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Dawson's Creek (TV Series 1998–2003) Poster

(1998–2003)

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The necklace that Dawson wore in every episode, was made by James Van Der Beek's mother. The wardrobe people centered every outfit Dawson wore around it.
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Many props from Creator Kevin Williamson's Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) are used, particularly in Dawson's bedroom.
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It took seven days of shooting to make one episode.
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Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) is the only character to appear in all one hundred twenty-eight episodes.
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Almost five hundred actors tried out for the part of Dawson.
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In season one, episode seven, "Detention", Dawson (James Van Der Beek) compares the group's Saturday detention to The Breakfast Club (1985). He mentions the cast are now languishing in television obscurity. Pacey (Joshua Jackson) then mentions Emilio Estevez from the film, saying "He was in those duck movies, remember? God those were classics. So funny." Joshua Jackson was in all three "Mighty Ducks" films with Emilio Estevez.
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Kerr Smith (Jack McPhee) and Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter) are the only two series regulars to direct an episode during the show's six season run.
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Every episode in season one starts in Dawson's room.
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The character of Joey is inspired by Fannie Norwood, a long-time friend of Kevin Williamson. According to Williamson: "If Fannie watches, she will know exactly where I got some stuff. It's nice because only she will know."
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Paula Cole's "I Don't Want To Wait" was not the theme song that was initially chosen for the show. Executive Producer Paul Stupin originally wanted Alanis Morissette's "Hand In My Pocket" as the theme song. However, the song was too expensive to use, so Stupin commissioned songs from Canadian folk artist Jann Arden. Her song "Run Like Mad" was written specifically for the show, and was chosen as the theme. The Arden song is used in every streaming episode of the show on Hulu, except the last two episodes ("All Good Things..." and "Must Come to an End").
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It is set in Massachusetts, but most of the episodes, until the characters went off to college, and even then, some were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as some in Southport.
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This show, and One Tree Hill (2003), two very known shows, were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson were a real-life couple early on in the show's run.
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Chad Michael Murray appeared in this show, Gilmore Girls (2000), and One Tree Hill (2003). All around the same time.
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Selma Blair auditioned for the role of Joey Potter.
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Is one of three Warner Brothers television shows to say the word "shit." The others are Everwood (2002) (but the sound was muted) and One Tree Hill (2003).
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Oliver Hudson (Eddie Doling sixteen episodes 2002-2003) and Bianca Kajlich (Natasha Kelly eight episodes 2002-2003) played an engaged couple on Rules of Engagement (2007).
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Most of the artists and songs, featured in the two-part series finale, were songs that were intended to be featured in the original pilot, but whose licensing proved to be too expensive at the time.
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There are a few references to Tom Cruise in the early seasons. Joey and Dawson are watching a scene from Jerry Maguire (1996). Later, during suspension from school, Pacey is seen watching Jerry Maguire (1996). Pacey, and the mysterious Eve (Jen's half-sister), convince Dawson to let them use his house for a Risky Business (1983)-inspired fundraiser, to pay for a boat mishap, into which Eve led him. Katie Holmes (having had a relationship with Joshua Jackson during the series) later became Mrs. Cruise number three.
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Jason Biggs auditioned for the role of Pacey Witter.
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This show was written about a small place on the North Carolina coast, and most cities referenced are in that area. However, due to its location, television officials deemed it was unspectacular to use as the setting for the show, because it's a sparsely populated area.
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The inscription on the back of Dawson's watch reads "If you will, it is no dream", a quote of Theodore Hertzel, prognosticator of Israel.
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Although they have important roles throughout the course of the series, Meredith Monroe and Busy Philipps never appear in an episode together.
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Charlie Hunnam auditioned for a role on this show, and didn't get the part. However, he later starred alongside Katie Holmes in Abandon (2002).
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In season six, episode six, "Living Dead Girl", Jensen Ackles (C.J.) mentions to Jen Lindley over the phone, that he will be watching Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (1998) later. Michelle Williams starred in Haloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) as Molly.
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Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee) left the series during the fourth season. In the original airings, a new version of the opening credits aired. In reruns, DVDs and streaming websites, the season three credits were reused, so her name remained in the opening credits.
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This show was the last television series to be dubbed in Portuguese in Portugal. All following foreign television series were subtitled.
