Kelly Kelly
Created byDavid Kendall
StarringShelley Long
Robert Hays
Ashley Johnson
Will Estes
Bug Hall
Gemini Barnett
ComposerPaul Buckley
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producerDavid Kendall
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesItzBinso Long Productions
Utility Pictures
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkThe WB
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseApril 20 (1998-04-20) –
June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07)

Kelly Kelly is an American television sitcom created by David Kendall, 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.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Episode One"John TracyApril 20, 1998 (1998-04-20)467151
2"The Kilt Show"John TracyApril 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)467152
3"Junior Firefighters"John TracyMay 24, 1998 (1998-05-24)467153
4"The Wedding Show"John TracyMay 10, 1998 (1998-05-10)467154
5"Bye, Bye, Baby"John TracyMay 17, 1998 (1998-05-17)467155
6"Doodler"John TracyMay 31, 1998 (1998-05-31)467156
7"Jealousy"David KendallJune 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 May 25, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (April 20, 1998). "'Kelly Kelly' Has a Feeling of Deja Vu". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  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 2022-05-25.
  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.