You don't have to wait to watch the cast of Dawson's Creek reunite for their 20-year anniversary

Twenty years (and two months) ago, Dawson’s Creek premiered on The WB, ushering in a new era of dramas about teens who were hyperverbal, earnest, and a tad overwrought. The network made its bones off of Kevin Williamson’s series, which starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson as…

Dawson’s Creek creator stands by the whole Pacey-dating-a-teacher thing

Teen-weep staple Dawson’s Creek premiered 20 years ago, and to commemorate the anniversary The Hollywood Reporter sat down with series creator Kevin Williamson for an in-depth chat. Fans of Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and Jen will find plenty to savor here, as Williamson dishes on everything from the show’s origins and…

Watch what you read: 19 essential books about TV

Among its 100-plus lists, the 2009 Inventory book (now available for the low, low price of a penny!) contains “TV Guides: 5 essential books about TV.” The books it highlights—The Late Shift by Bill Carter, Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, Total Television by Alex McNeil, The Glass Teat by…

Hulu doesn’t want to wait for all six seasons of Dawson’s Creek

As part of a big licensing deal with Sony, Hulu has picked up the streaming rights to a handful of beloved shows from recent TV history, the crown jewel of which is a certain series about a rogue cop who does whatever it takes to bring criminals to justice—even if it means sinking to their level. That’s right, classic…

The late greats: 18-plus TV characters who buoyed shows midstream

Characters added in the middle of a TV show’s run get a bad rap. For every Cousin Oliver or Scrappy-Doo, there are characters who actually added something to their show, even rejuvenating a longrunning series’ later seasons. Some start as stand-ins for departed cast members, then take on expanded roles—others begin as…

What the ATX Festival should renew for next year—and what it should cancel

The ATX Television Festival borrows a vocabulary and a set of customs from its subject matter. Each edition of the festival is a new “season”; the biggest get of any season is usually a reunion of a TV show from days gone by, the live-and-in-person equivalent of ratings-grabbing primetime events like Mary And Rhoda, …

Teachers petting: 17 hall passes given to pop-culture predators

At this point, teacher-student relationships are a well-worn trope, as evidenced by the buzz surrounding The Boy Next Door. But most times, the creators of these torrid love affairs do their best to evade too much scrutiny by providing deserved consequences for the predator involved—or in the case of The Boy Next Door,…

Here’s Dawson’s Creek reenacted by Dachshunds

It’s hard to believe that when Dawson’s Creek premiered back in 1998 it was dubbed “the crudest network show aimed at kids.” Now that The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars have upped the ante on the teenage soap genre, the Massachusetts seaside drama of Dawson’s Creek looks positively quaint. And now those…

Dawson’s Creek defined a network—and for a fleeting moment, a generation

For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be…

Breaking Bad and beyond: TV series finales that satisfied

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…