Dawson's Creek : The First Season
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Kevin Williamson (the Scream movie series, I Know What You Did Last Summer) created this engaging drama, which chronicles a group of young friends' passage from adolescence to young adulthood in the small coastal town of Capeside, Massachusetts. Based on Williamson's own experiences growing up, "Dawson's Creek" focuses on fifteen-year-olds Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), who have been friends since they were five and are trying to cope with the way their friendship is changing now that their hormones are raging. Add to the mix their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and the new girl in town, Jen (Michelle Williams), and you can count on extra twists to the drama in their already turbulent lives.
Filmed on location in Wilmington, Durham, and Raleigh, North Carolina, this first season marks the beginning of an unforgettable journey that explores the agony and the ecstasy of teenage life. Can the kids of "Dawsons Creek" really grow up without growing apart? Watch and find out! Starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, and Oliver Hudson.
Even viewers who consider themselves beyond their teen-angst years might find Dawson's Creek compelling watching. For years Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes) have watched movies and slept in the same bed, but they find that as they enter high school their relationship will inevitably change. That becomes especially clear when Dawson is immediately attracted to Capeside, Massachusetts's sexy new arrival, Jen (Michelle Williams). Meanwhile, their friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson) pursues an unachievable love object.
Creator Kevin Williamson based Dawson's Creek on his own youth, and sure, the characters may not really look or sound 15, but the Dawson-Joey-Jen interplay--especially embodied by the sad-eyed and cynical (but still adorable) Joey and the smart but emotionally inept Dawson--gives the show its heart. And just like Williamson's fresh take on the teen-horror genre, Scream, Dawson's Creek has a winking self-awareness, for example when Dawson says they're having a "90210 moment" or explains that they use big words because they watch too many movies. Highlights of the first season include Dawson's discovery that his perfect home life may not be so perfect, an unwelcome reminder of Jen's past, the Breakfast Club takeoff "Detention," the Scream takeoff "The Scare," a beauty contest in which two unlikely competitors square off, and the heart-rending finale.
On the DVDs, Williamson and producer Kevin Stubin have a commentary track for both the pilot episode and the last episode, in which they offer parallels between the two "bookends," notes on the locations, vast praise for their cast and affection for the show, and a few spoilers regarding subsequent seasons. Williamson and Stubin also do all the talking in an 8-minute featurette "From Day One," while Van Der Beek, Holmes, Jackson, and (briefly) Williams discuss their characters in the 7-minute "Season One Time Capsule," recorded back when the series premiered. On the downside, picture quality is sometimes quite grainy, perhaps because all 13 episodes plus bonuses are squeezed onto three discs. --David Horiuchi
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Dawson's Creek is a real gem in the realm of dramas that are geared toward the teen and young adult audiences. This season begins the show by introducing us to is characters and their diverse personalities. Joey is a quiet and insecure young woman, while her childhood friend Dawson is a Steven Spielberg wannabe who is lost in is own world of fantasy. Through this season, and the rest of the series, these two characters explore themselves and the various forms of relationships that exist between them. Sometimes they date each other, and sometimes they are just happy to share intimate moments as friends.
My favorite episode in this season is "The Scare," as it really shows of Dawson's quirky sense of humor. It plays out just like a scary movie (but of course, Kevin Williamson had directed the Scream series and I Know What You Did Last Summer!), as Dawson sets up his home as a haunted house. Pacey finds an estranged woman at a convenience store, and brings her to Dawson's place, only to find out how weird she is. As the group tells ghost stories, the woman horrifies the crowd by telling them that is not what everyone thinks she is. The group listens intently as she tells of how she carries a big knife in her purse, and likes to slip open peoples throats to see how far the blood will spurt. She and her demented boyfriend really stir things up for the guys when her boyfriend comes over to the house in a rage, trying to get at his girlfriend. Everyone thinks that he is a fanatical killer, trying to keep him out of the house. Finally his girlfriend leaves somewhat peacefully with him, leaving Dawson and the gang confused over his real intentions. Joey plays a mean joke on Dawson, pretending she is dead, and Dawson is left in a state of panic.Read more ›
I think that the first season has the best dialogue out of all six seasons. Although, it was also the most controversial, due mostly to the teacher/student relationship between 15 year old Pacey Witter and 36 year old Tamara Jacobs. I just thought that it made the show more interesting.
This is the show that made the WB. It quickly got better ratings than another awesome show on at the time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There were even talks of a crossover of some sort between the two shows, but it never happened.
I think that the best episode in this season is Detention. It is an obvious rip-off of the Breakfeast Club, and it is put together really well. It delves into Joey's obvious affection towards her best friend Dawson, and I just really love all of their reasons for being in Saturday Detention, Pacey's is the funniest.
All in all, I would recommend that you buy this excellent season. You wont regret it.
There is one other more personal reason why I love this show. When I found the show on TBS, I was suffering from depression. This show did something to me, changed me in some way. It broke through and touched my heart.
My only complaint is I wish their was a widescreen version, with a picture that utilizes all the resolution DVD's can give. And more extra's. I liked the two 8 minute mini-shows on the disc, but I would have loved an hour with the cast, and a behind the scenes special feature which showed out takes. This is a show that deserves to be in a collectors special edition set.
The best episodes of the entire series (all in this set) include:
*Pilot- the beginning
*Kiss- Dawson and Joey get their first kiss, while Pacey gets a lot more
*Detention- the gang hangs with resident witch Abby Morgan in detention
*Boyfriend- Jen's boyfriend is back and Joey gets drunk
*Double Date- Dawson tries to get over Jen, and Pacey ruins his project with Joey by trying to get snails to have a threesome
*Beauty Contest- Dawson sees Joey in a new light
*Decisions- Dawson and Joey finally willingly and soberly kiss
Although the creek sort of "ran dry" after the kids went to college (maybe not the fifth, but cetainly the sixth), you should definitely check this season out. You won't be sorry you did.
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Product look like brand new no scratches at all and played with my player i am surprised i been looking for this dvd series for a very long time good thing they have it thanksPublished on May 27 2013 by Leahbabe
This is the beginning of an absolutely wonderful show. I bought the DVDs based on a friend's recommendation; I had never seen the show before. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2006
For me the 2nd season is the best season but this one is the runner up for me. And the best episode of all is in this season (Beauty Contest). But i didnt like the DVD version. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Emrah
This TV series is really important to me, it is a part of my life I wont forget, watching it evry Friday. The boxed set is amazing!, all the episodes are a masterpiece! Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Chris
I loved it. Its great being able to go back and watch it over and over again. I cant wait for season 2 to come out on dvd.Published on Feb. 17 2004
Dawson's Creek is definitely one of my all-time favorite TV series ever. Dawson's Creek first aired when I was just starting high school, so it definitely had some meaning to me... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Megan Mariani
Dawson's Creek is the best show I started watching it during the last season and could not believe that I had been missing out on this show so I bought the first and second season... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Rachel
I was 16 years old when I saw the first episode of Dawson's Creek, and I got hooked right away. I kept watching the show because I felt I could relate to it. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Stephanie