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Dawson's Creek was a popular American show that ran from 1998 to 2003 for over one hundred episodes. I used to watch a few of them, normally on re-runs a few years back and it was quite enjoyable at times if not the most exciting show in the world. If it's action and excitement you want this this programme probably isn't for you but if you want something that has a mix of humour and sadnes and just focuses on life as a teenage growing up then give it a go.
The show was of course aimed at a primarily teenage audience and is based on the teenage life and woes of the leading character Dawson Leery, played very well by James Van Der Beek. It shows him growing up in the fictional town by the sea called Capeside. I'm sure it was a programme that mirrored to some extent alot of teenagers in America in the time and they could relate to it in some smal part. As well as Dawson the show concentrated on himself and three of his friends, in particular Joey played by Katie Holmes and Pacey played by Joshua Jackson. We follow them through their first year of high school when the series begins.
In the 1990's especially teen shows like this and Beverley Hills 90210 were all the rage and the in thing and to some extent that trend has continued to this day with things like One Tree Hill. This one was one of the originals and still one of the best in my opinion.
Having said there was no action in this they did deal with some quite controversial subjects and there was sexual references as you would expect from teenagers growing up. In particular the growing relationship between Dawson and Joey as the show progressed was fascinating to watch and they were fantastic. They were so believable and the chemistry between the two made you really think they were seeing each other and the trials that went with it.
I would recommend watching some of the episodes of Dawson's Creek from the start and if you like programmes like the OC or One Tree Hill you may well enjoy watching this too.
Before One Tree Hill, The OC and Gossip Girl came Dawson's Creek, the pioneering American teen drama that ran from 1998 to 2003.
Set in Capeside Massachestts (a fictional American town) there are initially 4 main characters.... Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen. With Andy and Jack joining in the later series, and Audrey once they head off to university.
The four talk as thought they are university scholars when really they begin the show as 15 year old high school students, but get past that and you have a really nice teen drama.
Dawson Leery is played by James Van Der Beek - In the first few seasons Dawsons is the lead character, until they go off to college when it really becomes Joey's creek. Dawson is a film fanatic who idolises Steven Spielberg. He falls in love with the girl next door - Jen, and then with the girl down the creek - Joey, and is very close to his parents. He is a nice boy, who always does the right thing, and always tries to follow his dream of film making.
Joey Potter is played by Katie Holmes - Joey is the tom boy next door, but stunningly beautiful. Joey is in love with her next door neighbour for years - Dawson, she grows a lot through the series and develops a unique relationship with Pacey, with the question of will she choose Pacey or Dawson being a reoccurring theme through the series. She is a nice girl, who has a bit of a wild side, is has a heart of gold.
Pacey Witter is played by Joshua Jackson - Pacey is the bad boy, black sheep of his family. I love this character, he is funny, witty, charming and very likable! Pacey does not go to college like the others and carves his own future in the business world, some ventures go well, others not so much.
Jen Lindley is played by Michelle Williams - Jen is the bad girl of the creek, shipped there by her parents who couldn't cope with her any longer. She falls for Dawson, but lets face it she will never be Joey in her eyes. The character does mature and grown but remains a little reckless and adventurous.
Jack McPhee is played by Kerr Smith - Jack broke the mold on the creek, while despite having relationships with the majority of the leading ladies, his character is gay. Jack has many ups and down being the "only gay in the village" but is happy in himself and is an inspiration to others to be yourself.
Andie McPhee is played by Meredith Monroe - the brainiac of the group, she has a lot of problems and does not remain in the series as long as her brother. She has a relationship with Pacey but when it goes wrong she struggles to cope.
Audrey Liddell is played by Busy Philipps - Audrey is Joeys roommate in college, she is a rich girl with an adventurous spirit that makes Jen look like an angel.
The show has a great cast, who at the time were unknown actors. They work very well together and play the characters brilliantly. I loved this show during my sixth form and university years, and I was sad when it finished, but I was glad with who Joey finally chose.
If you enjoy One Tree Hill, I would give this a go, I still often watch my DVD of this series and thoroughly enjoy it.
I first started watching Dawson's Creek when it was in season 4 and I gradually became addicted to the show. They started to show earlier episodes on the TV and I caught up on the story lines. When the show had ended on television (it ran from 1998 to 2003) I bought the complete box set and watched it from start to finish.
The show is based in Capeside (a fictional town), Massachusetts and follows the lives of four teenagers Dawson, Pacey, Joey and Jen. Other major characters become introduced throughout the show including Jack, Andie and Audrey. The show mostly covers issues that every teenager will face, looking at relationships, family issues, health problems, and generally growing up. There many references to movies throughout the show as Dawson is a budding film director. At many points the show can be seen to make fun of itself with the characters joking at many points that they look like they're just out of the WB (which was the channel that originally broadcast Dawson's Creek).
The creator of the show is Kevin Williamson and he made the show semi-autobiographical. The show was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina which now holds the set for One Tree Hill, another teenage programme. To end the show they jumped forward in time to show the characters as grown-ups allowing people to see what had happened with their lives and also to provide an answer to the long-running Dawson/Pacey/Joey love triangle.
Dawsons creek was an America teen drama series which ran from 1998 to 2003 for 6 series'. The show paved the way for upcoming teen dramas like the OC and One Tree Hill. It is set in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachestts but was actually filmed in North Carolina. Its script is a loosly auto biographical on the creators life.
The biggest problem i have with this show, as much as i love it, teenagers just dont talk the waythey do in the show. They all seem like theyre from a different age and i really dont know anyone who talks the way they do. They're too witty and too quick all of the time. Thats just my opinion and the show did actually get praise for its intelligant dialogue.
The show had a great cast by relativley unknown actors who all had great success from it. The main cast are James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson with the addition of Kerr Smith in the later series'. It also had quite a lot of great guest stars including Ali Larter, Rachael Leigh Cook and Hilarie Burton to name a few.
