Series intertitle, seasons 3–6
|Created by||Kevin Williamson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||128 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The WB|
|Original run||January 20, 1998– May 14, 2003|
|Related shows||Young Americans|
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson which debuted on January 20, 1998, on The WB and was produced by Sony Pictures Television. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios and on location around Wilmington, Southport, and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Many scenes were filmed at UNCW, including William Randall Library and Alderman Hall, which served as the facade of Capeside High School. Other college scenes in the fifth and sixth seasons were shot at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. It portrays the fictional lives of a close-knit group of teenagers through high school and college. The program, part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, catapulted its leads to stardom and became a defining show for The WB. The series ended on May 14, 2003.
Reruns of the show are often seen in Australia on Foxtel, in Canada on TVtropolis, in Norway on TV3, in Denmark on TV2 Zulu, in the UK on Sony Entertainment Television, in France on TMC, in Greece on Macedonia TV, in Romania on Digi Film, in India on Zee Café, in Indonesia on TPI and Global TV, in Italy on Italia 1, in Spain on LaOtra, in Lithuania on TV3, in Latin America on Liv, and in the Middle East on MBC4 and on the Orbit - Showtime Network (OSN).
- 1 Premise
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Reception
- 5 Spin-off
- 6 Broadcast history
- 7 Merchandise
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The series follows four friends—Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Jen Lindley, and Pacey Witter—living in the small fictional seaside town called Capeside, Massachusetts who were in the early part of their sophomore year when the series began. The lead character, Dawson Leery, mirrors Williamson's interests and background.
|James Van Der Beek||Dawson Leery||Main|
|Michelle Williams||Jen Lindley||Main|
|Joshua Jackson||Pacey Witter||Main|
|Katie Holmes||Joey Potter||Main|
|Mary Beth Peil||Evelyn "Grams" Ryan||Main|
|Kerr Smith||Jack McPhee||Recurring||Main|
|Meredith Monroe||Andie McPhee||Recurring||Main||Recurring|
|Busy Philipps||Audrey Liddell||Recurring||Main|
|Mary-Margaret Humes||Gail Leery||Main||Recurring|
|John Wesley Shipp||Mitch Leery||Main||Recurring|
|Nina Repeta||Bessie Potter||Main||Recurring|
Characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
- Katie Holmes is the only cast member to appear in all 128 episodes.
- James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams were absent for 6, 4, and 10 episodes, respectively.
- Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe were added to the cast during the show's second season in recurring capacities until they were promoted to full-time series regulars during the show's third season. Monroe later left the series mid-way through the fourth season while Smith remained with the series for the remainder of its run. Monroe made a guest appearance in the Season 6 finale.
- At the beginning of the show's fifth season, only Mary Beth Peil remained a regular character out of the show's four "adult" characters whereas Mary-Margaret Humes, John Wesley Shipp and Nina Repeta were scaled back to recurring roles.
- Busy Philipps joined the show's cast during the fifth season as a recurring role and was a series regular character during the show's sixth and final season on the air.
- Meredith Monroe and Busy Philipps never shared any screen time, although they were referenced together on some occasions.
- During Season 1, Michelle Williams held the lead female role until she was replaced by Katie Holmes in Season 2.
- Meredith Monroe is the only cast member out of the main seven who does not appear on the cover art of any of the DVD sets.
