Being Ian

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Being Ian
Being Ian logo.png
GenreAnimated series
Created byIan James Corlett
StarringRichard Ian Cox
Ian James Corlett
David Kaye
Richard Newman
Tabitha St. Germain
Matt Hill
Theme music composerIan James Corlett
Opening theme"Being Ian Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
Ending theme"Being Ian Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65
Executive producer(s)Chris Bartleman
Blair Peters
Producer(s)Blair Peters
Kathy Antonsen Rocchio
Running time22 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Studio B Productions
Nelvana Limited
Original networkYTV
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (2005-08)
1080i (16:9 HDTV) (2008)
Original releaseJanuary 1, 2005 –
October 25, 2008
External links

Being Ian is a Canadian animated series produced by Studio B Productions and Nelvana Limited for YTV, focusing on 12-year-old Ian Kelley, who aspires to become a filmmaker. It originally aired from January 1, 2005, to October 25, 2008.

The series is created by and based on the early life of actor/writer Ian James Corlett. It is set in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia in a Vancouver city peninsula. Produced in 2004, it debuted on January 1, 2005, on YTV. The series aired in the United States on Qubo from September 19 to October 24, 2009, and continued to air on Qubo's Night Owl block until March 25, 2018.[1]However it returned to Qubo on May 29, 2018 as part of the network's Night Owl Block until September 29 2018.[2] In 2012, YTV stopped airing reruns in Canada. Nickelodeon Canada aired reruns of the show from September 5, 2011 to September 2, 2013. Reruns continued to air on BBC Kids in Canada until the network's closure on December 31, 2018.


Kelley family[edit]

Ian Kelley

The protagonist of the series, Ian Kelley aspires to become a filmmaker. Unfortunately, his family is mostly indifferent towards his creative streak, which is a constant source of frustration for him. Ian is intelligent, if somewhat naive, he has a very large imagination, and often gets lost in daydreams (many of which are parodies of famous films). His ultimate dream is to win an Academy Award, to the point that he constantly practices his acceptance speech, just so he will not be caught speechless if and when it ever does happen. Aside from this, Ian is a typical sitcom child; most plots involve him either failing at an elaborate scheme or trying desperately to survive in a world that does not seem to fit his ideals. According to the episode "Being Principal Bill", Ian's middle name is James, a reference to Ian James Corlett, whom the character is based on. He has a crush on Sandi as seen in various animated thoughts. Ian is taking Mini Hatch on first generation only liking from GTA 5 and Singapore.

Kenneth "Ken" Kelley

Ken is Ian's father. He owns Kelley's Keyboards, a local music store. Ken, while a loving husband and father, is somewhat clueless, easily distracted, and chronically uncool. While he tries his best to keep his household in check, every member of his family knows exactly how to get their way with him. Ken is chronically dependent on his wife to keep his life in check; when she temporarily left him, it only took a few days for him to regress to a neanderthal. When he was younger, Ken dreamed of becoming a recording star and showing up to all of the "cool" kids who snubbed him. However, his recording career ended the same day it began, as the only song he played was "I's the B'y". While often used for comic relief, Ken can be a sympathetic character, especially when he seems aware of how uncool he is. Ken is a workaholic and has a very gung-ho attitude towards volunteer service, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his sons do not share his attitude. His catchphrase is "Holy Moli, Ravioli!".

Victoria "Vicky" Kelley (née Menske)

Vicky is Ian's mother. She divides her time as a homemaker and helping Ken run the music store. While she loves her husband and sons very dearly, they all have a good reason to fear her wrath. While she usually is the most level-headed member of the family, Vicki can be surprisingly petty and selfish when she does not get her own way. She also constantly annoys her family with odd obsessions she develops (collector's spoons, organic food, deformed animals, etc.), to the point of being oblivious to anything else. Usually her husband and sons are at her wrath, while she is proud of their achievements and they care about each other.

