Kenan & Kel

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Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel intertitle.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Theme music composerVictor Concepcion
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Dan Schneider
  • (pilot only)
  • Kevin Kopelow
  • (seasons 1–2)
  • Heath Seifert
  • (seasons 1–2)
  • Virgil L. Fabian
  • (seasons 3–4)
  • Keiren Fisher
  • (season 4)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time24 minutes
Production companies
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseJuly 15, 1996 (1996-07-15) –
July 15, 2000 (2000-07-15)
Chronology
Related showsAll That

Kenan & Kel is an American sitcom created by Kim Bass. The show originally aired on the Nickelodeon network for four seasons, from July 15, 1996, to July 15, 2000. Set in Chicago, Illinois, the series follows mischievous Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) and his optimistic but dimwitted best friend Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell), who go on a number of misadventures.[1]

The show features Kenan's family, which consists of his father Roger (Ken Foree), mother Sheryl (Teal Marchande), and younger sister Kyra (Vanessa Baden). The show also features Kenan's boss Chris Potter (Dan Frischman). Moreover, Kenan & Kel is notable for the appearances of a number of guest stars, including game show host/radio disc jockey Bob Eubanks, basketball player Ron Harper, and singer Britney Spears.

It won the "Favorite TV Show" award at the 1998 Kids' Choice Awards.[2] After the conclusion of the series, it was followed by the television film Two Heads Are Better Than None (2000).

The first two seasons were taped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida. The last two seasons were taped at the now closed theater Nickelodeon on Sunset in Los Angeles, California.

Premise[edit]

Set in Chicago, Illinois, Kenan & Kel follows Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble, a pair of high school students who go on various misadventures, which usually occur as a result of Kenan devising a scheme to get rich quick, or avoid trouble with his elders. These schemes are often foiled as a result of Kel's aloof, happy-go-lucky nature.

The show employs a number of running gags. Episodes open and close with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall by interacting with a studio audience, standing in front of a red curtain that is placed in front of the main set while they are still in character. A running gag of the openings is Kel never knowing what the night's episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him, while the closings frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme, often asking Kel to get various assorted items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled both times, Kel exclaims his catchphrase, "Aww, here it goes!" (which both opens and closes the show).

Production[edit]

Kenan & Kel was created by Kim Bass, and stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell as the title characters. The actors previously starred in the Nickelodeon series All That.[1][3] Mitchell and Thompson would joke around on the set of All That, which caught the attention of producers, including Bass, who wished to package Thompson and Mitchell in a series.[3] During a hiatus of All That, the producers kept Thompson and Mitchell so they could tape the pilot for Kenan & Kel. Mitchell later expressed fondness working with Thompson on the series.[3] Kenan & Kel was Mitchell's second professional acting performance, having only worked on All That and in amateur theater productions in Chicago beforehand. Thompson's previous experience included a role in D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994).[1][3] Kenan is the series' straight man, and Kel is his comedic foil.[4]

The first season contained 14 episodes, taped between April and August 9, 1996. The season was taped in front of a studio audience at Universal Studios Florida.[1] The characters of Kenan and Kel make a crossover appearance on the Nickelodeon series Cousin Skeeter.[5]

Broadcast[edit]

Reruns of the series briefly aired on Nick GAS in 1999.[6] After the series finished its run, reruns continued to air on Nickelodeon from January 21, 2001, to February 15, 2004.[7]

The series reran on The N (later known as TeenNick) from October 13, 2007, to August 2, 2009. It then returned to the channel from July 25, 2011, to February 3, 2013, and again from March 4, 2013, to May 31, 2014, as part of its The '90s Are All That programming block (later called The Splat, NickSplat and NickRewind). The series also airs reruns frequently on Nickelodeon's Pluto TV channel.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
114July 15, 1996 (1996-07-15)January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18)
213September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06)December 27, 1997 (1997-12-27)
322October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)April 24, 1999 (1999-04-24)
416July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31)July 15, 2000 (2000-07-15)

Home media[edit]

Kenan and Kel is only available on DVD in the compilations Best of Seasons 1 & 2 and Best of Season 3 & 4. They are DVD-R releases manufacture on demand through Amazon.com. Individual seasons are not available. The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 DVD is missing 3 episodes ("In the Line of Kenan", "Baggin' Saggin Kel", and ""Safe and Sorry"; all from season 1) to complete the set, but Season 2 is complete. The Best of Seasons 3 & 4 DVD is also missing 3 episodes ("The Chicago Witch Trials", "Freezer Burned", and "Who Love Who-ooh?"; all from Season 3), but Season 4 is complete. These DVD releases are absent of any bonus features.

