There are certain teen dramas that defined a generation. For people who came of age in the ’90s, they often talk about 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For those of us who were teens in the early 2000s, The O.C. and One Tree Hill played a huge role in our lives. However, The WB’s Dawson’s Creek is timeless.
Set in Massachusetts, the series followed Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), a wannabe filmmaker, and his best friend, Joey Potter (Katie Holmes). Though the duo had been thick as thieves, moving forward in high school, the arrival of a new girl, Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams), and some burgeoning feelings between Joey and Dawson’s male bestie Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) change everything for them.
Now, fans can relive all of the teen angst and drama or dive into it for the first time when Dawson’s Creek hits Netflix, but it’s not going to be exactly like we remembered it.
‘Dawson’s Creek’ will return to Netflix on Nov. 1
On Oct. 19, Netflix announced that all six seasons of the beloved TV series will be returning to the streaming service. Due to licensing deals, some of our most beloved shows appear and disappear from various streaming platforms over the years.
Netflix tweeted, “Dawson’s Creek — one of television’s most beloved coming-of-age stories — is coming to Netflix in The US on November 1.”
From the soundtrack to the ’90s fashion and even the earnestness of being that age, it’s bound to transport fans back into time. However, Netflix is letting us know upfront that there is a major catch.
‘Dawson’s Creek’ will have a different theme song on Netflix
Though Netflix was eager to announce the return of Dawson’s Creek to the streaming service, they also noted that things are going to be a bit different. The rest of their tweet read, “…and before you ask, the episodes won’t have the original theme song (sorry).”
OG fans of the series know that the theme song opened with singer Paula Cole belting out her iconic song “I Don’t Want to Wait.” Seriously, a good chunk of the nostalgic aspect of the series has to do with the song.
Naturally, fans are displeased. “Wtf that show without that theme song – what kind of 2020 level bs is this?!” one fan tweeted. Another added, “Dawson’s Creek is for sure one of those shows where you have to have the theme song! Same for OTH.”
If you have the DVD collection or have watched Dawson’s Creek on streaming before then, you know “I Don’t Want To Wait” is replaced with Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad.” It’s a lovely song, but it’s not the same.
This is why Netflix could not get ‘Dawson’s Creek’s original theme song
In a 2018 interview with Huffington Post, Cole revealed that Sony is the reason why the original song is MIA from the DVDs and streaming. Apparently, some executives wanted to save money. Therefore instead of obtaining a new license for “I Don’t Want To Wait,” they decided to buy a new theme song.
Some nameless people in a suits honestly ruined things for everyone.