Played by: James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes

Dawson and Joey tried to follow the Clarissa-Sam model, but failed miserably. Neighbors since childhood, Joey, whose mother died of breast cancer and whose father was in jail for drug trafficking, spent a lot of time at the Leery household, where she and Dawson became the best will-they-or-won't-they friends. Although the two dated on and off for five of the six seasons, they ultimately remained the best of friends, as it should be—no one fucks with Pacey and Joey.