'Dawson's Creek' Characters, Ranked From Worst to Best
"Dawson's Creek" was a must-watch for teens of the late '90s and it still holds up to this day. And nobody on it was truly perfect. In fact, the title character was probably the worst part of the show. With that in mind, we've decided to rank the main "Dawson's Creek" gang, from insufferable... to tolerable. Back to Capeside we go.
8. Dawson Leery
Don't cry, Dawson. You look ridiculous. And you are ridiculous. Dawson is whiny, entitled, and blows everything out of proportion. He let his raging hormones get the best of him and almost destroyed friendships in the process. He let his pride control him and put lives in danger when he tried to show up Pacey in a sailing race. He trusted Eve. He read Joey's diary. Shall we go on? Get over yourself, Dawson!
7. Joey Potter
Spoiler alert to whoever is binging this series now for some reason, but Pacey and Joey end up together, even though Dawson and Joey totally deserved one another... This doe-eyed brunette with a crooked smile seems innocent, but she was really kind of a jealous boyfriend stealer. Um, she's really rude to Jen at first and she almost always acts holier than thou. She does grow a bit in college, but we still can't put her any higher here because of her adolescent actions. And her Windjammer Pageant version of "On My Own" is just not good.
6. Grams AKA Evelyn Ryan
We're leaving out "adults" on this list since Gail and Mitch don't do much but fight and get back together and then Mitch dies and we refuse to speak ill of the dead. But Grams kinda becomes one of the gang towards the end, so here she is. She starts off uptight and pretty racist, but her growth immense redeems her. She comes around and embraces the youths around her and their hip ways. She's also really good at advice giving and caring for others in times of crisis.
5. Andie McPhee
We actually feel for Andie since she deals with so much, but she's kinda like the Tracy Flick of Capeside and her eagerness is grating. Don't let those sweater vests fool you, either -- her moral compass is a little wonky. The girl stole the PSATs. We think that she's truly a good person, but she's just a bit annoying. And she left the show prematurely, so we don't have to put her in the top four. That's the rules.
4. Jen Lindley
Reformed bad girl Jen has her faults and her demons, but she grows into a cool, complicated, independent lady. Sadly, that lady had to die. (What'd she ever do to you, writers?). Jen has been though a lot and she has a lot of feels, but she remains humorous and sweet towards the end. Her friendship with Jack is everything and she becomes a mom. So, points for Jen. RIP. We'll try to forgive that Season 2 haircut. And those bangs in Season 6.
3. Pacey Witter
We know Pacey did dumb stuff like sleep with a teacher, but he's also proved himself to be a good guy with a big heart. He stands up for Jack against a bullying teacher, he can repair a boat and sail it, and he buys Joey a wall. It's really weird that he becomes a stockbroker with a goatee at one point, but he realizes he's not about that life! Pacey's a true romantic underneath that bravado. We'd have a beer at The Ice House with him any day.
2. Audrey Liddell
Audrey practically saved the college years from stalling like every teenage soap that transitions from high school to the "real world." She's fun and spunky, and injects much-needed life into Joey's sad, cardboard world. She had her share of dark times and then went to rehab, but It's pretty sweet that she got clean and ended up being a back-up singer for John Mayer.
1. Jack McPhee
It's hard to find something bad to say about Jack. He really only has positive affects on those he meets. He's a great brother to Andie and an awesome friend. He had to cope with his sister's mental health issues, an unsupportive father, and then his BFF dies on him. Not fair! But he does it all with grace, and even ends up taking care of Jen's daughter. Jack is better than everyone. End of story.