iCarly (2021 TV series)

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iCarly
ICarly 2021 logo.svg
GenreSitcom
Created byDan Schneider
Starring
Theme music composerMichael Corcoran
Opening theme"Leave It All to Me", sung by Miranda Cosgrove and Drake Bell[1][2]
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Cinematography
  • John Simmons
EditorRichard Candib
Running time23–26 minutes[3]
Production companies
Release
Original networkParamount+
Original releaseJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byiCarly (2007)

iCarly is an American comedy streaming television revival series based on the Nickelodeon 2007 TV series of the same name. The series stars Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley, and Jaidyn Triplett, with Cosgrove, Trainor, and Kress reprising their roles from the original series. It premiered on Paramount+ on June 17, 2021, to positive reviews. In July 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 8, 2022.

Premise[edit]

Nine years after the events of the previous series, Carly Shay has moved back to Seattle, where she shares an apartment with her roommate Harper. Carly's older brother Spencer has become a wealthy artist after accidentally creating a renowned sculpture. Following two divorces and a failed tech start-up, Freddie Benson has moved back to live with his mother, accompanied by his adopted 11-year-old stepdaughter Millicent. All main characters live in Bushwell Plaza, the apartment building where the original show was set. When Carly decides to relaunch her iCarly webshow, she receives help from Spencer, Freddie, and her new friends.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Lyric Lewis as Maeve (season 1), Harper's cousin who pretended to be kidnapped for four years and dates Spencer for some time
  • Poppy Liu as Double Dutch (season 1; guest season 2), a pop singer who hires Harper to be her stylist.[4]
  • Josh Plasse as Wes (season 1; guest season 2), a car mechanic and a former love interest of Carly
  • Mary Scheer as Marissa Benson (seasons 1–2),[5][6] Freddie's mother and Spencer's next-door neighbor. Scheer reprises her role from the original series
  • Conor Husting as Beau (season 1; guest season 2), Carly's ex-boyfriend who breaks up with her at the beginning of the series
  • Mia Serafino as Pearl (season 2), an animal therapist and Freddie's new girlfriend

Guest stars[edit]

  • Danielle Morrow as Nora Dershlit (season 1),[5] an obsessive iCarly super-fan who abducted the iCarly gang multiple times. Morrow reprises her role from the original series
  • Josie Totah as Willow (season 1), an influencer who appears at Spencer's exhibit
  • Alex Wassabi as an ASMR influencer (season 1), who appears at Spencer's exhibit
  • Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman (season 1),[5] a former website critic and nemesis of Carly; Alexander reprises his role from the original series
  • Tim Russ as Ted Franklin (season 1), Carly and Freddie's former principal from Ridgeway; Russ reprises his role from the original series
  • Doug Brochu as Duke Lubberman (season 1), a former student wrestler from Ridgeway; Brochu reprises his role from the original series
  • Amanda Cerny as Harmony (season 1)
  • Skye Townsend as Kiki (season 1), Millicent's scout leader in the Sunshine Girls
  • Christine Taylor as Argenthina (season 1)
  • Carmela Zumbado as Gwen (season 1), Millicent's mother, and Freddie's second ex-wife
  • Drew Roy as Griffin (season 1), Carly's ex-boyfriend; Roy reprises his role from the original series
  • Esther Povitsky as Brooke (season 1), a friend of Carly and Harper's
  • Jeremy Rowley as Lewbert (season 2),[7] the former doorman at Bushwell Plaza. Rowley reprises his role from the original series
  • Ryan Ochoa as Chuck Chambers (season 2), Spencer's former child nemesis; Ochoa reprises his role from the original series
  • Ethan Munck as Guppy (season 2), Gibby's younger brother; Munck, the real life brother of Noah (Gibby), reprises his role from the original series
  • Greg Mullavey as Granddad Shay (season 2), Carly and Spencer’s granddad; Mullavey reprises his role from the original series
  • Tony Amendola as Vinny (season 2), a man who wants to murder Granddad Shay for stealing his coins
  • Rachel Bloom as McKenna (season 2),[8] a matchmaker
  • Josh Peck as Paul (season 2),[9] Carly's manager

