Being Ian
Created byIan James Corlett
Developed byBonita Siegel
StarringRichard Ian Cox
Ian James Corlett
David Kaye
Richard Newman
Tabitha St. Germain
Matt Hill
Theme music composerIan James Corlett
Opening theme"Being Ian Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
Ending theme"Being Ian Ending Theme Song" by Brian "Hoot" Gibson and Ian James Corlett
  • Brian "Hoot" Gibson
  • Hal Beckett
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes63
Executive producers
  • Chris Bartleman
  • Blair Peters
ProducersBlair Peters (season 1-2)
Kathy Antonsen Rocchio (season 1-2)
Charmaine Lazaro (season 3)
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesStudio B Productions
Original release
ReleaseApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26) –
October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)

Being Ian is a Canadian animated series produced by Studio B Productions and Nelvana Limited for YTV, focusing on 12-year-old Ian Kelley, who aspires to become a filmmaker.[1] It was originally aired from April 26, 2005 to October 11, 2008.

The series is created by and based on the early life of creator Ian James Corlett. It is set in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia. Produced in 2004, it debuted on April 26, 2005, on YTV.


Kelley family

Other characters


Season 1 (2005)

Season 1 episodes are directed by Andy Bartlett and Josh Mepham.

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Kelley Boys and the Mysterious Lighthouse Mystery"Dennis HeatonApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
After being pranked by his two idiot brothers, Ian pulls off a made-up treasure hunt for treasure that does not exist.
22"Cyrano de Mille"Steve SullivanMay 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)
When Ian is disappointed because he cannot see the R-rated Hemorrhage II, he decides to make his own horror movie—err, romance when Ty and Sandi are involved with it.
33"Piano Man"Edward KayMay 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
Ian secretly rebuilds a piano for Royal Stilton in exchange for a gift for Ken and Vicky's anniversary: two tickets for a Royal Stilton concert.
44"Truth in Advertising"Jeff BiedermanMay 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)
Ian offers to make a commercial for his father's keyboard store.
55"Miss Tweenage Burnaby"Steve SullivanMay 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
Ian tries to help Sandi with a beauty pageant.
66"The Greatest Story Never Told"Dennis HeatonMay 31, 2005 (2005-05-31)
Ian wants to know if he was adopted.
77"Little Camp of Horrors"Dennis HeatonJune 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
While Ian's family heads off to camp, Ian goes to a film camp that does not teach anything about filming.
88"Cool Status Quo"Jeff BiedermanJune 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
After a series of incidents, Ian along with a group of nerds become popular much to the annoyance of his older brother Kyle. At first, Ian enjoys the attention he is getting but when he learns that he and the other nerds are going to be sent to a school for gifted kids causing him to leave behind Ty and Sandi, Ian must team up with Kyle in order to stop this.
99"The Kelleys"Jeff BiedermanJune 21, 2005 (2005-06-21)
When Ian accidentally wrecks his family's home movies, he decides to create a reality show starring his family to make up for it.
1010"Catch Me If You Cane"Steve SullivanJune 28, 2005 (2005-06-28)
While working at the retirement home alongside his father, Ian meets Lorence Lipsits, an old man who offers to help Ian create a movie in exchange of getting out the retirement home.
1111"Joust Kidding Around"Steve SullivanJuly 5, 2005 (2005-07-05)
Ian uses the medieval theme of the civic festival for his production.
1212"The Boy Who Cried UFO"Dennis HeatonJuly 12, 2005 (2005-07-12)
Tired of not getting any attention at home, Ian uses his alien safety movie to gain some attention.
1313"Once A Pawn A Time"Dennis HeatonJuly 19, 2005 (2005-07-19)
Ian joins the chess club.
1414"Is There an Ian in the House?"Dennis HeatonJuly 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)
Ian has a false injury and winds up at an insane hospital.
1515"For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls"Ben Joseph,
Franklin Young
& Annika Hagen
August 2, 2005 (2005-08-02)
Ian takes creative license in videotaping a traditional Indian wedding ceremony.
1616"Links for Love"Annika Hagen
& Paul Greenberg
August 9, 2005 (2005-08-09)
Ian tries to help his uncle, who is also called Ian, find a date.
1717"Show Me the Bunny"Jennifer WhalenAugust 16, 2005 (2005-08-16)
Vicky forces Ian take care of a bunny to teach him about responsibility.
1818"Ian's Louse-ey Day"Steve SullivanAugust 23, 2005 (2005-08-23)
Ian tries to catch head lice to avoid a costume party.
1919"Sask-Watch"Steve SullivanAugust 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)
Ian and Korey go in search of the mysterious Bigfoot.
2020"The Curse"Victor NicolleSeptember 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)
When Ken fires Odbald for making a mess in the keyboard store, Odbald leaves while saying a threatening message. When strange things begin happening later that night, Ian believes Odbald placed a curse on the store.
2121"Snow Fun"Dennis HeatonSeptember 13, 2005 (2005-09-13)
Ian, Ty, and Sandi get trapped in school when a snow storm hits. Meanwhile, Ken, Kyle, and Korey must deliver an organ in the snow storm to a man called Mr. Eric who threatens to put a curse on them if they do not.
2222"Bad Day at White Rock"Steve SullivanSeptember 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Tired of being treated like a baby on their annual trip to the beach, Ian plans to get out of it but as he starts his plan, Ian gets stuck on a deserted island.
2323"Crime-Corder"Jeff BiedermanSeptember 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
Ian and Ty play video detectives and vie for the attention of the same girl.
2424"Band 'o' Bruthaz"Dennis HeatonOctober 4, 2005 (2005-10-04)

