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Created by: Dan Schneider
Starring: Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, and Noah Munck (Seasons 1-3, recurring; season 4, regular)
Theme music composer: Michael Corcoran
Opening theme: "Leave It All to Me", sung by Miranda Cosgrove and Drake Bell
Country of origin: United States
No. of Seasons: 4
No. of episodes: 83
Executive producer: Dan Schneider
Producers: Robin Weiner (supervising producer), Joe Catania, Bruce Rand Berman (season 2-present)
Locations: Seattle, Washington (setting), Nickelodeon On Sunset, Hollywood, California (taping location)
Camera setup: Videotape (filmized); Multi-camera
Running time: 23 minutes (most episodes), without commercials), 45 minutes (5 episodes, without commercials), 73 minutes (three episodes without commercials)
Production company: Schneider's Bakery, Nickelodeon Productions
Original Channel: Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, YTV
Picture format: 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format: Stereo
Original run: September 8, 2007 (2007-09-08) - present
Status: Returning series
Related shows: Victorious
Carly is an American sitcom that focuses on a girl named Carly Shay who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam and Freddie. The series was created by Dan Schneider, who also serves as executive producer. It stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly, Jennette McCurdy as Sam, Nathan Kress as Freddie, Jerry Trainor as Spencer, and Noah Munck as Gibby. The show is taped at Nickelodeon On Sunset in Hollywood, California.
iCarly is currently airing. Miranda Cosgrove signed a seven-figure deal.
Carly and Sam have are best friends who are forced as punishment into filming auditions for their school talent show. Freddy, Carly's neighbor, turns out to be a techno geek. He volunteers to serve as the audio/video person so the girls can record the auditions. When the girls take a break from the auditions and have a private conversation they aren't aware that their conversation is being filmed by Freddie. Freddie turned the camera on the girls without them being aware. The girls get into gossip about the teacher who is making them film. Freddie uploads the video onto the internet for the teacher to view later. He accidentally includes the conversation that the girls had. The teacher is one of many viewers who catch the entertaining moment. The girls get a lot of encouraging comments about their funny conversation and Carly decides if people want more then they should get more. iCarly is born, the show not a fictional character with a hundred antannae and three fingers who knows how to make roast chicken.
The girls have always been friends. Freddie becomes part of the show because his techno knowledge. The show allows people to send in talent video, and general comments. Some features include Random Dancing, a bit where Spencer is a baby in a crib or stroller and the girls feed him salsa and other food, short skits depicting real and not so real life situation, as well as other great bits.
Miranda Cosgrove (as compared to Carmen Miranda) plays a teenaged girl living with her twenty-six year old brother/guardian, Spencer. She, along with Sam and Freddie record iCarly on the 3rd floor of her brother's loft/apartment. Her mother isn't mentioned but her father is said to be serving in the U.S. Air Force (not the Royal Canadian Air Farce--another great show).
The building where the loft is shown to be The Bushwell Plaza. The reality is that the outside shots of the building are digitally altered images of the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles. It's possible that you don't care but you may just want to go to Log Angeles and have your picture taken next to or near the Eastern Columbia Building.
Season 4 main characters: (left to right) Gibby Gibson (Noah Munck), Spencer Shay (Jerry Trainor), Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove), Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress), and Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy)
Carlotta "Carly" Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is the star of iCarly, the sitcom and the webshow. Her friends Sam and Freddie costar with her. Carly is generally the "straight man" of the comic duo (with Sam). If you compare Carly and Sam to Abbott and Costello, Carly is Abbott and Sam is Costello. Click here to see who Abbott and Costello are. Carly is a straight A student...well she would be if not for one mean teacher. You can check out the show to find out more about that. She is a good two shoes but gets in to trouble when she covers for Sam. The principal knows Carly and generally resolves the situation by punishing Sam and giving Carly words of wisdom.
Samantha "Sam" Puckett (Jennette McCurdy). She is the comic sidekick to Carly. Like I said above Sam is like Costello in the comedy duo of Abbott and Costello. Click here to see who Abbott and Costello are. Sam is generally a trouble maker. She gives Gibby a wedgie now and then or sprays cheese in his pants or ..... watch the show. She is fun and creative and love Carly, as a friend.....it is a kid show.....with some characters the older crowd will recognize. Sam tortures Freddie every chance she gets.
