Parents' Guide to

Kenan & Kel

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mischievous adventures of two teens is all about the laughs.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

Age 9+

It’s really not that inappropriate but there are some kissing in it but overall it’s a good show for 9+
age 11+


This is a GREAT sitcom! It was really funny and cool.I recommend it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (26):

This '90s series paired friends and All That cast members Thompson and Mitchell, who complement each other like a modern Laurel and Hardy. Kel's dimwittedness is offset by Kenan's penchant for overzealous get-rich schemes, and every scenario spells disaster in some fashion. The good news is that the zingers come a mile a minute, and if mindless comedy is what you're after, there's plenty of the fluffy stuff to be found here. Viewers will also like the informality of the opening and closing sequences, in which the stars interact with the studio audience.

The flipside of the comedy is that the teen characters never get a chance to demonstrate any responsible or true-to-life behavior, so kids might get the wrong idea from the consistently rosy outcomes of their poor judgment and raucous missteps. What's more, the lone family unit that exists does little to intervene or provide guidance in the boys' lives, leaving them to their own devices most of the time. Ultimately, Kenan & Kel is an adequate comedy for older tweens (though nostalgic adults is the more likely audience), but you might want to follow up with a reality check to be sure your kids know how things work in the real world.

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