Kyle Kelley

Kyle is Ian's brother and the oldest of the family. A laid-back, somewhat doltish teenager, Kyle is not stupid so much as lazy; he knows how to get his way around the house, and sees no reason to put any real effort into anything. Unknown to most, he is actually very intelligent; he is able to spell extremely difficult words with ease, can perform complex mathematical equations in his head, and can memorize entire science textbooks. The only thing that Kyle is really interested in is the opposite sex; he readily will take chase after any attractive female that catches his eye, but his pursuits seldom lead to anything other than rejection. As with Korey, Kyle has a playfully antagonistic relationship with the well-behaved Ian; while he probably cares for the "doofus" deep down, the temptations to play off of Ian's gullibility and sensitivity are too much for him to resist most of the time.

Korey Kelley

Korey is Ian's brother and the middle child of the three. Korey is a rather iconoclastic individual - not even his own family understands him most of the time. Most of the time Korey seems lost in his own world. Despite this, Korey actually has a sharp mind and is often very observant - it seems he simply chooses not to be aware of his surroundings most of the time. Caught in the middle between his two brothers, as being the middle child Korey combines the niceness and sensitiveness of the youngest child and the laziness of the oldest to form his own personality. Although it's not shown as much, Korey (sometimes openly) shows affection and kindness for Ian and his other family members; however, this is overlooked quite a lot as he is often playing pranks with Kyle and is very lazy at times. A running gag is that Korey never removes his cap, even when he sleeps.


Chopin is the Kelley family dog, a lap dog of indeterminate breed who is missing one of his hind legs. Ian received him as a gift when he was young, and it has since come out that Vicky, who cares deeply for deformed animals, told him that all dogs have three legs at the time. Chopin's role is mostly limited to physical comedy - an often-used gag is the fact that Chopin is unable to stay upright when he lifts a leg to urinate.

Friends and relatives[edit]

Tyrone "Ty" Washington

Tyrone is Ian's best friend. Considerably more together than Ian, Tyrone often attempts to act as the voice of reason, although he is usually willing to go along with whatever schemes his friend cooks up. Tyrone is usually the one to pull Ian back to reality when one of his fantasies goes too far. His father is a 6'8" African-American basketball player. His mother is a 4'3" Asian nurse.

Sandra "Sandi" Crocker

Sandi is Ian's other best friend. She is an athletic, short-tempered tomboy, and can physically dominate Ian and Tyrone easily (often with a well-timed noogie). Together with Tyrone, Sandi often acts as a bemused sort of Greek chorus to Ian's antics. Her relationship with the boys is completely platonic, although she once accidentally admitted that she expects Ian and Tyrone's friendship to be strained by fighting for her affections when they get older. There is, however, a slight romance hinted between Ian and Sandi.

Grandma Eleanor Kelley

Grandma Kelley is Ken's mother from Scotland. She speaks in a thick brogue and can terrorize her entire family with little effort - no member of her family is willing to cross her. A clever joke is made of this in the opening theme at one point; Ian fantasizes his family as movie monsters, but Grandma Kelley stays exactly the same.

Grandma Mary Menske

Grandma Menske is Vicky's mother from Poland. A doting grandmother, she is constantly pampering her family with hearty meals and tacky hand-made clothing. She never approved of Ken's marriage to Vicky; in fact, she sees it as a result of a Gypsy curse on her family. Even after Ken and Vicky had been married for two decades, she still held out on hope for Vicky to get back with her creepy ex-boyfriend Lubomir Wormchuk. She only gave her blessing to the marriage when she discovered that Lubomir had lost his teeth (what had attracted her attention in the first place).


