Dawson's Creek

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Dawson's Creek
Dawsons creek credits.jpg
Series intertitle, seasons 3–5
Genre Teen drama
Created by Kevin Williamson
Opening theme
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 128 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network The WB
Original release January 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) – May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
Related shows Young Americans
One Tree Hill
External links

Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college that ran from 1998 to 2003. The series stars James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery, Katie Holmes as his best friend and love interest Joey Potter, Joshua Jackson as their fellow best friend Pacey Witter, and Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, a New York City transplant to the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts, where the series was set. The show was created by Kevin Williamson and debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998. It was produced by Columbia TriStar Television (renamed Sony Pictures Television before the sixth and final season) and was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, it catapulted its leads to stardom and became a defining show for The WB.[citation needed] The show placed at No. 90 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list in 2007.[1] The series ended on May 14, 2003.[2] During the course of the series, 128 episodes of Dawson's Creek aired over six seasons.

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character
James Van Der Beek Dawson Leery Main
Katie Holmes Joey Potter Main
Michelle Williams Jen Lindley Main
Joshua Jackson Pacey Witter Main
Mary-Margaret Humes Gail Leery Main Recurring
John Wesley Shipp Mitch Leery Main Recurring
Mary Beth Peil Evelyn "Grams" Ryan Main
Nina Repeta Bessie Potter Main Recurring
Kerr Smith Jack McPhee Recurring Main
Meredith Monroe Andie McPhee Recurring Main Guest
Busy Philipps Audrey Liddell Recurring Main

Recurring characters and guest stars[edit]

  • Ed Grady as Gramps Ryan (season 1); Jen's terminally sick grandfather
  • Leann Hunley as Tamara Jacobs (season 1–2); a teacher at Capeside High and Pacey's first love interest
  • Scott Foley as Cliff Elliot (season 1); a student who shows an interest in Jen
  • Obi Ndefo as Bodie Wells (season 1, 3, 4, and 6); Bessie's boyfriend
  • Ian Bohen as Anderson Crawford (season 1); a rich boy from out of town and minor love interest for Joey
  • Dylan Neal as Doug Witter (season 1, 3–6); Pacey's older policeman brother
  • Monica Keena as Abby Morgan (season 1–2); Jen's trouble-making friend
  • Gareth Williams as Mike Potter (season 1, 2, and 6); Joey's father who is serving prison time for drug trafficking
  • Edmund J. Kearney as Mr. Peterson (season 1–2); an abusive reading teacher at Capeside High
  • Jason Behr as Chris Wolfe (season 2); a student at Capeside High
  • John Finn as John Witter (season 2, 4, and 6); Pacey and Doug's father and police chief of Capeside
  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Devon (season 2); a wannabe film actress who stars in one of Dawson's films
  • Eddie Mills as Tyson 'Ty' Hicks (season 2); a crewperson and student who shows an interest in Jen
  • David Dukes as Will/Joseph McPhee (season 2–4); Andie and Jack's father
  • Obba Babatundé as Principal Howard Green (season 3); the stern but humane principal of Capeside High
  • Brittany Daniel as Eve Whitman (season 3); a trouble-making stranger to Capeside
  • Aubrey Dollar as Marcy Bender (season 3); a student at Capeside High
  • Michael Pitt as Henry Parker (season 3); a football student who develops a crush on Jen
  • Mel Harris as Helen Lindley (season 3); Jen's mother
  • Robin Dunne as A.J. Moller (season 3); a college student from Boston and Joey's love interest
  • Adam Kaufman as Ethan (season 3); Jack's first gay love interest
  • Bianca Lawson as Nikki Green (season 3); the daughter of Principal Green
  • Jonathan Lipnicki as Buzz Thompson (season 3); a neglected child whom Pacey takes under his wing
  • Sasha Alexander as Gretchen Witter (season 4); Pacey's older sister and Dawson's love interest for the season
  • Carolyn Hennesy as Mrs. Valentine (season 4); the owner of Capeside's Yacht Club, Drue's snobbish mother, and Joey's harsh boss
  • Mark Matkevich as Drue Valentine (season 4); Jen's former friend from New York
  • Harve Presnell as Arthur "A.I." Brooks (season 4); a crouchy retired film director whom Dawson admires
  • Harry Shearer as Principal Peskin (season 4); Capeside High's pompous principal
  • David Monahan as Tobey Barret (season 4–5); Jack's love interest
  • Jane Lynch as Mrs. Witter (season 4); Pacey's troubled and subservient mother
  • Ken Marino as Professor David Wilder (season 5); an English college professor and Joey's casual love interest
  • Nicole Bilderback as Heather Tracy (season 5–6); Dawson's Hollywood film producer
  • Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd (season 5); Jen's college boyfriend
  • Hal Ozsan as Todd Carr (season 5–6); an ill-tempered and egotistical hack film director and Dawson's mentor
  • Lourdes Benedicto as Karen Torres (season 5); a waitress and love interest of Pacey and Danny
  • Ian Kahn as Danny Brecher (season 5); a restaurant owner and Pacey's boss
  • Ryan Bittle as Eric (season 5); a fraternity student
  • Jordan Bridges as Oliver Chirckirk (season 5–6); a struggling film student
  • Marion Raven as Herself (musical guest as M2M), (season 5) episode: "100 Light Years from Home"
  • Marit Larsen as Herself (musical guest as M2M), (season 5) episode: "100 Light Years from Home"
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Alexandra 'Alex' Pearl (season 5); Pacey's new boss at Civilization Restaurant
  • Roger Howarth as Professor Greg Hetson (season 6); Joey's non-conformist and cynical English professor[3]
  • Oliver Hudson as Eddie Doling (season 6); a college student and Joey's love interest for the season[3]
  • Sebastian Spence as Professor Matt Freeman (season 6); a professor at Boston Bay college[3]
  • Jensen Ackles as C.J. (season 6); Jen's friend and later boyfriend[3]
  • Dana Ashbrook as Rich Rinaldi (season 6); a ruthless and greedy stockbroker and Pacey's boss
  • Bianca Kajlich as Natasha Kelly (season 6); a brash film actress and Dawson's love interest
  • Mika Boorem as Harley Hetson (season 6); Professor Hetson's headstrong daughter
  • Murderdolls as Themselves (musical guest), (season 6) episode: "Living Dead Girl"
  • Greg Rikaart as David (season 6); Jack's love interest for the season
  • No Doubt as Themselves (musical guest), (season 6) episode: "Spiderwebs"
  • Sarah Shahi as Sadia Shaw (season 6); a reporter who investigates Pacey
  • Seth Rogen as Bob (season 6); a stranger who Audrey has a one-night stand with
  • Mimi Rogers as Helen Lindley (season 6); Jen's mother



