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Dawson's Creek 6 Seasons

Season 5
4.1 out of 5 stars (103) IMDb 6.5/10

Teenage friends come of age in a small New England town.

Starring:
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

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Season 5

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1. The Bostonians

Though they have all left Capeside for school and beyond, things between Joey, Dawson, Jen, jack and Pacey remain unsettled.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 10, 2001
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2. The Lost Weekend

Dawson's trip to Boston is undercut by Joey's grim phone message; Jen decides to give romance a chance.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 17, 2001
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3. Capeside Revisited

Dawson finds his dad won't support his decision to drop out of film school; Joey learns of Pacey's presence in Boston.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 24, 2001
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4. The Long Goodbye

As Dawson takes on the responsibility of holding the family together following his dad's death, his friends all look for ways they can help ease the pain.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 31, 2001
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5. Use Your Disillusion

Joey anxiously prepares for a visit from Dawson; Jack is forced to choose between his fraternity brothers and Tobey.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 7, 2001
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6. High Anxiety

While in Boston to see a psychiatrist about his anxiety attacks, Dawson finds that his friend's lives are in turmoil, too.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: November 14, 2001
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7. Text, Lies And Videotape

As Dawson begins therapy, Joey looks for the self-confidence to voice her opinions, while Pacey discovers the truth behind Danny's affair.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 21, 2001
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8. Hotel New Hampshire

As Joey and Audrey join Jack and his friends at a fraternity formal, Dawson invites Jen to join him for as weekend in New Hampshire.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 28, 2001
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9. Four Scary Stories

Jen solicits four scary stories during her Halloween night stint as a substitute DJ at the campus radio station.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 12, 2001
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10. Appetite For Destruction

Dawson and Jen return home to an unexpected dinner party where their new relationship is suddenly unveiled.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: December 19, 2001
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11. Something Wild

Jen tries to convince Dawson to move to Boston, while Joey, Pacey and Audrey team up for a night to celebrate their respective achievements.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 16, 2002
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12. Sleeping Arrangements

As Pacey must choose between a new passion and an old one, Dawson and Jen try to find a balance in their new relationship; Jack discovers that he is not quite as welcome at the fraternity as he once thought.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: January 23, 2002
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13. Something Wilder

As Dawson starts film school, Jen's newfound happiness jeopardizes her radio show; Joey finds herself with two dinner dates and a difficult choice to make.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 30, 2002
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14. Guerilla Filmmaking

As Dawson struggles to direct a classmate's script, Joey confronts her own feelings about Professor Wilder.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 6, 2002
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15. Downtown Crossing

Joey helps a mugger who robbed her just before he was hit by a car.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 13, 2002
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16. In A Lonely Place

As Joey is forced to face up to her feelings for Professor Wilder, Jen and Pacey get some unexpected advice on romance from a pair of touring musicians.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: February 20, 2002
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17. Highway To Hell

As Audrey and Pacey join Joey for a road trip to perform with Charlie's band, Dawson's return to Capeside reveals some new information about his mom's life -- and his own romance with Jen.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 3, 2002
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18. Cigarette Burns

Dawson inadvertently insults an influential critic right before she's about to review his new film.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 10, 2002
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19. 100 Light Years From Home

As a Spring Break trip to Florida forces Pacey and Audrey to admit their true feelings for each other, Joey must decide how to handle a very persistent Charlie.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 17, 2002
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20. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

As a tour for Charlie's band leaves Joey facing a big decision, Pacey and Audrey find that the restaurant's new ownership will mean big changes for both of them.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 24, 2002
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21. After Hours

As Pacey tries fighting off the temptations offered by Alex, a study break leads Dawson into the bed with local film critic.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: May 1, 2002
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22. The Abby

The end of the school year has Dawson and his friends struggling to go their separate ways.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 8, 2002
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23. Swan Song

All the best-laid summer vacation plans are thrown into disarray as everyone collides at the airport.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 15, 2002
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By Rhett Miller on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Ignore the haters, Season Five is one of the series' best. While nothing will touch the freshman year of Seasons One and Two, Season Five benefits from a welcome change of scenery. Capeside was getting tired by the end of Season Three, and Four seemed like the same old conflicts reiterated again. The series needed to breathe, and it found new wind in sending Dawson off to California and the rest of the clan off to Boston.