Recurring characters and guest stars
|Actor||Character (season which they appeared)|
|Marion Raven||'Herself' (musical guest as M2M), (Season 5) episode: 100 Light Years from Home|
|Marit Larsen||'Herself' (musical guest as M2M), (Season 5) episode: 100 Light Year from Home|
|Dylan Neal||Doug Witter (Season 1, 3-6)|
|Sasha Alexander||Gretchen Witter (Season 4)|
|Monica Keena||Abby Morgan (Season 1-2)|
|Mark Matkevich||Drue Valentine (Season 4)|
|Oliver Hudson||Eddie Doling (Season 6)|
|Michael Pitt||Henry Parker (Season 3)|
|Hal Ozsan||Todd Carr (Season 5-6)|
|Chad Michael Murray||Charlie Todd (Season 5)|
|Jensen Ackles||C.J. (Season 6)|
|Megan Gray||Emma Jones (Season 6)|
|Ken Marino||Professor David Wilder (Season 5)|
|Roger Howarth||Professor Greg Hetson (Season 6)|
|Obi Ndefo||Bodie Wells (Season 1, 3, 4, and 6)|
|Ian Kahn||Danny Brecher (Season 5)|
|Dana Ashbrook||Rich Rinaldi (Season 6)|
|Harve Presnell||Arthur "A.I." Brooks (Season 4)|
|Leann Hunley||Tamara Jacobs (Season 1-2)|
|Obba Babatundé||Principal Howard Green (Season 3)|
|Bianca Kajlich||Natasha Kelly (Season 6)|
|Lourdes Benedicto||Karen Torres (Season 5)|
|Jordan Bridges||Oliver Chirckirk (Season 5-6)|
|Greg Rikaart||David (Season 6)|
|David Dukes||Will/Joseph McPhee (Season 2-4)|
|Gareth Williams||Mike Potter (Season 1, 2, and 6)|
|David Monahan||Tobey Barret (Season 4-5)|
|Carolyn Hennesy||Mrs. Valentine (Season 4)|
|Jason Behr||Chris Wolfe (Season 2)|
|Ryan Bittle||Eric (Season 5)|
|Mika Boorem||Harley Hetson (Season 6)|
|Scott Foley||Cliff Elliot (Season 1)|
|Sebastian Spence||Professor Matt Freeman (Season 6)|
|Nicole Bilderback||Heather Tracy (Season 5-6)|
|Adam Kaufman||Ethan (Season 3)|
|Aubrey Dollar||Marcy Bender (Season 3)|
|Robin Dunne||A.J. Moller (Season 3)|
|Brittany Daniel||Eve Whitman (Season 3)|
|John Finn||John Witter (Season 2, 4, and 6)|
|Ed Grady||Gramps Ryan (Season 1)|
|Bianca Lawson||Nikki Green (Season 3)|
|Eddie Mills||Tyson 'Ty' Hicks (Season 2)|
|Edmund J. Kearney||Mr. Peterson (Season 1-2)|
|Sherilyn Fenn||Alexandra 'Alex' Pearl (Season 5)|
|Jonathan Lipnicki||Buzz Thompson (Season 3)|
|Rachael Leigh Cook||Devon (Season 2)|
|Harry Shearer||Principal Peskin (Season 4)|
|Jane Lynch||Mrs Witter (Season 4)|
|Ian Bohen||Anderson Crawford (Season 1)|
|Mel Harris||Helen Lindley (Season 2)|
|Mimi Rogers||Helen Lindley (Season 6)|
|Sarah Shahi||Sadia Shaw (Season 6)|
|Tyler Rayome||Tyler Rayome (Season 6)|
Kevin Williamson, a native of the small coastal town of Oriental, North Carolina, was approached in 1995 by producer Paul Stupin to write a pilot for a television series. Stupin, who as a Fox Network executive had brought Beverly Hills, 90210 to the air, sought out Williamson after having read his script for the slasher film Scream—a knowing, witty work about high school students. Williamson's script was initially turned down by Fox, but the WB, however, was eagerly looking for programming to fill its new Tuesday night lineup. Williamson said, "I pitched it as Some Kind of Wonderful, meets Pump Up the Volume, meets James at 15, meets My So-Called Life, meets Little House on the Prairie". The show's lead character and main protagonist, Dawson Leery, was based on Williamson himself: obsessed with movies and platonically sharing his bed with the girl down the creek. The entire first season, thirteen episodes, was filmed before the first episode even aired. After the end of the second season, Williamson left to focus on Wasteland, a new show for ABC, and returned to write the two-hour series finale.
Procter & Gamble Productions (the company behind such daytime dramas as Guiding Light and As the World Turns) was an original co-producer of the series. The company, however, sold its interest in the show three months before the premiere when printed stories surfaced about the racy dialogue and risqué plot lines.