The main character is Dawson Leery who's a movie freak. His best friend Joey lives across the creek (Hence the shows name) and sleeps over at his place a lot. Whereas Joey is Dawsons best girl friend, Pacey is his best guy friend. Jen is the girl next door who moves to Capeside from New York after having a hard time and soon becomes Dawsons love interest.
As in most of my other tv/ film reviews i wont go into the plots because there are far too many and complicated ones to go into. This review would end up being a million words if i did that.
The show deals with a lot of real issues and its one of the main things the show is well known for. Issues that have been covered were teen pregnancy, drugs, mental health issues, sexuality and of course relationships and peer pressue which is really the main theme for the show. The Dawson-Joey-Pacey goes on and on for a number of series and we are all left wondering each time who is she going to pick. Myself, i was routing for Pacey the whole time. I personally didnt like Dawson at all and i found myself wanting to hit him most of the time. He really needed some sense smacking into him.
After they all finish High School the show moves to a couple of different universities and LA where Dawson goes off to work as an intern. I still havent seen the last series though because i cancelled my cable at the time so im looking forward to seeing it soon and to find out what happened to everyone, especially Pacey.
Even though i have a few issues with this show, its still one of my all time favourites. Maybe ill use my amazon vouchers to buy the whole box set and add it to my collection of teen tv shows!
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Dawson's Creek follows four teenagers, living in a small town in Massachusetts. The youngsters, Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen, fall in and out of love (usually with each other) and use overly long words to explain how they are feeling!
This is a series that I love. I have always loved it, ever since it started airing in the UK when I was about 14. I, like most girls, grumbled that the show should have been called 'Pacey's Creek', because who would fancy Dawson when Pacey was around? Now, as a grown up (apparently), I still enjoy watching it, as the series progressed past high school and into college, and started touching on more serious subjects, such as cancer and substance abuse, rather than your run of the mill "Who's sleeping with who this week?" storylines.
Despite the title suggesting that Dawson was the star of this show, by the end of the 6th series, I was left in no doubt that Joey Potter, played by Katie Holmes, was the main character. OK, so in the beginning we had to deal with the dull as you like Dawson coming to terms with his mum's affair, falling in love with Jen, the girl next door, and then trying to work out if he loved Jen more than he loved the girl down the creek. But as the series progressed, we got less of Dawson and more of Joey, that girl down the creek, and her problems. Virtually orphaned after her mum died and her dad was incarcerated for drug dealing, brought up by her unmarried, pregnant by a black man, sister, and eventually falling in love with, not just best friend Dawson, but arch enemy and best friend of aforementioned Dawson, none other than Mr Pacey Witter himself. The series then followed Joey, not Dawson, to college in Boston, where ultimately all of the main characters ended up for one reason or another.
Which brings us nicely to the finale. The big one, the end of the Creek and of Dawson and Joey and Pacey and Jen (quite literally in her case). And, to prove that Joey was the star of the show, we were left wondering who she would choose, Dawson or Pacey, to be with forever and ever (Or at least until they film a reunion episode). However, I won't spoil it by telling you who she chose, because that would just be mean.
Dawson? s Creek is set in Capeside, a small town in New England on Cape Cod. It was actually filmed in North Carolina though. It looks like paradise, but there are lots of angsty goings on. The series ran for 6 seasons. Lets take a look at the main characters: Dawson Leery-the main character. Slightly annoying but he gets cuter throughout the series, his hair improves. He is prone to saying deep and meaningful things. He has a good life with great, well off parents. He wants to be a film director, he?s obsessed with Spielberg. Dawson tries a bit too hard. He is played by James van der Beck. Joey Potter. Well she lives with her unmarried sister, her partner and their baby. Her mother died when she was 12 and her dad is in prison. She has quite a few issues and is prone to whining a lot. She does mature as the series continues. Joey has a crush on her best friend Dawson. She is very very bright. She also doesn?t know how pretty she is. Joey has long dark hair and the tendency to roll her eyes. A lot. Katie Holmes is a great actress (well she?s a Katie what do you expect?) She?s the face of Gap and she?s been in several films such as Teaching Mrs Tingle. Jen Lindley. Well she?s the new girl who arrives in the first episode. She?s from New York and has a secret past-she was um rather promiscuous in New York. Her parents sent her to live with her Grandma (Grams) who is nursing her sick husband who dies later on. Jen and Grams get closer and eventually get on much better together. Her parents are very rich. She is worldly wise and cynical. Pacey-the cute bad boy rebel. There?s always one. He almost fails to graduate high school but of course he does in the end. He goes out with Joey eventually. Bless. He gets in trouble a lot. Jack and Andie are siblings who appear in Season 2. Their father is quite wealthy. Jack turns out to be gay and becomes best friends with Jen, he?s very sweet and caring. And Andie has a few me
ntal health difficulties which she overcomes. She?s also very sweet and a bit of a control freak. She goes to live in Italy at the end of Season 4. Audrey appears in Season 5 when the gang go off to college. She is Joey?s roommate. The gang soon grow to love her. She?s rich and mad and outgoing but really nice. The show deals with typical teen issues: love triangles, raging hormones, angst, death (lots of death) school and friendships. Joey hates Jen at first because Dawson fancies Jen but they grow to be really good friends. They all hang out together and it's all quite nice. Apart from when they argue. They do hang out together a lot, either at Joey's sisters's cafe or at 'The ruins' which is the grounds of an old manor house that has been knocked down. Dawson?s Creek is pretty famous, the band Busted even wrote a song called ?Dawson?s Geek? its pretty funny. They also use a lot of long words and it?s amusing to see a 27 year old act like a 17 year old. They have a lot of good songs too. The opening sequence is great. It?s Paula Cole singing ?I don?t wanna wait? and it?s great! The lines the characters say are great, very deep and profound. Here are some examples: ?Wherever life takes you, big cities, small towns you will inevitably come across small minds. People who think they are better than you are. People who think that material things or being pretty or popular makes you a worthwhile human being. But none of these things matter unless you have strength of character, integrity, sense of pride. And if you have these things, don't ever sell them. Don't ever sell out....? ?Look, Audrey, everybody?s college experience is different, okay? Some people like to drink and screw around and that?s fine. But some people actually want to study and get a great education so hopefully one day they can get a good job and not worry about working retail in the small town from which they came
