Kenan: Grade the Premiere of the Saturday Night Live Star's NBC Sitcom

Tuesday’s debut finds the titular character still struggling to juggle his job as an on-air host and a full house in the wake of his wife Cori’s (Niccole Thurman) death.

That means quickly showering, laying out their clothes, packing their bookbags and assembling lunch — in this case, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — while they sleep.

Rick (Johnson) drops by unannounced, eliciting a high-pitched yelp from the single father and waking his super well-adjusted girls (seriously, they quote their dad’s self-help books and refer to their mom as a “deceased parental figure”).

Over dinner, it’s business as usual with the family until Kenan chides his daughters for wanting a phone so they can be Instagram influencers, joking about their mom coming back from the dead just to drag him to the other side with her.

This prompts Kenan to tell a funny story of how they met on the set of a sitcom in which Cori played his mom, despite being only three years older, because Hollywood is sexist.

The episode wraps with the family curled up on the couch watching old outtakes of Cori and Kenan and their highly inappropriate sexual tension while playing mother and son.

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