Ian and his brothers enter into a talent show.

Notes: The Canadian rock band Gob guest stars in this episode. Their song "Ming Tran" (from their Foot in Mouth Disease album) is also heard in the episode.
2525"Hockey Night in Burnaby"Jeff BiedermanOctober 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
Ian and Odbald head to their local hockey rink to inspect the GM Place Organ for the Vancouver Canucks.
2626"Planet of the Imps"Brad Birch
& Annika Hagen
October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
Ian starts an acting school for children at the Kelley home.

Season 2 (2005–2006)

Episodes in season 2 are directed by Josh Mepham.

No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
271"SCREAM Because I Know What You Did to that Psycho Last Summer"Vito ViscomiNovember 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
A trip to a theme park becomes dangerous when members of the Kelley family start to disappear.
282"Animal House"Steve SullivanDecember 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
Ian makes an animal shelter video for class. However, things get out of hand when people start bringing animals for him to take care of.
293"What's Comb Over You"Vito ViscomiDecember 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
Ian acts old after discovering bad genes from his father while Ken starts to act young after fearing he's becoming old.
304"O Brother, Where Art Thou?"Dennis HeatonDecember 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
After performing a series of pranks on him, Ian believes he caused Korey to run away.
315"Morning Zoo"Dennis HeatonDecember 27, 2005 (2005-12-27)
Ian and Dennis team up to perform the morning announcements.
326"Kelley vs. Kelley"Dennis HeatonJanuary 3, 2006 (2006-01-03)
After causing his mother's ballerina statue to be destroyed, Ian accidentally causes a fight between his parents. Ian has to set things right and get his parents back together.
337"Ian the Peckyhead"Steve SullivanJanuary 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)
Ian becomes the school's new mascot.
348"Being Principal Bill"Vito ViscomiJanuary 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)
Ian discovers a hole in his room that leads to his principal's mind.
359"Million Dollar $andi"Vito ViscomiJanuary 24, 2006 (2006-01-24)
The school needs a new representative for the boxing match and Sandi's perfect for the role but the principal will not let her enter because she's a girl. So Ian and Ty disguise Sandi as a boy in order for her to compete.
3610"Health Nut"Steve SullivanJanuary 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)
Ian starts to eat healthy after becoming sick. Grandma Kelley disciplines Kyle and Korey.
3711"Behind Bars"Dennis HeatonFebruary 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
Ian sells chocolate bars for a school contest and uses subliminal advertising to help him.
3812"Out of Focus Group"Steve SullivanFebruary 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
Ian creates a popular film by giving the people what they want.
3913"Ken Kelley and the Keyboard Factory"Vito ViscomiFebruary 21, 2006 (2006-02-21)
After recovering from an accident, Ken decides to name Ian the successor to the keyboard store, much to Ian's dismay.
4014"Kelley's Seven"Vito ViscomiFebruary 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Ian forms a group to help him find a thief who stole an old cheese sandwich eaten by a famous movie director.
4115"The Good Egg"Dennis HeatonMarch 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)
Ian takes care of an egg for a school assignment but he becomes attached to it. Korey tries to find a job so he can earn money for a CD.
4216"5 o'clock Snooze"Dennis HeatonMarch 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
Ian becomes a news reporter and meets Tony Parsons.
4317"Home Alone"Steve SullivanMarch 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
Ian plans to get his family out of the house so he can watch the Happy Unicorns marathon.
4418"Dorkbusters"Steve SullivanMarch 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
Ian creates a group called dorkbusters to make humiliations for a profit.
4519"Spells Like Teen Spirit"Dennis HeatonApril 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)
Ian convinces his brother Kyle to enter for the school spelling bee.
4620"Dummy Up"Steve SullivanApril 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)
When Ian uses a puppet to tell jokes, he soon finds out that he is acting more like the puppet.
4721"The Great Escape"Vito ViscomiApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
Ian tries to leave detention in order to buy a video game.
4822"Ian Kelley's Day Off"Vito ViscomiApril 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)
Ian, along with his friends from film camp, decides to skip school.
4923"The Fifth and a Half Sense"Dennis HeatonMay 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
After hitting his nose, Ian finds out that he can smell the future.
5024"Doofus"Steve SullivanMay 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)
Korey becomes a television star performing dangerous stunts.
5125"Hurry for Hollywood Part 1"Vito ViscomiMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)
The Kelley family goes to Hollywood in Los Angeles, California for a vacation. Ian hopes to enter one of his videos for the "Project: Filmmaker" contest but can he get there in time when his father makes a few pitstops along the way? Meanwhile, Grandma Kelley and Grandma Menske have plans for the keyboard store.
5226"Hurry for Hollywood Part 2"Vito ViscomiMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
Ian believes he can no longer enter the "Project: Filmmaker" contest when his movie is destroyed until his mother suggests he create a new movie.

