Thank you. For being my friend, for understanding me better than anyone, and for putting up with me for the last 16 years. I love you
Dawson & Joey is a relationship on Dawson's Creek, portrayed by Katie Holmes and James Van Der Beek.


Joey and Dawson meet as children[1] and with Joey's family on shaky ground, she turns to Dawson's and is almost like a part of it by the time they turn 15. At this age, however, Dawson and Joey are never really friends as Joey hides an insatiable crush on Dawson[2] which informs all of their interactions, including Dawson's romance with Jen, over which Joey is a looming presence.

Joey almost tells him how she feels when they serve detention, but is interrupted.[3] Pacey constantly tries to get Dawson to realise that he returns Joey's romantic feelings[4][5], but not until Dawson sees Joey competing in a beauty pageant do they surface.[6] Joey rejects Dawson's newfound interest in her as superficial, but their relationship is altered from this point onwards. Dawson struggles with changing his relationship with Joey and is unable to tell her how he feels, but ultimately, when faced with her walking away, he kisses her.[7]


After their kiss, Joey worries that Dawson will somehow regret, but is relieved when he asks her out on their first real date.[8]


You're what I'm going to want, Dawson
I need to find out if I'm capable of being a whole person without you
—Joey to Dawson[src]
Joey, for these past three years you have been so unbelievably strong
You think every Joey has a Dawson, and every Dawson has a Joey?


  • Dawson and Joey almost ended up together in the series finale[9][10][11].


dare kiss
daydream believer | MARY BETH MAZIARZ
kiss in dawson's room/when dawson leaves for L.A.
london rain (nothing heals me like you do) | HEATHER NOVA
first date
feels like home | CHANTAL KREVIAZUK
i do | JUDE
dawson's video present
let that be enough | SWITCHFOOT
joey tells dawson she needs a friend


Dawson and Joey/Gallery

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