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
113June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)August 26, 2021 (2021-08-26)
210April 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)June 3, 2022 (2022-06-03)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [10][11]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [10]Prod.
code [10]
11"iStart Over"Phill LewisAli Schouten & Jay KogenJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)101
Not to be outdone after her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts a web channel with a new girlfriend, Carly decides to relaunch her old webshow. Because Sam is off traveling with a biker gang called the Obliterators, Carly becomes the sole host, receiving rave reviews and high viewership.
22"iHate Carly"Jean SagalSteve Armogida & Jim ArmogidaJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)102
While attempting to track down an online hater named IHateCarly57, Carly dates Justin, who claims never to have seen her webshow. She is horrified when she finds out that Justin is IHateCarly57. Meanwhile, Spencer accidentally blinds himself with pepper spray and asks Freddie to assist him in his day-to-day activities.
33"iFauxpologize"Jean SagalNasser SamaraJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)103
A photo of Carly spitting out a rancid meatball goes viral, interpreted as her reaction to Spencer's art. After Carly offers her angry brother a fauxpology, feeling that she has done nothing wrong, he reworks his art exhibit to attack her. Meanwhile, Millicent blackmails Freddie after she uncovers an old social media post saying he never wanted kids.
44"iGot Your Back"Phill LewisDanny FernandezJune 24, 2021 (2021-06-24)104
To encourage Carly to attend a red-carpet event without her ex-boyfriend, Harper offers her services as a stylist. The friends question how well they really know each other when they cannot agree on an outfit. Meanwhile, Spencer unknowingly sets Freddie up on a date with a sex worker (mistaking her for a gig worker), and has to pay her expensive fees when Freddie decides to keep dating her.
55"iRobot Wedding"Anthony RichKate Stayman-LondonJuly 1, 2021 (2021-07-01)105
Carly and her friends attend Nevel Papperman's robot-themed wedding. Wary of her former nemesis, Carly suspects that Nevel's fiancée is a robot built to mess with her. Meanwhile, Spencer and Harper vie to see who can hook up with the most wedding guests, while Millicent tries to protect Freddie from heartbreak.
66"i'M Cursed"Anthony RichClay LapariJuly 8, 2021 (2021-07-08)106
Believing that her birthday is cursed, Carly always spends the day home alone as a precaution. When Principal Franklin delivers letters that Carly and Freddie once wrote to their future selves, Carly decides to take more risks in her 27th birthday party while Freddie attempts to recapture his youth. Meanwhile, Harper is left dumbstruck when she meets her idol.
77"iNeed Space"Anthony RichFranchesca RamseyJuly 15, 2021 (2021-07-15)107
After Carly and Harper struggle to work in the same apartment, Spencer's new girlfriend Argenthina introduces them to her company, which provides shared workspaces for women. Suspicious of its cultish environment, Carly discovers that Argenthina is spying on her members and selling their data. Meanwhile, Millicent joins the Sunshine Girls, but turns the other kids into workers for her own money-making enterprise.
88"iLove Gwen"Morenike Joela EvansKorama DanquahJuly 22, 2021 (2021-07-22)108
Carly and Millicent mistakenly believe that Freddie and his ex-wife Gwen still have feelings for one another, and plan to get them back together during Millicent's Romeo and Juliet school play. Meanwhile, Spencer and Harper compete for a prize. Spencer makes a set out of toast, while Harper creates Shakespearean costumes for the characters.
99"iMLM"Anthony RichEsther PovitskyJuly 29, 2021 (2021-07-29)109
Carly reunites with Griffin ("iDate a Bad Boy") who introduces her to a sales opportunity that turns out to be a multilevel marketing scheme. After Carly involves Freddie, he quits his job to become a full-time seller. Meanwhile, Harper struggles with her job at Skybucks and decides to quit to focus on her fashion career.
1010"iTake a Girls' Trip"Morenike Joela EvansSarah Jane Cunningham & Suzie V. FreemanAugust 5, 2021 (2021-08-05)110
Carly plans a girls' trip with friends Harper and Brooke, but they cancel at the last minute, leaving her to take the trip with Freddie. The two end up in awkward situations in the hotel's honeymoon suite, especially after Brooke shows up and proposes a threesome. Meanwhile, Spencer falls for Harper's cousin Maeve, who was kidnapped and spent four years at sea.
1111"iCan Fix It Myself"Nathan KressJordan MitchellAugust 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)111
Rather than pay for expensive auto repairs, Carly tries to fix her car on her own, with disastrous results. Meanwhile, Maeve tells Spencer that she faked her own kidnapping, and the two attempt to figure out how they can break the news to Harper, while Harper becomes the personal stylist for an eccentric pop singer named Double Dutch.
1212"iThrow a Flawless Dinner Party"Phill LewisJacques MouledouxAugust 19, 2021 (2021-08-19)112
Freddie programs an app to help Carly cook dinner for her new boyfriend Wes and his grandmother, who dislikes Carly. Meanwhile, Harper deals with work problems with Double Dutch, and Spencer and Maeve decide to end their relationship.
1313"iReturn to Webicon"Phill LewisAli SchoutenAugust 26, 2021 (2021-08-26)113
Carly and friends head to a secluded island to celebrate Carly's lifetime achievement award at Webicon, only to discover that they have no accommodations and that the only other person there is Carly's ex-boyfriend, Beau. While on the island, Millicent and Spencer help a depressed Freddie pitch a new start-up idea to Beau, and Harper and Dutch admit their romantic feelings for each other. Wes and Beau confess their feelings to Carly, but a helicopter saves them from the island before she can decide which one she wants to be with.

