Taped in Orlando by Tollin/Robbins Prods. Exec producers, Brian Robbins, Mike Tollin. Co-exec producers, Dan Schneider, Kim Bass.
Producers, Kevin Kopelow, Heath Seifert, Nick Donatelli; director, Alan Rosen; writers, Bass, Schneider; camera, Barbara Drago, Dave Kinney, Ken Kraus, Mike Lacey; editor, Andrew Hirsch; sound, Roger Stauss, Mike Small; music, Richard Tuttobene; theme song, Coolio; casting, Jennifer Van Der Molen, Ron Zonfrelli, Amy Baker, Schumetta McLondon. 60 MIN.
With: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree, Teal Marchande, Vanessa Baden, Dan Frischman.
New Nickelodeon spinoff series “Kenan & Kel” is billed as a “Honeymooners” for kids — but it’s really a “What’s Happening!!” for the ’90s. That sitcom, which ran from 1976-79, was a big hit with the undemanding preteen aud, and this amiable series, featuring the team of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, will appeal to the same demos. Its greatest success — and appeal — is the fact that anyone over the age of 12 will stay away from “K&K,” which should make Nick execs happy.
Kenan, the instigator, and Kel, the loyal pal, are a couple of high-schoolers who get into trouble by following Kenan’s various schemes. In the premiere seg, they try to find an easy way to buy a car, even though neither is old enough to drive. Hijinx ensue, with predictable results.
Like such beloved-by-post-boomers ’70s sitcoms as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and the aforementioned “What’s Happening!!,” “Kenan & Kel’s” (and Nick’s) aim is true — right at the pre-adolescent audience. That target group will get a kick out of the slick chemistry between the leads, appealing, accomplished young comics who make the most of average material. Both are vets of Nick sketchcom “All That.”
Hip-hop hitmeister Coolio delivers a peppy theme song. Production values are strictly ’70s cheesy.