Dawson's Creek was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios and on location around Wilmington, Southport and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. College scenes in the fifth and sixth seasons were shot at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and additional shooting was done in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1999, some scenes were shot on the University of Richmond campus. The fourth season episode "Eastern Standard Time" also did location shooting in New York City, including at Grand Central Terminal.
The Wilmington area benefited greatly from the show. While a number of films, commercials and music videos had been shot at the studios, the show was the first to occupy numerous soundstages for many years. One Tree Hill later occupied some of those same soundstages for several years and used some of the same locations in Wilmington.
In addition to business brought into the community by the project, it attracted attention to the city as a filming location and boosted tourism. The visitors' bureau distributed a special guide to filming locations used in the show. When the program was cancelled in 2003, the news was reported on the front-page of Wilmington's daily newspaper, theWilmington StarNews.
- Dawson's Creek and home (6424 Head Road)
Sunset shots of Dawson standing on his dock among the marsh grass were filmed along Hewlett's Creek on Pine Grove Road between Masonboro Loop Road and Holly Tree Drive in Masonboro, North Carolina. The private residences used as homes for Dawson, Jen, and Joey are all located along the shores of Hewlett's Creek.
Some of the scenes shown during the opening credits and miscellaneous scenery shots throughout the episodes were filmed in Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. One of which is a pan of Oak Bluffs Harbor and another includes a shot of Circuit Avenue also in Oak Bluffs, MA.
Capeside is a fictional town in Massachusetts where Dawson's Creek takes place. It is located on Cape Cod, possibly somewhere mid-Cape between Falmouth and Yarmouth, as an early episode includes these real towns in a "hurricane day" announcement. Incorporated in 1815, the town has a population of 35,000 and is located between the cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Capeside exteriors were shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Its bays and coastlines are similar to those found along the coast of Massachusetts.
Capeside High School is the high school in Capeside, Massachusetts attended by several characters during the first four seasons of the show. Exteriors were filmed at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
A Dawson Creek actually exists in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is named for the river of the same name that runs through it. Another exists in Oriental, NC, which flows into the Neuse River. This served as the inspiration for the show's name. There is also a Dawson's Creek that runs through Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Restaurants and bars in the show
Interiors for The Icehouse were filmed at The Icehouse bar in downtown Wilmington several blocks from less picturesque water so exteriors were filmed at the Dockside Restaurant at 1308 Airlie Road in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Nearby constructions at the real IceHouse forced producers to eliminate the bar from the storyline by burning it down.
The Hell's Kitchen bar featured in the show was a natural food store at 118 Princess Street in Wilmington which was purchased by producers, dressed as a seedy college bar and used for production during the show's last season. When production completed, the building was purchased by a local restaurateur, along with much of the set and decorations, and converted it into a real restaurant and bar. It retains the name as well.
Leery's Fresh Fish, exteriors were filmed at Water Street Restaurant at 5 South Water Street in Wilmington.
- Worthington University
Worthington University is a fictional university from Dawson's Creek. Joey (played by Katie Holmes) and Audrey (played by Busy Philipps), characters from the series, attended this school. It is supposed to be located in Boston, Massachusetts and to have been founded in 1787 by Josiah Worthington. It is sometimes said to be an "Ivy League college".
Producers had not planned for the show to extend beyond the characters' high school years. The architectural uniformity of UNC Wilmington prevented it from being used for Worthington University exteriors. The scenes at Worthington were filmed over two hours away at Duke University, and a number of its students served as extras. Some filming was also done on Franklin Street adjacent to nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Dawson's Creek was shot like a motion picture using a single camera and often filmed on location, rather than being largely studio-bound. The series used soothing colors, similar to Party of Five, rather than the cold, harsh look of shows such as The Practice. While most of the episodes were conventional, there were two Rashomon-like episodes exploring a story from differing perspectives: the somber fifth season episode "Downtown Crossing" featured only one regular, Joey, and her interaction with a mugger, and the fourth season episode, "The Unusual Suspects", was filmed as a film noir detective story, complete with camera work and music appropriate to the genre. Also, two episodes were shot as four smaller episodes within: the third season episode "The Longest Day" and the fourth season episode "Four Stories." At times, Dawson's Creek was deliberately self-conscious, as when Eve tells Dawson he is Felicity, beginning a discussion of why Dawson doesn't like television shows, which concludes with his observation that they cut away when the best part comes—immediately demonstrated when Eve, about to kiss him, is interrupted by the main titles. It also made fun of itself on other episodes besides that one, especially the finale, when Dawson is the creator of a TV show called "The Creek."
