The BEST Episodes of Dawson's Creek

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2021

Network: The WB

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

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...Must Come to an End (2)

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

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2003

As the severity of Jen's condition becomes apparent, Dawson and his friends seek to resolve their differences.

star 8.97
65 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman
Cinderella Story

#2 - Cinderella Story

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 2000

Joey learns that there is someone else in A.J.'s life, Dawson tries to help his mother open the new restaurant.

star 8.49
171 votes
Directors: Janice Cooke
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
True Love

#3 - True Love

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2000

Dawson realizes that he is the one who stands in the way of Joey's happiness; Grandma insists that Jen and Jack repair their love lives before it's too late.

star 8.31
165 votes
Writers: Gina Fattore, Tom Kapinos

#4 - 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 8.30
182 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Mike White
All Good Things... (1)

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

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 14, 2003

After five years, Dawson and his friends reunite at his mother's wedding in Capeside.

star 8.23
109 votes
Writers: Kevin Williamson, Maggie Friedman

#6 - 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 8.19
102 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Gina Fattore
To Green, With Love

#7 - To Green, With Love

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 2000

Joey organizes his friends and family to support the battered principal at Capeside High School.

star 8.17
138 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Gina Fattore, Greg Berlanti
Stolen Kisses

#8 - Stolen Kisses

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 26, 2000

A spring break trip to see Dawson's aunt brings Pacey and Joey even closer; Andie falls in love with Pacey's old friend, while Jen becomes jealous when another woman chases Henry.

star 8.14
177 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Tom Kapinos
The Longest Day

#9 - The Longest Day

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2000

Joey and Pacey break the news to Dawson.

star 8.10
173 votes
Directors: Perry Lang
Writers: Gina Fattore
A Weekend in the Country

#10 - A Weekend in the Country

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 19, 2000

They all organize to make a good impression after Pacey arranged for an influential travel writer to visit the Potter sisters' inn.

star 8.07
136 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
Double Date

#11 - 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
175 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman
... That Is the Question (2)

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

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 17, 1999

Rumors about Jack's sexuality don't stop, and Pacey decides to stop the constant harassment of a teacher.

star 8.02
146 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Kevin Williamson

#13 - 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 8.00
173 votes
Writers: Dana Baratta, Mike White
Escape from Witch Island

#14 - Escape from Witch Island

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 1999

Dawson summons his friends to make a documentary about a local witch legend.

star 7.97
141 votes
Writers: Tom Kapinos
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 7.97
167 votes
Writers: Dana Baratta

#16 - Neverland

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 5, 2000

As Pacey prepares to tell Dawson about her feelings for Joey, she tries to avoid another kiss.

star 7.93
197 votes
Writers: Maggie Friedman
The Anti-Prom

#17 - The Anti-Prom

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2000

Dawson organizes an alternative prom.

star 7.92
143 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Maggie Friedman

#18 - 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 7.89
215 votes
Writers: Rob Thomas
A Winter's Tale

#19 - A Winter's Tale

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 2001

While his friends wrestle with sex during a ski trip last year, Dawson discovers that he was given power over Mr. Brooks's life.

star 7.88
160 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Chris Levinson, Zack Estrin
Coming Home

#20 - Coming Home

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2000

There is uncertainty in the air when Pacey and Joey return to Capeside after their journey that lasted all summer.

star 7.88
139 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Greg Berlanti

#21 - 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 7.83
394 votes
Directors: Steve Miner
Writers: Kevin Williamson

#22 - 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 7.82
209 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Dana Baratta, Kevin Williamson
High Risk Behavior

#23 - High Risk Behavior

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 13, 1999

As Dawson's new movie exposes her uncertainty around her relationship with Joey, Pacey and Andie explore the idea of having sex.

star 7.76
123 votes
Writers: Jenny Bicks
Two Gentlemen of Capeside

#24 - Two Gentlemen of Capeside

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2000

A hurricane that threatens Pacey and Jen forces Dawson and Joey to try to save their lives.

star 7.75
163 votes
Directors: Sandy Smolan
Writers: Jeffrey Stepakoff
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 7.74
149 votes
Writers: Nan Hagan