Kenan & Kel And Other Classic Nickelodeon Shows Coming To Netflix

Everybody out there go run and tell your homeboys and homegirls it's time for "Kenan & Kel," because Netflix has somehow obtained the rights to some select seasons of classic Nickelodeon shows. In addition to "Kenan & Kel," Netflix will also have select seasons of the sketch comedy show "All That," and "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide." Unfortunately, Netflix has not announced which seasons will be made available, so no word on which era of "All That" fans will have the chance to revisit.

"All That" ran from 1994 through 2000 in its original run before a 2002 relaunch and a revival season in 2019. The series was a huge hit and helped launch the careers of Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Gabriel Iglesias, Katrina Johnson, Kel Mitchell, and Jamie Lynn Spears. Thompson and Mitchell were so popular, it led to their 1996 through 2000 series "Kenan & Kel," which portrayed the two as Chicago high schoolers often thrown into ridiculous hijinks. "Ned's Declassified" debuted in 2004, with Devon Werkheiser playing Ned Bigby, a seventh grader trying to create the perfect survival guide for him and his friends to get through middle school.

It's fascinating to see the shows wind up on Netflix if only because Paramount+ already exists, which has an entire section dedicated to classic Nickelodeon shows, which includes "Kenan & Kel," "All That," and "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide." The additions to Netflix will also only be available in the US, so apologies to any of our readers across the pond who may be missing out.

Thanks for the nostalgia

Netflix may still reign supreme in the streaming wars, but recent decisions have many wondering how long until the Netflix empire finally falls. After their recent wave of layoffs, many of which disproportionally impacted writers of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, viewers have been more critical than ever than of Netflix's supposed "diverse content" in what appears to be nothing more than performative allyship.

"All That," "Kenan & Kel," and "Ned's Declassified" were all seminal shows for Gen X and Millennials, people who have been extremely vocal with their annoyance at Netflix's corporate decision making. It's hard not to see this as a desperate attempt to win back a loss of subscribers by feeding into their nostalgia. One look at the quote tweets on the Netflix announcement seems to prove the point. It's an array of people saying, "They could sense I was about to cancel," excitement about finally getting to revisit their favorite show, and plenty commenting "I see you, Netflix."

The selected seasons will be available on June 21, 2022, unless you want to watch them all on Paramount+ where they've been for a while.