Dawson's Creek

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Name: Dawson's Creek
Abbreviation(s): DC
Creator: Kevin Williamson
Date(s): 1998-2003
Medium: TV series
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Official Site, wikipedia
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Dawson's Creek is a teen drama which ran on The WB from January 1998 to May 2003.


Set in and around the town of Capeside, Dawson's Creek tells the story of four friends making the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), and Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) have all been friends since they were little. When Jennifer Lindley (Michelle Williams), a mysterious girl with a troubled past, moves from New York to their small town, she joins with the other teens to make a foursome that will stay together through thick and thin.[1] The series had three different showrunners over the 6 seasons, with creator Kevin Williamson helming the first two seasons.

Fandom History

Fandom discourse over the lov triangle in Season 1 pretty immediately took off, to the extent that a whole website was made dedicated to hating Jen for coming between Dawson and Joey, called 'IHateJen.com' (later at a new url, dawsons.creek.com).[2]

Some fans have argued that the character of Andie was sabotaged in Season 3, with her cheating on Pacey as well as the SATs, and that Dawson was turned into an entitled jerk in the episodes where he is jealous of Pacey. These moves arguably effectively ended the ships Andie/Pacey and Dawson/Joey.

In recent years, nostalgic fans of the series have shown an increasing dislike for Dawson, often citing him as "the worst"[3] due to his dogged pursuit of Jen early on, his growing entitlement over Joey in later episodes and the way he treated his friends. These fans are usually Pacey/Joey shippers who worship Pacey.

Fans were also incredibly upset by Jen's death in the finale, believing she deserved a better ending.

Characters and Pairings

In terms of shipping, the endgame couples for the series were Pacey/Joey and Jack/Doug. Andie, Dawson and Jen did not have romantic conclusions. Williamson originally intended for Dawson/Joey and Andie/Pacey to end up together when the creator returned to write the two-part series finale.[4]


Name Ship Type
Andie x Gretchen Andie McPhee/Gretchen Witter Femslash
Andie x Jen Andie McPhee/Jen Lindley Femslash
Andie x Joey Andie McPhee/Joey Potter Femslash
Andie x Will Andie McPhee/Will Krudski Het
Dawcey Dawson Leery/Pacey Witter Slash
Dawson x Jack Dawson Leery/Jack McPhee Slash
Dawson x Nikki Dawson Leery/Nikki Green Het
DJen Dawson Leery/Jen Lindley Het
Dawson Leery/Joey Potter Het
Gretchson Dawson Leery/Gretchen Witter Het
Jack x Doug Jack McPhee/Doug Witter Slash
Jack x Joey Joey Potter/Jack McPhee Gen
Jack x Tobey Jack McPhee/Tobey Barrett Slash
Jen x Joey Jen Lindley/Joey Potter Femslash
Jen/Pacey Jen Lindley/Pacey Witter Het
Jenry Jen Lindley/Henry Parker Het
McBrody Jack McPhee/Ethan Brody Slash
Pacey x Jack Pacey Witter/Jack McPhee Slash
Pacey x Will Pacey Witter/Will Krudski Slash
Pandie Andie McPhee/Pacey Witter Het
True Love
Jacey (gen z)
Joey Potter/Pacey Witter Het



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Mailing Lists

  • DC Slash "DC Slash". Archived from the original on 2003-10-10. Description: "A place for posting & discussion of slash fanfiction based on the TV show "Dawson's Creek". The rest should be pretty self explanitory."
  • Adult Creek Fic "Adult Creek Fic". Archived from the original on 2004-01-09. Description: "This list is for Adults to discuss the television show Dawsons Creek, and share fanfic based on the show. All fic is welcome (G to NC-17). Must be over 17 to join."
  • Dawson Creek and Fic "Dawson Creek and Fic". Archived from the original on 2003-08-28. Description: "General, hetero andslash fiction and discussion for Dawson's Creek. All stories will be posted to the WWOMB unless accompanied by a Do Not Post Notation. Joining confirms you are over legal age."


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