The series is known for its realism and intelligent dialogue that included allusions to American television icons such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For example, Dawson calls his mother's co-anchor "Ted Baxter" and refers to his parents as "Rob and Laura Petrie". He responds to his principal's request for a film glorifying the football team as belonging to "the Leni Riefenstahl approach to filmmaking." Jen says her parents followed "the Ho Chi Minh school of parenting". The New York Times headlined its review: "Young, Handsome, and Clueless in Peyton Place, an allusion that was similar to those found in the series that teenagers weren't likely to understand. The verbosity and complexity of the dialogue between its teenage characters —who commonly demonstrate vocabulary and cultural awareness— has been criticized at times as being beyond the scope of the average high school student, yet being combined with an emotional immaturity and self-absorption reflecting actual teens. For example, Joey correctly identifies a romantic quote mumbled by Dawson (“love is so short, forgetting is so long”) as being “stolen” from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This precociousness has been a staple of a number of teenage-themed shows since, notably including One Tree Hill (also filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina), The O.C. and Gossip Girl.
Dawson's Creek generated a high amount of publicity before its debut, with several television critics and consumer watchdog groups expressing concerns about its anticipated "racy" plots and dialogue. The controversy drove one of the original production companies away from the project. John Kiesewetter, television columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, "As much as I want to love the show—the cool kids, charming New England setting, and stunning cinematography—I can't get past the consuming preoccupation with sex, sex, sex." In his defense, Williamson denied this was his intention, stating that "I never set out to make something provocative and racy". Syndicated columnist John Leo said the show should be called "When Parents Cringe," and went on to write "The first episode contains a good deal of chatter about breasts, genitalia, masturbation, and penis size. Then the title and credits come on and the story begins." Tom Shales, of The Washington Post commented that creator Kevin Williamson was "the most overrated wunderkind in Hollywood" and "what he's brilliant at is pandering." The Parents Television Council proclaimed the show as the single worst program of the 1997–98 and 1998-99 seasons by being "the crudest of the network shows aimed at kids." They explained the series contains "an almost obsessive focus on pre-marital sexual activity" with a lot of references to topics of pornography and condoms and also criticized teen self-identification with homosexuality which is given a thumbs-up. The Council also cited it as the fourth worst show in 2000–2001. Former UPN President Lucie Salhany criticized WB for airing Dawson's Creek which features "adolescent characters in adult situations" in an early timeslot while the network is supposed to be "the family network". However, on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, the National Organization for Women offered an endorsement, deeming it one of the least sexually exploitative shows on the air.
Numerous critics praised the show. Before its premiere, San Francisco Chronicle explained the buzz around the show is due to its creator Kevin Williamson who wrote the screenplays for Scream and Scream 2 and that the show might be "one of the year's tangier hits". He also found Dawson's Creek scenically "downright luxuriant" and liked that it "doesn't have the rushed feel of so many teen shows. The edginess is in the situations, not the pacing." Variety wrote that it was "an addictive drama with considerable heart...the teenage equivalent of a Woody Allen movie—a kind of 'Deconstructing Puberty'". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it "a teen's dream". The Dayton Daily News listed Capeside as a television town they'd most like to live in. The Seattle Times declared it the best show of the 1997–1998 season and said it "belongs to the small-pantheon My So-Called Life, James at 15 and to a lesser extent, Party of Five and Doogie Howser, M.D..
