Dawson's Creek

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Dawson's Creek
Dawsons creek credits.jpg
Series intertitle, seasons 3–6
GenreTeen drama
Created byKevin Williamson
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes128 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television Distribution
Original channelThe WB
Original runJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) – May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
Related showsYoung Americans
One Tree Hill
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For the city in British Columbia, see Dawson Creek.
Dawson's Creek
Dawsons creek credits.jpg
Series intertitle, seasons 3–6
GenreTeen drama
Created byKevin Williamson
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes128 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s)Wilmington, North Carolina
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television Distribution
Original channelThe WB
Original runJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) – May 14, 2003 (2003-05-14)
Related showsYoung Americans
One Tree Hill
External links

Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson, which debuted on The WB on January 20, 1998, and was produced by Columbia TriStar Television (which was renamed Sony Pictures Television before the sixth and final season). The series was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, and on location around Wilmington, Southport, and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Many scenes were filmed at UNCW, including William Randall Library and Alderman Hall, which served as the facade of Capeside High School. Other college scenes in the fifth and sixth seasons were shot at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. It portrays the fictional lives of a close-knit group of teenagers through high school and college. The program, part of a new craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, catapulted its leads to stardom and became a defining show for The WB. The series ended on May 14, 2003.[1]

Reruns of the show are often seen in Australia on Foxtel, in Canada on TVtropolis, in Norway on TV3, in Denmark on TV2 Zulu, in the UK on Sony Entertainment Television, in France on TMC, in Greece on Macedonia TV, in Romania on Digi Film, in India on Zee Café, in Indonesia on TPI and Global TV, in Italy on Italia 1, in Spain on LaOtra, in Lithuania on TV3, in Latin America on Liv, and in the Middle East on MBC4 and on the Orbit - Showtime Network (OSN).

The show placed #90 on Entertainment Weekly '​s "New TV Classics" list.[2]


The series follows four friends—Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Jen Lindley, and Pacey Witter—living in the small fictional seaside town called Capeside, Massachusetts who were in the latter half of their freshman year when the series began.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Main cast of Dawson's Creek
Cast memberCharacterSeason
James Van Der BeekDawson LeeryMain
Michelle WilliamsJen LindleyMain
Katie HolmesJoey PotterMain
Joshua JacksonPacey WitterMain
Kerr SmithJack McPheeRecurringMain
Mary-Margaret HumesGail LeeryMainRecurring
John Wesley ShippMitch LeeryMainRecurring
Mary Beth PeilEvelyn "Grams" RyanMain
Nina RepetaBessie PotterMainRecurring
Meredith MonroeAndie McPheeRecurringMainGuest appearance
Busy PhilippsAudrey LiddellRecurringMain

Characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.

Recurring characters and guest stars[edit]

