Dawson's Creek

Dawson's Creek
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GenreTeen drama
Created byKevin Williamson
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes128 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkThe WB
Original releaseJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) – May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
Related showsYoung Americans

Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college that ran from 1998 to 2003. The series stars James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, Katie Holmes as his best friend and love interest Joey Potter, Joshua Jackson as their fellow best friend Pacey Witter, and Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, a New York City transplant to the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts, zip code 90108, where the series was set. The show was created by Kevin Williamson and debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998. It was produced by Columbia TriStar Television (renamed Sony Pictures Television before the sixth and final season) and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, it catapulted its leads to stardom and became a defining show for The WB.[citation needed] The show placed at No. 90 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list in 2007.[1] The series ended on May 14, 2003.[2] During the course of the series, 128 episodes of Dawson's Creek aired over six seasons.

Cast and characters

Actor Character
1 2 3 4 5 6
James Van Der Beek Dawson Leery Main
Katie Holmes Joey Potter Main
Michelle Williams Jen Lindley Main
Joshua Jackson Pacey Witter Main
Mary-Margaret Humes Gail Leery Main Recurring
John Wesley Shipp Mitch Leery Main Guest
Mary Beth Peil Evelyn "Grams" Ryan Main
Nina Repeta Bessie Potter Main Recurring
Kerr Smith Jack McPhee Main
Meredith Monroe Andie McPhee Main Guest
Sasha Alexander Gretchen Witter Main
Busy Philipps Audrey Liddell Main

Recurring characters and guest stars

  • Ed Grady as Gramps Ryan (season 1); Jen's terminally sick grandfather
  • Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs (season 1–2); a teacher at Capeside High and Pacey's first love interest
  • Scott Foley as Cliff Elliot (season 1); a student who shows an interest in Jen
  • Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells (season 1, 3, 4, and 6); Bessie's boyfriend
  • Ian Bohen as Anderson Crawford (season 1); a rich boy from out of town and minor love interest for Joey
  • Dylan Neal as Doug Witter (season 1, 3–6); Pacey's older policeman brother
  • Gareth Williams as Mike Potter (season 1, 2, and 6); Joey's father who is serving prison time for drug trafficking
  • Edmund J. Kearney as Mr. Peterson (season 2); an abusive reading teacher at Capeside High
  • Jason Behr as Chris Wolfe (season 2); a student at Capeside High
  • John Finn as John Witter (season 2, 4, and 6); Pacey and Doug's father and police chief of Capeside
  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Devon (season 2); a wannabe film actress who stars in one of Dawson's films
  • Eddie Mills as Tyson 'Ty' Hicks (season 2); a crewperson and student who shows an interest in Jen
  • David Dukes as Will/Joseph McPhee (season 2–4); Andie and Jack's father
  • Obba Babatundé as Principal Howard Green (season 3); the stern but humane principal of Capeside High
  • Brittany Daniel as Eve Whitman (season 3); a trouble-making stranger to Capeside
  • Aubrey Dollar as Marcy Bender (season 3); a student at Capeside High
  • Mel Harris as Helen Lindley (season 3); Jen's mother
  • Robin Dunne as A.J. Moller (season 3); a college student from Boston and Joey's love interest
  • Adam Kaufman as Ethan (season 3); Jack's first gay love interest
  • Bianca Lawson as Nikki Green (season 3); the daughter of Principal Green
  • Jonathan Lipnicki as Buzz Thompson (season 3); a neglected child whom Pacey takes under his wing
  • Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Valentine (season 4); the owner of Capeside's Yacht Club, Drue's snobbish mother, and Joey's harsh boss
  • Mark Matkevich as Drue Valentine (season 4); Jen's former friend from New York
  • Harve Presnell as Arthur "A.I." Brooks (season 4); a crouchy retired film director whom Dawson admires
  • Harry Shearer as Principal Peskin (season 4); Capeside High's pompous principal
  • David Monahan as Tobey Barret (season 4–5); Jack's love interest
  • Jane Lynch as Mrs. Witter (season 4); Pacey's troubled and subservient mother
  • Ken Marino as Professor David Wilder (season 5); an English college professor and Joey's casual love interest
  • Nicole Bilderback as Heather Tracy (season 5–6); Dawson's Hollywood film producer
  • Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd (season 5); Jen's college boyfriend
  • Hal Ozsan as Todd Carr (season 5–6); an ill-tempered and egotistical hack film director and Dawson's mentor
  • Lourdes Benedicto as Karen Torres (season 5); a waitress and love interest of Pacey and Danny
  • Ian Kahn as Danny Brecher (season 5); a restaurant owner and Pacey's boss
  • Ryan Bittle as Eric (season 5); a fraternity student
  • Jordan Bridges as Oliver Chirckirk (season 5); a struggling film student
  • Marion Raven as Herself (musical guest as M2M), (season 5) episode: "100 Light Years from Home"
  • Marit Larsen as Herself (musical guest as M2M), (season 5) episode: "100 Light Years from Home"
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Alexandra 'Alex' Pearl (season 5); Pacey's new boss at Civilization Restaurant
  • Roger Howarth as Professor Greg Hetson (season 6); Joey's non-conformist and cynical English professor[3]
  • Oliver Hudson as Eddie Doling (season 6); a college student and Joey's love interest for the season[3]
  • Sebastian Spence as Professor Matt Freeman (season 6); a professor at Boston Bay college[3]
  • Jensen Ackles as C.J. (season 6); Jen's friend and later boyfriend[3]
  • Dana Ashbrook as Rich Rinaldi (season 6); a ruthless and greedy stockbroker and Pacey's boss
  • Bianca Kajlich as Natasha Kelly (season 6); a brash film actress and Dawson's love interest
  • Mika Boorem as Harley Hetson (season 6); Professor Hetson's headstrong daughter
  • Murderdolls as Themselves (musical guest), (season 6) episode: "Living Dead Girl"
  • Greg Rikaart as David (season 6); Jack's love interest for the season
  • No Doubt as Themselves (musical guest), (season 6) episode: "Spiderwebs"
  • Sarah Shahi as Sadia Shaw (season 6); a reporter who investigates Pacey
  • Seth Rogen as Bob (season 6); a stranger who Audrey has a one-night stand with
  • Mimi Rogers as Helen Lindley (season 6); Jen's mother
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