.? They say a lot of inspiring things, so inspiring I quote them in real life! People often moan about how the things they say are unrealistic. My own boyfriend once said ?yes well, its a rather arbitrary existence if you talk like one does on Dawson?s Creek, which is a mediocre show in amidst a deep spiritual setting?? which made me laugh a lot. So what actually happens? Typical teenage things. They go to school, Dawson?s mum has an affair, Jen teams up with nasty Abby for a while before Abby dies and Jen makes a funeral speech that is way too honest. It starts off ?Abby was mean and Abby was spiteful?? Grams is so upset she walks out of church. Season 4 brings the whole college/university situation up. Joey, Jen and Jack end up in Boston and Dawson goes to LA to fulfill his dream. Isn?t that sweet. The show deals with sex and the threat of teen pregnancy. It?s really very well written and thoughtful. There is the Joey-Dawson-Pacey love triangle which goes on and on and on. It gets a tad annoying. Jen is much more interesting and sometimes the writers neglected her. One of my favourite episodes is the Prom episode when Joey and Pacey have a huge argument. Prom is a very big deal in the USA especially Senior Prom. That reminds me, I?m looking forward to mine! I prefer the show when it?s in Capeside. It?s such a lovely place by the sea. New England is so beautiful. Once they go to college all new characters come in but the friendships still remain. The characters all grow up and mature a lot. It was such a great series and I brought the series 1 boxset. It?s funny to look back and see how they changed. People think I?m obsessed with The Creek but that isn?t true! Me and mum used to watch it together, she loved it too. I love how they ended it. Joey's speech is simply superb. ?I used to be afraid of so many things... That I'd never grow up. That I'd be trapped in the same place for all eternity. That my dreams
would forever be shy of my reach. It's true what they say. Time plays tricks on you. One day you're dreaming, the next your dream has become your reality. And now that this scared little girl no longer follows me wherever I go, I miss her. I do. 'Cause there are things I wanna tell her-- to relax, to lighten up, that it is all going to be ok. I want her to know that meeting people who like you, who understand you, who actually accept you for who you are, will become an increasingly rare occurrence. Jen, Jack, Audrey, Andie, Pacey, and Dawson. These people who contributed to who I am, they are with me wherever I go, and as history gets rewritten in small ways with each passing day, my love for them only grows. Because the truth is... it was the best of times. Mistakes were made, hearts were broken, harsh lessons learned, but all of that has receded into fond memory now. How does it happen? Why are we so quick to forget the bad and romanticize the good? Maybe it's because we need to believe that the time we spent together actually meant something, that we were there for each other in a time in our lives that defined us all, a time in our lives that we will never forget. I can't swear this is exactly how it happened. But this is how it felt." This is a programme I could watch over and over again and will be remembered for years to come.
Dawson’s Creek I have been a Dawson’s Creek fan pretty much since it was first broadcast on UK TV. I was a little unsure about it at first, I mean the name of the main actor is James van der Beek, but after a few Sunday afternoon viewings on Channel 4, something strange occurred and I found myself checking to see when the show was on and making sure I caught it. Of course the fact that Sunday viewing is so bad may have had something to do with it. Alas, Dawson’s Creek (DC for short), while not earth-shattering is still a consistently entertaining piece of television that manages to kill one hour of my time every week. Now if the writers could just trying to convince us that ..... old James is 18..... E4 is currently approaching the end of season 5, at least that’s my guess. The current season certainly does not have too long to go so tuning in at the moment would be quite moronic in all honesty. C4 should however be showing the season pretty soon so I would advise that you try and catch it then. I think overall this season is one of the most entertaining they have ever made and hopefully next season will treat us to more of the same. Dawson Leery (James van der Beek) Yep, the show is largely based around 18-year old (yeah right) Dawson and his friends and their experiences with growing up. I generally have mixed feelings about Dawson as a character, while he is nice, he is sometimes a little too nice and therefore uninteresting to watch. He has only really had 2 major relationships on the show - first with Jen and later with his good pal Joey (Joey is a female....just in case you were wondering). He also dated Pacey’s sister Gretchen (do they have horrible names on this some, or what?) but I never really cared about that. The problem with Dawson is that he can just be a little too intelligent and a little too much like an old woman for my liking. Plus, if I have to endure another season of Dawso
n over Joey I may just switch off completely.....again. Josephine ‘Joey’ Potter (Katie Holmes) She’s a sarcastic tomboy who gets straight A’s and is an all-round goody-two shoes. Perhaps that is why she is my least favourite character on the show. I have never taken to the Joey character and I doubt that I ever will. I think we are supposed to feel sorry for her (her mother is dead, her father in prison) and root for her, but unlike many I just cannot stand her, sorry. The only time I felt any sort of warmth towards her character was way back in season 2 when she binned off Dawson for Jack and later stood by Jack when the rumours of his gayness started. Of course those rumours were true, which signalled the end of the pair’s relationship which is a shame because I have never really liked Joey since that point. Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) Cynical Pace, the other one with the stupid name, made headlines in early season 1 by taking some extra curricular biology lessons with his teacher. Yes, she was a chick, but he was also under-age, tut tut. Pacey is not my favourite person on the show, but I do not hate him, he’s an alright kind of guy. Besides doings some horizontal jogging with his teacher, in his time on the show, Pacey had dated mouthy Andie, Joey (grrrr) and slept with other, less noteworthy characters. The female viewers of DC have a kinship for ol’ Pace too which I kind of find a little difficult to understand. It’s not that he’s ugly, but when you’ve got Jack and Charlie to drool over who’s looking at Pacey? Jennifer ‘Jen’ Lindley (Michelle Williams) This ‘bad girl’ was raised in New York before her folks decided they’d had enough of her and she was sent to live with Grams (her grandmother) in Capeside just in time for episode 1. She quickly captured the heart of young Dawson, before he was brainwashed int