Fredward "Freddie" Benson (Nathan Kress) is the third member of the dynamic trio. He is Carly's neighbor and friend. Is the technical part of the show. He does the camera work, the audio work, the special effects, and anything Carly wants. Oh yeah.....he loves Carly. She's doesn't feel the same way.......or does she? Carly doesn't purposely use Freddie to get things done, except when it is for the better good. She would say "Please, for me....." and Freddie will do whatever she says. As I mentioned she wouldn't make him do anything just for the heck of it.
Spencer Shay (Jerry Trainor) is Carly's goofy but responsible older brother and legal guardian. He is an artist who loves to sculpt. He makes art out of anything he can find or using material from a clients line of business. He can be very childish but he's always fun and that's what makes him a great guardian for Carly. He knows and trusts Carly and he gives her a lot of freedom to do what she wants.
Gibby Gibson (Noah Munck) is a whacky kid that is Carly, Sam, and Freddie's friend. He takes his shirt of. He just does. He also dances on tables in restaurants. He gets chicks and the gang wonders how. We later learn he is a smart, good kid .... who loves to take his shirt off. In the beginning he was just an amusing character that the gang tolerated but later he is gets involved in their shenanigans.......ow my tongue hurts......schemes, adventures, something other then shenanigan.....yike I did it again. I used to work in a Greek law firm. Boy, some of those names would give you a mental hernia, if you didn't stretch first. I later worked in another law firm where I heard and said a lot of interesting names. One name that was like shenanigan was Shanmanathan.......That's someone's last name......llllleeeettt me go stttrech my tongue....
Marissa Benson (Mary Scheer) is Freddie's mom. She is overprotective. She makes him sign forms to prove he washed his hands. She won't let him do a lot of things. There was the incident where Freddie got his by a taco truck.......watch the show or go to the iCarly site or YouTube. Oh yeah .... one time she put cream on Freddie's face to protect him from cloud exposure.
Lewbert (Jeremy Rowley) is the doorman for the building where Carly, Spencer, and Freddie live. He is loud and annoying. He tries to protect building from everything, including it's own tenants. Oh and he has a huge wart on his face. I swear it winked at me. I just tried to think of Cindy Crawford........ For you kids out there.... Cindy has a mole on her face but it's a beauty mole. Lewbert's mole could eat a small child.
Nevel Papperman (Reed Alexander) is a kid who has a website that rates other websites on the net. He calls it nevelocity (nevelocity.com). He had offered to interview Carly for his site and she agreed so she could get a good rating for her site. At the interview Nevel asks Carly for a kiss on the lips but Carly is not willing and instead of politely excusing herself she showers Nevel with guacamole. From there on Nevel does everything he can to make Carly "rue" her actions....or was it rue the day or something like that. Anyway he sabotages iCarly on many occasions but get foiled by good...that would be Carly and her gang.
Terrance jetter bo T-Bo (Boogie) is the manager at the Groovy Smoothie. He is often trying to sell customers food items such as bell peppers, bagels, and tacos, always impaled on a stick.
Guppy Gibson (Ryan Ochoa) is Gibby's younger brother. He is often just there. He is like most kids. He doesn't have any real defining character traits. Guppy just appears in different scenes and becomes part of the scenery. I remember one end credit scene where Spencer and Guppy are just sitting and eating food and Spencer makes weird faces at him. Guppy giggles. That goes on until the credits finish and we have to wait for the next excellent iCarly adventure.
Chuck Chambers (Ryan Ochoa) is an annoying kid in the Shays' apartment building who frequently torments Spencer. He plays a similar character on Pair of Kings. On that show he is Lanny and misses his chance to be king what the two "twin" brothers arrive to be kings.
Dan Schneider, the creator of iCarly and Victorious has confirmed via his Facebook and Twitter that a crossover special between the two shows is now completed, as of August 29, 2010. Later that night the script was sent out and the following day it went into production. Production lasted about three weeks. The episode aired on June 11, 2011. The episode is a 3-part movie.
Season 4 onward
In late January 2011, while doing press for her North American Dancing Crazy concert tour, Miranda Cosgrove began telling news sources that she was looking forward to returning to Hollywood to begin filming a 5th season of iCarly.  On January 27, 2011 Cosgrove told Cleveland Live News "We're getting ready to start the next season, right after the tour. I would be willing to do the show as long as people like it and as long as it works." On January 28, 2011, Reuters news agency also reported that Cosgrove was preparing to begin filming a 5th season of iCarly, and on February 3, 2011 Cosgrove told The Middletown Press, when speaking of the show and her co-stars Jennette McCurdy and Nathan Kress, ďIíve known them since I was little. I canít wait to get back. Iím really comfortable doing (iCarly). Itís like my home away from home.Ē Cosgrove concluded her Dancing Crazy concert tour on February 24, 2011, and Jennette McCurdy finished her Generation Love mall tour on April 14, 2011. The entire cast did not even get together until the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards. Miranda Cosgrove recently confirmed that filming would resume shortly. At the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards, Jerry Trainor stated that filming would resume in May.
