Television Dramas

The viewer positioning in television dramas play a very important and critical
part in how the drama is portrayed to the audience, and hence this gives an idea
on how successful the show will be. Dawson’s Creek is a relatively new TV
drama aimed at teenagers and the issues they face and have to deal with in
society today. The viewer positioning, in relation to the show’s themes,
construction and values will be discussed and analysed. The "Pilot" episode
(first episode of Dawson’s Creek) will be referred back to in this essay, as
this episode was what propelled Dawson’s Creek into becoming the most watched
teen show around the world and what made the actors/ actresses into instant
stars. Dawson\'s Creek is about one boy\'s coming of age journey and his lifelong
friendship with a girl from a vastly different home life. The vivid and
absorbing relationship between Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie

Holmes) is at the core of the series. Best friends since they were small
children, the two are faced with many new challenges ahead of them in their
teenage years, ones that would not have arisen in their childhood days. One is
sustaining their close friendship in spite of their budding romantic
relationship, their emotional, physical and intellectual growth and the changing
world around them. Other than Dawson and Joey, the show also revolves around two
other central characters, Jen and Pacey. Jen (Michelle Williams) has
mysteriously come from New York to stay with her grandparents, but she clearly
has an air of mystery surrounding her as she harbours a dark secret from her
past. Dawson clearly lusts for her, but when Jen unveils some of her teenage
experiences to Dawson, his feelings for her clearly change. Pacey (Joshua

Jackson) has been Dawson’s best friend, along with Joey, for some time. Pacey
lives life fearlessly, and he is eager to discovery what life has laid out for
him. His gift for sarcasm is matched only by knack for stumbling awkwardly and
unprepared into adult situations. The four are engaged in an intriguing
relationship, and are forced to deal with their feelings towards each other.

Dawson’s Creek is about their journey through life. The show was conceived,
developed and written by Kevin Williamson, who continues to serve as executive
producer of the series. Dawson\'s Creek presents a somewhat autobiographical and
almost shockingly honest portrayal of teenage characters dealing with real-life
issues. Williamson believes that today\'s teenagers, who are exposed to an
unprecedented amount of violence, sex, drugs and unsavory role models, are
growing up fast. Dawson\'s Creek is loosely based on Williamson\'s real-life
experiences growing up in rural North Carolina and the special relationship he
shared with his own best friend. As it presents a very honest portrayal of the
painful experiences of the teenage years interspersed with incredible moments of
pure exhilaration, fun and joy, the show provides a fresh and gripping approach
to the vast and diverse universal emotions associated with growing up. Never
underestimating the 16-year-old mind, the series deals with sensitive issues
that reflect the concerns of the four characters striving for self-awareness,
while afraid of losing something special and not being able to find anything to
replace it in the future. The agony of surviving puberty intact, discovering
their sexuality, unearthing their future and figuring out life in general are
just some of the themes that surround the central characters of Dawson\'s Creek.

During a time when friends and family have an enormous impact on their lives and
future, Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen worry about where they\'re heading and what
they\'ll be when they grow up. Afraid of doing something stupid, or making
mistakes that have lifelong consequences, each of the four characters must learn
to deal with the other gender, their own sexuality as well as the question of
whether or not to engage in sex, and how those decisions impact their long term
friendships. The viewers targeted are clearly teenagers, as the show’s themes
relate to the issues teenagers face. However, watching Dawson’s Creek can
satisfy young adults and even the older generation, as it brings back fond,
strong and emotional memories of their teenage years. The viewers are positioned
to associate with the themes present. Some feelings and memories the audience
might have recollected from watching the "Pilot" episode and a few of the
following episodes are; how they felt when they experienced their first kiss, or
how they felt when they were severely hurt and betrayed by someone, as Mitch
(Dawson’s dad), and Dawson were