Dawson's Creek

Dawson's Creek
Dawson's Creek
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Genre Teen drama
Created by Kevin Williamson
Starring James Van Der Beek
Katie Holmes
Michelle Williams
Joshua Jackson
Kerr Smith
Meredith Monroe
Busy Philipps
Mary-Margaret Humes
John Wesley Shipp
Mary Beth Peil
Nina Repeta
Opening theme "I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole in the United States; "Run Like Mad" by Jann Arden internationally
Composer(s) Danny Lux (season 2)
Stephen Graziano (season 2)
Mark Mothersbaugh (season 3)
Adam Fields (vast majority)
Dennis McCarthy (season 2, and closing theme that season)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 128 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tom Kapinos
Greg Prange
Paul Stupin
Kevin Williamson
Location(s) Wilmington, North Carolina, various towns
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 minutes
Original channel The WB
Original run January 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) – May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
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Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series which debuted on January 20, 1998, on The WB Television Network and was produced by Sony Pictures Television. The show is set in the fictional seaside town of Capeside, Massachusetts, and in Boston, Massachusetts, during the later seasons. It portrays the fictional lives of a close-knit group of teenagers through high school and college.

Reruns of the show are often seen in Australia on TV1, 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).



Aimed at a teenage audience, the semi-autobiographical show is based on the small-town childhood of its creator Kevin Williamson. The lead character, Dawson Leery, mirrors Williamson's interests and background. Filmed in Wilmington, Durham, and Southport, North Carolina, the show was set in a small fictional seaside town called Capeside, Massachusetts. It focused on four friends who were in the early part of their sophomore and first year of high school when the series began. 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.

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 even drove one of the original production companies away from the project, but numerous critics praised it 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. By the end of its run, the show, its crew, and its young cast had been nominated for numerous awards, winning four of them. The series is known for the verbosity and complexity of the dialogue between its teenage characters—who commonly demonstrate vocabulary and cultural awareness that was criticized as being beyond the scope of the average high school student, yet that is combined with an emotional immaturity and self-absorption reflecting actual teens. 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.

Origins and reception

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. Initially offered to Fox, the network turned it down. 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.

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

The Parents Television Council proclaimed the show the single worst program of the 1997–1998 season, a title the Council would also award it for the 1998–1999 season. The Council also cited it the fourth worst show in 2000–2001. However, on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, the National Organization for Women offered an endorsement, deeming it one of the least sexually exploitive shows on the air. For every scathing review there was a glowing one: 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. The New York Times headlined its review: "Young, Handsome, and Clueless in Peyton Place". That was precisely the sort of allusion real teenagers weren't likely to get, let alone make, but the show's punchy dialogue was full of them. 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 verbiage was high-flying too: star Michelle Williams confessed in interviews that she had to consult her dictionary when she read the scripts.

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 first season's highest ranked episode was the finale, which was fifty-ninth, while the second highest rated was the second episode, scoring so well only because there was no programming on the other networks, which were carrying President Clinton's State of the Union address in the midst of the Lewinsky scandal.)

The show was especially popular in Australia where it rated #1 in its timeslot for every episode covering seasons one to four. Both of its soundtrack albums, Songs From Dawson's Creek (1999) and Songs From Dawson's Creek — Volume 2 (2001), reached #1 on the Australian Album Chart and were certified Platinum.

Season overview


Cast and characters

Regular cast

Actor Character Regular Seasons Recurring Seasons
James Van Der Beek Dawson Leery 1–6
Katie Holmes Joey Potter 1–6
Michelle Williams Jen Lindley 1–6
Joshua Jackson Pacey Witter 1–6
Kerr Smith Jack McPhee 2–6 2
Meredith Monroe Andie McPhee 2–4 2
Busy Philipps Audrey Liddell 6 5
Mary-Margaret Humes Gail Leery 1–4 5 – 6
John Wesley Shipp Mitch Leery 1–4 5
Mary Beth Peil Evelyn "Grams" Ryan 1–6
Nina Repeta Bessie Potter 1–4 5 – 6
  • 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.

Supporting cast (in alphabetical order)

