iCarly is a Nickelodeon sitcom which ran for five seasons from September 8, 2007 to November 23, 2012. It starred Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor and Noah Munck. The series is created and executive produced by Dan Schneider. The series focuses on a girl named Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress).
In December 2020, a revival of the series was ordered by Paramount+ with Cosgrove, Kress, and Trainor returning.
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Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is a 13-year-old girl who is the star and host of her own popular web show named iCarly, which she produces with her two best friends, Sam and Freddie. Sam acts as her co-host, while Freddie is the technical producer. Sam is always torturing Freddie as Carly often has to break up fights between them, although sometimes, Carly is Sam's opponent in certain fights, and in those cases, Freddie becomes the mediator. She lives with her 26-year-old brother Spencer in the Bushwell Plaza, a fictional apartment building in Seattle. Her father is in the Air Force and stationed on a submarine (it is said in the first episode that he is currently in Europe), and it's unclear what happened to her mother. Carly is known as a local celebrity which sometimes helps her get out of sticky situations, but remains an average teenage girl who never lets fame get to her head. Carly is quite intelligent and hates to lie about anything or anyone, implied in the episode iPromise Not to Tell, where she was overcome by guilt when forced to keep Sam's troublemaking a secret. Carly has very high grades in school and was even offered a scholarship to Briarwood Academy, an elite private school.
Samantha "Sam" Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) is Carly's best friend and co-host of iCarly. While she's also friends with Freddie, their relationship is strained at best, since Sam enjoys torturing Freddie, although they shared their first kiss together implying that they will soon start to have feelings for each other. Sam tends to be the opposite of her best friend; Carly is the level-headed one, Sam is argumentative, hot-tempered, sarcastic, stubborn, intimidating, and has poor impulse control. Sam is almost always at Carly's apartment to get away from her family; it's implied that she has a dysfunctional home life and an unreliable mother, who apparently never wakes up before 12:00, and is supported more by Sam than vice versa. It is said to be that a majority of Sam's family is either on parole or in jail. Sam is a bit of a bully, her main targets being Freddie, classmate Gibby, and anyone else who crosses her, and will also insult any girl who is attracted to Freddie. Sam is also a troublemaker and extremely lazy, and as a result she often gets in trouble with Principal Franklin and other authority figures. She has a twin sister named Melanie (also portrayed by Jennette McCurdy) who is her polar opposite.
Fredward Benson "Freddie" (Nathan Kress) is the technical producer of iCarly and Carly's neighbour who lives across the hall, where he stays with his obsessively protective mother. He once had a huge crush on Carly, though Carly has made it clear that she is not interested; later on, it is hinted that he may have gotten over her. In turn, many other girls have had a crush on him from time to time. While he and Sam are actually best friends, he bears the brunt of her abuse and they have a somewhat unreliable relationship. Yet Freddie and Sam shared their first kiss together after Sam apologizes to him, implying that they will soon end up together in the show. Freddie has had three dates so far: Valerie, an iCarly fan with ulterior motives, in the episode iWill Date Freddie, and Shannon, a girl who had a huge crush on him (possibly even bigger than his crush on Carly), whom he went on a triple date along with Carly, Sam, Gibby, and Reuben, a kid who went to iCarly's group's school and had a crush on Sam, also spoke in a made-up language only Gibby understands and also Sam. Freddie is also particularly close to Carly's brother Spencer, whom he tends to rely on as an older male figure.
Spencer (Jerry Trainor) is Carly's 26-year-old brother and legal guardian. He is an artist by profession and is an impressive sculptor. He is goofy, weird, and sometimes immature (which sometimes embarrasses Carly), but he has also proven to others that he is a responsible guardian to Carly in the episode iWanna Stay With Spencer. Spencer went to law school for three days, and his marginal law knowledge has occasionally proven useful to Carly and her friends, such as in the episode iPromote Techfoots, when Carly and the gang use Spencer as their lawyer to get out of a contract with Daka Shoes. As a running gag, whenever Spencer builds or fixes something, it tends to burst into flames spontaneously.
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|iHave a Web Show!||Carly becomes an Internet star when footage of her hosting a school talent show is posted to the Web, resulting in a weekly variety-show Webcast made by her and her friends; Plans to attract more viewers go wrong when Sam and Carly pit their ideas against those of Spencer and Freddie.|
|iWanna Stay!||The focus of Carly's next Webcast is what mean teachers do outside of the classroom. So Carly and Freddie trail the grumpy Miss Briggs, but end up stuck inside her home; Carly's grandfather makes a surprise visit and is none too thrilled by Spencer's unusual behavior, so he questions his ability to be in charge. Carly must convince him that her brother is up to the task of being her guardian.|
|iHave a Record!||Carly tries to break the record for the longest Webcast and must keep the show going for more than 24 hours. Meanwhile, Spencer builds a giant sculpture downstairs; Carly risks receiving a bad review when she insults the annoying 11-year-old who runs a popular site that rates Webcasts.|
Columbia Records and Nickelodeon Records has released a soundtrack for the show entitled iCarly: Music From and Inspired by Hit Show. It includes the theme song, four original songs by the iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, several tracks by guest artists, and cast dialogue.