Odbald is Ken's assistant at Kelley's Keyboards. A rural immigrant from the Netherlands, he moved to Canada to escape a life of "polishing cheeses and carving wooden shoes". Odbald, despite being an adult, is very immature - leaving him in charge of the Kelley boys always results in disaster. Odbald is an expert in keyboards of all kinds, to the point that he becomes emotionally attached to them. Odbald is utterly devoted to Ken - or "Mishter Kelley", as he calls him - and often goes out of his way to aid Ken in tasks far beyond his duties in Kelley's Keyboards. Whenever Ken accidentally damages something, his stock response is to say "Odbald, could you take care of that for me?" Odbald lives in the back room of Kelley's Keyboards and has a proclivity for nodding off at inopportune times and eating messily.

Other characters[edit]

Principal Bill McCammon

Mr. McCammon is Ian's school principal at Celine Dion Middle School. He does not trust Ian sometimes due to his wacky imagination, as well as his family. Nevertheless, he does his best to set forward a proper education for the entire school.

Mr. Greeble

Mr. Greeble is one of Ian's teachers at Celine Dion Middle School. Like Mr. McCammon, he does not trust Ian sometimes due to his wacky imagination.

Ronald Fleeman

The owner of a smoothie shop next door to Kelley's Keyboards (and Spa).

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Directed By: Andy Bartlett, Josh Mepham

# Title Original airdate
1"The Kelley Boys and the Mysterious Lighthouse Mystery"January 4, 2005 (2005-01-04)
After being pranked by his two idiot brothers, Ian pulls off a made-up treasure hunt for treasure that does not exist.
2"Cyrano de Mille"January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
When Ian is disappointed because he cannot see the R-rated Hemorrhage II, he decides to make his own horror movie--err, romance when Ty and Sandi are involved with it.
3"Piano Man"January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18)
Ian secretly rebuilds a piano for Royal Stilton in exchange for a gift for Ken and Vicky's anniversary: two tickets for Royal Stilton's concert.
4"Truth in Advertising"January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
In order to help his father's struggling business, Ian offers to make a commercial for the store.
5"Miss Tweenage Burnaby"April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
Ian tries to help Sandi with a beauty pageant.
6"The Greatest Story Never Told"June 9, 2005 (2005-06-09)
Ian wants to know if he was adopted.
7"Little Camp of Horrors"June 15, 2005 (2005-06-15)
While Ian's family heads off to camp, Ian goes to a film camp that does not teach anything about filming.
8"Cool Status Quo"March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)
After a series of incidents, Ian along with a group of nerds become popular much to the annoyance of his older brother Kyle. At first, Ian enjoys the attention he is getting but when he learns that he and the other nerds are going to be sent to a school for gifted kids causing him to leave behind Ty and Sandi, Ian must team up with Kyle in order to stop this.
9"The Kelleys"March 8, 2005 (2005-03-08)
When Ian accidentally wrecks his family's home movies, he decides to create a reality show starring his family to make up for it.
10"Catch Me If You Cane"February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
While working at the retirement home alongside his father, Ian meets Lorence Lipsits, an old man who offers to help Ian create a movie in exchange of getting out the retirement home.
11"Joust Kidding Around"March 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
Ian uses the medieval theme of the civic festival for his production.
12"The Boy Who Cried UFO"March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Tired of not getting any attention at home, Ian uses his alien safety movie to gain some attention.
13"Once A Pawn A Time"March 15, 2005 (2005-03-15)
Ian joins the chess club.
14"Is There an Ian in the House?"April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
Ian has a false injury and winds up at an insane hospital.
15"For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls"April 17, 2005 (2005-04-17)
Ian takes creative license in videotaping a traditional Indian wedding ceremony.
16"Links for Love"April 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
Ian tries to help his uncle, who is also called Ian, find a date.
17"Show Me the Bunny"May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)
Vicky forces Ian take care of a bunny to teach him about responsibility.
18"Ian's Louse-ey Day"May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)
Ian tries to catch head lice to avoid a costume party.
19"Sask-Watch"April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
Ian and Korey go in search of the mysterious Bigfoot.
20"The Curse"May 26, 2005 (2005-05-26)
When Ken fires Odbald for making a mess in the keyboard store, Odbald leaves while saying a threatening message. When strange things begin happening later that night, Ian believes Odbald placed a curse on the store.
21"Snow Fun"May 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)
Ian, Ty, and Sandi get trapped in school when a snow storm hits. Meanwhile, Ken, Kyle, and Korey must deliver an organ in the snow storm to a man called Mr. Eric who threatens to put a curse on them if they do not.
22"Bad Day at White Rock"May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)
Tired of being treated like a baby on their annual trip to the beach, Ian plans to get out of it but as he starts his plan, Ian gets stuck on a deserted island.
23"Crime-Corder"June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
Ian and Ty play video detectives and vie for the attention of the same girl.
24"Band 'o' Bruthaz"April 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)
Ian and his brothers enter into a talent show. Notes: The Canadian rock band Gob guest stars in this episode. Their song "Ming Tran" (from their Foot in Mouth Disease album) is also heard in the episode.
25"Hockey Night in Burnaby"June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
Ian and Odbald head to their local hockey rink to inspect the GM Place Organ for the Vancouver Canucks.
26"Planet of the Imps"June 28, 2005 (2005-06-28)
Ian starts an acting school for children at the Kelley home.