Dawson's Creek was nominated for fourteen awards, including ALMA Awards, Casting Society of America Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, TV Guide Awards, and YoungStar Awards. In 2000, the show was awarded a SHINE Award for consistently addressing sexual health issues on TV. By the end of its run, the show, its crew, and its young cast had been nominated for numerous awards, winning four of them. Joshua Jackson won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor three times, and the show won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama once. The series also won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series.
|2001||Nominated||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Director of a Drama Series||Gregory Prange|
|1998||Nominated||Artios Award||Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot||Marcia Shulman|
|2000||Nominated||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding TV Drama Series|
|2004||Nominated||Satellite Awards||Best DVD Release of TV Shows||Dawson's Creek - The Complete Second Season|
|2000||Nominated||TV Guide Awards||Favorite Teen Show|
|1999||Won||Teen Choice Awards||TV - Choice Drama|
|Won||TV - Choice Actor||Joshua Jackson|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actor||James Van Der Beek|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actress||Katie Holmes|
|Nominated||TV - Breakout Performance||Rachael Leigh Cook|
|2000||Won||TV - Choice Drama|
|Won||TV - Choice Actor||Joshua Jackson|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actress||Katie Holmes|
|2001||Nominated||TV - Choice Drama|
|Won||TV - Choice Actor||Joshua Jackson|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actress||Katie Holmes|
|2002||Nominated||TV - Choice Drama/Action Adventure|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actor, Drama||Joshua Jackson|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actress, Drama||Katie Holmes|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Sidekick||Busy Philipps|
|2003||Nominated||TV - Choice Drama/Action Adventure|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actor - Drama/Action Adventure||Joshua Jackson|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Actress - Drama/Action Adventure||Katie Holmes|
|Nominated||TV - Choice Sidekick||Mika Boorem|
|1998||Nominated||YoungStar Awards||Outstanding TV Drama SeriesBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series||Michelle Williams|
U.S. television ratings
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|Season||Timeslot||Network||Season premiere||Season finale||TV seasons||Rank||Viewers
|1||Tuesday 9/8c||The WB||January 20, 1998||May 19, 1998||1997–1998||#121||6.6|
|2||Wednesday 8/7c||October 7, 1998||May 26, 1999||1998–1999||#119||5.4|
|3||September 29, 1999||May 24, 2000||1999–2000||#122||4.0|
|4||October 4, 2000||May 23, 2001||2000–2001||#120||4.1|
|5||October 10, 2001||May 15, 2002||2001–2002||#134||3.9|
|6||October 2, 2002||May 14, 2003||2002–2003||#134||4.0|
The show was rated TV14 for content.
While never a huge ratings success among the general television population, Dawson's Creek did very well with the younger demographic it targeted and became a defining show for the WB Network. The pilot episode was watched by 6.8 million viewers and had a 4.8 rating which was the network's highest rating at the time. The first season's highest ranked episode was the finale, which was fifty-ninth, while the second highest rated was the second episode (probably scoring so well partially because the other major networks carried President Clinton's State of the Union address in the midst of the Lewinsky scandal rather than their regular programming). The finale itself was watched by 7.8 million U.S. viewers, which was its largest audience ever.
The show had, in the words of television experts Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, a "semi-spinoff" - Young Americans. The protagonist of Young Americans, Will Krudski (Rodney Scott), was introduced in three episodes at the end of the show's third season, as a former classmate of Dawson, Joey, and Pacey, who had moved away some years before and had returned for a visit. He was never referred to before or seen again. Young Americans was made by the same company as Dawson's Creek, Columbia TriStar Television, and appeared in Dawson's Creek's timeslot when it went on hiatus during the summer of 2000. The show had 8 episodes. The reason the show is considered a semi-spinoff instead of a true spinoff is that Will was not originally created for Dawson's Creek. He was added to Dawson's solely to set up and promote the series Young Americans.
The Amanda Show featured a skit entitled "Moody's Point" to parody the show, but was discontinued when the show was cancelled.
The show was especially popular in America, where it rated #1 in its timeslot for several episodes and highly at other times from seasons one to four. The show originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 but later moved to Five for the last two seasons. In 2007, Five's sister channel FiveLife began airing reruns on weekdays at 7pm. In early 2008 with its evening showings having reached the final season it restarted the show in an early morning slot. From April 2011, it now airs on Sony Entertainment Television on the Sky digital platform.
