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Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell.[1] 62 episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons from 1996 to 2000. 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.

Kenan & Kel
Kenan & Kel intertitle.jpg
Created by
Theme music composerVictor Concepcion
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes62 + 1 TV movie (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)

(pilot only)

  • Kevin Kopelow
  • (seasons 1-2)
  • Heath Seifert
  • (seasons 1-2)
  • Virgil L. Fabian
  • (seasons 3-4)
  • Keiren Fisher

(season 4)

  • Andrew Hill Newman

(co-producer) (season 4)

  • Robin Weiner

(co-producer) (season 4)

Production location(s)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorViacom International
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture formatSD: 480i
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseAugust 17, 1996 (1996-08-17) –
July 15, 2000 (2000-07-15)
Related showsAll That
External links

Kenan & Kel received critical acclaim, with praise of the performance of the title characters. It won the "Favorite TV Show" award at the 1998 Kids Choice Awards, and Thompson and Mitchell were ranked No. 40 and No. 39, respectively, on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars. Reruns of the show are currently shown on TeenNick, as part of their programming block NickRewind, as well as MTV2, a sister channel of TeenNick under Viacom.



Kenan & Kel is set in Chicago and centers on the antics of two mischievous high school students, Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) and Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell). Kenan has a job at Rigby's, a local grocery store, and Kel is his clumsy, orange soda-loving best friend.

Episodes of the series always open and close 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 they are still in character. A frequent running gag of the openings is Kel never knowing what the night's episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him. The closings frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme, often asking Kel to get various assorted items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel exclaims his catchphrase, "Aww, here it goes!"

Another catchphrase commonly heard throughout the series is "WHYYYYYYY!?!?", usually screamed by Kenan after Kel does something stupid.

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 and Kel. The lyrics describe the show and reference other famous duos such as Siegfried & Roy, Abbott & Costello, Penn & Teller, and former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as 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.[2]

The show was taped in front of a live-studio audience and ran from August 17, 1996[3] to July 15, 2000[4], totaling 62 episodes. One full-length TV movie was created, entitled Two Heads Are Better Than None, which aired on July 15, 2000, thus ending the series serving as its finale. The Kenan & Kel characters also made a special guest appearance on the Cousin Skeeter two-part episode, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West".[5]


Reruns of the series briefly aired on Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids 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 now called NickRewind), which continues to air sporadic reruns.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
114August 17, 1996 (1996-08-17)January 11, 1997 (1997-01-11)
213September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06)December 27, 1997 (1997-12-27)
322October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)April 17, 1999 (1999-04-17)
416August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07)January 14, 2001 (2001-01-14)

Home mediaEdit

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 though 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"


"I'm Gonna Get You Kenan"

"The Limo"

"He Got Job"

"Corporate Kenan"

"The Honeymoon's Over"


"Car Trouble"


"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.


  1. ^ Hinman, Catherine (August 17, 1996). "A 'Honeymooners' For Kids". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Kenen, Kel Get a Show". Chicago Tribune. August 13, 1996. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Kenan & Kel Season 1". Amazon. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kenan & Kel Season 5". Amazon. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ ""Cousin Skeeter" The Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West: Part 1 (TV Episode 1999)". IMDb.
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  8. ^ "Kenan & Kel: The Best of Seasons 1 & 2" at Amazon.
  9. ^ at Amazon.
  10. ^ "Kenan & Kel, Season 1". Apple. July 28, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  11. ^ "Kenan & Kel, Season 3". Apple. February 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012.

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