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [10][11]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [10]Prod.
code [10]
141"iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now"Phill LewisAli SchoutenApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)201
Following the events of the previous episode, Carly has dumped both Beau and Wes, who have both started a channel together. The internet begins to hate Carly as Beau and Wes call her the "Ice Queen". After an interview with them on iCarly goes awkward, Carly fakes having a relationship with Freddie, who plays along. As a result, fans follow them around, although Freddie soon falls for his animal therapist Pearl. Meanwhile, Spencer plans a launch party for Freddie's therapy dog app, and Harper tries to take care of Dutch's pet dog Kevin.
152"iObject, Lewbert!"Phill LewisDanny FernandezApril 8, 2022 (2022-04-08)205
Carly, Freddie, and Spencer are summoned to court by their former doorman Lewbert Sline, for injuries he suffered on Carly's original web show. He also brings in Guppy, the younger brother of Gibby, and Spencer's archnemesis Chuck Chambers, to make Carly and Freddie look guilty. But Carly eventually discovers that he faked the court case to get back at her. Meanwhile, Millicent tries to bond with Harper.
163"i'M Wild and Crazy"Melissa Joan HartJonathan FenerApril 15, 2022 (2022-04-15)202[12]
After a game of Never have I ever, Carly fears her life is boring and sets up a night out with Harper. Meanwhile, Spencer finds Freddie an office space for his app at the old Groovy Smoothie location.
174"iHire a New Assistant"Phill LewisHeather FlandersApril 22, 2022 (2022-04-22)203
Carly decides to hire her grandfather as her assistant to spend time with him, only to find herself becoming his assistant. Meanwhile, Harper is horrified when she realizes she and Freddie are a perfect match because of his birth chart.
185"iCupid"Anthony RichEliot GlazerApril 29, 2022 (2022-04-29)204
After feeling guilty about Spencer having had to put his personal life on hold to raise her, Carly hires TV matchmaker McKenna to find a perfect match for her brother. However, he ends up falling for McKenna instead, who is not convinced that Spencer is her type. Meanwhile, as Freddie's relationship with Pearl becomes more serious, he looks to put some distance between him and his mother and decides to move out.
196"iBuild a Team"Nathan KressMichael HobertMay 6, 2022 (2022-05-06)206
Carly hires a director named Paul, whom she met in Italy, to help improve her channel. However, Freddie and Paul do not get along very well, which causes Carly to take them to an escape room to try and resolve their differences. Meanwhile, Spencer tries to impress a tough food critic with his new restaurant.
207"iDragged Him"Melissa Joan HartKate Stayman-LondonMay 13, 2022 (2022-05-13)207
Carly and Spencer get the opportunity to audition for a reality adventure competition show together, but Spencer becomes too competitive and thus create tension between the siblings. Meanwhile, Harper styles a group of drag queens while Freddie helps Millicent with her Model UN tournament.
218"i'M a USA Bae"Morenike Joela EvansClay LapariMay 20, 2022 (2022-05-20)208
Carly gets excited when she is picked to be designed for a popular brand of dolls. However, when the company portrays a bad image of her, she begins to question what image she should give her fans. Meanwhile, Harper becomes attracted to the owner of the doll store, and Freddie begins to think that he and Pearl are having trouble with their relationship.
229"iHit Something"Nathan KressKorama DanquahMay 27, 2022 (2022-05-27)209
Feeling humiliated after falling for a prank, Carly contacts an influencer named Sunny who can help her to manage her anger, but is introduced to an underground fight club for influencers. Meanwhile, Freddie and Spencer help Millicent after she is paired with her crush Derek for a school project.
2310"iThrow a Flawless Murder Mystery Party"Morenike Joela EvansJacques MouledouxJune 3, 2022 (2022-06-03)210
Freddie's birthday is coming up, and Carly ends up preparing most of the party after Pearl reveals that she does not know much about his interests. During the party, however, hints that Carly and Freddie may like each other begin to emerge, making Pearl uncomfortable and ultimately running out of the room. Meanwhile, Spencer and Harper try to leave the party early to reach their dates, and Marissa tries to bond with Millicent, who is distracted by her new relationship with Derek.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Former Nickelodeon executive Paula Kaplan contacted Cosgrove with a pitch for a new iCarly series, revolving around Carly and Spencer running a Hype House-like content house with a new generation of influencers taking influence from the iCarly web show. The demographic for the show was planned to be aimed towards kids, following in the same footsteps as other revivals and spin-offs like Disney Channel's Raven's Home and Girl Meets World. "I don't think that any of us would have been up for that [idea]," she says. "What excited me about doing iCarly again was getting to put the characters in situations that we couldn't show before."[13] Cosgrove contacted Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, and Jennette McCurdy about the project. Kress and Trainor were on board with the project, however McCurdy declined. After multiple conversations with the returning cast, Cosgrove requested that the revival series be aimed towards the adults who grew up with it, which ViacomCBS and AwesomenessTV immediately agreed to, unlike the shelved Lizzie McGuire series being developed at Disney+. As the executive producer of the series, Cosgrove wanted to incorporate more mature topics and diversity into the series, as well as nostalgia.[13]