The show also aired in numerous international markets, listed here with the premiere dates:
|Australia||1998||Network Ten (Original broadcast – 1998–2003)
TV1 (Syndication – 2001–present)
|Austria||ORF 1, Reruns on Puls 4|
|Belgium||1999||VT4, Reruns on 2BE (2008), vtm (as of August 30, 2010) (Dutch), VijfTV (as of August 30, 2011) (Dutch)|
|La Deux, Club RTL (French)|
|Brazil||March 3, 1998||Rede Globo|
|Canada||January 20, 1998 May 14, 2003||Global|
|Croatia||2001, September||Nova TV|
|Czech Republic||September 9, 2000||TV Nova|
|Denmark||DR1, TV 2 and currently TV 2 Zulu|
|France||January 10, 1999||TF1 and Télé Monte Carlo|
|Germany||January 3, 1999||Sat.1|
|Greece||January 10, 1999||Mega|
|Hungary||September 11, 1999||TV2 S1-S3, RTL Klub S4-S5, Cool TV S6|
|India||April 2008||Zee Cafe|
|Indonesia||1999, rerun 2007||TPI, rerun by Global TV|
|Ireland||May 1998||RTE TWO reruns on 3e|
|Israel||September 1, 1998
|Italy||January 3, 1999/ January 13, 2000||Tele+ (pay tv)/ Italia Uno (free to air)|
|Lithuania||TV3 later moved to TV6|
|Malaysia||2000||Radio Televisyen Malaysia Channel 2 (TV2)|
|Malta||July 2008||Net Television|
|New Zealand||June 25, 1999||TV2 (New Zealand)|
|Norway||September 1, 1998||TV3|
|Panama||1998||Channel 4 RPC|
|Paraguay||1998||Channel 9 SNT|
|Peru||Sony Entertainment Television (Latin America)|
|Poland||September 6, 1998||Polsat|
|Portugal||April 8, 2001||TVI|
|Romania||February 28, 1999||Pro TV|
|Saudi Arabia||December 2007||MBC 4|
|Spain||2000||La 2 de RTVE|
|Switzerland||December 27, 1998||TSR 2|
|Thailand||May 15, 1999||True Series|
|Turkey||1999||CNBC-E, 2002 DiziMax, 2009 Kanal 1|
|United Kingdom||May 2, 1998||Channel 4, Sky One, Trouble, Sony TV|
On April 27, 1999, the first soundtrack album of the teen soap opera, Songs from Dawson's Creek, was released. It features Sophie B. Hawkins, Jessica Simpson, Shooter, Heather Nova, Adam Cohen and Paula Cole, among others. On October 3, 2000, a second soundtrack titled Songs from Dawson's Creek — Volume 2 was released. The first volume Songs from Dawson's Creek reached #1 on the Australian Album Chart and was certified five times Platinum, making it the fifth highest selling album of 1999, while the second also achieved Platinum status.
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Darren Crosdale's Dawson's Creek: The Official Companion (Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel, 1999) (ISBN 0-7407-0725-6), thoroughly chronicles the show, but only covers events through to the end of the second season. Scott Andrews' Troubled Waters: An Unauthorised and Unofficial Guide To Dawson's Creek (Virgin Publishing 2001 (ISBN 0-7535-0625-4)) also covers the series thoroughly but it includes all episodes up to the end of Season Four and, because it is unofficial, is freer with both criticism and praise. A less thorough book from about the same time, aimed at teens, is Meet the Stars of Dawson's Creek by Grace Catalano, which has more about the show than the title would imply. Andy Mangels's From Scream to Dawson's Creek: An Unauthorized Take on the Phenomenal Career of Kevin Williamson (Los Angeles: Renaissance Books, 2000) (ISBN 1-58063-122-3) covers the show well but omits later seasons.
Other references include:
- "The best (and worst) 1999 had to offer". Dayton Daily News. January 2, 2000. 5C.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. 8th ed. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003. (General information on the show and Young Americans)
- "Cheers and Jeers". TV Guide. Issue 2619. v. 51, n. 23. June 7, 2003. 14.