Actor Character (season which they appeared)
Jensen Ackles C.J. (Season 6)
Sasha Alexander Gretchen Witter (Season 4)
Mädchen Amick Nicole Kennedy (Season 2)
Dana Ashbrook Rich Rinaldi (Season 6)
Eion Bailey Billy Conrad (Season 1)
Obba Babatundé Principal Howard Green (Season 3)
Jason Behr Chris Wolfe (Season 2)
Lourdes Benedicto Karen Torres (Season 5)
Jaime Bergman Denise (Season 6)
Nicole Bilderback Heather Tracy (Season 5 & 6)
Ryan Bittle Eric (Season 5)
Mika Boorem Harley Hetson (Season 6)
Jordan Bridges Oliver Chirckirk (Seasons 5 & 6)
Hilarie Burton Herself
Adam Carolla Himself (Season 6)
Brittany Daniel Eve Whitman (Season 3)
Dr. Drew Himself (Season 6)
David Dukes Will/Joseph McPhee (Seasons 2–4)
Sherilyn Fenn Alex Pearl (Season 5)
John Finn John Witter (Seasons 2, 4, & 6)
Jane Lynch Mrs Witter
Scott Foley Cliff Elliot (Season 1)
Megan Gray Emma Jones (Season 6)
Marla Gibbs Mrs. Fran Boyd (Season 1)
Andy Griffith Mr. Brooks' Friend (Season 4)
Paul Gleason Larry Newman (Season 6)
Tony Hale Dr. Bronin (Season 3)
Mel Harris Helen Lindley (Season 2)
Carolyn Hennesy Mrs. Valentine (Season 4)
Roger Howarth Professor Greg Hetson (Season 6)
Oliver Hudson Eddie Doling (Season 6)
Leann Hunley Tamara Jacobs (Seasons 1 & 2)
Ian Kahn Danny Brecher (Season 5)
Bianca Kajlich Natasha Kelly (Season 6)
Edmund J. Kearney Mr. Peterson (Seasons 1 & 2)
Monica Keena Abby Morgan (Seasons 1 & 2)
Ali Larter Kristy Livingstone (Season 2)
Bianca Lawson Nikki Green (Season 3)
Rachael Leigh Cook Devon (Season 2)
Jonathan Lipnicki Buzz (Season 3)
Virginia Madsen Maddy (Season 6)
Ken Marino Professor David Wilder (Season 5)
Mark Matkevich Drue Valentine (Season 4)
Mercedes McNab Grace (Season 5)
David Monahan Tobey Barret (Season 4 & 5)
Jennifer Morrison Melanie Shea Thompson (Season 5)
Chad Michael Murray Charlie Todd (Season 5)
Obi Ndefo Bodie Wells (Seasons 1, 3, 4, & 6)
Dylan Neal Doug Witter (Seasons 1, 3-6)
Jack Osbourne Himself (Season 6)
Hal Ozsan Todd Carr (Season 5-6)
Michael Pitt Henry Parker (Season 3)
Harve Presnell Arthur "A.I." Brooks (Season 4)
Danny Roberts French Exchange Student (Season 4)
Mimi Rogers Helen Lindley (Season 6)
Seth Rogen Bob (Season 6)
Sarah Shahi Sadia Shaw (Season 6)
Harry Shearer Principal Peskin (Season 4)
Rodney Scott Will Krudski (Season 3)
Gareth Williams Mike Potter (Seasons 1, 2, & 6)

Main crew

Dawson's Creek was, mostly and in part, run by Kevin Williamson, Deborah Joy Levine, Paul Stupin, Alex Gansa, Jeffrey Stepakoff and Tammy Ader.

Filming locations

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 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 uses 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.[citation needed] 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, the DailyStar.

Dawson's Creek and home

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.[1][2] The private residences used as homes for Dawson, Jen and Joey are all located along the shores of Hewlett's Creek.


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 episodes includes these real towns in a "snow 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.

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.

Capeside High School

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. In early episodes, Capeside High School's mascot was the Wildcats, but soon after it was changed to the Minutemen.

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,[3] and a number of its students served as extras.[3] Some filming was also done on Franklin Street adjacent to nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.[1]

The Hells 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.[1]

Leery's Fresh Fish, exteriors were filmed at Water Street Restaurant at 5 South Water Street in Wilmington.[1]

DVD releases


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, and the somber fifth season episode "Downtown Crossing" featured only one regular, Joey, and her interaction with a mugger. 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. 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."


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. 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. [4]


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 or seen before or since. 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. [5]

Simon & Schuster published a series of fifteen mass-market paperback novelizations of the series.[6]

The Amanda Show featured a skit entitled "Moody's Point" to parody the show, but was discontinued when the show was cancelled[7]

Broadcast history


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

  • 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.
Country Premiere Channel
 Albania Vizion +
 Australia 1998 Network Ten (Original Broadcast – 1998–2003)
Eleven (Rerun – Early 2011)
TV1 (Syndication – 2001–Current)
 Austria ORF 1, Reruns on Puls 4
 Belgium 1999 VT4, Reruns on 2Be (2008), vtm (as of 30/08/2010) and La Deux
 Brazil March 3, 1998 Rede Globo
 Bulgaria 2000 Nova Television
 Canada January 20, 1998 May 14, 2003 Global
 Chile 2000 MEGA
 Croatia 2001, September
 Cuba 2005, January Cubavision
 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 Channel 3
 Italy January 3, 1999/ January 13, 2000 Tele+ (pay tv)/ Italia Uno (free to air)
 Lithuania TV3 later moved to TangoTV (TV6)
 Malaysia 2000 Radio Televisyen Malaysia Channel 2 (TV2)
 Malta July 2008 Net Television
 Mexico Canal 5
 Netherlands Net5
 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 Studio 23
 Poland September 6, 1998 Polsat
 Portugal April 8, 2001 TVI
 Romania February 28, 1999 Pro TV
 Saudi Arabia December 2007 MBC 4
 Serbia September 2002 B92
 South Korea SBS
 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, Sony TV
 Venezuela 1998 Televen
 Vietnam 1999 HTV7


American ratings

# Season U.S. ratings
(millions of viewers)
Network Rank
1 1998 6.6 The WB #125
2 1998–1999 5.4 The WB #118
3 1999–2000 4.0 The WB #122
4 2000–2001 4.1 The WB #120
5 2001–2002 3.9 The WB #134
6 2002–2003 4.0 The WB #134

The show was rated PG-13 according to the contents of the show.

