There Is Only 1 Character Who Appears in Every Single Episode of ‘Dawson’s Creek’

Though it’s been off the air for almost 20 years, Dawson’s Creek is still one of the most beloved teen dramas of all time. It appeared on The WB back in 1998 and followed Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), a high school sophomore and aspiring filmmaker, and his best friend, Joey Potter (Kate Holmes).

While Joey and Dawson had been bonded since childhood, new feelings, a new girl, Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams), and Dawson’s male best friend, Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), begin to shift the foundation of their friendship as they know it.

Dawson’s Creek ran for six seasons until 2003, but only one character appeared in every episode of the series.

Cast members Kerr Smith, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes at a celebration for the 100th episode of "Dawson's Creek" at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. Feb.19, 2002
Cast members Kerr Smith, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes at a celebration for the 100th episode of “Dawson’s Creek” at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. Feb.19, 2002 | Evan Agostini/ImageDir

‘Dawson’s Creek’ is now streaming on Netflix

Fans were elated to learn that Dawson’s Creek is now streaming on Netflix. It will give original fans of the show a chance to rewatch and reminisce about the perfect moments and the teenage angst while allowing newcomers to fall in love with Pacey Witter.

Netflix tweeted, “Dawson’s Creek — one of television’s most beloved coming-of-age stories — is coming to Netflix in The US on November 1…and before you ask, the episodes won’t have the original theme song (sorry).”

Unfortunately, there is one major change to the Netflix episodes. While Dawson’s Creek’s original theme song was Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait,” these episodes have Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad” playing instead.

RELATED: ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Creator Explains Why He Refused to Omit 1 Risky Storyline From the Show

There were a lot of connections between ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and the actor’s real lives

The actors on Dawson’s Creek basically grew up in front of the camera. As a result, their personal lives often imitated what we saw on-screen. For example, Van Der Beek’s last name literally translates to “from the creek.”

Also, there were a ton of references to Holmes’s future ex-husband, Tom Cruise in the show. In Season 3, Dawson even threw a Risky Business themed party.

More interestingly, while the love triangle between Joey, Pacey, and Dawson was brewing on-screen in Season 3, Van Der Beek and Jackson were feuding off-screen. Meanwhile, Jackson and Holmes were actually dating.

Writer Gina Fattore explained to Vanity Fair that the two male leads weren’t really getting along at the time. Therefore Dawson and Pacey rarely had any scenes together.

Kate Holmes’ Joey Potter is the only character to appear in every single episode of ‘Dawson’s Creek’

Across the 128 episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Holmes’ Joey is the only character who appears in every episode. Interestingly enough, she also refused to audition for the show because she was in the middle of her high school musical as the show was coming together.

The Toledo, Ohio native did not want to fly to LA to audition for the show because she was starring as Lola in her high school’s production of Damn Yankees. Instead, she sent in a taped audition of herself as Joey with her mother reading Dawson’s lines.