First Impression: Dawson's Creek
“Dawson’s Creek” was a mid-season debut in 1998. I remember seeing the promos and feeling… angry.
How dare this show try to copy “Beverly Hills, 90210”!
“Beverly Hills, 90210” is in its eighth season… look at this new series trying to steal its thunder!
Nothing can compare to “Beverly Hills, 90210”! NOTHING!
Perhaps needless to say, I was not onboard with “Dawson’s Creek” from the beginning. What’s weird, though, is that I don’t quite remember when that started to change.
I do know, though, that I was sucked in toward the end of the show’s run and sobbed watching the series finale in 2003. I didn’t even do that when “Beverly Hills, 90210” ended, though, to be fair, the “Dawson’s Creek” finale was much sadder.
Like with “Beverly Hills, 90210,” I caught up on all I had missed through syndication. At the time, TBS was airing “Dawson’s Creek” once or twice a day. That allowed me to tape episodes on VHS and fall in love with Joey and Pacey in the earlier seasons.
And fall in love I did. I became a hardcore Poey fan, even though I did root for Joey and Dawson at times. And also like with “Beverly Hills, 90210” and my preference for Kelly and Dylan over Brenda and Dylan, I do wonder if Joey and Dawson would’ve been my number one ship had I watched from the beginning and in chronological order.
My “Dawson’s Creek” obsession continued when I went to college. As an early riser, I would watch the airings on TBS via my laptop with my headphones in while my freshman year roommate slept. When Greg Berlanti, an alum of my university and the writer credited with putting Joey and Pacey together, came to visit in 2006, I wore a homemade shirt that proclaimed on the back, “I cried a creek when ‘Dawson’s’ ended.” (The front said, “I’ll love you forever(wood)!” Yes, I’m an “Everwood” stan too.)
To say my love for “Dawson’s Creek” has only grown over the years would be an understatement. It became my second-favorite show of all time and I don’t anticipate that changing. And now I actually live in Capeside. I moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where “Dawson’s Creek” was filmed, in 2014.
What would 1998 me think?!
DAWSON’S CREEK (January 20, 1998 - May 14, 2003)
Favorite Seasons: 3-6
Favorite Episodes: “Sex, She Wrote” (2.11), “To Be or Not to Be… That is the Question” (2.14, 2.15), “Four to Tango” (3.09), “Cinderella Story” (3.17), “Stolen Kisses” (3.19), “The Longest Day” (3.20), “The Anti-Prom” (3.22), “True Love” (3.23), “The Two Gentlemen of Capeside” (4.03), “You Had Me at Goodbye” (4.07), “A Winter’s Tale” (4.14), “Promicide” (4.20), “The Long Goodbye” (5.04), “Appetite for Destruction” (5.10), “Downtown Crossing” (5.15), “100 Light Years From Home” (5.19), “Castaways” (6.15), “All Good Things… Must Come to an End” (6.23, 6.24)
Favorite Characters: Joey Potter, Pacey Witter
Favorite Couple: Joey and Pacey
Dawson's Creek is one of the first "serious" teen drama I watched! I was entering grade 7 when I started watching (but on a Grade 6 age, because I was always a year earlier than my classmates). It started airing on my local Canadian channel in Fall 2000, airing the first two seasons back-to-back. If I remember correctly, then they aired each subsequent season on a yearly basis. Before that, I had only watched "light" children/tween TV shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the likes. I liked it and was always a Joey and Pacey shipper, and was always more interested in Pacey's storylines and life than Dawson's. I was just not interested in Dawson when I was younger, and re-watching it as an adult, his character left an even sourer taste in my mouth. He was extremely self-centered, it sometimes borders on parody!