Following on the success of his screenplay for Scream, Kevin Williamson was approached to write a pilot for a television series by television executive, Paul Stupin. Williamson's script was initially turned down by Fox, but the WB picked it up for 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".[4] The show's lead character, 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.[5]

After the end of the second season, Williamson left to focus on Wasteland, a new show for ABC,[6] but returned to write the two-hour series finale.[7]

Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) and Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) in the "Pilot" episode (c. 1998).

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.[8]

Filming locations[edit]

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 Ice House restaurant, owned by the Potter family and featured in the show, is actually Dockside Restaurant in Wilmington, NC. (The location at the end of the show, when Ice House was owned by Pacey, actually switched to Elijah's, also in Wilmington, NC.)

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.[9]

In addition to business brought into the community by the project, it attracted attention to the city as a filming location and boosted tourism.[10] The visitors' bureau distributed a special guide to filming locations used in the show.[9] When the program was cancelled in 2003, the news was reported on the front-page of Wilmington's daily newspaper, the Wilmington StarNews.

Dawson's Creek and home (6424 Head Road)[edit]

Sunset shots of Dawson standing on his dock among the marsh grass were filmed along Hewlett's Creek on Pine Grove Drive between Masonboro Loop Road and Holly Tree Road in Masonboro, North Carolina.[9][11] 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[edit]

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.[9]

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.[9]

Leery's Fresh Fish, exteriors were filmed at Water Street Restaurant at 5 South Water Street in Wilmington.[9]

Worthington University[edit]

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,[12] and a number of its students served as extras.[12] Some filming was also done on Franklin Street adjacent to nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Critical reception[edit]

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.[8][13]

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."[13] In his defense, Williamson denied this was his intention, stating that "I never set out to make something provocative and racy".[13]

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," complaining about "an almost obsessive focus on pre-marital sexual activity", references to pornography and condoms, and the show's acceptance of homosexuality.[14] The Council also cited it as the fourth worst show in 2000–2001.[15] 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".[16] 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.

Despite the controversy surrounding the sexual-oriented topics, the show was a major critical success. Before its premiere, San Francisco Chronicle explained the buzz around the show was 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."[17] Variety wrote that it was "an addictive drama with considerable heart...the teenage equivalent of a Woody Allen movie—a kind of 'Deconstructing Puberty'".[18] 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..[19]

Awards and accolades[edit]

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.[20] By the end of its run, the show, its crew, and its young cast had been nominated for numerous awards, winning six 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 twice. The series also won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series.[21]

Year Result Award Category Recipients
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
2001 Nominated
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
Nominated Meredith Monroe
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
1999 Nominated

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot Network Season premiere Season finale TV seasons Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 9/8c The WB January 20, 1998 May 19, 1998 1997–1998 #121[22] 6.6[22]
2 Wednesday 8/7c October 7, 1998 May 26, 1999 1998–1999 #119[23] 5.4[23]
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[24] 3.9[24]
6 October 2, 2002 May 14, 2003 2002–2003 #134 4.0

The show was rated TV-14 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.[25] 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).[26] The finale itself was watched by 7.8 million U.S. viewers, which was its largest audience ever.[citation needed]


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.[27]

Simon & Schuster published a series of fifteen mass-market paperback novelizations of the series.[9][28]

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 Australia, where it rated #1 in its timeslot on Network Ten for several episodes and highly at other times from seasons one to four.[citation needed] The show originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 but later moved to Channel 5 for the last two seasons. In 2007, Channel 5's sister channel 5Star 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. As of November 2017, the full series returns to Channel 4 on it's steaming service All 4.

