Kenan & Kel
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Genre Children's television, TEENick, Comedy
Created by Kim Bass
Executive Producer:
Mike Tollin
Brian Robbins
Dan Schneider
Starring Kenan Thompson
Kel Mitchell
Ken Foree
Vanessa Baden
Teal Marchande
Dan Frischman
Country of origin Nickelodeon Studios], Orlando, Florida
No. of episodes 62
num_seasons: 4
Running time 23 min.
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run July 15, 1996 – July 22, 2000
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Kenan & Kel is an American sitcom that originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000. The show starred two friends and former All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Sixty-two 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 following seasons were filmed at the Nick On Sunset theater in Hollywood.


The show was set in Chicago, Illinois and centered around the antics of two mischievous teenagers, Kenan Rockmore (Thompson) and Kel Kimble (Mitchell). Kenan is a high school student with a job at the grocery store, while Kel is his clumsy, orange Soda loving friend. Introduced to the show in 1998 were Sharla and Marc, both of whom had their own quirky characteristics.

Episodes of the series always opened and closed with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall (while still in character) and interacting with the studio audience and each other while standing in front of a red curtain that is placed in front of the main set. 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. This is not always the case, as in the episode Car Trouble when Kel asks Kenan for a hint about the episode, prompting Kenan to give him the word "the" from which Kel is able to figure it out. The closings would frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme – often asking Kel to get assorted, various items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel would exclaim, "Aw, here it goes!"


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's lyrics), with Kenan being the straight man and Kel his comedic foil; this was referenced in the show's theme. It 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 July 22, 2000, thus ending the series.


Kenan Rockmore (played by Kenan Thompson): Kenan is the best friend of Kel, and usually the de-facto leader of the two. In many episodes he concocts some crazy scheme that involves the two getting into trouble in some way, often at the hands of Kel

Kel Kimble (played by Kel Mitchell): Kel is Kenan's best friend. He usually tags along with Kenan's schemes, and in most cases causes their downfall, although he means well. He tends to act dim-witted despite having a genius IQ. He also loves orange soda

Kyra Rockmore (played by Vanessa Baden): Kyra is Kenan's sister. She's often times critical of Kenan, although she has an enormus crush on Kel.

Roger Rockmore (played by Ken Foree): Roger is the father of Kenan and Kyra. He tends to be cheap and short-tempered. His greatest annoyance is Kel, whom he is barely able to tolerate.

Sheryl Rockmore (played by Teal Marchande): Sheryl is mother of Kenan and Kyra.

Chris Potter (played by Dan Frischman): Chris is the owner of the Rigby's grocery store and Kenan's boss.


List of Kenan and Kel episodes

Seasons Episodes Originally Aired
Season Premiere Season Finale
Kenan & Kel Season 1 14 July 15, 1996 (1996-07-15) January 17, 1997 (1997-01-17)
Kenan & Kel Season 2 13 September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06) January 3, 1998 (1998-01-03)
Kenan & Kel Season 3 22 October 10, 1998 (1998-10-10) April 24, 1999 (1999-04-24)
Kenan & Kel Season 4 13 August 7, 1999 (1999-08-07) May 3, 2000 (2000-05-03)
Kenan & Kel Series finale film Television film July 22, 2000 (2000-07-22)

Awards and Nominations

1999 - Directors Guild of America, USA nominated Howard Storm for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for the episode "Haven't Got Time for the Paint".

1999/2000 - Image Awards nominated Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson for Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special


After not airing on Nickelodeon since 2003, it began airing on its sister network The N on October 13, 2007. It eventually left the channel, then returned on July 6, 2009. After that, the show left The N again on August 2, 2009. Nickelodeon UK also aired the show until June 2007, and on June 2, 2008 the repeats returned. No episodes have aired in the United States since August 6, 2009 when the show was dropped from The N.

It currently September 2010 airs on Nick@Nite Latin America

Kenan & Kel had also begun reruns on Nickelodeon UK since July 30, 2010 along with The Amanda Show But now have been taken off air.

An upcoming crossover of Victorious and iCarly will feature Kenan but not Kel in a cameo during a special mash-up of various theme songs by Dan Schneider.

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