Every Sunday, we had a ritual in my house (a flat share in North London with 3 other girls). The minute we heard the Dawson’s Creek theme song — “So open up your morning light and say a little prayer for I…” — we would race to the TV, still in our PJs. Although Dawson’s Creek only ran from 1998 to 2003, somehow, more than any other show, it defines the lazy Sunday mornings of my single girl life in my 20′s.
Created by Scream writer Kevin Williamson, the series follows four friends: Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Jen Lindley, and Pacey Witter, living in the small fictional seaside town called Capeside. Williamson said that he based film fanatic Dawson on himself. Oh, how we willed geeky Dawson to get together with his pretty best pal Joey Potter — well for all of Season 1 anyway. By Season 3, show me a woman who wasn’t in love with Pacey Witter! Remember when he bought Joey that wall for her to paint on? Or when she left with him on his boat for the summer? I distinctly remember that year telling my girlfriends that my ideal man was simply er… Pacey.
As the seasons wore on, we were introduced to more characters than the original four: Michael Pitt appeared as Jen’s nervous boyfriend Henry; Kerr Smith starred as Jack McPhee (and the best coming out of the closet I have ever seen on screen, bar Ellen’s) and then was joined by his sister Andie, played by Meredith Monroe. I have to confess that when the characters left Capeside for college, my love affair with the Creek waned somewhat. However, I was glued to the final episode, penned by Williamson, tears pouring down my face.
So where are the cast now? Take a look at the slideshow below to find out!
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