17 September 2014

TV Season Review: "Kenan & Kel": Season One

Rated: TV-Y7
Starring: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, and Dan Frischman
Released: 1996 - 1997 (Nickelodeon premieres) / 2011 (iTunes)
Kenan and Kel (Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, All That) are best friends who constantly hang out together.  Kenan works at Rigby's grocery store, where he and Kel drive their boss Chris (Dan Frischman) crazy.  While Kenan is a schemer, Kel is dumber than a box of rocks, much the chagrin of Kenan himself and his family.  In this first outing, Kenan and Kel try to replace a deceased pet cockatoo, learn the true meaning of the holiday spirit, get involved in a jewel heist, and more!
As seen on Nickelodeon.

The Good
These two guys are the perfect comedic duo! Hilarity abounds in this premiere season; better yet, these guys (mostly) keep it clean.  Also of note is the character of Chris, who is wonderfully comical as well.  Positive elements find their way into the series as well; usually, Kenan finds out the hard way that he shouldn't take advantage of people.  A lack of profanity, nudity, and drug use--and a near-lack of sexual content--only improves matters.

The Bad
A stray "PG"-level sexual joke pops up here and there, but only rarely.  The episodes are apparently out of order, as a blooper reel at the end of one episode features scenes that were not in prior episodes within the set.  The closed captioning had some issues, as well.  All of those complaints are minor, though.

This series harkens back to when life was simpler; before our world was ruled by terrorist attacks, wars, and scandals.  For younger folks, it would also serve as a portrait of what the 90's were like; a time without multifunction cell phones, Facebook, and iPads.  Like The Cosby Show, Kenan & Kel has an appeal that transcends race; seriously, give this show a shot and see if you don't laugh.  It definitely beats what the major networks are serving us these days.

Score: 4.75/5

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