The series was announced in December 2020, with Jay Kogen and Ali Schouten serving as co-showrunners and executive producers. Cosgrove, Kress, and Trainor would reprise their roles from the original series.[14][15] In February 2021, it was reported that Kogen left the project due to "creative differences" with Cosgrove.[16] Later that month, McCurdy confirmed that she would not reprise her role of Sam Puckett for the revival, as a result of quitting acting and feeling embarrassed by her past career.[17] It was also revealed that the revival had been picked up for 13 episodes, with the pilot being directed by Phill Lewis, and written by Kogen and Schouten. In May, the premiere date was revealed to be June 17, 2021, with a teaser image also being revealed.[18][5] On June 1, the first official trailer of the revival was released.[19] On July 15, the series was renewed for a second season.[20]

Casting[edit]

In March 2021, it was reported that Laci Mosley had been cast as Harper, Carly's new roommate and best friend, and that Jaidyn Triplett had been cast as Millicent, Freddie's snarky and social media-obsessed step-daughter.[21] Since the announcement of her casting, Mosley has been the target of attacks from fans who saw her as a replacement for Jennette McCurdy's character from the original. Writer Franchesca Ramsey tweeted in response, "Laci's character Harper isn't replacing Sam. No one could replace Jennette McCurdy or her incredible talent! But it's both racist as hell & completely unfair to decide that Laci hasn't earned her role especially since the show isn't even out yet!!"[22]

Filming[edit]

In March 2021, filming for the revival had officially begun.[21] Production on the first season ended on June 25, 2021.[23] Production on the second season began in October 2021[24][25] and ended on February 2, 2022.[26]

Release[edit]

The first three episodes were released on June 17, 2021, with subsequent episodes releasing weekly until August 26, 2021.[19] The first episode, albeit slightly shortened, aired on Nick at Nite on July 17, 2021.[27] The second season premiered on April 8, 2022.[28][29] Its second aired episode, "iObject, Lewbert!", became the second episode overall to receive a linear airing, leading out of the 2022 Kids' Choice Awards on April 9 on Nickelodeon, as well as an airing on MTV on April 19, 2022.[10]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Critics gave the first season positive reviews. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 6.7/10, based on eight reviews.[30]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2022 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Family TV Show iCarly Won [31]
Favorite Male TV Star (Family) Nathan Kress Nominated
Jerry Trainor Nominated
Favorite Female TV Star (Family) Miranda Cosgrove Won

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