Throwing the characters into the new realm of post-secondary adds freshness to the series, as the gang is able to experience new and more age-oriented conflicts, like fraternity angst, career-path uncertainty and the perils of being away from home. The series would even stretch itself creatively with the new location change, with an interesting two-parter with Joey and a life-changing situation.

Not only is the change of scenery rife with interesting new experiences, but the actual subject matter of Season Five has much more dramatic weight than the comparatively lackluster Season Four. Dawson does some real soul searching, Pacey copes with the hardships of being a failure, and there is a death with an emotional impact that makes Abby Morgan's farewell in Season Two seems like small stuff.

We also get a new regular, Audrey, "Freaks and Geeks" breakout Busy Phillips, and she adds a feistiness to the series that had been lost after Abby's departure in Season Two. While Audrey's character would become a writing snafu in Season Six (constantly reiterating the same old tired drug/alcohol abuse story), her, Joey and Pacey have some really strong moments in this season.
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One of the biggest reasons I enjoy television so much is because it allows me to escape the incredible boredom that passes for my life, and for a little while anyway, take in somebody else's problems and live in their lives.

This is certainly the case with Dawson's Creek. I never watched the show when it was on the air until the last few episodes, but I have enjoyed the first four DVD sets and was interested to see how the show changed once the kids left Capeside for college.

As season five begins, we find Dawson at film school in California, Joey at Worthington College in Boston and Jack and Jen close by at Boston Bay College. Pacey, fresh off his summer working on a yacht, is living in a boat in Boston Harbor and as the season begins, only Jen knows he is there.

Things change quickly for everyone as the season gets under way. Dawson realizes that he misses being with Joey and decides he wants to move to Boston to be near her. But the sudden death of his father changes everything, pushing him away from Joey and eventually into a relationship with Jen. Jack quickly joins a fraternity and his brothers soon begin to take priority over school and his high school friends. Pacey realizes that he has a talent for cooking when he gets a job in a restaurant and Joey finds herself attracted to her professor.

James Van Der Beek is again solid as Dawson, though you have a hard time, as in years past, believing that he is the age that he is. The dialogue throughout the series has always been over the top, which is really what makes the show what it is. His emotion at the death of his father, and his need to be there for his mother is heart wrenching at times. He finally confronts his feelings by going to a therapist to sort out his feelings.
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I know there are many disappointed fans out there when it comes to the decline of momentum in the fifth season, but I really loved this season. We have already seen all of Capeside and its inhabitants at this point. We already know the in depth history of each and every one of the main characters. We have already seen the same people thrown into the same situations again and again (Not saying that I didn't love every minute of it). It is just nice to see how they react to a new environment and new people. Also, the fifth season has some of the most heartbreaking storylines of the entire series, including the episode where Mitch dies and the one where Joey gets mugged. For anyone questioning whether or not to buy the disc set, let me just tell you that the previous four were well worth it for me. I do have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the change in music. I understand why certain songs had to be changed, but it just isn't quite the same when you see the opening credits come on and you don't hear "I don't want to wait" by Paula Cole along with it. I would certainly pay a little more for the set if it had at least that one song included.
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I've heard it all before. It costs a lot of money to get credits for songs. But when I think I'm buying Season 5 of "Dawson's Creek" and what I really get is some whacked-out EDITED version of the show, I'm gonna be unhappy! This is the situation. I dealt with the theme song change. I dealt with some horrendous replacement songs. But I shouldn't have to deal with the decision to edit out some scenes for licensing issues. I hope I speak for many when I say that I am willing to pay top dollar for the unedited, as they aired versions of each and every episode of "Dawson's Creek". The DVDs as they are do not do the show justice. Only Season 1 is in its original state. It's the only set I suggest buying.
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