Kelly Kelly is an American sitcom television series starring Shelley Long and Robert Hays. The series premiered April 20, 1998 on The WB.[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.

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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]

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