o thinking he had feelings for evil Joey. Well that’s my take on it anyway. Seriously Jen is my favourite character in the whole show and DC without her would not be DC if you ask me. Jen is lively, she’s funny, she speaks her mind and she is just a super cool chick. Also, in the current season the writers finally saw sense and matched Jen and Dawson up together. While I’m not too sure about Dawson as a character on his own, I think he and Jen go together like fish and chips, and it was nice to be able to see them as a couple....finally! Yes, that was another big spoiler but I don’t care! Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) Jack was introduced into the show in it’s second season as the shy twin brother of loud-mouthed Andie (who has since departed). Since his arrival he has started a relationship with good girl Joey before discovering he felt strange sensations whilst in the company of hunky males. Yes, he is a self-confessed gay boy. Hopefully they’ll give him a proper boyfriend soooon.... I like Jack, he’s a decent all-round kind of guy and I think making him gay in his debut season in the show was actually a very brave thing to do. Jack is also a character that I like and have an interest in no matter who he is dating, what storyline he is in, or whether he’s in a storyline at all. With the exception of Jen, there is no other character in the show that I can really say that about. Audrey.... (Busy Philipps) New girl Audrey was only introduced into the show in it’s current season. She is a college student who rooms with and is best friends with Joey, which is never a good thing, but oh well. Apart from the friendship with the excruciatingly nice Ms. Potter Audrey is a rather likeable, fun character and in the great tradition of DC characters she is sarcastic, very sarcastic. Not to spoil things for you fans who haven’t got E4, but what the hell.... she has just hooked up with P
acey with should do her longevity as a character no harm. I can see Busy sticking around for a while. On a serious note though, I know American’s are prone to having out of the ordinary names, but who in their right mind would name their daughter Busy?! That poor girl... Charlie.... (Chad Michael Murray) He is not featured in the show nearly as often as he should be and sometimes goes weeks without appearing, but I just had to include him in here. Simply said, Charlie is GORGEOUS! I’m talking Brad Pitt in his prime type hunky here folks. On to the character info, oh well, Charlie is a newcomer too, he made his show debut as the love interest of Jen, but cheated on her and has pretty much been in character limbo ever since. Shame. Hopefully he’ll stick around for season 6 because I haven’t taken to a new character this much, this quickly since Jack in season 2. Watch out for the name because if there’s any justice Chad Michael Murray should be plastered all over your teenage daughter’s (or son’s, I’m open-minded) bedroom walls for years to come. So there you go, that’s just about the gist of things. Of course there are other, less important character that I have left out such as, Joey’s sister Bessie, Jen’s grandmother ‘Grams’, Dawson’s mum Gayle and Joey’s new teacher who she just recently started to get, errr..... close to. What is it with this show and teacher-pupil relationships? In all-seriousness, though it can be aimed at teenagers, DC is actually a rather mature, well written, if sometimes infuriating show. Just remember, if you ever do watch the show, that Joey Potter is an evil, evil girl, who should not be liked at any cost! Remember..... Peace, Sas
After reading a few comments i've updated my reveiw, sorry bout the lack of info in the orig. Dawson's Creek is set in a small town called - Dawson's creek (funny that eh?!?!). It follows the lives of a group of friends - Dawson, Joey, Pacey, Jack, Andi and Jen. It does not revolve totally around Dawson as the title may lead you to believe - it follows the problems that a mordern day teenager can run into, being a bit comical on the way. Ok so lets look at the characters. Dawson. He is a wannabe film director, who loves all the classics. He has lived in the creek with his mother and father all his life. Joey. Dawson's best friend and as the series' go on becomes his on again off again girlfreind. Her mother died when she was young and she now lives in the creek with her sister and helps her run the local guesthouse which they own. Pacey. He lives in the Creek with his borther, the local policeforce! He is Dawson's best freind, and a bit of a tearaway. Jack. The local jock, really cute and fighting the girls off with a stick. Only one problem - he's gay! Andi. Sister of Jack and long term girlfreind of Pacey. We watch her in the show going a bit nuts, but to see her recover again is heartwarming. Jen. Lives on the creek with her grandmother, was shipped to the creek when she started getting into problems in NY. After reading the background on the characters i'm sure you'll agree that this makes interesting veiwing. I'm a very loyal veiwer and would recommend this to all my freinds, although judging by the new series, which follows the gang (minus Andi) to college, i wouldn't say that it is worth you while watchin it. But i whole heartitly recommend catching up on the past episodes from earlier in the show.
Well, everyone does seem to be 'getting their freak on'. But that doesn't make it any less brilliant. I was hooked from the first episode of series 5, and I doubt Monday nights will ever be the same. Of course, the new series is only on E4 so sorry if I spoil it for anyone... Still recovering from Mitch's death last week - it really was, in true Dawson style, a tearjerker. I'm still trying to understand exactly why they felt this was necessary, though. I sat down at 8.59 last Monday, thinking I was going to see Jen find out about Charlie's two/three timing her, and instead I spent an hour on the verge of tears, watching Mitch's funeral and Dawson's near-breakdown. Aside from that, though, it's certainly a saucy series so far. Jen and Charlie provide lots of steamy scenes, but as per usual there're still broken hearts (Jack and his boyfriend, Toby) and awkward can-we-ever-be-just-friends scenes (Joey/Dawson/Pacey). Dawson finally lost the bangs and got himself a decent haircut, so he's much improved. Pacey, although, a wee bit chubby for my liking, still has that 'cheeky little munchkin' image that gets him a few brownie points. Jen's guy, Charlie, is scandalously cute, and Jack's fraternity brothers round up the totty scale quite nicely. But for the guys, there's Katie Holmes, still looking as naturally, girl-next-doory beautiful as ever, Jen doing the cute blonde wavy hair thing, and Joey's roomate Audrey to get the heart pumping. Good storylines, gorgeous cast, cheating boyfriends, and friends who are and will always be more than just friends ... what more does a show need?
