Today’s #throwbackthursday is devoted to one of my all-time favourite shows: Dawson’s Creek. Dawson and Joey forever and ever.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away where everyone wore plaid and baggy jeans and there was no such thing as an iPhone (aka the 90s), there was a show that took emotions to a whole new level. I’m talking about Dawson’s Creek, that beautifully shot, beautifully acted and super sweet teen drama that we were all pretty obsessed with. My obsession has never really ended (#teendramasforever) and it all started with two characters who were BFFs and lived across the creek from each other.
I know that Joey ended up with Pacey and that’s totally fine. Okay, no, it’s not fine at all. She was totally meant to be with Dawson. While I support the creative decision to have Dawson get his TV show (and phone chat with his idol Spielberg) and Pacey get Joey — because Pacey is an adorable, charming and hilarious person — I really believe in the love that Joey and Dawson shared. I mean, they watched movies together and shared a bed and it was super innocent and adorable! How could they not end up with their own love story?!
Okay, taking a deep breath now…
Dawson’s Creek is such a magical moment in the teen TV landscape because it was 100 percent real. Sure, the actors looked super old because, well, they were but the characters were honestly going through what everyone goes through. They had crushes, first dates, freak-outs, exams, college apps, parties, family fights, friendship drama. Most of us have experienced that first time that you realize you like another human being, and how completely exciting that simple fact makes every single moment. When Joey and Dawson briefly dated (the first time around, that is), you could just tell that every time they were around each other, whether they were walking down their school hallways or hanging out in his bedroom (or, you know, in a boat on the creek, of course), they didn’t want to be anywhere else.
Plus, how can you not love/laugh hysterically at Dawson’s infamous crying face?
I know that the college years of teen dramas are often pretty controversial. But I totally loved the college years of this show. Seasons 5 and 6 were just as fascinating to me because I liked the stories that were being told. I liked when Joey had to get used to her roomie and figure out how to share her space both emotionally and physically (#deep). I liked when Joey fell for her teacher and basically failed an exam because that was so not her. I liked when Joey emailed Dawson… and accidentally emailed the entire school (aka your worst nightmare). Okay, so there were other characters but I clearly related to Joey the most. She’s just so great.
A lot of people probably think this show is way too cheesy and wordy and whatever else. Sure, it’s got grand monologues and it’s the kind of show where the characters say each other’s names a lot. Like a lot. But it holds a special place in my 90s loving heart. Season one was literally the first TV DVD I bought. It was super magical to be able to binge a show (even though, of course, we didn’t know that’s what we were doing). I remember watching episodes in my family room eating a fish burger or whatever you call it from McDonald’s. Yup, super random but that is still super clear in my mind.
There are some good teen shows worth watching on TV these days (is anyone watching The Fosters? I’m addicted). But Dawson’s Creek was special. And thanks to the magic and wonder of DVDs and Netflix and other streaming services, we can visit those crazy teens living on the creek anytime we want.