Season 2[edit]

Directed By: Josh Mepham

# Title Original airdate
27"SCREAM Because I Know What You Did to that Psycho Last Summer"December 1, 2005 (2005-12-01)
A trip to a theme park becomes dangerous when members of the Kelley family start to disappear.
28"Animal House"December 7, 2005 (2005-12-07)
Ian makes an animal shelter video for class. However, things get out of hand when people start bringing animals for him to take care of.
29"What's Comb Over You"December 22, 2005 (2005-12-22)
Ian acts old after discovering bad genes from his ancestors while Ken starts to act young after fearing he's becoming old.
30"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"August 5, 2005 (2005-08-05)
After performing a series of pranks on him, Ian believes he caused Korey to run away.
31"Morning Zoo"September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05)
Ian and Dennis team up to perform the morning announcements.
32"Kelley vs. Kelley"December 29, 2005 (2005-12-29)
After causing his mother's ballerina statue to be destroyed, Ian accidentally causes a fight between his parents. Ian has to set things right and get his parents back together.
33"Ian the Peckyhead"September 6, 2006 (2006-09-06)
Ian becomes the school's new mascot.
34"Being Principal Bill"September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)
Ian discovers a hole in his room that leads to his principal's mind.
35"Million Dollar $andi"September 12, 2006 (2006-09-12)
The school needs a new representative for the boxing match and Sandi's perfect for the role but the principal will not let her enter because she's a girl. So Ian and Ty disguise Sandi as a boy in order for her to compete.
36"Health Nut"September 13, 2006 (2006-09-13)
Ian starts to eat healthy after becoming sick. Grandma Kelley disciplines Kyle and Korey.
37"Behind Bars"September 14, 2006 (2006-09-14)
Ian sells chocolate bars for a school contest and uses subliminal advertising to help him.
38"Out of Focus Group"September 19, 2006 (2006-09-19)
Ian creates a popular film by giving the people what they want.
39"Ken Kelley and the Keyboard Factory"September 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)
After recovering from an accident, Ken decides to name Ian the successor to the keyboard store, much to Ian's dismay.
40"Kelley's Seven"September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)
Ian forms a group to help him find a thief who stole an old cheese sandwich eaten by a famous movie director.
41"The Good Egg"September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26)
Ian takes care of an egg for a school assignment but he becomes attached to it. Korey tries to find a job so he can earn money for a CD.
42"5 o`clock Snooze"October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)
Ian becomes a news reporter.
43"Home Alone"October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)
Ian plans to get his family out of the house so he can watch the happy unicorns marathon.
44"Dorkbusters"October 17, 2006 (2006-10-17)
Ian creates a group called dorkbusters to make humiliations for a profit.
45"Spells Like Teen Spirit"October 24, 2006 (2006-10-24)
Ian convinces his brother Kyle to enter for the school spelling bee.
46"Dummy Up"October 31, 2006 (2006-10-31)
When Ian uses a puppet to tell jokes, he soon finds out that he is acting more like the puppet.
47"The Great Escape"November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07)
Ian tries to leave detention in order to buy a video game.
48"Ian Kelley's Day Off"November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14)
Ian, along with his friends from film camp, decides to skip school.
49"The Fifth and a Half Sense"November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)
After hitting his nose, Ian finds out that he can smell the future.
50"Doofus"November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)
Korey becomes a television star performing dangerous stunts.
51"Hurry for Hollywood Part 1"February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)
The Kelley family goes to Hollywood in Los Angeles, California for a vacation. Ian hopes to enter one of his videos for the "Project: Filmmaker" contest but can he get there in time when his father makes a few pitstops along the way? Meanwhile, Grandma Kelley and Grandma Menske have plans for the keyboard store.
52"Hurry for Hollywood Part 2"February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)
Ian believes he can no longer enter the "Project: Filmmaker" contest when his movie is destroyed until his mother suggests he create a new movie.