Okay so if you haven't got E4 then you might not want to read the rest as there'd be spoilers aplenty. In the last series we had Jack finding a boyfriend, Jen trying to date her psychiatrist, Pacey dating Joey and then embarrassing her - hence her dumping him just a few episodes after he popped her cherry, Joey and Dawson angsting as per usual over the state of their relationship, everyone graduating from school, Dawson over analysing his life and situation way too much, the producers adding to the ridiculous names already featured in the show with Pacey's sister - Gretchen who dated Dawson for a while then left - shortly after revealing she had a miscarriage and... in the last episode Dawson and Joey kissed! (in a scene reminiscent of their snog in the season 1 finale). On Monday's at 9pm (Channel 4 have started to rethink there scheduling at last for the better...see Sunday at 9pm on channel 4 and another great show of theirs - the West Wing) it's now possible to see the 5th series of this ever-popular teen/drama show and boy...it's steamy. Granted there was mention of sex in the past 4 series' but this series seems to be some big fiery hot bed of sexual tension and intense passion, namely between Jen, the blonde haired one who is without doubt the most street wise and sexually experienced of the gang - and her new beau Charlie. But there's also occasional sex and rude talk from Joey's new roommate, at her college in Boston - Audrey (Busy Phillips) who was also in E4's 'Freaks and Geeks'. So I can't help but think that Dawson's creek: the college years, as it should now be called, is quite the same as when it took place in the picturesque little fishing town of Capeside but it's still as addictive as ever. I do however have one complaint - BIG SPOILER - the death of Dawson's dad in the fourth episode - okay so the funeral episode was classic Dawson's with its hallucinations
, overlong words, unabashed tears, random speech making and the kind of sombre music that no ones ever heard of - but the death was still really unnecessary, bearing in mind the first few episodes were great and didn't even feature Mitch. It is pretty desperate in my eyes to kill off one of the show's main characters just because the viewing figures are slipping...but then again don't all TV shows do that at some stage. I am starting to think actually that Dawson's Creek should be renamed 'Dawson's Curse' as in the past 5 seasons at least 4 people he has been associated with and in fact lived right next to have dropped off this mortal coil. Lets start with Joeys mum; she died of Cancer when Joey was young, guess who lives across the Creek - DAWSON. Then there's Jen's Grandad, Dawson lived next door to him and guess what happened to him...he snuffed it. Abbey Morgan was, though someone everyone loved to hate, Dawson's sort-of-friend and she died in the 2nd season after getting drunk on a pier and falling into the water...oh dear he did it again...But no Dawson's didn't stop there - he decided to bestow more bad luck on his fellow capesiders and Mr Brook's, an old film director that Dawson befriends after smashing his boat up dies and leaves Dawson a lot of money when it just so happened that Joey needed some money to get into college...mmmm what a coincidence. And now to take his body count up a notch he decides to visit his dad after dropping out of college and guess what happens - he subsequently gets involved in a road accident...and dies. Is it just me that has noticed this uncanny curse? So that's it so far folks. I'll probably add to this review sometime...if I get time. Just a few quick spoilers before I finish - Dawson and Jen end up going out and Dawson FINALLY loses his cherry! (to Jen of course). Charlie is not all he appears to be...and this is a very big apparently... but app
arently Joey, quite the little sex maniac after her cherry popping from Pacey, has sex with Charlie! Remember if you want more spoilers, visit - http://4starentertainment.tripod.com/4starentertainment/id10.html or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh by the way if you don't have E4, the new series starts in July I think...but don't hold me to that.
Ever since I found out Joshua Jackson was starring in a new show called Dawson’s Creek I felt I had to watch it. I’d loved Joshua Jackson ever since his days in the mighty ducks trilogy. Anyway the first episode was quite interesting and after that I was hooked. I’ve always loved cheesy American TV shows but I also loved all the serious ones like party of 5 and when I heard this show was like that I was quite happy because I felt party of 5 didn’t satisfy me, maybe this one would! THE STORY~~ The show basically centres on a bunch of adolescents attending the local high school. Firstly you have best friends since they can remember Dawson and Josephine (Joey). They are really close and do almost everything together. What Dawson didn’t know was that Joey was madly in love with him. Dawson’s male best friend is Pacey who is a bit of a joker and Pacey in a way is a bit of a bad influence on Dawson. Jen moves all the way from New York but it turns out her parents kicked her out after she was caught having sex in their bed. They all live in a little town called Capeside, which is a really quiet town, were nothing really happens. I think all the characters are just desperate to get out of this town and escape. The gang have to go through a lot of stuff together and are helping each other grow up and get out of this town that they live in. The show centres on Dawson and his friends and basically shows everything that happens in a teenager’s life. Some stuff, which is very real, other stuff, which may be a little unrealistic perhaps. THE CHARACTERS~~ Dawson – The guy the show was named after is quite a simple and a nice guy. The kind to be devoted to one girl and one girl only. Dated Jen for a while before realising Joey was the one. Breaking up with Joey to date a few others. By the time he realised he loved Joey it was a little too late. He is obsessed with films and
spends his Saturday nights watching classic movies. His parents have been through quite a lot putting a lot of strain on him so he has been through quite a bit in his life. He is very intelligent and has to get his homework in on time, not a bad boy at all. He was very popular in the first few series’ but he became less and less popular as Mr. Pacey began to steal the limelight. A lot of people think Dawson’s character is too boring and not interesting at all. Joey – The tomboy in the first series suddenly turning into a beautiful swan and basically dating three guys in the same circle of friends. The one who has been in love with Dawson for as long as she can remember but now thinks she loves Pacey. Also dated Jack for a while before realising he was gay. She is a very ‘grown up’ character who is very intelligent. Her mother passed away when she was a child and her father is in jail so her family is pretty dysfunctional. She lives with her older sister, her husband and their child. She works in her sister’s bed and breakfast and has to juggle school at the same time so life isn’t easy for her. She is basically sick of being judged on what her family is like so she is just desperate to do well in high school and escape from Capeside. Pacey – The joker of the pack, everyone’s favourite. Isn’t taken very seriously. The one, who had an affair with a teacher, had a fling with Jen and now is seriously devoted to Joey. At first he was just a bit of a joke and not really given much air time but this character proved very popular with the audience and the laydees! I think the makers of the show realised what potential this guy has and gave him even more airtime. He at first lost his virginity to a teacher, then fell head over heels for Andie. These two looked perfect together and seemed like they were going to be together forever until she slept with another guy, Pacey was heart broken and refuse
