Dawson's Creek Quiz



By: J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Did you spend your teen years obsessing over the love triangle between Dawson, Pacey, and Joey? Remember which character got hot and heavy with a teacher? And do you know what Dawson's secret passion is -- other than the girl next door? If you know the answers to these questions, you might have what it takes to ace our "Dawson's Creek" quiz!

The mid-90s was the start of a teen-centric media craze that dominated film and television. At the movies, teens turned up to see classics like "Clueless," "She's All That," "American Pie," and "Can't Hardly Wait." On the small screen, "My So-Called Life," "Party of Five," "Buffy," and "90210" dominated the ratings. 

It was during this teen pop culture era that "Dawson's Creek" premiered on The WB in 1998. Set in the small coastal community of Capeside, the show had all the drama and angst that teens were looking for; mature discussions of sex, alcoholism and drug use, homosexuality, and the scandalous revelation that Dawson's parents were enjoying an open marriage. The show is also remembered for presenting the first prime-time male-on-male kiss ever seen on television in a 2000 episode titled "True Love."

Think you can answer any question we throw at you about this classic series? Put on Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" for background noise and take our "Dawson's Creek" quiz!

What is the name of the small coastal Massachusetts town where Dawson's Creek takes place?

Capeside is a fictional town in Massachusetts. Dawson's Creek was actually filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina at EUE/Screen Gems studios and on location around Wilmington, Southport and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina!


"I Don't Want to Wait", the opening theme song of Dawson's Creek is sung by ________.

"I Don't Want to Wait" was Paula Cole's second single from her album "This Fire". It was released in 1996, two years before the premier of Dawson's Creek.


Which famous actor plays the role of Dawson Leery?

James Van Der Beek rose to fame in 1998 for his role on Dawson's Creek. He was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 1999 for his work on Dawson's Creek, though he actual won the Teen Choice Award for Film Breakout Performance in Varsity Blues!


Which female actress plays the role of Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek?

Katie Holmes starred in all 128 episodes of Dawson's Creek, and actually was allowed to audition for the show via videotape because she had a conflict during the in-person audition!


What is the full name of Michelle Williams' character on Dawson's Creek?

Jen Lindley, a mischievous girl from New York, was sent to Capeside by her parents to live with her grandmother "Grams". She dated Dawson Leery for the 1st season of the show.


Which television network was home to Dawson's Creek for all of its seasons?

The original script was initially turned down by FOX, but the WB picked it up and ran it on Tuesdays at 9/8c for season 1, and Wednesdays at 8/7c for seasons 2-6.


For how many seasons did Dawson's Creek run?

The pilot episode was watched by 6.8 million viewers and had a 4.8 rating which was the WB's highest rating at the time. The series finale was watched by 7.8 million viewers - its largest audience ever.


Who is Jen Lindley's best friend and eventual legal guardian of her daughter?

Jack McPhee is played by actor Kerr Smith. Jack and Jen originally met on a blind date, but ended up as best friends for the remainder of the series.


Joshua Jackson plays which character on Dawson's Creek?

Following his success as Charlie in The Mighty Ducks, Joshua Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter for the whole series of Dawson's Creek. He won three Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actor in 1999, 200 and 2001.


In which year did Dawson's Creek premier?

Dawson's Creek debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998 and was created by Kevin Williamson.


What is Dawson Leery's hobby?

Dawson is a film-buff and aspiring film maker. In the pilot episode, Dawson is making an amateur movie with his friends Pacey and Joey. After meeting Jen, Dawson casts her as the new leading lady in his film!


Which character is the only one to appear in all 128 episodes of Dawson's Creek?

Joey is the 'girl next door' who has several different boyfriends throughout the course of the series, including both Dawson Leery, Jack McPhee and Pacey Witter.


In the series finale, which boy is Joey living with as a couple in New York?

