Series / Young Americans

"They're very strange,"
"No, I think they think we're strange,"
—Hamilton and Jake

Young Americans is a short (8 episode) series by the WB. It is a spin off of Dawson's Creek made in 2000 by the WB. There was a large (but not large enough) fan effort to get the WB to re-commission a second season, which failed.

The series is centered around the prestegious Rawley Academy which is situated in the (poorer) small town Rawley. Scholarship Student Will (he of questionable background and a forged entrance paper), and maybe half siblings Scout (Rawley Student) and Bella (fellow townie of Will) are the main characters, Will narrating the start and finish of every episode. However, sub-plot characters Jake and Hamilton become more prominent as the series continues, Hamilton being the son for the Dean and the art teacher, and Jake being a Sweet Polly Oliver in a Boys school to see if her mother would notice.

Tropes Include:

  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: Dawson's Creek introduces a new character, Will Krudski, into the gang for three episodes in Season 3, Will is the protagonist for Young Americans.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Hamilton is quite smitten with Jake and rather relieved once he finds out that Jake is actually a girl pretending to be a boy.
  • Wrench Wench: Bella Banks. She is a high school student who works as a mechanic at her dad's auto repair shop.