One Tree Hill became an extremely popular TV series, with many viewers coming in for the next drama-filled episode. If you have missed the feeling you got from this series, there is another series that might fill the gap, Dawson's Creek.
Dawson's Creek is more focused on the small things between the characters' relationships and discovering who they are, but it does have its own drama-filled story, including character deaths, love triangles, and high school drama.
The 'Fight The Power' Teen
Peyton is a woke teen who is sick and tired of the world putting her down and people discriminating against others. She wants to fight the injustice of the world and speak her mind.
Jen was a poor kid, reflected in her stubborn, sarcastic nature. She strives to make a difference in the world by her voice and actions, and accepts everyone as who they are.
The Ongoing Love Triangle
Peyton, Brooke, and Lucas are in a constant love triangle. Lucas is confused about his uneasy connection between these two adolescents. He swaps between the two relationships and tensions build for him to make his decision. In the end, Peyton decides to fly into the sunset.
Dawson's Creek is a love triangle that lasts the entire series between Dawson, Pacey, and Joey. This love triangle becomes very complicated with many arguments, but culminates in the final episode with Joey and Pacey finding love.
Lucas Scott of One Tree Hill begins writing a book about him and his friends during his senior year. The book eventually becomes a TV series in the final season. You get to follow his journey which focuses on him and Peyton.
From the very first episode of Dawson's Creek, Dawson's personality has centered on his desire for screenwriting and directing. After college, he struggles to find his way in the world, but ends up producing a TV series about his life with his friends.
The Coming of Age into Early Adulthood Plot
One Tree Hill follows the journey of young adolescents in high school discovering who they are and who they want to be. After high school, they fast-forward to the age after college when they are still lost in the world and finish with them happy with who they have become.
Dawson's Creek follows young adolescents through high school and college in discovering their way through life. They show them as young adults after college struggling to succeed in the world, but soon become content with their lives.
Foes Stuck in a School Room Together
One Tree Hill includes a scene in which the women cast is stuck in a school library. This group of women has many disagreements with one another. They end up fighting a lot, but by the end, they begin to understand one another more.
Dawson's Creek includes an episode in which a group of teens is locked in detention with one another. This acharing scenario only gets worse with a game of truth or dare; however, unlike in One Tree Hill, it ends in worsened relationships between the teens.
Death of Characters
Dan Scott, Keith Scott, Jimmy Edwards, Quentin Fields, and others died in the series One Tree Hill. There were so many tragedies you ended up crying for the rest of the series.
Dawson's Creek has a lot less deaths, but it also made a teardrop with the deaths of Abby, Mitch Dawson, and Jen in the later series. One Tree Hill certainly created a much more tragic series with many more deaths, but Dawson's Creek focused more on the characters that would remain alive.
One Tree Hill faced many parental difficulties, including controlling parents. Dan Scott controlled his son, Nathan, every day of his life until Nathan put a stop to it. Brooke's mother, Victoria, took control of her business because she saw her daughter as unfit.
Jen's parents sent her to her strict grandmother's house as if she was a lost cause. Dawson's father encouraged him to stay in school and continue on his journey.
Dan Scott abandons Lucas Scott for his other family, even when living in the same town. Peyton's father is away almost all the year due to his work, and the lovely Brooke Davis' father pays little attention to her until the last season when she's a grown woman.
Pacey's, who technically is present, is either dismissing Pacey as a failure or he's drunk. When Joey's father is released, he deals drugs and returns to jail.
High School Drama
One Tree Hill has its fair share of high school drama including pregnancies, broken relationships, friends becoming foes, failing pupils, bullies, and basketball drama. This makes a very interesting observation during their high school journey.
Dawson's Creek is a complex high school drama that includes arguments, heinous mistakes, students attempting to graduate, and personal issues. These problems are very similar to the ones seen in One Tree Hill's high school dramas, but with their own special flair.
Dan discovers he has a heart condition, which in later seasons, escalates into him needing a new heart to survive. This condition is passed down to his son Lucas, who is unable to play basketball due to the danger of death.
Jen discovers she has an extreme heart condition in later seasons when she is an adult. She passes away due to this condition, but she makes a video for her daughter to remember her.
Lucas is completing a second book about his everlasting love for Peyton, Nathan and Haley kissing in the rain, and the couple's unwavering commitment and dedication to their dreams.
Pacey buying a wall for Joey to encourage her to paint an artistic masterpiece, and Pacey caring for Andie and her mother when they were dealing with mental health difficulties, all of which represent true love and maturity.