Life has everything to do with misbehaving.
Not since that famous Beverly Hills area code was etched into our minds has teen life been given such loving attention. TV’s newest classic, Dawson’s Creek is a smart, articulate, sexy program that’s taken the Archies a step further along the evolutionary scale. Showing “real” kids at the very top of their intellectual game, Dawson’s Creek sets exciting new standards for how television portrays young America; created by Hollywood sensation Kevin Williamson, it does for the small-screen teen soap opera what his metafilmic Scream did for the slasher flick. In the small town of Capeside a close-knit group of teenagers hang together and fall apart. Their rites of passage are familiar, classically adolescent, and as we follow Dawson, Pacey, Jen, and Joey through their exciting years we learn that life has everything to do with misbehaving. Familiar, yes, but these kids are clever, analytical, and, unlike the Archies or the 90210 gang, they might actually grow up. Then there’s the stars: a compelling, captivating, talented bunch who leave the set each day, shaking their heads, marveling at the emotional and intellectual accuracy of the scenes they play. In They Don’t Wanna Wait you’ll find out what it is about their personal lives that makes the show a nearly sacred experience for its participants, and you’ll be surprised to learn just how much Dawson Leary has in common with his creator, Kevin Williamson. These kids are the new Rebel Without a Cause — and they wear the leather well.
Kathë Tibbs has written pop culture criticism, journalism, and is a regular contributor to many film theory journals. Kathë’s time is divided between New York and a cottage near Stayner, Ontario. Biff L. Peterson is a freelance writer who has contributed articles and interviews to various newspapers and entertainment periodicals. He currently lives in a suburban U.S. locale with his spouse and pet.
Published: October 1999
Dimensions: 7 x 10 in.