Season 3 (2007–2008)

Season 3 episodes are directed by Chad Van De Keere.

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
531"One Week Later"October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17)
Ian and the Kelleys return from their Hollywood vacation to find that things back home have changed. After winning the "Project: Filmmaker" award in Hollywood, Ian returns to Burnaby to discover that fame is fleeting. Disillusioned, he decides to start his own website where people can watch his original films. Problem is, no one's visiting his site. Meanwhile, Ken wants to tear down the seniors' Spa and replace it with his Keyboard Store – until he discovers how lucrative a Spa can be.
542"Midnight Madness"October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24)
Ian tries to attend a midnight screening of the cult horror film "Curse of the WereRat." Ian's excited because the night has finally arrived – a special midnight screening of Werner Wolfenstein's cult horror classic "Curse of the Wererat." But the only person that will take him to the late night show is Grandma Kelley. And while a comedy of errors threatens to keep Ian from getting to the theatre in time, Odbald and a few of his foreign friends try to reenact a famous Dutch historical battle.
553"Blah Blah Blog"November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
When Ian starts writing a blog for his website, his friendship with Grace is tested. Ian thinks his website needs to be more exciting, so he decides to add a personal blog. Unfortunately, he does not know how to set one up, so he enlists tech guru Grace to help him. Soon, Grace is writing the blog for the lazy Ian. And when he unwittingly embarrasses Grace, she decides to give Ian a taste of his own medicine. Meanwhile, Ken tries to raise money for his store by holding the first annual Kelley's Spa and Keyboards Jog-a-thon.
564"School Unfair"May 8, 2008 (2008-05-08)
Ian is banned from the School Fair when he is blamed for a prank he did not commit. Ian loves the rides at the Annual School Fair. Too bad the rides do not love him – he's always getting motion sickness. So this year, Ian decides to lick his problem and cure his queasy stomach so he can go on all the rides he wants. But when the School Fair is sabotaged, all the clues point directly to Ian. Even though he swears he is innocent, Ian is banned from attending the fair. Ian must find out who's framing him so he can clear his name and go to the Fair.
575"Adventures In Kelley Sitting"May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)
Ian gets more than he bargained for when he gets a Reality TV babysitter to watch over the Kelley boys. Ian needs to get his parents out of the house so he can complete his rather elaborate (and house-destroying) science project. His parents finally leave when Ian gets Reality TV's "Fanny the Supersitter" to oversee the Kelley boys. Unfortunately, his grand scheme backfires, and completing his science project becomes the least of his problems. While Ian is battling his new sitter, Ken and Vicky become walking zombies when they decide to keep the Spa and Keyboard Store open 24 hours a day.
586"The Ians"May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22)
Ian decides to hold his own amateur filmmaker awards called 'The Ians.' Even though he is an award-winning director, Ian feels he is being treated like dirt – he has a list of chores to do, and his brothers are constantly pulling pranks on him. When the head of the "GOLD MOVIE AWARDS" visits the set Ian's working on, everybody pulls out the stops for the movie bigwig. Seeing this, Ian decides to hold his own movie awards and finally get the respect he deserves. But Ian bites off more than he can chew, and almost ends up losing all his friends.
597"Winning Isn't Ian's Thing"May 29, 2008 (2008-05-29)