The show also aired in numerous international markets, listed here with the premiere dates:

Country Premiere Channel
 Albania 2005 Vizion +
 Argentina 1998 Sony Entertainment Television (Latin America)
 Australia 1998 Network Ten (Original broadcast – 1998–2003)
TV1 (Syndication – 2001–2000s)
9Go! (2017–)
 Austria ORF 1, Reruns on Puls 4
 Belgium 1999 VT4, Reruns on 2BE (2008), vtm (as of August 30, 2010) (in Dutch), VijfTV (as of August 30, 2011) (in Dutch)
La Deux, Club RTL (in French)
 Brazil March 3, 1998 Sony, Rede Globo, Record, Liv, MTV
 Bulgaria 2000 Nova Television
 Canada January 20, 1998 May 14, 2003 Global
 Chile 2000 MEGA
 Croatia September 2001 Nova TV
 Cuba 2005, January Cubavision
 Czech Republic September 9, 2000 TV Nova
 Denmark September 1, 1998 TV3. Syndication: DR1, TV 2 and currently TV 2 Zulu
 Ecuador 1998, September sitv
 France January 10, 1999 TF1 and Télé Monte Carlo
 Germany January 3, 1999 Sat.1 (Seasons 1-3) and ProSieben (Seasons 4-6); Reruns aired on both channels, ZDFneo and on the premium channel TNT Serie
 Greece January 10, 1999 Mega
 Hungary September 11, 1999 TV2 (Seasons 1-3), RTL Klub (Seasons 4-5), Cool TV (Season 6)
 India April 2008 Zee Cafe
 Indonesia 1999, rerun 2007 TPI, rerun by Global TV
 Ireland May 1998 RTÉ TWO reruns on 3e
 Israel September 1, 1998
Channel 3
Channel 10
 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
 Mexico Canal 5
 Netherlands NET 5
 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)
 Philippines 1998 Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action)
 Poland September 6, 1998 Polsat
 Portugal April 8, 2001 TVI
 Puerto Rico 1999 Tele Once UnivisionPR
 Romania February 28, 1999 Pro TV
 Russia June, 1998 ORT
 Saudi Arabia December 2007 MBC 4
 Serbia September 2002 B92
 South Korea SBS
 South Africa 1999 M-Net
 Spain 2000 La 2 de RTVE
 Sri Lanka 2000 ARTv
  Switzerland December 27, 1998 TSR 2
 Thailand May 15, 1999 True Series
 Turkey 1999 CNBC-e, 2002 DiziMax, 2009 Kanal 1
 Ukraine 2008 1+1
 United Kingdom May 2, 1998 Channel 4, Sky One, Trouble, Sony TV
 Venezuela 1998 Televen
 Vietnam 1999 HTV7


DVD releases[edit]


On April 27, 1999, the first soundtrack album of the teen drama, Songs from Dawson's Creek, was released. It features Sophie B. Hawkins, Jessica Simpson, Shooter, Heather Nova, Adam Cohen, Sixpence None the Richer, and Paula Cole, among others.[29] The album was a commercial success in the United States and scattered two hits in the charts, "Kiss Me" and "I Don't Want to Wait". 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.

On October 3, 2000, a second soundtrack titled Songs from Dawson's Creek — Volume 2 was released.


Album Chart Peak
Volume 1 Billboard 200 7
Billboard Top Internet Albums 9
Top Canadian Albums 12
ARIA Charts 1
Volume 2 U.S. Billboard 200 59


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA) 3xPlatinum[30]
United States (RIAA) Gold[31]

International rebroadcast[edit]

Reruns of the show are often seen in Australia on 9Go!, 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).


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 up to the end of Season Four. A less thorough book from about the same time, aimed at teens, is Meet the Stars of Dawson's Creek by Grace Catalano. 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. ravel 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.
  • Ken Tucker. "The Big Kiss-off". Entertainment Weekly. Issue 544. June 9, 2000. 58–59.
  • Josh Walk. "Pop Goes the Teen Boom?" Entertainment Weekly. Issue 599. June 8, 2001. 26–35.
  • Andrew Wallentsein. "'Creek' to make splash on TBS". Daily Variety. March 19, 2003. 3.
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