Home video releases
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The iCarly.com website contains many promotional videos by the cast (as their respective characters), as well as content created and sent in by viewers. Other things on the site include a characters' blog, pictures from the set, songs, and comments from viewers. Many fictional websites from this show and other TEENick shows redirect to this page.
On October 1, 2008, Nickelodeon began airing a weekday block called, "iCarly Webbiest Wednesday" at 5/4c. It mainly shows is an encore of the previous new episode, and features scenes of the forthcoming episode, as well as previews from the numerous video clips found in the official iCarly website.
Video Segments on the website
The website based on the show has repeated video segments. Some of them start with "i" to match the show's title.
Random Debates- This segment features two of the four main characters (always sitting on or in something strange like a bathtub or swings). The two characters debate about two things that have nothing to do with each other such as spoons and roller coasters or milk and hammers.
Hey! What Am I Sitting On?- In this segment a character is blindfolded and must sit on an object in the "Chair of Wonder" (a chair shaped like a giant hand) and they have twenty seconds to guess what they are sitting on. Sam always seems to guess it right before 20 seconds is up.
iHave a Question- In this segment Sam, Freddie, and Spencer try to answer questions sent in by viewers, but never do. Sometimes the viewers shown with a strange appearance are actually actors, rather than non-actors.
iCrush It- In this segment Spencer crushes items with a sledgehammer.
Wake up Spencer- In this segment Freddie and Sam wake up Spencer at a very early time in the morning and ask him random stuff or tell him random stuff, such as "Spencer, you left the milk in the fridge!" or "Spencer, what's 1+1?" Because Spencer is half asleep, he is very confused and also says random things.
"Who's that Wierdo in my Neighborhood"- Shows weirdos by Freddie's hidden cameras near Carly's neighborhood.
"Hey Hey Hey Hey! What am I Licking?"- Like Hey! What Am I Sitting On the character is blind folded and is asked to lick an object and guess what they are licking.
Happy Baby, Sad Baby - A segment where Carly and Sam show random things and see if baby Spencer likes it or not. This segment was shown in iWas a pageant girl.
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The iCarly cast was live from Pauley Pavilion in Hollywood, where the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards is held. The cast aired from 9/8c - 11/10c. Carly, Sam, Freddie, and Spencer were at the Kids' Choice Awards because Spencer was hired to make a Kids' Choice Awards Blimp out of wieners. Although Spencer was working hard on his sculpture, he happened to peek around the show, like the gift bags for the celebrities, going into Jack Black's Dressing Room, and stealing some cocktail wienies from the snack table. In the end, his sculpture was destroyed when the snack lady attacked him.
iCarly received mixed reviews from critics. It has a 6.5/10 on IMDb.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite TV Show (Nominated)
- 2009 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite TV Show (Won)
- 2010 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite TV Show (Won)
- 2011 Kids' Choice Awards: Favorite TV Show (Won)
|Media||Episodes (Seasons: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5) • DVDs • iCarly Saves TV • iGo to Japan • iDate A Bad Boy • iFight Shelby Marx • iStart a Fan War • iPsycho • iParty with Victorious|
|Characters||Carly Shay • Freddie Benson • Sam Puckett • Spencer Shay • Main characters|
|Cast||Miranda Cosgrove • Jerry Trainor • Jennette McCurdy • Nathan Kress|
|The Amanda Showv • t • e|
|Main cast||Amanda Bynes • Drake Bell • Nancy Sullivan • Raquel Lee • Johnny Kassir • Josh Peck|
|Sketches and characters||Amanda's Jacuzzi • Blockblister • Commercials • Crazy Courtney • Crime Fighting Cheerleaders • Cynthia Worthington • Dooper • Hillbilly Moment • Judge Trudy • Marcy Stimple • Melody & Thad • Mr. Gullible • Mr. Oldman • Moody's Point • Penelope Taynt • Stop-motion Amanda • The Dare Show • The Girls' Room • The Extremes • The Klutzes • Tony Pajamas • Totally Kyle • When... Attack|
|Related series||All That • Drake and Josh • iCarly|
|Other||Episodes • Video releases • Taran Killam • Danny Bonaduce • E.E. Bell • Dan Schneider|