iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007, until November 23, 2012. The series was created by Dan Schneider. It 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. It was taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset (season 1–5) and KTLA Studios (Seasons 6 and 7) in Hollywood, California. The show was originally rated TV-Y7, however, later changed to TV-G. The series finale, "iGoodbye" aired on November 23, 2012.
When Carly and her sassy best friend Sam act funny at a school talent show audition, tech-savvy Freddie tapes it and posts it online without telling them. After seeing the girls' strong chemistry and banter, the online audience clamors for more and the iCarly webcast is born. While grappling with typical issues of adolescence, Carly, Sam, and Freddie find out that they have also become online celebrities as their show – which features talent contests, recipes, problem-solving, and random dancing – garners international accolades.
Carly lives in Seattle, Washington with her 26-year-old brother and guardian Spencer and produces the show in a makeshift third-floor studio loft in their apartment. Their mother has never been seen or mentioned, but their father, Steven Shay, is a U.S. Air Force officer temporarily stationed on a submarine, and is often mentioned but is only seen in person during the series finale episode, “iGoodbye”.
Crossover with Victorious
On June 11, 2011, an episode of iCarly called "iParty with Victorious" was aired. The plot involves Carly Shay (from iCarly) dating a boy named Steven Carson. Every other month, he goes to Los Angeles where he is dating another girl named Tori Vega (from Victorious). Robbie Shapiro, a friend of Tori's, posts a picture of Tori and Steven together online. Carly later finds the picture and wonders if Steven is cheating on her. Carly, her brother Spencer, and friends Sam, Freddie, and Gibby find out that a party is being held in Los Angles and that Tori will be going. They decide to go to the party to find out the truth.
Most of the cast of Victorious and iCarly are present in this episode. The characters from iCarly (Carly, Spencer, Gibby, Freddie, and Sam) and the characters from Victorious (Tori, Cat, Robbie, Jade, Beck, Andre, Sikowitz, and Sinjin) appear. Sam and Cat do not meet so this allows for them to meet in the pilot episode of Sam & Cat. Even though this episode has the cast from both shows, it is counted as an iCarly episode. This is the only episode of iCarly that Ariana Grande is in.
Webisodes Ariana was in
- A Random Debate With iCarly and Victorious!
- Gibby's Head Gets Hitched!
- iCrush It - Gibby's Choice (featuring Ariana Grande)
- iBathe It - A Cat (with Ariana Grande)
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