In the final episode of the series, Joey ends her relationship with Christopher, acknowledges her love for Dawson is tied to her childhood, and realizes that she is still in love with Pacey. They renew their romantic relationship and the show ends with them as a couple.


Who is Dawson Leery's filmmaker idol?

Dawson believes that you can find all of life's answers in a Steven Spielberg film!


What is the running time of each episode of Dawson's Creek?

Each episode was 45 minutes plus 15 minutes of commercials!


Where does Joey attend college?

In Season 4, Joey dreams of being admitted to the prestigious Worthington College located in Boston. When she is admitted, she accepts money from Dawson to attend and in Season 5, she begins her studies there.


Who is Joey Potter's roommate at Worthington University?

Audrey Liddell is played by famous actress Busy Phillips. She joined the Dawson's Creek cast for it's final two seasons starring in 39 episodes.


How does Dawson's father Mitch Leery die on Dawson's Creek?

Mitch and Dawson had an argument about Dawson's decision to drop out of film school. That night on his way home, Mitch is killed in a car accident. His final appearance was in season 5. He did not appear at all in season 6.


Who is Bessie Potter?

Bessie is Joey's older sister by 10 years. Bessie took care of Joey over the past few years because their mother had died of cancer in 1996 and their father, Mike, was imprisoned for drug trafficking.


"Grams" is the grandmother of which character?

Grams is played by actress Mary Beth Peil who is currently 75 years old. Most recently has performed on The Good Wife since 2009 as Alicia Florrick's mother, Jackie Florrick!


What is the name of Dawson Leery's mother?

Gail Leery was married to Dawson's father Mitch until his death in season 5. By the end of season 5, she befriends a single dad named Nathan. She remarries in season 6, though it is not obvious to the viewer who this man is.


How old was Dawson in the pilot episode of Dawson's Creek?

Dawson was 15 years old though James Van Der Beek was 20 in real life!


With whom did Pacey have his first sexual relationship?

Tamara Jacobs, age 36, was one of Pacey's teachers at Capeside High and after word spread about their scandalous relationship, Tamara was forced to break if off with Pacey and leave town.


What was Joey's real name?

Her full name was Josephine Lillian Potter - her middle name Lillian was her mother's name.


Why is Joey's dad in prison?

Joey's dad is played by actor Gareth Williams. He appeared in Seasons 1, 2 and 6.


Who is Jack McPhee's sister, with whom Pacey has a love interest?

Andie McPhee is played by actress Meredith Monroe and appeared in 69 episodes of Dawson's Creek.


What is the name of the band Joey joins in season 5?

She becomes the lead singer of the band and begins a romance with Jen's cheating ex, Charlie.


Who has posters of Always and 1941 on his bedroom wall?

Always and 1941 were both films directed by Dawson's favorite Steven Spielberg.


What is the name of Jen's baby daughter?

Baby Amy was a year old in the series finale upon Jen's death. Jen leaves the baby in the care of Jack who rekindles his relationship with Doug and together they will raise Amy.


During the show, which character dated both males and females?

Jack, who dates Joey in season 2, ends the series with Pacey's gay brother Doug.


With whom did Gail Leery have an affair?

Mitch reacts strongly to Gail's confession of her affair, particularly because it was meaningless and Mitch and Gail were about to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary! By the end of the season though, they have reconciled.


Before moving to Capeside to live with Grams, where did Jen live?

Jen's parents sent her to go live with Grams in Capeside because she was out of control and too mischievous back in New York!


At the end of season 3, Joey sails off into the sunset to spend a summer at sea with which character?

Dawson encourages Joey to pursue her love interest in Pacey and she runs off to catch him before he departs on the boat and joins him for his journey.


To whom does Dawson lose his virginity?

It wasn't until season 5 that Dawson loses his virginity to Jen during their trip to the Hooksett Film Festival in New Hampshire.


Who was Dawson's little sister Lily named after?

Gail named baby Lily after Lillian, Joey's mother who passed away from cancer when Joey was 13.


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