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The part of Bodie was played by George Gaffney in the pilot, but by Obi Ndefo in the rest of the series.
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The producers were in the unusual position of having all thirteen episodes in the can before the pilot even premiered.
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Brittany Daniel (Eve Whitman) starred in the Saturday morning sitcom Sweet Valley High (1994). In the Dawson's episode "Indian Summer", she refers to Dawson's friends as Sweet Valley High extras.
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Originally started as a project at FOX, but was rejected.
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Ken Marino (David Wilder) also played a same-named character on Californication (2007).
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In season one, episode nine, "Road Trip", Billy (Eion Bailey) takes Dawson and Pacey to a bar. The girl, to whom Dawson decides to talk, is named "Nina", and played by Melissa McBride. In the series finale, "...Must Come to An End", Joey's boss is named Melanie (credit only), and was also played by Melissa McBride.
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In the scene where Joey (Katie Holmes) and Jen (Michelle Williams) are talking about how they plan on getting back at Warren Goering (Eric Balfour), Joey mentions that it's not going well, because her teacher, Mrs. Tringle, wants her to take a class on how to take care of babies. This is a reference to Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999).
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There was a Turkish version of Dawson's Creek (1998) named Kavak Yelleri (2007).
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Many references are made to Dawson's admiration for Steven Spielberg and his films. He and Katie Holmes share a birthday: December 18.
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None of the cast ever refer to their partners as babe, honey, sweetheart, darling, et cetera. They always use their first names, or a shortened version of their first name, except for Pacey, who used his last name at times. Other than Pacey calling Andie "honey" in season two, episode sixteen, "Be Careful What You Wish For", and later on in the same season, when Pacey calls Andie "sweetheart" as they are walking out of the kitchen, as when they are helping Joey with a catered wedding, and Joey calling Pacey "sweetheart" in the episode "A Winter's Tale."
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Michelle Williams (Jennifer Lindley) and Kerr Smith (Jack McPhee) appeared in an episode of Baywatch (1989).
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Ian Bohen (Anderson Crawford one episode 1998) and Melissa Ponzio (female student three episodes 2001-2002) appear in Teen Wolf (2011).
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Sasha Alexander, who played Gretchen Witter (twenty episodes 2000-2001) Pacey's sister; and Pauley Perrette, who played Dr. Rachel Weir Ph.D. (two episodes 2001) Dawson's therapist, appeared on NCIS (2003) as Caitlin Todd (fifty-two episodes 2003-2005) and Abby Scuito (2003-current) respectively.
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Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee sixty-nine episodes 1998-2003) Scott Foley (Cliff Elliot five episodes 1998) and Jennifer Morrison (Melanie Shea Thompson two episodes 2001-2002) all appeared in House (2004).
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One of the many actors who tested for the part of Mitch Leery (Dawson's father) was William Katt.
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Rachael Leigh Cook (Devon three episodes 1999) and Chad Michael Murray (Charlie Todd twelve episodes 2001-2002) starred in the short film First Kiss with Rachael Leigh Cook & Chad Michael Murray (2012).
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Before The WB picked the series, Fox passed it for being already struggling with Party of Five (1994)'s ratings. The WB was interested in other teen dramas after Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) became a hit.
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The series was originally set in North Carolina where creator Kevin Williamson lived as a teenager (and where it was actually filmed) but Columbia TrisTar ordered it to be set in Boston, MA. Williamson then created the fictional small town of Capeside.
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When Fox turned down the series, Kevin Williamson adopted a dog and named him Dawson. "I thought that would be my only memory of this script."
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Joshua Jackson was considered for the role of Dawson before being cast as Pacey.
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Rosemary Forsyth tested for the part of Evelyn "Grams" Ryan.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The video Dawson supposedly made in 1998, which Pacey shows to a bedridden Jen (Michelle Williams) during the series finale, was the original credit sequence for the show.
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Abby Morgan's death happened after Monica Keena requested her character to be written out of the series, as her boyfriend at the time was living in New York City, and she didn't like being in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show was filmed.
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Kevin Williamson reportedly disliked Eve's storyline in Season 3 and Andie's departure in the fourth, stating "by the time she left, everyone hated her. I didn't think the audience needed to turn against her the way they did."
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