ActorCharacter (season which they appeared)
Ed GradyGramps Ryan (Season 1); Jen's terminally sick grandfather
Leann HunleyTamara Jacobs (Season 1-2); a teacher at Capeside High and Pacey's first love interest
Scott FoleyCliff Elliot (Season 1); a student who shows an interest in Jen
Obi NdefoBodie Wells (Season 1, 3, 4, and 6); Bessie's boyfriend
Ian BohenAnderson Crawford (Season 1)
Dylan NealDoug Witter (Season 1, 3-6); Pacey's older policeman brother
Monica KeenaAbby Morgan (Season 1-2); Jen's trouble-making friend and the main antagonist of the first two seasons
Gareth WilliamsMike Potter (Season 1, 2, and 6); Joey's father
Edmund J. KearneyMr. Peterson (Season 1-2); an abusive reading teacher at Capeside High and secondary antagonist
Jason BehrChris Wolfe (Season 2); a student at Capeside High
John FinnJohn Witter (Season 2, 4, and 6); Pacey and Doug's father and police chief of Capeside and minor antagonist
Rachael Leigh CookDevon (Season 2); a wannabe film actress who stars in one of Dawson's films
Eddie MillsTyson 'Ty' Hicks (Season 2); a crewperson and student who shows an interest in Jen
David DukesWill/Joseph McPhee (Season 2-4); Andie and Jack's father
Obba BabatundéPrincipal Howard Green (Season 3); the stern but humane principal of Capeside High
Brittany DanielEve Whitman (Season 3); a trouble-making stranger to Capeside and minor antagonist
Aubrey DollarMarcy Bender (Season 3); a student at Capeside High
Michael PittHenry Parker (Season 3); a football student who develops a crush on Jen
Mel HarrisHelen Lindley (Season 3); Jen's mother
Robin DunneA.J. Moller (Season 3); a college student from Boston and Joey's love interest
Adam KaufmanEthan (Season 3); Jack's first gay love interest
Bianca LawsonNikki Green (Season 3); the daughter of Principal Green
Jonathan LipnickiBuzz Thompson (Season 3); a neglected child whom Pacey takes under his wing
Sasha AlexanderGretchen Witter (Season 4); Pacey's older sister and Dawson's love interest
Carolyn HennesyMrs. Valentine (Season 4); the owner of Capeside's Yacht Club, Drue's snobbish mother, Joey's harsh boss, and minor antagonist of the season
Mark MatkevichDrue Valentine (Season 4); Jen's former friend from New York and the main antagonist of the season
Harve PresnellArthur "A.I." Brooks (Season 4); a crouchy retired film director who Dawson admires
Harry ShearerPrincipal Peskin (Season 4); Capeside High's pompous principle.
David MonahanTobey Barret (Season 4-5); Jack's love interest
Jane LynchMrs. Witter (Season 4); Pacey's troubled and subservient mother
Ken MarinoProfessor David Wilder (Season 5); an English college professor and Joey's casual love interest
Nicole BilderbackHeather Tracy (Season 5-6); Dawson's Hollywood film producer
Chad Michael MurrayCharlie Todd (Season 5); Jen's college boyfriend
Hal OzsanTodd Carr (Season 5-6); an ill-tempered film director and Dawson's mentor and minor antagonist of the season
Lourdes BenedictoKaren Torres (Season 5); a waitress and love interest of Pacey and Danny
Ian KahnDanny Brecher (Season 5); a restaurant owner and Pacey's boss
Ryan BittleEric (Season 5); a fraternity student
Jordan BridgesOliver Chirckirk (Season 5-6); a struggling film student
Marion RavenHerself (musical guest as M2M), (Season 5) episode: 100 Light Years from Home
Marit LarsenHerself (musical guest as M2M), (Season 5) episode: 100 Light Years from Home
Sherilyn FennAlexandra 'Alex' Pearl (Season 5); Pacey's new boss at Civilization Restaurant
Megan GrayEmma Jones (Season 6); a waitress and Pacey and Jack's roommate
Roger HowarthProfessor Greg Hetson (Season 6); Joey's non-conformist and antagonistic English professor[3]
Oliver HudsonEddie Doling (Season 6); a college student and Joey's love interest[3]
Sebastian SpenceProfessor Matt Freeman (Season 6); a professor at Boston Bay college[3]
Jensen AcklesC.J. (Season 6); Jen's friend and later boyfriend[3]
Dana AshbrookRich Rinaldi (Season 6); a ruthless and greedy stockbroker and Pacey's boss and the main antagonist of the season
Bianca KajlichNatasha Kelly (Season 6); a brash film actress and Dawson's love interest
Mika BooremHarley Hetson (Season 6); Professor Hetson's headstrong daughter
Greg RikaartDavid (Season 6); Jack's love interest
No DoubtThemselves (musical guest), (Season 6) episode: Spiderwebs
Sarah ShahiSadia Shaw (Season 6); a reporter who investigates Pacey
Seth RogenBob (Season 6)
Mimi RogersHelen Lindley (Season 6); Jen's mother