Season 3[edit]

Directed By: Chad Van De Keere

# Title Original airdate
53"One Week Later"October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18)
Ian and the Kelleys return from their Hollywood vacation to find that things back home have changed. After winning the "Project: Filmmaker" award in Hollywood, Ian returns to Burnaby to discover that fame is fleeting. Disillusioned, he decides to start his own website where people can watch his original films. Problem is, no one's visiting his site. Meanwhile, Ken wants to tear down the seniors' Spa and replace it with his Keyboard Store – until he discovers how lucrative a Spa can be.
54"Midnight Madness"2007 (2007)
Ian tries to attend a midnight screening of the cult horror film "Curse of the WereRat." Ian's excited because the night has finally arrived – a special midnight screening of Werner Wolfenstein's cult horror classic "Curse of the Wererat." But the only person that will take him to the late night show is Grandma Kelley. And while a comedy of errors threatens to keep Ian from getting to the theatre in time, Odbald and a few of his foreign friends try to reenact a famous Dutch historical battle.
55"Blah Blah Blog"2007 (2007)
When Ian starts writing a blog for his website, his friendship with Grace is tested. Ian thinks his website needs to be more exciting, so he decides to add a personal blog. Unfortunately, he does not know how to set one up, so he enlists tech guru Grace to help him. Soon, Grace is writing the blog for the lazy Ian. And when he unwittingly embarrasses Grace, she decides to give Ian a taste of his own medicine. Meanwhile, Ken tries to raise money for his store by holding the first annual Kelley's Spa and Keyboards Jog-a-thon.
56"School Unfair"June 9, 2008 (2008-06-09)
Ian is banned from the School Fair when he is blamed for a prank he did not commit. Ian loves the rides at the Annual School Fair. Too bad the rides do not love him – he's always getting motion sickness. So this year, Ian decides to lick his problem and cure his queasy stomach so he can go on all the rides he wants. But when the School Fair is sabotaged, all the clues point directly to Ian. Even though he swears he is innocent, Ian is banned from attending the fair. Ian must find out who's framing him so he can clear his name and go to the Fair.
57"Adventures In Kelley Sitting"June 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)
Ian gets more than he bargained for when he gets a Reality TV babysitter to watch over the Kelley boys. Ian needs to get his parents out of the house so he can complete his rather elaborate (and house-destroying) science project. His parents finally leave when Ian gets Reality TV's "Fanny the Supersitter" to oversee the Kelley boys. Unfortunately, his grand scheme backfires, and completing his science project becomes the least of his problems. While Ian is battling his new sitter, Ken and Vicky become walking zombies when they decide to keep the Spa and Keyboard Store open 24 hours a day.
58"The Ians"February 25, 2008 (2008-02-25)
Ian decides to hold his own amateur filmmaker awards called 'The Ians.' Even though he is an award-winning director, Ian feels he is being treated like dirt – he has a list of chores to do, and his brothers are constantly pulling pranks on him. When the head of the "GOLD MOVIE AWARDS" visits the set Ian's working on, everybody pulls out the stops for the movie bigwig. Seeing this, Ian decides to hold his own movie awards and finally get the respect he deserves. But Ian bites off more than he can chew, and almost ends up losing all his friends.
59"Winning Isn't Ian's Thing"November 27, 2008 (2008-11-27)
