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Dawson's Creek: See the Exclusive Reunion Photos

And hear the cast reminisce.

It's been 20 years since Dawson's Creek premiered on the WB and became a cultural touchstone of so many of our young lives.

To celebrate its anniversary, the entire cast, Katie Holmes (Joey Potter), James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter), Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley), Busy Phillips (Audrey Liddell), Kerr Smith (Jack McPhee), Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee), and Mary Beth Peil (Evelyn "Grams" Ryan) reunited to take photos and discuss the impact of the landmark series for the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

"I think we've all sort of seen each other over the years, but not everybody all together," Holmes said of being reunited with her co-stars. "And never for long enough."

"It was like growing up together," Monroe said. "I felt like I was so grateful that it was shooting in Wilmington. We all got to really connect in a way that I don't think we would have had we been in New York or L.A."

"Kevin never insulted the audience and never insulted [the actors] by dumbing us down. I loved that part, " Jackson said of the dialogue, which was often criticized for not reflecting how teens actually speak.

"I was actually with James when he signed his first autograph," Humes, who played Dawson's mother, Gail, said. "My husband and I had taken James up to Universal City in L.A. to watch a movie. This girl came up to James and said, 'Excuse me, aren't you that guy on Dawson's Creek? May I have your autograph?' He signed it and said, 'Oh my God, Mary-Margaret, that was my first!' And, of course, my thought was 'Oh, honey, hang on.'"

"I loved that we were able to get in there in those formative years for people," Williams said. "That's why people, I think, are so connected to it. When something affects you while you were growing up, it kind of stays in there forever. When you're so permeable and open and trying to figure out who you are and what's going on, whatever reaches you in those moments really becomes part of you."

Needless to say, the Internet could not handle this mega-burst of '90s nostalgia.

Cancel all other news today.

Sidenote: how do they all stay so ageless? What was in that water at the Creek?

In other words: the best relationship on television from 1998 to 2003.

Now, sing it with me:

And for more James Van Der Beek, check out the 14 Stars Who Surprising You With Big Blockbuster Roles.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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