Dawson’s Crotch… *ehem* Creek

Back to the 90s Series

In a nutshell; the 90s were awesome. Why wouldn’t we want to remember them. Rant! indulges in little nostalgia.

‘Dawson’s Crotch’ is what we used to call it. And I have also heard the title ‘Dawson’s Crack’ reverberating on lips of some friendship circles. But do not be deceived by the mockery. We were obsessed. Obsessed I tell you.

Created by screenwriter Kevin Williamson, best known for Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Dawson’s Creek was a semi-autobiographical tale set in a small coastal community. Williamson was the model for the title character, Dawson Leery, a hopeless romantic obsessed with movies. Joey Potter, the platonic girl-next-door, was based on a real life friend of Williamson’s when he was young. Sadly, Williamson left Dawson’s Creek at the end of season 2 and the show’s watchability was knocked down a peg. But we didn’t care.

Who would Joey Potter choose? The question was something that formed the crux of six embellished seasons of ‘The Crotch’ – and no matter how lame the show got, we needed an answer (oh! the allure of that indefatigable love-triangle). And the answer was Pacey, thank goodness! Dawson was Joey’s soul-mate but Pacey was ‘who she was meant to be with’ – translation: Pacey was hotter. Thanks.

In 1998, the year Dawson’s Creek launched, I was 15 going on 16 – as were the characters in a show that begged viewers to suspend their imaginations ever so liberally; the only one of the twenty-something year old actors playing, Jen, Pacey and Dawson who managed to look a teen was Katie Holmes. With imagination on board, we wallowed in the marvellous melodrama of torturous but tantalising teen angst.

The pretentious (and totally unrealistic) dialogue, the indulgent self-awareness, the analytic introspection, the satiric melodrama… we were all addicts.

The show disbanded in 2003 and has since become a pop-culture phenomenon. Those who missed the 90s have most likely watched Van der Beek and co ‘figure it out’ on reruns. The show transcends era. An episode of House M.D (One Day, One Room) proves the cultural significance of ‘The Crotch’:

House: How old are you?

Patient:  30.

House: And you’ve never seen an afterschool special, Dawson’s Creek?  How do you get to 30 and not know about condoms?

Patient: Oh, God, I have an STD.

House: You’re lying.

Patient:   But that’s not the point.

House: You’ve never seen Dawson’s Creek?   And you’ve never seen an afterschool special?

If Doctors are quoting Dawson’s Creek as a resource for sex education… then you know…

… the show is legend.