s to take her back. He wasn’t having much luck with the ladies so him and Jen decided to make a pact to sleep with one another when they felt like they really needed it. He then fell in love with Joey and the two seemed perfect because they seemed genuinely in love. This guy is definitely my favourite character because he is just so funny and sweet at the same time, I just have to say this guy is amazing! (Oh and he’s fit too) Jen – The girl who was sexualised way too young. Girl with attitude and speaks her mind. She dated Dawson for a while before moving on to Pacey for a short fling, before becoming best friends with Jack. This character is a girl who kicks ass. She was not popular in the first series at all but then her attitude made her character a lot more popular. She has a habit of speaking her mind to whomever and always has something intelligent to say. She moved to Capeside to live with her Grandma because her parents threw her out as she was caught having sex in their bed. She now lives with her grandma who is a strict Christian but Jen always mocks her for being so religious and doesn’t really respect her grandmother’s beliefs. One thing that is good about Jen is that she doesn’t judge people as she was born and raised in New York. She befriends Jack the gay guy who no one really gives a chance but she then becomes his best buddy and they now do everything together. Jack – The sweet caring older brother type. The guy who broke up Joey and Dawson before realising he was gay. Dated a guy who broke his heart. Now mostly hangs out with Jen. He is the twin brother of Andie. This guy fell for Joey when he worked with her at the icehouse. He is quite a sweet character and was nice to Joey until everyone found out he was gay. He broke it off with Joey but they remained good friends. He then dated a guy who’s name I cant seem to remember, anyway this was his first gay relationship and it went wel
l to begin with until the other guy got back together with his ex. Then Jack made good friends with another gay Capeside resident Tobey. He is really caring and good friends with everyone, I would say an all rounder because he is good mates with Dawson, Joey and Pacey and very close to his twin sister Andie, but he loves his best mate Jen. Andie – She is a sweet girl who cares about everyone including her twin brother Jack. She’s a clever girl who got early acceptance to Harvard. She dated Pacey and feels she is still in love with him, she blew it by sleeping with another guy at a mental hospital. Moved to Italy for a while. Andie is little miss perfect. She was born in a very well off family. She is very intelligent and gets straight A’s all the time. She has a twin brother called Jack who she really cares about. Her older brother died when she was younger (not seen in show) so this really tore her family apart. Her mother became very ill and began to hallucinate a lot of the time, and began to feel her brother was still alive. Andie claims she is the glue that holds her family together. Whilst doing this, she herself got affected and became a little crazy and began to see her dead brother again. She left for a mental hospital in the summer, still dating Pacey but met another guy there whom she slept with, and Pacey broke it off with her. This really knocked her confidence back as she truly cares for Pacey and believed she made a mistake. Her father recommended she move to Italy for a while as that’s the place she was most relaxed and calm in so she decides to move there for a while not worrying about education as she has already received early acceptance into Harvard. THE CAST~~ James Van Der Beek – Dawson Leery Katie Holmes – Joey Potter Joshua Jackson – Pacey Witter Michelle Williams – Jennifer Lindley Kerr Smith – Jack McPhee Meredith Monroe – Andie McPh
ee Mary Beth Peil – Jens Grams (Evelyn Ryan) Mary-Margaret Humes – Gail Leery John Wesley Shipp – Mitch Leery Nina Repeta – Bessie Potter Dylan Neal – Doug Witter (Cast Who Are No Longer In The Show) Monica Keena – Abby Morgan Sasha Alexander – Gretchen Witter Leanne Hunley – Tamara Jacobs (Miss Jacobs) Brittany Daniel – Eve Whitman Mark Matkevich – Drue Valentine David Monahan – Tobey Barrett Bianca Lawson – Nikki Green THE PERFORMANCES~~ I think this cast is just brilliant. All the actors suit the roles perfectly and I think the casting directors did a really good job. I think James Van Der Beek plays Dawson very well. Dawson is quite a dull character and you’d think maybe James is dull too but after seeing him in Varsity Blues I have to say he is a very good actor. I think he plays the part of Dawson really well. I think Katie Holmes was perfect for the part of Joey Potter. At first she couldn’t make it to the auditions but the casting directors saw her talent in a scraggly audition tape that they gave her the part without even meeting her. I think she is a really good actress and very beautiful, I think she really suits the role of Joey as Joey has been changing over the years and so has Katie. I’ve seen most of her movies and I think she can play lots of different roles and is definitely very talented. I think she is perfect as Josephine Potter – the pretty girl who catches everyone’s eye but is also good as the tomboy Joey Potter. I think they picked a girl with the right kind of look as she really suits being girlie yet tomboyish. Joshua Jackson is meant to be a very laid back, out going and funny guy in real life. Watching all his interviews I would say that seems to be very true. That’s why I think he is absolutely brilliant as the joker Pa
