Dawson's Creek: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Jan. 1998)

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In the peaceful coastal New England town of Capeside, Massachusetts, Dawson Leery, a 15-year-old film buff, lives a fantasy life of movies and filmmaking with his lifelong friends, tomboy ... See full summary »



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George Gaffney ...
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In the peaceful coastal New England town of Capeside, Massachusetts, Dawson Leery, a 15-year-old film buff, lives a fantasy life of movies and filmmaking with his lifelong friends, tomboy Josephine "Joey" Potter and the outgoing and clownish Pacey Witter. On the day before starting the new school year as a sophomore, Dawson meets and falls for newcomer Jennifer "Jen" Lindley who arrives from New York City into the house next door to Dawson's to help her grandmother care for her invalid grandfather. Dawson's new bonding with Jen makes Joey slightly jealous which comes out during a movie outing with her, Dawson, Pacey and Jen. Meanwhile, Pacey finds himself growing in love with a new mystery woman that comes to town, Tamara Jacobs, who turns out to be the new English teacher at Capeside High School. Also, Dawson tries to get into Capeside High's film class, but is denied for being a sophomore. Written by Anonymous

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In the first episode, when Grams is calling Jen from Dawson's room, it was a different actress who was wearing a wig and not Mary Beth Peil. See more »


In the first episode, the first sign that we see says Capeside High, Home of the Wildcats and it is in black and orange but a mere five seconds later, if you look carefully, you can see students walk past another sign that clearly says Capeside High, Home of the Minutemen and the colors are blue and yellow, as are the jackets of the jocks throwing the football around. See more »


Pacey: I actually have the possibility of losing my virginity in a high level fantasy fashion.
Dawson: Don't do this to yourself.
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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The journey begins!!!
10 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought it was a good way to begin the series.Dawson is a dreamer who loves movies. Joey is the girl next door. Pacey is the slacker.Jen is the the wild child from New York.The acting is very will done, emotion and comedy is shown. The reason the show is so great is because it deals with real issues every day teens go through.This episode in particular shows that a certain age the thing you did when you were younger are no longer appropriate.And that growing up is inevitable.Also the music in this episode is great, i particularly like the song called "Good Mother" by Jann Arden which is herd in the scene where Bettsy is putting lipstick on Joey, another song i enjoyed was "Hey Pritty Girl" by the Bodeans which is herd in the scene where Jen gets out of the taxi. One of the funniest parts of the episode is when Joey asks Dawson what time of day he walks his dog and he yells out the window to tell her.I enjoyed this episode a lot.

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