Ian will do whatever it takes to win an award during the school's Kooky Sports Day competition. Celine Dion High is once again holding its annual Kooky Sports Day, where all the students compete in wacky events. While Korey, Kyle – and even Ken in his younger days – were Kooky Sports Day champs, Ian has never once won an award. But this year, Ian has a plan to change all that. Meanwhile, Vicky will do whatever it takes to make sure she wins the Store of the Year award and put the cocky Mr. Fleeman in his place.
608"Everykid 13"June 5, 2008 (2008-06-05)
Ian convinces Sandi to star in an internet video confessional on his website. Ian posts Sandi's personal video confessionals on his website. But through a technical mix-up, the video is of his dog Chopin with Sandi's voice over it. And while Sandi is embarrassed and angry at Ian, the webisodes become extremely popular. Ian has to decide what is more important – his friendship with Sandi, or a hit website. And because of a mix-up at Kelley's Spa, old people are convinced the sauna is a Fountain of Youth.
619"That's Ridonkulous"June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12)
Ian directs TV commercials that make Tyrone a huge celebrity. When the local skatepark is threatened to be demolished, Ian decides he, Sandi, and Tyrone can quickly make money and save it. The three of them start a company that produces TV commercials. The ads are a huge success, making actor Tyrone a huge star. But Tyrone's success causes a giant rift in his friendship with Ian. And when Ken calls skateboarders a menace to society, Kyle and Korey bet they can turn him into a hardcore skate punk.
6210"Ian Kelley Is History"October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
A sleep-deprived Ian begins to imagine himself as famous historical characters. Ian has to write a paper on what he considers the most important moment in history. But while working on a movie set, Ian unknowingly consumes copious amounts of caffeine, making him a wide-eyed mess. During his battle with insomnia, Ian begins to stress over writing his history paper and he begins to hallucinate that he actually IS the historical figures he is thinking about. When he finally snaps out of his insomnia, he finds he is too exhausted to write his assignment in time to make the deadline.
6311"An Ianconvenient Truth"October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)

After learning about a Being Green contest, Ian is determined to win and make his dreams of fame and fortune come true. The only problem is that he still needs to come up with an award-worthy idea. Meanwhile, his mother Vicky plans to win the contest by neutralizing Kelley's family carbon footprint so she can meet David Suzuki, her eco-idol. To win the contest Ian will have to out-green kids across the country and even his own mother!

Note: This episode airs as either 2 half-hour specials or a single hour-long special. The hour-long special contains an additional minute of animation not included in the 2-part version.


The series first aired in the United States on Qubo from September 19 to October 24, 2009, and continued to air on Qubo's Night Owl block until March 25, 2018.[2] It returned to Qubo on May 29, 2018, as part of the network's Night Owl Block until September 29, 2018.[3] In 2012, YTV stopped airing reruns in Canada. Nickelodeon Canada aired reruns of the show from September 5, 2011, to August 30, 2013. Reruns continued to air on BBC Kids in Canada until the network's closure on December 31, 2018. Then it returned on April 5, 2020, on Qubo until January 1, 2021, during the New Year and before its shutdown the same year by Ion.

In Australia, it aired on ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and KidsCo.

In the UK, it aired on CBBC.

In India, it aired on Disney Channel.

In South Africa, it aired on K-T.V.


  1. ^ Ball, Ryan (April 8, 2005). "Television Nelvana Nabs Studio B's Being Ian". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Being Ian". Qubo. Archived from the original on 2016-10-07.
  3. ^ "qubo Channel Schedule 2009–2010" (PDF). qubo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2010.