Ian will do whatever it takes to win an award during the school's Kooky Sports Day competition. Celine Dion High is once again holding its annual Kooky Sports Day, where all the students compete in wacky events. While Korey, Kyle – and even Ken in his younger days – were Kooky Sports Day champs, Ian has never once won an award. But this year, Ian has a plan to change all that. Meanwhile, Vicky will do whatever it takes to make sure she wins the Store of the Year award and put the cocky Mr. Fleeman in his place.
60"Everykid 13"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
Ian convinces Sandi to star in an internet video confessional on his website. Ian posts Sandi's personal video confessionals on his website. But through a technical mix-up, the video is of his dog Chopin with Sandi's voice over it. And while Sandi is embarrassed and angry at Ian, the webisodes become extremely popular. Ian has to decide what is more important – his friendship with Sandi, or a hit website. And because of a mix-up at Kelley's Spa, old people are convinced the sauna is a Fountain of Youth.
61"That's Ridonkulous"May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)
Ian directs TV commercials that make Tyrone a huge celebrity. When the local skatepark is threatened to be demolished, Ian decides he, Sandi, and Tyrone can quickly make money and save it. The three of them start a company that produces TV commercials. The ads are a huge success, making actor Tyrone a huge star. But Tyrone's success causes a giant rift in his friendship with Ian. And when Ken calls skateboarders a menace to society, Kyle and Korey bet they can turn him into a hardcore skate punk.
62"Ian Kelley Is History"October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25)
A sleep-deprived Ian begins to imagine himself as famous historical characters. Ian has to write a paper on what he considers the most important moment in history. But while working on a movie set, Ian unknowingly consumes copious amounts of caffeine, making him a wide-eyed mess. During his battle with insomnia, Ian begins to stress over writing his history paper and he begins to hallucinate that he actually IS the historical figures he is thinking about. When he finally snaps out of his insomnia, he finds he is too exhausted to write his assignment in time to make the deadline.
63"An Ianconvenient Truth"October 15, 2008 (2008-10-15)

After learning about a Being Green contest, Ian is determined to win and make his dreams of fame and fortune come true. The only problem is that he still needs to come up with an award-worthy idea. Meanwhile, his mother Vicky plans to win the contest by neutralizing Kelley's family carbon footprint so she can meet David Suzuki, her eco-idol. To win the contest Ian will have to out-green kids across the country and even his own mother!

Note: This episode airs as either 2 half-hour specials or a single hour-long special. The hour-long special contains an additional minute of animation not included in the 2 parter.

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s) Title in country
France France Télétoon+ Dans la peau de Ian
Germany Germany KiKa Hier ist Ian
United States United States Qubo and KidsClick Being Ian
Portugal Portugal RTP2 Vida de João
Canal Panda and Panda Biggs As Aventuras de Ian
Argentina Mexico Chile

Colombia Venezuela Ecuador Peru Latin America

Cartoon Network (Latin America) Ser Ian
Cartoon Network
Netherlands Netherlands Z@PP Hier is Ian
Brazil Brazil Cartoon Network (Brazil) Se Liga, Ian
Canada Canada YTV Being Ian (English), Dans la peau de Ian (French)
BBC Kids
Spain Spain Telemadrid El Mundo de Ian
Hong Kong Hong Kong TVB J2 是IAN


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