cey. He really suits the role and I think he is a brilliant actor. I think even though the show isn’t named after him he definitely steals the limelight…from everyone! He has just got so much charisma, he is just such a good character and I have to say for some people he makes this show bearable! Michelle Williams is the youngest of the gang and I have to say sometimes she seems like the oldest. Her acting is just so mature and real. I have to say I think she is a really good actress and has done some pretty serious films too. I think her voice and the way she speaks is perfect for the part of Jen because Jen always has something intelligent to say even if she isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box. Kerr Smith is really good as Jack but I don’t think he’s really anything special. He’s really good looking and does play the part really well but I don’t think he gets enough time no the show which is quite a shame. I think this young, fresh and new cast are just brilliant. They’re young, sexy and suit their roles perfectly. GUEST APPEARANCES~~ In the show there have been a lot of guest appearances. Brittany Daniel (of Sweet Valley High fame) starred as the dodgy girl Eve. She was interested in Dawson and it looked like the two of them would get it on but nope! She messed about with him and was a very suspicious looking gal. Rachael Leigh Cook who starred in She’s all that and Josie And The Pussycats appeared in the show as Devon, Dawson’s new friend. She starred in his small film as Sammy – the movie version of Joey. She didn’t really do much in the show though. Monica Keena starred as bitchy girl Abby Morgan. Every high school in America has an Abby and that’s for sure. Her aim was to cause trouble for other people and laugh at them. She was never sincere but always bitchy. She became best buddies with Jen and they both caused h
avoc in Capeside until Abby fell off the pier and drowned in the lake. She died straight away and Jen was left pretty traumatised. I have to admit I missed her character, as she was a lot of fun. My favourite quote of hers was when she saw a picture of Jen’s ex boyfriend “I would throw my mother off a bridge to date a guy like that”. Showed what kind of character she was then. Sasha Alexander starred as Pacey’s older sister Gretchen. She was the typical caring big sister but a party animal when she wanted to be. She began to date Dawson her little brothers ex best mate. There wasn’t much interaction between Pacey and Gretchen so you couldn’t really tell they were even related. Ali Larter came in the show for about two episodes. She starred in a couple of movies including legally blonde and final destination. She played Kristy Livingstone the popular girl who Pacey had a huge crush on. Andie who wasn’t dating him them tried to set them up but not really set them up if you get what I mean, she had a crush on him herself would she really hand him away?! Anyway Kristy had a boyfriend but was still nice to Pacey but then began to show interest in him after he began to date Andie, but the sweet guy he was he stuck with his gal. Mark Matkevich came in the show for a little while, he was Joey’s, boss’s son. He was a mischief and not very nice to the ladies. He has a bit of a past with Jen as they both used to live in New York but lets just say she wasn’t very happy to see her old ‘friend’. His mum owns a country club and all he seems to do is hang around there and make Joey’s life hell. Plus you can tell he’s got a bit of a thing for her. THE SOUNDTRACK~~ The main theme song is a very catchy tune. Paula Cole sings it and I think the theme song really gives a taster of what other types of songs will be played in the show. I really love the main
song as it is catchy and I always find myself singing along to it when the credits are rolling. The song is called I don’t want to wait and it definitely suits the show itself. Paula Cole wrote the song especially for the show and I think the lyrics suit the show. In the show you can expect to her songs by Wheatus (Teenage Dirt bag), sixpence none the richer (Kiss me), Jessica Simpson (Did you ever love somebody), Evan and Jaron (Crazy for this girl) and many softer indie tunes like this. I think the music chosen for the shows really help the scenes out a lot. I think the music is chosen specially because it matches the show. Don’t expect to hear Britney Spears and other teenage artists on this soundtrack. Just because the show is about teens doesn’t mean the soundtrack will be packed with bubblegum pop. It’s serious music that goes very well with the show. ADVANTAGES~~ What I like about this show is the cast. I think they are all individual and aren’t those all American type people. They are all different and aren’t all perfect teenagers. They also deal with real life issues, which is a refreshing change. They deal with under age sex, peer pressure and different sexualities so I think a lot of people can relate to it. One of the main characters is Gay but they don’t really make a big deal out of this and I think the way they play around the subject is really good. They make it real and not the stereotypical version of a gay person. I also really like the fact that they have a variety of different characters. You could be like any one of them but there is probably one of them you most relate to, as they are all really different. (if your not sure go and take the Dawson’s creek quiz on the official website to find out who you are most like LOL) I also think the soundtrack to this show is really good. So far they have released two albums with songs that have been in the sh
ow. DISADVANTAGES~~ One thing that annoys me about the show is the characters’ amazing vocabularies, no 16 year old would talk like that, and even the so-called dumber characters talk like they attend some posh grammar school. I have been to America several times and I have to say nobody there talks like that, which is slightly odd. Sometimes I do not even get what they are saying which is quite weird as I thought we were meant to relate to these characters. The cast don’t look like 16 year olds, James Van Der Beek who plays Dawson looks about 23, but the actors do well to play their parts. If you see real 16 year olds in the states, some look like little kids so it was safer getting older actors to play the younger characters. I guess another disadvantage is that the show can get very unrealistic at times and can be quite dull. Sometimes it can be very slow and the scenes can be slightly dry so there’s nothing to keep you interested, this happens rarely – thankfully. OVERALL~~ In my opinion the show started off really well but the storylines became more and more unrealistic. I still love the show but I reckon I was more of a fan last year than I am now. I still watch the show for the lovely Joshua Jackson but when my favourite story line came to a bitter end of Joey and Pacey breaking up I was gutted, and whom does Joey run too, Dawson! It is a tad unrealistic but then again it’s only a TV show! I will watch the next series religiously, hoping Pacey and Joey get back together. Its good programming but gets very repetitive at times. I think it is an original show and would recommend it to people who like to watch serious show otherwise this wouldn’t be your kind of TV show. If you think it’s a teenybopper show with happy cheerleaders everywhere you’d be wrong, in fact it is the complete opposite. A lot of people I know think Dawson’s creek is reall
y boring but once you get into it, it really is quite addictive. I know this as some of my very picky friends were forced to watch it down my house and they actually got into it and now they never ever miss an episode. (`*·.¸(`*·.¸¸.·*')¸.·*')® «°'¨`·.°BabyGirl°.·'¨`°» (°¸∆.·''(¸.·'''·.¸)`''·.∆¸°)
