Kelly Kelly (TV series)

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Kelly Kelly
Genre Situation comedy
Created by David Kendall
Starring Shelley Long
Robert Hays
Ashley Johnson
Will Estes
Composer(s) Paul Buckley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) ItzBinso Long Productions
Utility Pictures
Warner Bros. Television
Original network The WB
Original release April 20 –
June 7, 1998

Kelly Kelly is an American sitcom starring Shelley Long and Robert Hays that aired on The WB from April 20 to June 7, 1998.[1][2][3]


Kelly Novak is an Ivy League English literature professor who meets widowed fire chief Doug Kelly. The two get married and she becomes Kelly Kelly. They live together in his Secaucus, New Jersey, house with his three sons and one daughter.



Columbia TriStar Television had originally developed the series, and produced a pilot, before handing over production of the show to Warner Bros. Television.[4] During filming of the first episode, Shelley Long broke a finger while catching a football.[5]


After airing two episodes to low ratings, The WB moved the series from Mondays to Sundays.[6] Seven episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

No. Title Directed by Original air date Prod.
1 "Episode One" John Tracy April 20, 1998 (1998-04-20) 467151
2 "The Kilt Show" John Tracy April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27) 467152
3 "Junior Firefighters" John Tracy May 24, 1998 (1998-05-24) 467153
4 "The Wedding Show" John Tracy May 10, 1998 (1998-05-10) 467154
5 "Bye, Bye, Baby" John Tracy May 17, 1998 (1998-05-17) 467155
6 "Doodler" John Tracy May 31, 1998 (1998-05-31) 467156
7 "Jealousy" David Kendall June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07) 467157


Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times called the series "routine sitcomdom" with "some occasional bright dialogue".[2] John Carman of the San Francisco Chronicle was also unimpressed, and thought the show was "almost an exact copy of It Had to Be You", which lasted a month.[1] Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said the series was "neither horrible nor promising, just kind of generic and bland".[7] David Bianculli of the Daily News rated the series one and a half stars, and called the scripts "painfully predictable and not even sporadically amusing".[8] Kevin D. Thompson of The Palm Beach Post also rated the series one and a half stars saying that the show is "a bland family comedy we've seen too many times before".[9] Elaine Liner of the Boston Herald gave the series no stars, as well as grading it "an F as a two-alarm failure".[10]


  1. ^ a b Carman, John (April 20, 1998). "'Kelly Kelly' Is Simply Awful Awful". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (April 20, 1998). "'Kelly Kelly' Has a Feeling of Deja Vu". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  3. ^ Gates, Anita (April 18, 1998). "Television Review; She's a Gentile, He's a Jew. Hmm, Sound Familiar?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  4. ^ Hontz, Jenny (January 6, 1998). "WBTV getting 'Kelly' on rebound from Col". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  5. ^ Williams, Scott (April 20, 1998). "Shelley Long Tackles a New Sitcom on WB". Daily News. p. 72.
  6. ^ Hontz, Jenny (April 30, 1998). "WB bumps 'One' from Sundays". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  7. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (April 20, 1998). "Long's 'Kelly' Too Short on Wit". The Boston Globe. pp. C.12.
  8. ^ Bianculli, David (April 20, 1998). "'Kelly Kelly's' Comedy Doesn't Bear Repeating". Daily News. p. 70.
  9. ^ Thompson, Kevin D. (April 20, 1998). "'Kelly' is 'Brady Bunch' Without Laughs". The Palm Beach Post. pp. 1.D.
  10. ^ Liner, Elaine (April 17, 1998). "Television review; Weeding out the losers; Spring crop of sitcoms sends us crabgrass". Boston Herald. p. 55.

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