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Dawson's Creek is an American serial television drama aimed at teenagers, which aired in hour-long episodes from 1998 to 2003. The show is semi-autobiographical, being based on the small-town childhood of its creator Kevin Williamson, who also wrote the slasher film Scream. The lead character, Dawson Leery, shares Williamson's interests and background. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, the show was set in a small Massachusetts seaside town and focused on four friends who began their sophomore year of high school as the show began. The program, part of a craze for teen-themed movies and television shows in America in the late 1990s, made stars of its leads and was a defining show for its network, The WB. Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times declared in 2005 that "The WB is turning out to be the television equivalent of the United Nations" and that "Dawson's Creek was its Dag Hammarskjöld: It was the first series bold enough to pick up the mantle of Beverly Hills, 90210 and an inspiration for many variations on the teenage angst theme, including The O.C. on Fox".

The show generated an unusual amount of publicity before its debut, with several television critics and watchdog groups expressing concerns about its anticipated "racy" plots and dialog; the controversy even drove one of the original production companies away from the project but numerous critics praised it for its realism and intelligent dialog that included allusions to American television icons such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Tyler Moore. By the end of its run, the show, its crew, and its young cast had been nominated for over a dozen awards, winning four of them.

The series was renowned for the verbosity and complexity of the dialogue between its teen characters, lead character Dawson often demonstrating vocabulary and cultural awareness to outdo the average graduate student, yet combining that with an emotional immaturity and self-absorption reflecting actual teenagers. This precocity has been a staple of a number of teen shows since, notably including Gilmore Girls and The O.C..

The lead production company was Columbia Tri-Star Television. Reruns of the show are currently seen in the US in syndication on TBS.

Set in the fictional Massachusetts seaside town of Capeside, the show began during the tenth grade and the first year of high school for Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), and Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), three lifelong friends and Capesiders, who were joined in the pilot by Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams). All were fifteen.

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Last Airing May 14, 2003
Premiere January 20, 1998
Episodes 128
Network WB
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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Meredith Monroe....   Andrea 'Andie' McPhee (1998-2000)
Busy Philipps....   Audrey Liddell (2001-2003)
Nina Repeta....   Bessie Potter (1998-2003)
James Beek....   Dawson Leery
Dylan Neal....   Doug Witter (20 episodes)
Mark Matkevich....   Drue Valentine (17 episodes)
Oliver Hudson....   Eddie Doling (16 episodes)
Mary Peil....   Evelyn 'Grams' Ryan
Mary-Margaret Humes....   Gail Leery (1998-2001)
Sasha Alexander....   Gretchen Witter (21 episodes)
Michael Pitt....   Henry Parker (15 episodes)
Kerr Smith....   Jack McPhee (1998-2003)
Michelle Williams....   Jennifer 'Jen' Lindley
Katie Holmes....   Josephine 'Joey' Potter
John Shipp....   Mitch Leery (1998-2001)
Joshua Jackson....   Pacey Witter

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