Dan Schneider announced in a Twitter post that they would be wrapping up on Season 4 with 13 more episodes, completing the original 26-episode order that was first announced in October 2010. On April 14, 2011, Nickelodeon officially announced the 5th season renewal of iCarly with production beginning in 2012 with the episodes airing later that year.
Some minor alterations have been made for transmission in markets where the series is dubbed. In the German version (but not on all transmitted episodes) the intro music lyrics are in German. Episode titles mostly are unchanged when the series is dubbed.
Columbia Records and Nickelodeon Records has released a soundtrack for the show entitled iCarly. It includes the theme song and four original songs by Miranda Cosgrove. Several tracks by guest artists and cast dialogue are also included.
In reality, 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 features on the site include characters' blogs, pictures from the set, songs, games, and comments from viewers. Many fictional websites from this show redirect to this page. For example, Zaplook, SplashFace, ToonJuice, CraigsMix, Nevelocity,GirlyCow.com, Chickipedia.com, WebFlicks.com, RadioDingo.com, PillowMyHead.com, AggressiveParenting.com, SamPuckett.com, TheValerieShow.com, Beavecoon.org, NeverWatchiCarly.com, iSnarly.com, SprayYourChildren.com, and any other website mentioned on the show redirect to this page.
An animated PC hidden object game, iCarly: iDream in Toons, was released by Nickelodeon on their Nick Arcade. Jerry Trainor is the only actor from the cast who lends his voice to the game, the rest of the characters' speech being dubbed with typing sounds on a keyboard.
On May 13, 2009, Nickelodeon announced they had reached an agreement with Activision to produce an iCarly video game for the Nintendo DS and Wii. The game was released October 28, 2009. The cast lend their voices in the videogame. A sequel, iCarly 2: iJoin the Click, was released on November 16, 2010 for the same platforms.
On January 11, 2010, the official iCarly Facebook page announced the release of an application called "Sam's Remote" exclusively for iPhone and iPod Touch. This app consists of Sam's remote, which she uses on live casts of iCarly in the show, where one pushes different buttons and they make silly sound effects. Available through the iTunes App Store for $1.99 download.
iCarly Reader series
iCarly Novel series
iCarly received mixed reviews from critics. Carey Bryson of About.com, gave the show 2 1/2 stars, concluding "The show's comedic elements don't all rest on the irreverent, though, there are some clever storylines and even a few touching moments. Overall, the show has some great comedy, interesting stories, and fun actors; however, parents may have some concern over the idea that the kids rule everything without much need or regard for authority figures, and much of the comedy centers around rude remarks and put-downs. Some episodes of the show also contain significant content around dating and relationships, with Carly kissing a boy in at least one of them.
It is also important to note that the characters in the show encourage kids to log on to the website and submit videos, ideas, or pretty much anything else they want. Some of those submissions could even end up on the TV show. Kids will have a lot of fun taking such an active part in the show, but a good discussion about internet safety and your family's online-related rules is warranted, especially if kids are going to send in videos of themselves.".
The show was awarded 3 stars and rated "On" for ages 8 and up by Common Sense Media reviewer Emily Ashby. Emily praised that "The show isn't designed to be educational, per se, but young viewers will learn a bit about interacting with media.", though warned parents about the slapstick violence and "Hand-holding, flirting, hugging, references to boobs, and other aspects of teen relationships are mild in nature.", stating "iCarly gives tweens the opportunity to step outside reality and live vicariously through the colorful charactersí lives. Few rules exist for Carly and her friends, due mostly to the absence of a credible authority figure, and theyíve achieved stardom by taking their personal views to the uncensored airwaves. In other words, theirs isnít a lifestyle easily emulated by viewers, but the fact that the show makes it so appealing is good reason for parents to do a reality check, reminding kids of the dangers of cyberbullying in particular.
Thatís not to say the show is all bad, though. Much of it is laugh-out-loud funny, it boasts a colorful cast of characters (thanks to a very talented cast) and it reflects the technological nature of modern social interactions. Tweens will relate to the characters and their realistic issues with friends, family, and school, and parents will be relieved to know that there's little content that's worrisome for their kids.".