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An American sitcom, 'iCarly' was loved by the teens for its comic timings and storyline.

Starring Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, the 2007 TV series showed her journey of producing her web show 'iCarly' from a makeshift studio in the apartment where she lived with her elder brother, Spencer. However, Carly Shay was not alone. Her two friends: Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson: accompanied her in this journey.

Created by Dan Schneider, the TV series had a run from September 8, 2007, to November 23, 2012, on Nickelodeon. There were six seasons and 109 episodes. Apart from Miranda, the cast members included Jennette McCurdy (Sam Puckett), Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson), Jerry Trainor (Spencer), and Noah Munck (Gibby, friend of Carly, Freddie, and Sam) in the leading roles. The show was co-produced by Robin Weiner and Arthur Gradstein, among others.

This series is considered one of Nickelodeon's hit shows to date. Such was the show's popularity that the 'iCarly' reboot premiered on June 17, 2021.

Storyline & Production

The story starts with an innocent Carly Shay, the main character, taking the blame for photoshopping their teacher Ms. Briggs's head onto a rhinoceros body to save her best friend, Sam. If found guilty, Sam, who already had a bad record, would be expelled from school.

However, Ms. Briggs was quick to find the truth and, as a punishment, asked Carly to take the talent show auditions of the school on Saturday.

Since it was Sam's fault, Carly made Sam tag along.

Lovesick Freddie, played by Nathan Kress, agreed to help them tape the auditions so that he could be around Carly.

The audition turned out to be boring apart from a few exceptions, and Freddie started to videotape Carly and Sam when they started to lighten up the mood by making fun of Ms. Briggs.

Later, Freddie downloaded the footage of the girls making jokes about Ms. Briggs instead of the auditions by mistake.

Though the trio tried to get it down, the weekend came in between, and over 23,000 people got the opportunity to enjoy their banter.

People loved their video so much that a few even posted it online, giving the trio the idea to launch their web show 'iCarly.'

The internet show was about talent contests and random dancing that soon got noticed worldwide. The show became a success instantly, which changed the lives of the teenagers.

As the story goes forward, it showcased the challenges the trio faced in terms of feuds with other creators, influencing-marketing scandal, and so on.

Carly's father, a US air force officer, used to stay out of the station due to his work. Though he was often mentioned, he only appeared on the final episode of the series' iGoodbye', where Carly finally kissed Freddie before leaving for Italy.

Throughout the season, Carly stayed with her big brother, played by Jerry Trainor.

One thing that remained unsolved till the end of the series was Freddie's Spanish outbursts, though Dan Scheider often said that it would be revealed in a future episode.

Initially, Dan Schneider wanted to make a show, wherein Carly, an ordinary girl, gets a chance to star in her beloved show 'Starstruck,' which also happened to be the show's title.

However, later he decided to let Carly have her own internet show, and in November 2006, he disposed of his Starstruck script and, in December, wrote the pilot for iCarly; it was shot in January.

Schneider came up with the idea of the show's name with his friend, producer Steven Molaro. Initially, the lead girl's name was Sam, but since the URL for 'iSam' was taken, he had to change it. Later, he settled down for 'iCarly,' and the girls' names were changed to Carly and Sam from Sam and Kiara.

The name Freddy Benson was popular even before Nathan Kress portrayed it in this series as Steve Martin played a character of this name in the 1964 'Bedtime Stories.'

After the fourth season, Nickelodeon announced that the fifth season would begin in April 2012.

The final season of 15 episodes started in March 2012.

The series also welcomed several high-profile guest stars like Michelle Obama, Emma Stone, and Jimmy Fallon during its run.

The series had eight special episodes. 'iFight Shelby Marx,' 'iDate a Bad Boy,' 'iPsycho,' and 'iLook Alike' to name a few.

In 2011, a special TV movie, 'iParty' with Victorious, was aired, bringing together the characters Carly Shah and Tori Vega.

'iCarly' portrayed the growing use and popularity of social media.

Audience Reception

The show soon became an internet sensation introducing the three teenagers to the challenges of balancing their everyday lives and the newfound fame. Here are a few facts about the audience's reaction to this hit show.

Though critics remained divided about their reviews, the series was a hit show among audiences.

Among the critics, About.com's Carey Bryson gave it 2.5 stars, and Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave it three stars.

The series got nominated five times for an Emmy award under the Outstanding Children's Program category.

The January 2010 'iCarly' episode, 'iSaved Your Life,' was the second most-viewed television broadcast in the history of Nickelodeon. It secured a record 11.2 million viewership.

In the US, the pilot show premiered on September 8, 2007, to 4.1 million viewers and the second episode on the same day to 3.9 million viewers.

The series recorded its lowest viewership of 2.4 million viewers on June 9, 2012.

It was rerun on TeenNick after its final episode ended on Nickelodeon. You can also stream the episodes online on Netflix and Paramount Plus.

In 2009, the show won three awards, followed by six awards in 2010, seven awards in 2011, two awards each in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The series theme song, four songs by Miranda Cosgrove, and various tracks by guest artists were also appreciated.

The series' success led to the launch of two spin-offs: Sam and Cat, in which Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande were paired, and Gibby, featuring Gibby Gibson, played by Noah Munck.

Social & Cultural Impact

Even before social media was a part of everyone's lives, the American sitcom showed us the influence of social media in modern lives.

It also made people realize that anyone with a camera, humor, and access to the internet can rise to fame.

The sitcom also gave people a glimpse of how videos of individuals shot from their homes can go viral, bringing them recognition and fame.

It successfully captured the essence of YouTube and its connection with viewers through a fictional platform SplashFace, which was nothing but a YouTube clone.

The show allowed aspirants to upload their own comedy videos on the 'iCarly' website.

It was a typical sitcom, but it showed people a new future of programming that gradually became a part of the digital era.

Since its premiere, live streaming culture and technology have rapidly developed.

Spaghetti tacos became a wild frenzy after it was featured in this show.

Ten years after its premiere, the 'iCarly' revival TV series was launched in June 2021, which showed Carly relaunching the website with the help of his old and new friends.


Q: What is iCarly's real name?

A: Initially, Dan Schneider wanted to produce a show Starstruck with the character Carly Shay to be played by Miranda Cosgrove. Later, he changed the script and wrote a new pilot, and named it 'iCarly.'

Q: How many seasons are in iCarly?

A: The Nickelodeon series has six seasons.

Q: Where was iCarly filmed?

A: The filming of this series was done in Los Angeles, California. The primary location for the first five seasons was Nickelodeon on Sunset. The cast and crew shifted to KTLA Studios in Hollywood for the final season.

Q: How old is Freddie from iCarly?

A: Freddie was a teenager in the show. Nathan Kress, who played Freddie, is now 29 years old.

Q: Who plays Nora in iCarly?

A: Danielle Morrow played the character of the obsessive fan of the 'iCarly' internet show, Nora Dershit.

Q: How old is Spencer from iCarly?

A: Spenser was in his late 20s when the series was filmed.

Q: What is the plot of iCarly?

A: The series narrates the journey of a teenager who creates her own web show with the aid of her friends: Sam and Freddie.

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