"Why can't the world just see things my way?"
―Show tagline

Being Ian is a Canadian animated series produced by Studio B Productions (now DHX Media Vancouver) and Nelvana Limited for YTV, focusing on 12-year-old Ian Kelley, who aspires to become a filmmaker. It originally aired from January 1, 2005, to November 27, 2008.

The series is created by and based on the early life of actor/writer Ian James Corlett. It is set in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia. Produced in 2004, it debuted January 4, 2005, on YTV. The series aired in the United States on Qubo from September 19, 2009 - October 24, 2009 (it had a short run like Spliced and Class of the Titans), and continues to air on Qubo's Night Owl block. In 2012, YTV stopped airing reruns in Canada, and its Canadian reruns were moved over to Nickelodeon Canada and the defunct BBC Kids. The show is no longer airing on any channel in North America as of now.


It’s not easy Being Ian...“Why can’t the world just see things my way?” The series mixes slapstick silliness with the wry humor of everyday family life. Being Ian features the adventures of Ian Kelley, a 12-year-old boy whose grandiose imagination encourages wild schemes of filmic proportions into his everyday life. As the star of the show, Ian is always at the heart of the action, trying to direct the world around him and incite the brilliance of his mind’s-eye into each situation.


  • This is one of three Qubo shows to regularly feature pop cultural references. The other two are Stickin' Around and Ned's Newt.
  • Occasionaly, the show would reference a real show, also made by what was at the time Studio B Productions, Yvon of the Yukon: a grossout show about the adventures of a French sailor who was frozen for 300 years, which was co-created by Corlett.



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