The last episode got 7.8 million U.S. viewers which was the largest audience ever for "Dawson's Creek".


Production credits

Created by Kevin Williamson.

Production companies

Produced by Columbia TriStar Television/Sony Pictures Television and Outerbanks Entertainment. Originally, Granville Productions and Procter & Gamble Productions were producers, but left the show before it aired.

Executive producers

Executive-produced by Kevin Williamson, Paul Stupin, Charles Rosin, Deborah Joy LeVine, Jon Harmon Feldman, Alex Gansa, Greg Berlanti, Tom Kapinos, Gina Fattore, Jeffrey Stepakoff.


Episodes were produced by Dana Baratta, Greg Berlanti, Janice Cooke-Leonard, Alan Cross, Zack Estrin, Gina Fattore, Jon Harmon Feldman, Maggie Friedman, Darin Goldberg, David Blake Hartley, Tom Kapinos, Drew Matich, Chris Levinson, Paul Marks, Drew Matich, Shelley Meals, Rina Mimoun, Steve Miner, Gregory Prange, Jed Seidel, David Semel, Cynthia Stegner, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Dale Williams, Mike White


Episodes were written by Dana Baratta, Rob Thomas, Greg Berlanti, Hadley Davis, Gina Fattore, Anna Fricke, Maggie Friedman, Alex Gansa, Diego García Gutiérrez, Liz Garcia, Laura Glasser, Holly Henderson, Tom Kapinos, Rina Mimoun, Jason M. Palmer, Jed Seidel, Jeffrey Stepakoff, Liz Tigelaar, Mike White, and Kevin Williamson


Episodes were directed by Lou Antonio, Allan Arkush, John Behring, Sanford Bookstaver, Arvin Brown, Jan Eliasberg, Michael Fields, Rodman Flender, Morgan J. Freeman, Dennie Gordon, Bruce Seth Green, Joshua Jackson, Joanna Kerns, Peter B. Kowalski, Perry Lang, Michael Lange, Nick Marck, Melanie Mayron, Robert Duncan McNeill, Steve Miner, Jason Moore, Joe Napolitano, Patrick R. Norris, Scott Paulin, David Petrarca, Gregory Prange, Krishna Rao, Steven Robman, Bethany Rooney, Arlene Sanford, David Semel, Kerr Smith, Sandy Smolan, Lev L. Spiro, David Straiton, Jay Tobias, Jesús Salvador Treviño, Michael Toshiyuki Uno, and James Whitmore, Jr.

Series regulars

James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, and Mary Beth Peil were the only cast members who remained series regulars from beginning to end of the series. Katie Holmes was the only cast member to appear in every episode of the show.

Mary-Margaret Humes, John Wesley Shipp, and Nina Repeta were all regular cast members throughout the show's first four seasons until the fifth season, in which the younger characters moved on to college and only Mary Beth Peil remained the regular "adult" presence in their lives. Instead of simply vanishing from the show completely though, all three of them occasionally reprised their roles in guest starring capacities.

Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe joined the series in the show's second season but were not billed as regulars until the third season. Though Kerr Smith remained with the show throughout the rest of its run, Meredith Monroe eventually left the show in the middle of the fourth season, but continued to be billed as a regular until the end of that year as her character returned for the season finale. She also made a guest appearance in the series finale. Her scenes in the series finale were cut from the original broadcast version, but remain intact on the show's DVD releases.

Busy Philipps joined the regular cast in the show's fifth season and remained with the show for its final two years on the air.

Bibliography and references

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.
  • Tom Bierbaum. "Clinton tide stops long enough at Creek". Variety. January 29, 1998. (Ratings versus state of the union speech)
  • Greg Braxton. "UPN President Knocks Rival WB Network". Los Angeles Times. June 11, 1997. P4. (Criticism before show aired)
  • 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)
  • John Carman. "'Creek' Runs Hot". San Francisco Chronicle. January 20, 1998. E1. (Review of premiere)
  • "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)
  • Bruce Fretts. "The Women of the WB". Entertainment Weekly. Issues 464 and 465. December 25, 1998 and January 1, 1999. (Profile of Katie Holmes and others)
  • 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. "'Dawson's Creek' overflows with sex". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 20, 1998. (Review of premiere)[8]
  • 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)
  • Kay McFadden. "The Kids Are Alright". The Seattle Times. January 19, 1998. C1. (Review of premiere)
  • 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.
  • Greg Paeth. "P&G cuts its link with steamy teen series." The Cincinnati Post. October 23, 1997. 1C.
  • Parents Television Council[9][10][11][12][13]
  • 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. Review of Dawson's Creek. Variety. January 19, 1998. 71.
  • 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.
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