The cast of Dawson's Creek has reunited and fans everywhere can't get enough! We no longer have to wait for our lives to be over to see Dawson, Pacey, Joey and Jen back together once again. While your favorite '90s cast members aren't reuniting on the small screen, they did get together to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of one of television's most groundbreaking tv series.
Dawson's Creek was one of the first television shows to give us teenagers dealing with real world problems, and who oftentimes spoke more like adults that adolescents. The show also gave us an authentic - if slightly exaggerated - version of high school drama that fans couldn't get enough of. The series ran from 1998 to 2003 on The WB and made its cast instant stars and household names. Dawson's Creek focused on the lives of budding filmmaker Dawson Leery and his friends as they navigated growing up and growing apart. The show mixed typical coming of age drama with romance and sometimes scandal, in order to create one of television's most loved and memorable shows.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly has gathered the original cast including James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery), Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter), Katie Holmes (Joey Potter), Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley), Busy Phillips (Audrey Liddell), Kerr Smith (Jack McPhee), Meredith Monroe (Andie McPhee), and Mary Beth Peil (Evelyn “Grams” Ryan) for the first time since the show went off the air. “I think we’ve all sort of seen each other over the years, but not everybody all together,” Holmes told EW about the reunion photos. Creator Kevin Williamson also chimed in, adding that their reunions never last long enough even when they do happen - saying, “I run into James and Josh, Katie, Michelle, and I just get a big smile on my face. It’s just a very, very special time in my life.”
Fans of the show have grown up with the characters and with all seasons currently streaming on Hulu, Dawson's Creek has earned an entirely new fan base as well. Parents who were once fans are now introducing their own kids to Capeside, creating a growing popularity amongst an entirely new generation. Actress Meredith Monroe, who played Andie McPhee, told EW that part of the magic of the show was where it was filmed. “It was like growing up together,” she said. “I felt like I was so grateful that it was shooting in Wilmington. We all got to really connect in a way that I don’t think we would have had we been in New York or L.A.”
Dawson's Creek was known as much for its dialogue as it was for not holding back when it came to its storylines. While other teen-centric shows were more focused on the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the residents of Capeside were dealing with everything from having a parent in jail to students having affairs with teachers to heartbreaking love triangles. It was a show where teenagers often delivered intense monologues that changed the way teens spoke on television. Joshua Jackson spoke about how important it was for the characters to have those meaningful dialogues saying, “Kevin never insulted the audience and never insulted [the actors] by dumbing us down. I loved that part.”
The EW cover story is definitely causing fans to fall down the nostalgia rabbit hole while they hope and pray that someone, somewhere will make a reboot of Dawson's Creek happen despite the fact that Williams' character was killed off in the show's finale. “It would have to be a reinvention of sorts,” Van Der Beek said when asked about the possibility of a reboot. Holmes seems content to just leave things be, saying “What I love about this show is that it existed at a time pre-social media, pre-internet, and it was nostalgic when we were shooting it. So I really like it where it is, to be honest.” Kevin Williams shot down the idea of a reboot created by him, but did admit he'd be ok with someone else at the helm:
“Dawson’s Creek was me expressing myself at that point in time. And here I am, at another age, at another point in time. I don’t know what I could emotionally bring to the table. I can’t wait for someone else to do it. I don’t think it’s going to be me. But I’ll be happy to watch it.”
The full set of Dawson's Creek reunion photos will be available when the next issue of Entertainment Weekly hits stands on Friday.