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Genre: Teen sitcom
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 8, 2007 – November 23, 2012 (Original run)
June 17, 2021 - present (Revival series)
Network(s): Nickelodeon (Original run)
Paramount+ (Revival series)
Created by: Dan Schneider
Starring: Miranda Cosgrove
Jennette McCurdy
Nathan Kress
Jerry Trainor
Noah Munck
Laci Mosley
Jaidyn Triplett
Seasons: 6 (Original Run)
3 (Revival Series)
Episodes: 109 (Original Run)
TBA (Revival Series)
Next show: Sam & Cat (2013-2014)

iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series, created by Dan Schneider, focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson. The show stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, Jennette McCurdy as Sam, Nathan Kress as Freddie, Jerry Trainor as Spencer, and Noah Munck as Gibby, and was taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset (Season 1–5) and KTLA Studios (Season 6) in Hollywood, California. The show was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Program five times. The series finale, "iGoodbye", aired on November 23, 2012.

In December 2020, Nickelodeon announced an adult-based revival of the series that got released on June 17th, 2021 (streaming now) on Paramount+, with all of the original cast members (except for Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck) reprising their roles in the revival.


Original Series

Carly Shay finds her previously "normal" life turned upside down when her Internet show, "iCarly," becomes an instant smash with young Web heads. With her parents traveling abroad, Carly must rely on the help of friends Sam and Freddie, and her quirky older brother, Spencer, to cope with the newfound success.

Revival Series

Carly, Spencer and Freddie are back, navigating the next chapters in their lives and facing the uncertainties of life in their 20s.

iWhy Both of Them Left It All To Carly

Original Series

  1. This show has many memorable characters (good or bad) like Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer, Gibby, T-Bo, Marissa Benson, Lewbert, Principal Franklin, Nevel Papperman, etc.
    • Freddie, in particular, is debatably the most likeable and relatable of all the characters in the show.
  2. Memorable guest characters.
  3. A lot of famous people like Emma Stone, Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Obama, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, Jack Black, One Direction and many more have guest starred on this show.
  4. A handful of creative, well-paced, and funny episodes, such as:
    • iPilot (which started the original series on a high note)
    • iWant More Viewers
    • iNevel
    • iScream on Halloween
    • iRue the Day
    • iHatch Chicks
    • iFence
    • iWin a Date
    • iGo to Japan
    • iChristmas
    • iTwins
    • iFight Shelby Marx
    • iSaved Your Life
    • iPsycho
    • iBeat the Heat
    • iGot a Hot Room
    • iStill Psycho
    • iHalfoween
    • iLost My Head in Vegas
    • iGoodbye (which ended the original series in an emotional, yet heartwarming, sendoff)
  5. Memorable hilarious moments, especially from Spencer, Gibby, and T-Bo.
  6. A handful of good contributions.
  7. Sometimes deals with serious topics, such as parents in the military and bad Christmas experiences.
  8. Some good morals for everyone, especially the fans. For example, the two-parter, "iStart A Fan War" was made to explain to fans that they focus too much on hypothetical relationships between the characters (aka shipping) and not on what iCarly is meant to do, which is provide comedic entertainment (even if this lesson does contradict itself which is explained how in BQ #5).
  9. In the beginning of "iTake On Dingo", the PlayStation controllers made a cameo appearance!
  10. Hyperactive and realistic acting that gives a sense of reality to the characters.
  11. It had a crossover with Victorious titled "iParty with Victorious". It even had a spin-off series, that wasn't very good, but at least we got to see Sam again along with Gibby as they do not return in the 2021 revival.
  12. Great acting.

Revival Series

  1. The new characters are hilarious, especially Harper. Sadly, Sam isn’t there but her absence was explained and Jennette McCurdy (Sam’s actress) quit acting due to her mental health issues and as well as the embarrassment of her previous roles, which is basically understandable since she doesn't want her reputation to be seen as a short-tempered bully (also considering the fact she played Sam’s flanderized self in Sam & Cat, in which Sam became a complete short-tempered bully).
    • While she had a bad start as a complete brat in the first season, Millicent seems to have thankfully improved in season 2, becoming more tolerable as she grew closer to her family, started to become more nicer to everyone (including Carly), and is less bratty now.
  2. Carly, Spencer and Freddie still have the same personalities from the original series.
  3. The acting is still great.
  4. Some funny quotes such as “You gotta switch it up on a bitch!”.
  5. The new sets are amazing.
  6. Has the same theme song as the original.
  7. Really great writing.
  8. Old characters from the original like, Marissa, Nora, & most importantly, Nevel, have returned for a cameo appearance or the occasional spotlight. Speaking of which, Marissa has become more likable than in the original series, being a more tolerable mother to Freddie and a loving grandmother to Millicent.
  9. We finally get to see Skybucks Coffee after having it only mentioned in the original series.
  10. Even if the transition music isn't the same, it's still really catchy.
  11. ”iReturn to Webicon” was a very hilarious episode and a great way to end season 1.
  12. Finally, after 15 episodes, Gibby was finally mentioned for the first time in the episode iObject, Lewbert!.

