Baratta
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The Kiss

#12 - The Kiss

Season 2 - Episode 1

After their kiss, Dawson and Joey have doubts about the future of their relationship as Joey plans to go to France. Meanwhile, Pacey plays a trick on a new girl. But finds himself in the same situation.

star 7.99
73 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman
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To Green, With Love

#13 - To Green, With Love

Season 3 - Episode 16

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 7.96
54 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Gina Fattore, Greg Berlanti
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Kiss

#14 - Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.90
84 votes
Writers: Rob Thomas
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Two Gentlemen of Capeside

#15 - Two Gentlemen of Capeside

Season 4 - Episode 3

Pacey is happy for his good grades, and decides to sail for celebration. Dawson, Joey and Drue are assigned for a work and Joey can't go with him. Instead, Pacey takes Jen with him. What they didn't know is that a huge storm was coming, and suddenly they have to face it. Andie is having an interview with Drue's mom for college, but her medical records get in her way. Mrs. Valentine worries about Andie's mental stability and denies her the spot. When the storm get bigger, Andie takes control of the situation and guides everybody to rescue Jen and Pacey, who admit to each other their biggest regrets in life. Jen regrets never being in love, despite her feelings for Henry, and Pacey regrets the destruction of his friendship with Dawson. Dawson and Joey go on a small boat to rescue them, and Dawson saves Pacey's life. He apologizes to Dawson for all his attitude over the past months.

star 7.88
58 votes
Directors: Sandy Smolan
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
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Crossroads

#16 - Crossroads

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jack, Andie's brother scores a job at the Ice House, an entry in Joey's diary lands her in hot water with Dawson, who forgets Pacey's 16th Birthday. Meanwhile Abby begins to become a negative influence over lonely Jen.

star 7.86
59 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Dana Baratta
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Parental Discretion Advised

#17 - Parental Discretion Advised

Season 2 - Episode 22

As the WB commercial says... "Children must pay for the sins of their fathers." Dawson sees Mr. Potter dealing drugs and he is unsure whether or not to tell Joey or leave things looking good. Mr. Witter has to stake out the Ice House because the Capeside police department believes that Mr. Potter is back to his usual tricks. When the gang is studying in the Ice House, one of Mr. Potter's customers lights it on fire, making Mr. Witter more suspicious and Dawson's conflict greater. Gale tells Mitch about her new job offer in Chicago and her discussion to go for it. Pacey becomes depressed and his achievement level decreases, now that Andie is gone, which his father teases him for. Finally Mr. Witter does realize her importance and that he has been a bad father. Jack becomes worried that Jen is suicidal when she doesn't immediately leave the burning Ice House. But later, Grams and Jen reconcile, causing Jen to move back in taking Jack also.

star 7.86
44 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti
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The Longest Day

#18 - The Longest Day

Season 3 - Episode 20

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 7.86
65 votes
Directors: Perry Lang
Writers: Gina Fattore
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Coming Home

#19 - Coming Home

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 7.86
56 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti
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The All-Nighter

#20 - The All-Nighter

Season 2 - Episode 7

Facing the scariest English test of their lives the gang has an all night study session at wealthy, horny Chris Wolfe's house. At this all-nighter secrets are revealed and friendships are altered.

star 7.85
60 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Greg Berlanti
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Sex She Wrote

#21 - Sex She Wrote

Season 2 - Episode 11

Abby and Chris find an anonymous note at school. Abby realizes the author and intended recipient had sex the night before and in true Abby fashion, she sets to expose the affair. Working from clues about Joey's night of nude sketching with Jack, Dawson's steamy stop over at Jen's and Pacey's bed and breakfast trip with Andie, Abby calls together her list of suspects and reveals the dirty secrets of Capeside.

star 7.85
65 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Mike White, Greg Berlanti
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Pilot

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.84
172 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Kevin Williamson
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Double Date

#23 - Double Date

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.83
81 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman
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Be Careful What You Wish For

#24 - Be Careful What You Wish For

Season 2 - Episode 16

On the eve of Dawson's sixteenth birthday, Pacey and Andie follow her therapist's advice and throw themselves into an unabashed night of recklessness and the blues. Meanwhile, back at the Leery house, Joey is organizing a surprise party for Dawson, but the longer the guest of honor is a no show, the more she is subject to surprises of her own; Jen and Ty face up to the their potentially irreconcilable differences; and Gale and Mitch come to decisions about how to raise their son in light of their separation.

star 7.81
58 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Heidi Ferrer
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Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption

#25 - Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption

Season 6 - Episode 22

When Dawson gives up his dream of making his film, a strong-minded Joey rallies the old group back to Capeside to help Dawson begin production before pursuing her dream of traveling to Paris. Jen, Jack and Grams must say their goodbyes and leave for New York.

star 7.80
46 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Gina Fattore, Tom Kapinos
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