The Evolution of Gay TV Characters
Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), “Dawson’s Creek” (1998)
Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), "Dawson's Creek" (1998)
Jack McPhee was a newcomer to Capeside in
Season 2. It wasn't long, though, before the shy outsider started a romance with Dawson's girl, Joey Potter -- even acting as a
nude model for her life drawing assignment. However, as rumors about his sexuality spread through Capeside High, the flames of Jack and Joey's passions were extinguished, and he eventually came out. Jack kept things platonic for a while after that. He became best buds with Jen Lindley and revealed that he was gay to his first girlfriend, Katie. But when Jack met Ethan, all bets were off, yet they just couldn't seem to make it work.
Even when Jack chased Ethan to the bus station after prom to profess his feelings, he just couldn't seal the deal with a kiss. Jack finally got up the nerve, and on May 24, 2000, in an episode called "True Love,"
two men locked lips on network TV for the first time.
As is often the case with teen romance, Jack and Ethan didn't last. But in the
series finale, Jack ended up with Pacey's older brother Doug, a local deputy. Together they vowed to raise Jen's daughter, Amy, after Jen died of pulmonary congestion.