- Tamara Conniff. "Music plays an important—and profitable—role in 'Dawson's Creek'". The Hollywood Reporter. April 17, 2002. (The show's sound)
- Robert Crane. "Twenty Questions: Kevin Williamson". Playboy. v. 45, n. 9. September 1998. 138. (Interview with the show's creator)
- "Dawson's Creek's low aim". (Editorial). The Cincinnati Post. September 22, 1997. 8A. (Editorial denouncing Procter and Gamble's role in the show, P&G being a Cincinnati company)
- Maureen Dowd. "Puppy Love Politics". The New York Times. June 9, 1999. A31. (Humorous mention of politicians)
- Jeffrey Epstein. "Unbound". The Advocate. August 31, 1999. 34. (Kevin Williamson profiled)
- Amanda Fazzone. "Boob Tube: NOW's Strange Taste in TV". The New Republic. Issue 4515. v. 225, n. 5. June 8, 2001. 26–35. (NOW's endorsement of the show)
- Matthew Gilbert. "'Dawson's Creek': A flood of hormones". The Boston Globe. January 20, 1998. C1. (Review of premiere)
- Matthew Gilbert. "Dawson, pals talk out into the sunset". The Boston Globe. May 14, 2003. D1. (Review of finale)
- Lynn Hirschberg. "Desperate to Seem 16". The New York Times Magazine. September 5, 1999. 42.
- John Kieswetter. "P&G execs reviewing family TV". The Cincinnati Enquirer. August 6, 2000. A1. (P&G considering its role in producing the show)
- John Kieswetter. "Readers divided on 'Dawson's'". The Cincinnati Enquirer. February 24, 1998. (Cincinnati viewers' reaction to the premiere)
- Caryn James. "Young, Handsome, and Clueless in Peyton Place". The New York Times. January 20, 1998. E5. (Review of the premiere)
- Ted Johnson. "Dawson's Peak". TV Guide. Issue 2345. v. 46, n. 10. March 7, 1998. 18–24. (Cover story on show's early success)
- Ted Johnson. "His So-Called Life". TV Guide. Issue 2345. v. 46, n. 10. March 7, 1998. 25–29. (Profile of creator Kevin Williamson)
- "Kevin Williamson: he's a scream". TV Guide. Issue 2337. v. 26, n. 2. January 10, 1998. 30. (Profile of creator Kevin Williamson)
- Phil Kloer. "'Dawson's Creek': Teens get wet". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. January 20, 1998. B1. (Review of premiere)
- John Leo. "TV sleaze worse than ever". Las Vegas Review-Journal. January 25, 1998. 4E. (Column criticizing sex on television)
- Gareth McGrath. "Creek's Hot Properties". Wilmington Star-News. June 14, 2003. (Sale of props used on the show)
- Shawna Malcolm. "Casting Off". TV Guide. Issue 2615. v. 51, n. 19. May 10, 2003. 40.
- Jay Mathews. "'Dawson's Creek' site mecca for teens". The Cincinnati Enquirer. July 18, 1999. Travel section, p. 6.
- "The Merchants of Cool". Frontline. PBS. February 27, 2001.
- Joe Queenan. "Dumb and Dumber". TV Guide. v. 46, n. 15. April 11, 1998. 18.
- Lynette Rice. "Interest in 'Creek' Rising". Broadcasting and Cable. June 16, 1997. 25.
- Ray Richmond. "Youth ache 100 episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. April 17, 2002. (Part of special section commemorating 100th episode.)
- Matt Roush. Review of Dawson's Creek. TV Guide. v. 46, n. 6. February 7, 1998. 16.
- Pamela Redmond Satran. "15 Signs You're Too Old to Watch Dawson's Creek". TV Guide. Issue 2442. v. 28, n. January 3, 15, 2000. 17.
- Tom Shales. "Stuck in the Muck". The Washington Post. January 20, 1998. D1.
- Maxine Shin. "If Dawson and Buffy Are Gone, Can I Still Be Young?" New York Post. May 20, 2003.
- Alessandra Stanley. "A President-to-Be And His Rosebud". The New York Times. September 10, 2004. B1.
- Kevin D. Thompson. "'Dawson's Creek' runs its course tonight". The Palm Beach Post. May 14, 2003.
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