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. 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.
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, 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.
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 (then known as "The N") 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 showed weekends at 9:00pm. Starting July 2, 2011, it returned on Nickelodeon UK showing weekends at 9:30pm and 10:00pm. Nickelodeon Canada aired the series from 2011 to 2012. Nick@Nite aired reruns of the series in the summer of 2012, along with All That. Reruns air 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.
Cast and characters
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- "Kenan & Kel, Season 3". iTunes.Apple.com. Apple. February 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "Kenen, Kel Get a Show". Chicago Tribune. August 13, 1996. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
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