iBad Qualities

Original Series

  1. There are a handful of bad episodes like:
  2. Some of the characters are pretty unlikable (although most of them are supposed to be hated):
    • Sam constantly tortures Freddie throughout the show, mostly in the earlier seasons. Luckily, their friendship has improved later on, but their romantic relationship failed.
    • Freddie's mother, Marissa Benson, is extremely overbearing and overprotective. She does redeem herself in the revival series, thankfully.
    • Lewbert Sline is the annoying, short-tempered, and loudmouth doorman (with a large wart on his face) of the building where Carly, Spencer, Freddie and his mother all live in.
    • Ms. Francine Briggs and Mr. Marty Howard, the iCarly gang's school teachers, have overly strict demeanors and mistreat the students for no discernible reason.
  3. Not all of the jokes are funny, and some come off as cringeworthy, immature and rather stereotypical.
  4. The next show, Sam & Cat was a pretty big step-down but we got to see some of our favorite characters again. Thankfully, the revival saved the franchise later on.
  5. Like many popular Nickelodeon shows at the time, the show wasn’t safe from losing quality in its final 3 seasons. But at least it didn’t get as bad as SpongeBob (during its dark age) and The Fairly OddParents did.
    • Season 4, while still good, is weaker than the first 3 seasons, since it has less episodes, making the plots feel a little rushed (especially iSell Penny-Tees), romance started to pop up in small amounts, and the end of the season started the "Seddie arc" in "iOMG".
    • Season 5, while not terrible, is considered the weakest season, as it focused more on romantic relationships than its original purpose: comedy, thus the humor was drastically watered down, and it also had a few bad episodes in the form of the "Seddie" arc (iLost My Mind, iDate Sam & Freddie, iCan't Take It, and iLove You), which started the season on a sour note. Thankfully, Season 6 improved the issues and got the show back to its comedy goodness again.
    • While season 6 is better than seasons 4 & 5, it’s still weaker than the first 3 seasons since while the comedy has improved, romance still popped up every now and then, & Sam's flanderization started to slowly kick in.
  6. Since Sam eats a lot throughout the show, this caused Jennette McCurdy, the person who played Sam, to have an eating disorder in real life, and Jennette even admitted that she had an eating disorder because of this as well. This was also one of the reasons as to why Jenette McCurdy quit her acting career as well.
  7. The segment with Jojo the Gigantic Baby on the iCarly web show is disgusting and unsettling as he’s really just a baby head photoshopped onto an obese man’s body.

Revival Series

  1. Millicent is an extremely unlikable character, as she’s a total brat towards Freddie and Carly (mostly Carly).
    • Thankfully, she seems to have improved in season 2.
  2. Spencer and Carly were really unlikable in “iFauxpologize” (while still a good episode), as they were very mean spirited towards each other.
  3. The show isn't best suited for younger fans of the original show, since there is some language and a ton of adult themes and scenarios that fall under being too risqué for them.
  4. Some of the writing can be weak.
  5. Sam Puckett and Gibby Gibson, who were in the original cast did not return for guest appearances in the revival.
    • This is due to the fact that their actors, Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck, were ashamed of their roles.
  6. As mentioned above, while catchy, the transition screen music is not the same. Plus, after the first episode, the original theme song was shortened.
    • Though thankfully the theme song went back to normal in Episode 13, probably because it was the season finale.
      • However the theme was shorten throughout season 2.
  7. The iCarly webshow isn't as prominent as it was in the original series.
  8. While Sam received several shoutouts in season 1, she did not get any mentions at all in season 2.
  9. While Gibby finally received a mention in season 2, his whereabouts are still unknown.


Original Series

iCarly (2007) has been receiving mixed-to-positive reviews, It currently has a 6.7/10 on IMDb with over 35,200 ratings. Emily Ashby on Common Sense Media rated the show a 3/5.

Revival Series

iCarly (2021) has also been receiving mixed-to-positive reviews, the show currently has a 6.5/10 on IMDb with over 2,000 ratings. Ashley Moulton on Common Sense Media rated the show with a 3/5.

iEpisodes With Their Own Pages

Original Series

Revival Series


  • The show is streaming now Paramount+ as a revival of the original series with Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, and Nathan Kress reprising their roles.
  • Principal Franklin is played by Tim Russ, who also played Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager.
  • Mary Scheer, who portrays Mrs. Benson, also portrayed Gladys on the first two seasons of Bunk'd.
  • Avril Lavigne wrote "I Will Be" (first featured on international editions of "The Best Damn Thing") and "Dancing Crazy" for the album iCarly: iSoundtrack II.



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