It’s been 18 long years since fans said goodbye to Dawson’s Creek. While the series still lives on in streaming (aside from its iconic theme song), with so many shows getting revived and rebooted these days, is there hope we could see Dawson, Pacey, Joey and Jen once again? (Okay, maybe not Jen.) Pacey Witter himself, Joshua Jackson, gave his opinion on that and more.
I don’t know that we need to see Pacey and Joey in their mid-40s. The story was told about a group of people at a time and frankly, you probably could have cut the last two seasons out and just kept it in high school because it’s such a particularly beautiful moment — and specific moment — in a bunch of people’s lives.
At the time that Dawson’s Creek was a thing, so were Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, Degrassi, One Tree Hill, and The O.C. Most of these shows had a very specific setting in high school and so resonated with so many people at the time. When shows move away from that storyline because the characters are growing up, the audience can grow with them. But at the same time, those high school storylines are so relatable that it makes sense that Joshua Jackson feels there wasn’t really a need to get away from that.
I know what their story is there: it’s beautiful and it’s self-contained and it’s a moment and it’s all those great things. No one needs to see the gritty drama about Pacey and Joey and their marriage 20 years later. I don’t know that you service that old story by telling the story of us getting old and gray and wrinkly and going through a midlife crisis together. I don’t think that adds to the original story.
Despite Joshua Jackson not being on board for a revival, Mary-Margaret Humes, who played Gail throughout the series, revealed in 2017 she would be on board for a Dawson’s Creek revival simply to tie up some loose ends. Even though Jackson doesn’t necessarily want a revival right now, opinions can change. Though much of the cast is busy doing other things so it may be hard to get them all together, if there were to be a revival. While still waiting for a Dawson’s Creek revival or reboot, the series is streaming on both Netflix and Hulu in full.