Kevin Williamson, a native of the small coastal town of Oriental, North Carolina, was approached in 1995 by producer Paul Stupin to write a pilot for a television series. Stupin, who as a Fox Network executive had brought Beverly Hills, 90210 to the air, sought out Williamson after having read his script for the slasher film Scream—a knowing, witty work about high school students. Williamson's script was initially turned down by Fox, but the WB, however, was eagerly looking for programming to fill its new Tuesday night lineup. Williamson said, "I pitched it as Some Kind of Wonderful, meets Pump Up the Volume, meets James at 15, meets My So-Called Life, meets Little House on the Prairie". The show's lead character and main protagonist, Dawson Leery, was based on Williamson himself: obsessed with movies and platonically sharing his bed with the girl down the creek. The entire first season, thirteen episodes, was filmed before the first episode even aired.[4] After the end of the second season, Williamson left to focus on Wasteland, a new show for ABC,[5] and returned to write the two-hour series finale.[6]

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.[7]

Filming locations[edit]

Dawson's Creek was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios and on location around Wilmington, Southport and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. College scenes in the fifth and sixth seasons were shot at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and additional shooting was done in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1999, some scenes were shot on the University of Richmond campus. The fourth season episode "Eastern Standard Time" also did location shooting in New York City, including at Grand Central Terminal.

The Wilmington area benefited greatly from the show. While a number of films, commercials and music videos had been shot at the studios, the show was the first to occupy numerous soundstages for many years. One Tree Hill later occupied some of those same soundstages for several years and used some of the same locations in Wilmington.[8]

In addition to business brought into the community by the project, it attracted attention to the city as a filming location and boosted tourism.[9] The visitors' bureau distributed a special guide to filming locations used in the show.[8] When the program was cancelled in 2003, the news was reported on the front-page of Wilmington's daily newspaper, the Wilmington StarNews.

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.[8][10] The private residences used as homes for Dawson, Jen, and Joey are all located along the shores of Hewlett's Creek.

Some of the scenes shown during the opening credits and miscellaneous scenery shots throughout the episodes were filmed in Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. One of which is a pan of Oak Bluffs Harbor and another includes a shot of Circuit Avenue also in Oak Bluffs, MA.

Capeside is a fictional town in Massachusetts where Dawson's Creek takes place. It is located on Cape Cod, possibly somewhere mid-Cape between Falmouth and Yarmouth, as an early episode includes these real towns in a "hurricane day" announcement. Incorporated in 1815, the town has a population of 35,000 and is located between the cities of Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. Capeside exteriors were shot in and around Wilmington, North Carolina. Its bays and coastlines are similar to those found along the coast of Massachusetts.

Capeside High School is the high school in Capeside, Massachusetts attended by several characters during the first four seasons of the show. Exteriors were filmed at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

A Dawson Creek actually exists in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is named for the river of the same name that runs through it. Another exists in Oriental, NC, which flows into the Neuse River. This served as the inspiration for the show's name. There is also a Dawson's Creek that runs through Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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.[8]

The Hell's Kitchen bar featured in the show was a natural food store at 118 Princess Street in Wilmington which was purchased by producers, dressed as a seedy college bar and used for production during the show's last season. When production completed, the building was purchased by a local restaurateur, along with much of the set and decorations, and converted it into a real restaurant and bar. It retains the name as well.[8]

Leery's Fresh Fish, exteriors were filmed at Water Street Restaurant at 5 South Water Street in Wilmington.[8]

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,[11] and a number of its students served as extras.[11] Some filming was also done on Franklin Street adjacent to nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dawson's Creek was shot like a motion picture using a single camera and often filmed on location, rather than being largely studio-bound. The series used soothing colors, similar to Party of Five, rather than the cold, harsh look of shows such as The Practice. While most of the episodes were conventional, there were two Rashomon-like episodes exploring a story from differing perspectives: the somber fifth season episode "Downtown Crossing" featured only one regular, Joey, and her interaction with a mugger, and the fourth season episode, "The Unusual Suspects", was filmed as a film noir detective story, complete with camera work and music appropriate to the genre. Also, two episodes were shot as four smaller episodes within: the third season episode "The Longest Day" and the fourth season episode "Four Stories." At times, Dawson's Creek was deliberately self-conscious, as when Eve tells Dawson he is Felicity, beginning a discussion of why Dawson doesn't like television shows, which concludes with his observation that they cut away when the best part comes—immediately demonstrated when Eve, about to kiss him, is interrupted by the main titles. It also made fun of itself on other episodes besides that one, especially the finale, when Dawson is the creator of a TV show called "The Creek."