DVD Episodes Release Date Disc 1 Disc 2 Disc 3
The Best of Seasons 1 & 2 23 May 21, 2014[8] "Pilot"

"The Tainting of the Screw"

"Doing Things the Heming-Way"

"Mental Kel-Epathy"

"Duh Bomb"

"Mo' Sweater Blues"

"Diamonds Are For Roger"

"The Cold War"

"Dial 0 for Oops"

"Merry Christmas, Kenan"

"Twizzles Fizzles"

"Pair-Rental Guidance"

"Turkey Day"

"The Crush"

"Ditch Day Afternoon"

"Clownin' Around"

"The Lottery"

"Who Loves Orange Soda?"

"Foul Bull"

"A Star is Peeved"

"Get the Kel Out of Here"

"Bye-Bye, Kenan: Part 1"

"Bye-Bye, Kenan: Part 2"

"I Haven't Got Time for the Paint"

DVD Episodes Release Date Disc 1 Disc 2 Disc 3 Disc 4
The Best of Seasons 3 & 4 35 November 6, 2014[9] "Fenced In"

"To Catch a Thief"

"The Raffle"

"Skunkator vs. Mothman"

"The Contest"

"Surprise, Surprise"

"I.Q. Can Do Better"

"You Dirty Rat"

"Attack of the Bug Men"

"We Are the Chimpions"

"Happy B-Day Marc"

"Poem Sweet Poem"

"Present Tense"

"Picture Imperfect"

"Clothes Encounters"

"Housesitter"

"I'm Gonna Get You Kenan"

"The Limo"

"He Got Job"

"Corporate Kenan"

"The Honeymoon's Over"

"Girl-Watchers"

"Car Trouble"

"Futurama"

"Three Girls, a Guy, and a Cineplex"

"Natural Born Kenan"

"The Graduates"

"Aw, Here It Goes To Hollywood : Part 1 & 2"

"Oh, Brother"

"The April Fools"

"Tales from the Clip"

"Two Heads Are Better Than None"

On July 28, 2011, the first season of Kenan & Kel was released on the iTunes Store.[10] 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.[11] Seasons 1 and 2 were released on the UK iTunes store in September 2013. As of 2021, most of the series is available to watch on Paramount+.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hinman, Catherine (August 17, 1996). "A 'Honeymooners' For Kids". The Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 22, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards, USA (1998)". IMDb. Archived from the original on December 23, 2021. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kel Mitchell On How 'Kenan & Kel' Started, First Time Meeting Kenan". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kenen, Kel Get a Show". Chicago Tribune. August 13, 1996. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  5. ^ ""Cousin Skeeter" The Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West: Part 1 (TV Episode 1999)". IMDb. September 18, 1999. Archived from the original on February 9, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.tvschedulearchive.com/other/nick-gas/1999-030099.txt Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine[bare URL plain text file]
  7. ^ http://www.tvschedulearchive.com/nickelodeon/2004/020904.txt Archived December 12, 2014, at archive.today[bare URL plain text file]
  8. ^ Kenan & Kel: The Best of Seasons 1 & 2, ASIN B00KGJNL74
  9. ^ Kenan & Kel: The Best of Seasons 3 & 4, ASIN B00PBGOZYA
  10. ^ "Kenan & Kel, Season 1". iTunes. Apple. July 28, 2011. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  11. ^ "Kenan & Kel, Season 3". iTunes. Apple. February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kenan & Kel". Paramount+. Archived from the original on May 10, 2021. Retrieved May 10, 2021.

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