No matter how much you resist, this television show will suck you in and you will immediately become involved in and enthralled by the exaggerated dramas of six teenagers living in the sleepy town of Capeside. Never before have I found a show that I can relate to as I can to this. My group of friends are obsessed by it to such an extent that we have begun to talk about the characters as if they were our friends. Dawson's Creek is every teenagers dream. A programme where the actors appear to know exactly how difficult it is to be a teenager. The characters have been sensitively created and presented. There is Joey, a young, pretty girl struggling to run a B& B with her sister, whilst in the midst of a complicated love triangle with her best friend Dawson and his best friend Pacey. Dawson is an aspiring film director, who is extremely deep and sensitive. Pacey is VERY good looking and the joker of the gang. He brings a little bit of much needed light hearted wit to the drama. Jack is a young boy struggling to come to terms with the realisation that he is gay. His sister Andy is extremely studious and overly cheery with a background of emotional illnesses whilst Jen has a background of alcohol and drug abuse in New York. She is the more mature of the group. Despite these seemingly unbelievable qualities, every viewer will find a character that they can relate to. (Or if not a character that they can drool over!!!)Take this extremely likeable bunch of friends, a few heartaches, some disfunctional families and the occasional happy moment and you have a perfect formula for a girlie night infront of the telly!!! Oh and lets not forget the music. An amazing selection of songs accompanies each episode, making the key moments even more heartrending. Eva Cassidy, Train, David Grey and many other artists emphasise momentous occasions. Joey and Dawson's first kiss, Joey and Pacey's first kiss, the moment Joey and Pacey sail off into the sunset on his boat. These mom
ents would not have been the same without the trademark Dawson's Creek soundtrack songs playing in the background. I have to admit that I am often left reaching for the tissues at the end of an episode as a beautifully soulful song fades out. The only criticism I have is that the philosopical way in which the characters talk can sometimes be a little bit too much. However, I can forgive this because it makes me admire the characters more. In conclusion, this programme is a fantastic watch for teenagers and I'm sure many others would enjoy it too. So, stock up on tissues and ice-cream and tune in to Dawson's Creek!!!
This is a program that has been running for a few years now, centering around the main character Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and his friends. The original cast of his friends was just Pacey (Josh Jackson) who was his best friend, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Joey (Katie Holmes) But then came along Jack (Kerr Smith) and Andie (Meredith Monroe) The whole show centers around these characters who are often very over the top but do touch on very possible subject that it is important in a teenagers life. DAWSON Basically he is or should I say was in love with Joey and thinks that they are meant to be together, he has a mother and a father whoa re always at each other’s throats or all over each other. JOEY She lives with her sister, Bessie and they run a B and B, her mother died when she was young. PACEY He is the class clown although more recently has fallen in love with Joey and become a little more responsible. He lives with his brother, Doug who is a policeman. JEN She used to live in New York with her parents but came to Capeside to try to sort her life out, she lives with her Grandma. JACK He lives with his father and is gay, he came to Capeside more recently with his sister and was once going out with Joey. ANDIE She is Jack’s sister and has had mental problems, she is very good student and once went out with Pacey. Now the characters are explained it would be pointless to go through all of the adventures that they have had! So I would recommend you to watch it. It is a very emotive program and there is always something of interest going on although they can go over the top.
Dawson's Creek was a pioneering television program when it started, mainly because it discussed the issue of teenage sex. Now, 4 years on, many more programs are confronting this topic, but Dawson's is still the leader. Sure, these teenagers use words most of us didn't at their age (remember when Andie called Pacey an "oafish boar" just before she got off with him?) and they are kind of melodramatic and outrageous (remember Pcey buying Joey a wall ?! ) but this just adds to the fun. Over the last for series they have tackled a number of daring topics - Jack being gay and being told to stop coaching the little kids, Pacey's liaisons with Ms Jacobs, the English teacher and Joey stripping off and offering herself to Dawson (and him saying no - what's up with that?) but they have also confronted the problems associated with divorce, drugs and mental illness in a tasteful, delicate way. All in all, a great program which will stand as the show which revolutionalised teenage Tv for generations to come.
Basically it started as a tale of unrequited love between Dawson, the innocent, naïve boy next door (a perfect boyfriend in your mother’s eyes), and Joey, his lifelong friend already emotionally traumatised due to the death of her mother and imprisonment of her father. But this was not the story of a cosy couple; the arrival of Jen, an experienced and world weary 15 year old from New York and the ever-present Pacey, Dawson’s mischievous and somewhat annoying comrade, sent things haywire and so it took an entire season for them to get together. Inevitably the character base widened with the addition of Andie and Jack, brother and sister, who found themselves entangled in the love lives of Pacey and Joey. However this didn’t last, and eventually after many different combinations and variations on the relationships, Joey and Pacey fell head over heels in love with each other! I was a real fan of Dawson's Creek from season two, having missed season one due to conflicting scheduling as is often the case with Channel 4. I loved its characters, mix of humour, tension, angst and emotion. It is under constant criticism for its lack of reality but that is surely the appeal of TV; as a means of escapism and a gateway into another world. And then there's the language and the teenager's use of lucid, concise yet amazingly detailed descriptive imagery and language, I'm sure we all accept that teens do not regularly converse in such a fashion but that does not mean that they don't understand or appreciate it. But I feel that in season 4 it has gone downhill, largely due to the annoying habit of returning to the Dawson and Joey storyline which is beyond tired and worn thin. But I can't end on a completely negative note; in season 4 we have seen some very touching storylines, for example between Dawson and Mr Brooks, which also allowed Gramps a greater part which can only be good. The acting w
as excellent, the social issues rife and the emotions raw and moving.