Kenan & Kel
|Kenan & Kel|
|Format||Teen sitcom / Slapstick / Comedy|
|Created by||Kim Bass|
|Theme music composer||Victor Concepcion|
|Opening theme||"Aw, Here It Goes"
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||65 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Bass
Orlando, Florida (1996-1997)
Nickelodeon on Sunset
Hollywood, California (1998-2000)
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tollin/Robbins Productions
|Picture format||SD: 480i|
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original run||July 15, 1996– July 15, 2000|
|Related shows||All That, The Amanda Show|
Kenan & Kel is an American teen comedy sitcom produced by Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert that originally aired on Nickelodeon from July 1996 to July 2000. The show starred friends and then-All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Sixty-five episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick On Sunset theater in Hollywood. Thompson and Mitchell were ranked No. 40 and No. 39., respectively, on Vh1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.
The show was set in Chicago, Illinois, and centered on the antics of two mischievous teenagers, Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) and Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell). Kenan is a high school student with a job at a local grocery store, while Kel is his clumsy, orange soda-loving best friend. Episodes of the series always opened and closed with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall by interacting with the studio audience, standing in front of a red curtain that is placed in front of the main set, while still in character. A frequent running gag of the openings would be Kel never knowing what the night's episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him. The closings would frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme – often asking Kel to get various assorted items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel would exclaim his catchphrase, "Aww, here it goes!"
The theme song entitled "Aw, Here It Goes" is performed by rapper Coolio. He is featured in the opening credits of the show along with Kenan & Kel. The lyrics describe the format of the show and give references to other famous duos such as Abbott & Costello, Penn & Teller, and former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Magic Johnson & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Magic & Kareem), as well as references to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.
The series was created by Kim Bass (who also co-created the teen sitcom Sister, Sister). It was reminiscent of the classic comedic duo stylings of Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis or Abbott and Costello (who were actually mentioned in the theme song), with Kenan being the straight man and Kel his comedic foil. The show was taped in front of a live-studio audience and ran from July 15, 1996, to May 3, 2000, totaling 62 episodes. One full-length TV movie was created, titled Two Heads Are Better Than None, which aired on July 22, 2000, thus ending the series serving as its finale. The Kenan & Kel characters also made a special guest appearance on the Cousin Skeeter episode, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West" on September 18, 1999.
- Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) - is Kel's best friend and often the "mastermind" behind the trouble created by the pair. Kenan is intelligent although he rarely does his schoolwork focusing instead on crafting various "get-rich-quick" schemes. While Kenan's plans often land him and Kel in some sort of trouble, he never seems to learn from this pattern. Although he doesn't always show it, Kenan has much love for his family, including Kel. While not as well known as Kel's catchphrase, Kenan often utters a frustrated "WHHYY?!" when Kel screws something up or he'll angrily say, "Kel!". Also, another thing Kenan says to Kel when Kel says something that did not make sense is "Naw, man". Kenan would also squeal whenever trouble is coming. Kenan works at a local grocery store called Rigby's. Kenan rarely does anything resembling work at the store. At the end of every episode, Kenan frightens Kel by getting an idea for yet another scheme, naming several random objects for Kel to collect and a location for Kel to meet him. In the final episode "TBD Clip Show" Kel pulls back the curtain at the end to reveal that he has retrieved every single object Kenan asked for throughout the run of the series. Kenan's catchphrase has often been used in other Schneider shows, as well as the movie, Good Burger.*
- Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell) - is Kenan's best friend who is extremely clumsy, hyper and somewhat stupid. He loves orange soda (which he professes by talking in the third person: "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. Is it true? Mm-hmm! I do, I do ,I do, I do, I do-ooh!") and never pays for the soda he drinks at Kenan's place of business, Rigby's. Since Kel's parents are rich, busy scientists, he often visits and stays in Kenan's home to keep him company. He might resist following Kenan's schemes at first, but ultimately he is included anyway and Kel somehow usually ruins them, although there are a few episodes that end on a high note. Kel is also an incredible painter, and is always wearing at least one colourful hat during each episode. He is scared of pancakes, airplanes, butterflies, brassieres, Berlin, and monkeys. His catchphrase is "AWWWW, HERE IT GOES!" which he says at the beginning and end of each show. In the first episode "pilot" and throughout the first, second, and the third season (sometimes), Kel is a tad bit smarter, noticeably more "paranoid" (neurotic, actually) to Kenan's schemes, and a little more independent but then is changed to become more of a comic relief for the rest of the series. It was revealed in "I.Q Can Do Better" that Kel is actually a "genius" after scoring a 96 (later amended to 98) on his IQ test to Kenan's 90.
Repeats of the series briefly aired on Nickelodeon's sister channel Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids in 1999. After having not aired on Nickelodeon since 2006, it started airing on the sister network TeenNick on October 13, 2007 until July 6, 2009. Then to TeenNick on August 2, 2009. The show aired on CBS as part of the Nick on CBS block from September 18, 2004 until September 17, 2005 Kenan & Kel returned to TeenNick from July 25, 2011 to February 3, 2013 as part of its The '90s Are All That programming block. The show returned to The '90s Are All That on March 4, 2013. Kenan & Kel also joined the TeenNick daytime line-up on March 18, 2013 but was removed shortly after.
It returned again on May 16, 2011 this time on Nicktoons every night at 9:30pm. Starting July 11, 2011, on Nicktoons it only shows weekends at 9:00pm. Starting July 2, 2011, it returned on Nickelodeon UK showing weekends at 9:30pm and 10:00pm. Reruns still air as part of Nick@Nite in the United States as part of Nick@Nite on Nickelodeon in Latin America, and as part of The '90s Are All That block on TeenNick in the United States. The show returned to Nickelodeon UK on weekends from January 7, 2012. The show reruns in France every Sunday since November 2012.
Currently there are no DVD releases of Kenan & Kel despite a large number of fans requesting it.
Nickelodeon Canada began airing the series on September 5, 2011 along with The Amanda Show.
On July 28, 2011, the first season of Kenan & Kel was released on the iTunes Store. On November 29, 2011, the second season was released. On February 13, 2012 the third season was released. On August 13, 2012 the fourth season was released. On September 2013, season 1 and 2 were released on the UK iTunes store.
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- "Kenan & Kel, Season 3". iTunes.Apple.com. Apple. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
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