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Complete series cast summary:
 Dawson Leery (128 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Joey Potter (128 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Jen Lindley (128 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Pacey Witter (128 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan (128 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Jack McPhee (113 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Gail Leery (93 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Bessie Potter (88 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Mitch Leery (83 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Andie McPhee (69 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Audrey Liddell (46 episodes, 2001-2003)


Set in a small coastal, Massachusetts town named Capeside, Dawson's Creek tells the story of four teenagers as they struggle through adolescence. This is particularly true for 15-year-olds Dawson Leery, an introspective dreamer and Joey Potter, a precocious tomboy unaware of her beauty. Best friends since childhood, they are about to enter that confusing time in life where nothing is the way it was and nothing is as it seems. Written by John <>

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It is set in Massachusetts, but most of the episodes until the characters went off to college and even then some are filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina as well as some in Southport. See more »


The first season took place from fall to spring in the state of Massachusetts, however the realities of a Massachusetts winter (snow, heavy clothes, etc.) never appeared. See more »


Pacey: Your sincerity is so appealingly sexy.
Andie: And your sexiness is so appealingly sincere.
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Dawson's Creek Season 1
3 April 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Set in the fictional Capside which is in Massachusetts, Dawson's Creek tells the story of teenagers entering adulthood.

Dawson Leery(James Van Der Beek) is an aspiring filmmaker who idolizes Steven Spielberg, his bestfriends are Josephine "Joey" Potter(Katie Holmes) and Pacey Witter(Joshua Jackson)

Jennifer Lindley(Michelle Williams) is from New York and is sent by her parents to live in Capeside with her grandmother Evelyn Ryan(Mary Beth Peil)

Joey's mother died when she was young and her father is in jail her sister Bessie(Nina Repeta) looks after her.

Joey is secretly in love with Dawson.

Pacey is having an affair with an older woman Tamara Jacobs(Leann Hunley) who also happens to be Pacey's teacher.

Dawson ends up hooking up with Jenn which causes Joey to be jealous.

Dawson's mother Gail(Mary-Margaret Humes) and his father Mitch(John Wesley Shipp) are going through marital problems since Gail cheated on him.

Jenn decides to break things off with Dawson.

Dawson is down on his luck and wants badly to get back with Jenn.

Joey is thinking about going to France and go to school out there.

And right then Dawson realizes the one he really wants has been in front of him the whole time.

Dawson makes his move for the girl he really loves Joey.

Kevin Williamson is the creator and also serves as Executive Producer and one of the Writers.

Season 1 was brilliant. The Creek set it self apart from all the other teen shows, and was a bit more realastic.

Though at times the characters did act a bit too mature for their ages.

Standout episodes are The Pilot, Detention(Breakfast Club Spoof) The Scare and Decisions

I give Dawson's Creek Season 1 9/10

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