The series is known for its realism and intelligent dialogue that included allusions to American television icons such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. For example, Dawson calls his mother's co-anchor "Ted Baxter" and refers to his parents as "Rob and Laura Petrie". He responds to his principal's request for a film glorifying the football team as belonging to "the Leni Riefenstahl approach to filmmaking." Jen says her parents followed "the Ho Chi Minh school of parenting". The New York Times headlined its review: "Young, Handsome, and Clueless in Peyton Place, an allusion that was similar to those found in the series that teenagers weren't likely to understand. The verbosity and complexity of the dialogue between its teenage characters —who commonly demonstrate vocabulary and cultural awareness— has been criticized at times as being beyond the scope of the average high school student, yet being combined with an emotional immaturity and self-absorption reflecting actual teens. For example, Joey correctly identifies a romantic quote mumbled by Christopher (“love is so short, forgetting is so long”) as being “stolen” from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.[12] 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.


Critical reception[edit]

Dawson's Creek generated a high amount of publicity before its debut, with several television critics and consumer watchdog groups expressing concerns about its anticipated "racy" plots and dialogue. The controversy drove one of the original production companies away from the project.[7][13] John Kiesewetter, television columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote, "As much as I want to love the show—the cool kids, charming New England setting, and stunning cinematography—I can't get past the consuming preoccupation with sex, sex, sex."[13] In his defense, Williamson denied this was his intention, stating that "I never set out to make something provocative and racy".[13] Syndicated columnist John Leo said the show should be called "When Parents Cringe," and went on to write "The first episode contains a good deal of chatter about breasts, genitalia, masturbation, and penis size. Then the title and credits come on and the story begins." Tom Shales, of The Washington Post commented that creator Kevin Williamson was "the most overrated wunderkind in Hollywood" and "what he's brilliant at is pandering." The Parents Television Council proclaimed the show as the single worst program of the 1997–98 and 1998-99 seasons by being "the crudest of the network shows aimed at kids," complaining about "an almost obsessive focus on pre-marital sexual activity", references to pornography and condoms, and the show's acceptance of homosexuality.[14] The Council also cited it as the fourth worst show in 2000–2001.[15] Former UPN President Lucie Salhany criticized WB for airing Dawson's Creek which features "adolescent characters in adult situations" in an early timeslot while the network is supposed to be "the family network".[16] However, on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, the National Organization for Women offered an endorsement, deeming it one of the least sexually exploitative shows on the air.

Numerous critics praised the show. Before its premiere, San Francisco Chronicle explained the buzz around the show is due to its creator Kevin Williamson who wrote the screenplays for Scream and Scream 2 and that the show might be "one of the year's tangier hits". He also found Dawson's Creek scenically "downright luxuriant" and liked that it "doesn't have the rushed feel of so many teen shows. The edginess is in the situations, not the pacing."[17] Variety wrote that it was "an addictive drama with considerable heart...the teenage equivalent of a Woody Allen movie—a kind of 'Deconstructing Puberty'".[18] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called it "a teen's dream". The Dayton Daily News listed Capeside as a television town they'd most like to live in. The Seattle Times declared it the best show of the 1997–1998 season and said it "belongs to the small-pantheon My So-Called Life, James at 15 and to a lesser extent, Party of Five and Doogie Howser, M.D..[19]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Dawson's Creek was nominated for fourteen awards, including ALMA Awards, Casting Society of America Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, TV Guide Awards, and YoungStar Awards. In 2000, the show was awarded a SHINE Award for consistently addressing sexual health issues on TV.[20] By the end of its run, the show, its crew, and its young cast had been nominated for numerous awards, winning four of them. Joshua Jackson won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Actor three times, and the show won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama once. The series also won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Drama Series.[21]

