Season 1 of Dawson's Creek takes place during the second half of the group's freshman year.


Best friends since childhood, Dawson and Joey must redefine their relationship as teenagers. Dawson's best friend, Pacey, looks for adventure and the woman of his dreams, while newcomer Jen from New York may be the woman of Dawson's dreams, much to Joey's chagrin.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Mary Beth Peil as Grams
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Recurring cast

Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs (6 episodes)
Scott Foley as Cliff Elliot (5 episodes)
Ed Grady as Gramps (4 episodes)
Dylan Neal as Doug Witter (3 episodes)
Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells (3 episodes)

Guest starring

Nicole Nieth as Nellie Oleson (3 episodes)
Eion Bailey as Billy Konrad (2 episodes)
Monica Keena as Abby Morgan (2 episodes)
Helen Baldwin as Mrs. Tringle (2 episodes)
George Gaffney as Bodie Wells (Pilot)
Eric Balfour as Warren (Road Trip)


  • Airing as a midseason starter, it consists of only 13 episodes and is the season with the fewest episodes.
  • It was released on DVD on April 1, 2003.


Season 1/Gallery


Season 1 at tunefind




20 JANUARY 1998 Kevin Williamson 1 1
At the onset of their sophomore year of high school, Dawson Leery and his best friend, Josephine "Joey" Potter, battle with the knowledge that their lifelong friendship may be changing. Adding to Joey's confusing emotions is the arrival of the radiant Jennifer Lindley, who appears to be "the girl next door," but has an air of mystery surrounding her as she harbors a dark secret from her past. Rounding out the clique is Pacey, whose gift for sarcasm is topped only by an over-confident knack for stumbling awkwardly unprepared into adult situations.


28 JANUARY 1998 Kevin Williamson 2 2
Dawson (James Van Der Beek) experiences his first bout of jealousy when Jen (Michelle Williams) accepts a date with Cliff the superjock (guest star Scott Foley); after their first kiss, Tamara (Leann Hunley) does her best to elude Pacey (Joshua Jackson) but they once again find themselves in a compromising situation; and Joey (Katie Holmes) makes it clear to Dawson's mother (Mary-Margaret Humes) that she knows her secret.


7 FEBRUARY 1998 Rob Thomas 3 3
Dawson's (James Van Der Beek) dream of a perfect, storybook first kiss with Jen (Michelle Williams) may finally be coming true; at school, Dawson has the opportunity to join the film class as a silent observer, but can't keep quiet when he sees the film is in trouble; Joey (Katie Holmes) finds herself swept away by Anderson Crawford (guest-star Ian Bohen), an attractive, wealthy preppy; and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Ms. Jacobs' (guest star Leann Hunley) secret rendezvous may no longer be so secret.


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10 FEBRUARY 1998 Jon Harmon Feldman 4 4
On the day of Dawson's parents' twentieth wedding anniversary, he spots his mother with another man. Later, Dawson turns to his best friend Joey, rather than his girlfriend Jen, when he needs a friend to confide in about his suspicions. Jen finally reveals to Dawson her dark past about her life in New York and based on his surprise reaction, she turns to an unlikely source for advice. Meanwhile, Pacey and Ms. Jacobs (guest star Leann Hunley) continue to grow closer.


17 FEBRUARY 1998 Dana Baratta 5 5
When the Leerys, the Potters, Jen (Michelle Williams) and her grandmother (Mary Beth Peil) are confined to the Leery house during a hurricane, temperaments run high when Dawson (James Van Der Beek) angrily confronts his mother about her affair; Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) confesses the error of her ways, shattering Mitch's (John Wesley Shipp) world; and Jen's grandmother exchanges acrimonious words with Bessie (Nina Repeta) and Bodie (guest star Obi Nfedo) about their relationship and their unborn child. Meanwhile, across town, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Tamara (guest star Leann Hunley) struggle to keep their emotions under control as they weather out the storm in her house with Pacey's older brother, Deputy Doug Witter (guest star Dylan Neal).


24 FEBRUARY 1998 Joanne Waters
Jon Harmon Feldman
6 6
As Bessie goes into labor at the Leery household, Joey turns to Dawson for solace when her sister's anguish floods her with memories of her mother's death; Jen must put aside her religious differences with Grams, who must overcome her own racial judgements, when they are the only ones who must deliver the baby. Meanwhile, when rumors of Pacey's closeness with Miss Jacobs begin to spread, the school board calls for an emergency meeting to decide her fate.


3 MARCH 1998 Mike White 7 7
Emotions run rampant in the halls of Capeside High when Dawson (James Van Der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Jen (Michelle Williams) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) are all saddled with Saturday detention. But the detention rapidly evolves into a game of truth or dare forcing the friends to face their true feelings for each other, revealing that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss ­and sometimes it's more.


10 MARCH 1998 K. Rosin, C. Rosin, D. Baratta
J. H. Feldman
8 8
Jen's ex-boyfriend from New York (guest star Eion Bailey) shows up in Capeside to win her back, and from Dawson's callow point of view it seems to be happening; Pacey convinces an overworked and tired Joey to crash a party and her evening ands in unforeseen results; and Gale and Mitch continue to work on bringing romance back into their shattered marriage.

Road Trip

17 MARCH 1998 Rob Thomas 9 9
Dawson (James Van Der Beek), heartbroken after his break-up with Jen (Michelle Williams), allows himself to be coerced into an impetuous road trip with Pacey (Josh Jackson) and Jen's ex-boyfriend, Billy (guest star Eion Bailey). Meanwhile, Jen and Joey (Katie Holmes) find common ground confronting an arrogant Jock (guest star Eric Balfour).

Double Date

28 APRIL 1998 Jon Harmon Feldman 10 10
Dawson (James Van Der Beek), sulking over his break-up with Jen (Michelle Williams) and the knowledge that she has a date with Cliff (guest star Scott Foley), masterminds a double date to stay close to Jen. Meanwhile, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) starts to see Joey (Katie Holmes) in a new light and shares his feelings with Dawson, who then reevaluates his own feelings about their childhood friend.

The Scare

5 MAY 1998 Mike White 11 11
It's Friday the 13th in Capeside and Dawson revels in his infamous blood curdling practical jokes. Meanwhile, news hits the sleepy town that young women are being brutally murdered, and Jen fears she might be the next victim when she receives a frightening anonymous phone call; and Pacey brings a peculiar woman (guest star Jennifer McComb), who does not know she is being stalked, to Dawson's where all guests have encounters of the scariest kind.

Beauty Contest

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12 MAY 1998 Dana Baratta 12 12
Joey (Katie Holmes) becomes the center of amorous attention when she enters a local beauty competition to earn money towards her future education; meanwhile, to the pageant judges' dismay, Pacey (Joshua Jackson) enters the pageant on the grounds that he is as qualified as any female contestant. Furthermore, on the eve of the extravaganza, Dawson (James Van Der Beek) is surrounded by romance when Jen (Michelle Williams) confesses her regrets about breaking off their relationship and Joey unburdens her heart.


19 MAY 1998 Dana Baratta 13 13
When Dawson (James Van Der Beek) learns that Joey (Katie Holmes) might leave Capeside, he is forced to confront his true feelings for his childhood friend. But even though Joey has longed for Dawson for years, she must now decide if this is her one true love. Elsewhere, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Grams (Mary Beth Peil) concede their religious differences to mourn the death of a cherished family member.

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