Kenan & Kel

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Kenan & Kel
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"Aw, here it goes!"
Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 17, 1996 - July 15, 2000
Network(s): Nickelodeon
Created by: Kim Bass
Distributed by: ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Starring: Kenan Thompson
Kel Mitchell
Ken Foree
Teal Merchande
Vanessa Baden
Dan Frischman
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 65

Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. It ran from 1996 to 2000.


The show follows the misadventures of two high-school friends who are always scheming and dreaming. Kenan, who works at a grocery store, constantly devises crazy plans to strike it rich, while orange-soda-loving buddy Kel is always dragged along for the ride despite his track record for messing things up.

Why It Rocks

  1. Kenan and Kel are a hilarious take on the classic buddy duo comedy, where one of the characters is a clever schemer and the other is dumb but loyal.
  2. Great characters.
  3. Funny jokes.
  4. Catchy theme song by Coolio, who wrote "Gangsta's Paradise" a year before the series began.
  5. Kel's over-acting doesn't come off as annoying and enhances his character being a complete moron.
  6. Memorable catchphrases. Most notably, "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda! Is it true? Mmmhmm! I do, I do, I do-oooo!" and Kenan's "WHYYYY?????" screams.
  7. Every episode begins and ends with Kenan and Kel greeting the audience literally and making a brief skit regarding the episode.