2001NominatedALMA AwardsOutstanding Director of a Drama SeriesGregory Prange
1998NominatedArtios AwardBest Casting for TV, Dramatic PilotMarcia Shulman
2000NominatedGLAAD Media AwardsOutstanding TV Drama Series
2004NominatedSatellite AwardsBest DVD Release of TV ShowsDawson's Creek - The Complete Second Season
2000NominatedTV Guide AwardsFavorite Teen Show
1999WonTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice Drama
WonTV - Choice ActorJoshua Jackson
NominatedTV - Choice ActorJames Van Der Beek
NominatedTV - Choice ActressKatie Holmes
NominatedTV - Breakout PerformanceRachael Leigh Cook
NominatedMeredith Monroe
2000WonTV - Choice Drama
WonTV - Choice ActorJoshua Jackson
NominatedTV - Choice ActressKatie Holmes
2001NominatedTV - Choice Drama
WonTV - Choice ActorJoshua Jackson
NominatedTV - Choice ActressKatie Holmes
2002NominatedTV - Choice Drama/Action Adventure
NominatedTV - Choice Actor, DramaJoshua Jackson
NominatedTV - Choice Actress, DramaKatie Holmes
NominatedTV - Choice SidekickBusy Philipps
2003NominatedTV - Choice Drama/Action Adventure
NominatedTV - Choice Actor - Drama/Action AdventureJoshua Jackson
NominatedTV - Choice Actress - Drama/Action AdventureKatie Holmes
NominatedTV - Choice SidekickMika Boorem
1998NominatedYoungStar AwardsOutstanding TV Drama SeriesBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV SeriesMichelle Williams

U.S. television ratings[edit]

SeasonTimeslotNetworkSeason premiereSeason finaleTV seasonsRankViewers
(in millions)
1Tuesday 9/8cThe WBJanuary 20, 1998May 19, 19981997–1998#121[22]6.6[22]
2Wednesday 8/7cOctober 7, 1998May 26, 19991998–1999#119[23]5.4[23]
3September 29, 1999May 24, 20001999–2000#1224.0
4October 4, 2000May 23, 20012000–2001#1204.1
5October 10, 2001May 15, 20022001–2002#134[24]3.9[24]
6October 2, 2002May 14, 20032002–2003#1344.0

The show was rated TV14 for content.

While never a huge ratings success among the general television population, Dawson's Creek did very well with the younger demographic it targeted and became a defining show for the WB Network. The pilot episode was watched by 6.8 million viewers and had a 4.8 rating which was the network's highest rating at the time.[25] The first season's highest ranked episode was the finale, which was fifty-ninth, while the second highest rated was the second episode (probably scoring so well partially because the other major networks carried President Clinton's State of the Union address in the midst of the Lewinsky scandal rather than their regular programming).[26] The finale itself was watched by 7.8 million U.S. viewers, which was its largest audience ever.[citation needed]


The show had, in the words of television experts Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, a "semi-spinoff" - Young Americans. The protagonist of Young Americans, Will Krudski (Rodney Scott), was introduced in three episodes at the end of the show's third season, as a former classmate of Dawson, Joey, and Pacey, who had moved away some years before and had returned for a visit. He was never referred to before or seen again. Young Americans was made by the same company as Dawson's Creek, Columbia TriStar Television, and appeared in Dawson's Creek's timeslot when it went on hiatus during the summer of 2000. The show had 8 episodes. The reason the show is considered a semi-spinoff instead of a true spinoff is that Will was not originally created for Dawson's Creek. He was added to Dawson's solely to set up and promote the series Young Americans.[27]

Simon & Schuster published a series of fifteen mass-market paperback novelizations of the series.[8][28]

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

Broadcast history[edit]


The show was especially popular in Australia, where it rated #1 in its timeslot on Network Ten for several episodes and highly at other times from seasons one to four.[citation needed] The show originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 but later moved to Five for the last two seasons. In 2007, Five's sister channel FiveLife began airing reruns on weekdays at 7pm. In early 2008 with its evening showings having reached the final season it restarted the show in an early morning slot. From April 2011, it now airs on Sony Entertainment Television on the Sky digital platform.

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

 Albania2005Vizion +
 Australia1998Network Ten (Original broadcast – 1998–2003)
TV1 (Syndication – 2001–present)
 AustriaORF 1, Reruns on Puls 4
 Belgium1999VT4, Reruns on 2BE (2008), vtm (as of August 30, 2010) (Dutch), VijfTV (as of August 30, 2011) (Dutch)
La Deux, Club RTL (French)
 BrazilMarch 3, 1998Sony, Rede Globo, Record, Liv, MTV
 Bulgaria2000Nova Television
 CanadaJanuary 20, 1998 May 14, 2003Global
 Croatia2001, SeptemberNova TV
 Cuba2005, JanuaryCubavision
 Czech RepublicSeptember 9, 2000TV Nova
 DenmarkDR1, TV 2 and currently TV 2 Zulu
 Ecuador1998, Septembersitv
 FranceJanuary 10, 1999TF1 and Télé Monte Carlo
 GermanyJanuary 3, 1999Sat.1 (Seasons 1-3) and ProSieben (Seasons 4-6); Reruns aired on both channels, ZDFneo and on the premium channel TNT Serie
 GreeceJanuary 10, 1999Mega
 HungarySeptember 11, 1999TV2 S1-S3, RTL Klub S4-S5, Cool TV S6
 IndiaApril 2008Zee Cafe
 Indonesia1999, rerun 2007TPI, rerun by Global TV
 IrelandMay 1998RTE TWO reruns on 3e
 IsraelSeptember 1, 1998
Channel 3
Channel 10
 ItalyJanuary 3, 1999/ January 13, 2000Tele+ (pay tv)/ Italia Uno (free to air)
 LithuaniaTV3 later moved to TV6
 Malaysia2000Radio Televisyen Malaysia Channel 2 (TV2)
 MaltaJuly 2008Net Television
 MexicoCanal 5
 New ZealandJune 25, 1999TV2 (New Zealand)
 NorwaySeptember 1, 1998TV3
 Panama1998Channel 4 RPC
 Paraguay1998Channel 9 SNT
 PeruSony Entertainment Television (Latin America)
 Philippines1998Studio 23 GMA-7
 PolandSeptember 6, 1998Polsat
 PortugalApril 8, 2001TVI
 RomaniaFebruary 28, 1999Pro TV
 Saudi ArabiaDecember 2007MBC 4
 SerbiaSeptember 2002B92
 South KoreaSBS
 South Africa1999M-Net
 Spain2000La 2 de RTVE
 Sri Lanka2000ARTv
  SwitzerlandDecember 27, 1998TSR 2
 ThailandMay 15, 1999True Series
 Turkey1999CNBC-E, 2002 DiziMax, 2009 Kanal 1
 United KingdomMay 2, 1998Channel 4, Sky One, Trouble, Sony TV


DVD releases[edit]


On April 27, 1999, the first soundtrack album of the teen soap opera, Songs from Dawson's Creek, was released. It features Sophie B. Hawkins, Jessica Simpson, Shooter, Heather Nova, Adam Cohen, Sixpence None the Richer, and Paula Cole, among others.[29] The album was a commercial success in the United States and scattered two hits in the charts, "Kiss Me" and "I Don't Want to Wait". The first volume Songs from Dawson's Creek reached #1 on the Australian Album Chart and was certified five times Platinum, making it the fifth highest selling album of 1999, while the second also achieved Platinum status.

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


Volume 1Billboard 2007
Billboard Top Internet Albums9
Top Canadian Albums12
ARIA Charts1
Volume 2U.S. Billboard 20059


Darren Crosdale's Dawson's Creek: The Official Companion (Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel, 1999) (ISBN 0-7407-0725-6), thoroughly chronicles the show, but only covers events through to the end of the second season. Scott Andrews' Troubled Waters: An Unauthorised and Unofficial Guide To Dawson's Creek (Virgin Publishing 2001 (ISBN 0-7535-0625-4)) also covers the series thoroughly up to the end of Season Four. A less thorough book from about the same time, aimed at teens, is Meet the Stars of Dawson's Creek by Grace Catalano. Andy Mangels's From Scream to Dawson's Creek: An Unauthorized Take on the Phenomenal Career of Kevin Williamson (Los Angeles: Renaissance Books, 2000) (ISBN 1-58063-122-3) covers the show well but omits later seasons.

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