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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Interactive show raises social media issues for tweens.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 151 parent reviews

age 18+

Racist script

I'm so disappointed in this show. The casual racism and profiling is disgusting. The scene with the polish kid who calls into Carly's Internet show has a terrible fake accent, that the girls then mimcik, badly. And then turn off saying something about lets stick to ppl who speak our language. I almost spat my breakfast out. My kids are now banned from this show. Should be a safe place. How dare you fill kids heads with that sort of prejudice. How this has been allowed for a young audience is beyond me.
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age 9+

Loud and lacking in moral worth

Unlike older Nickelodeon shows (Sister Sister, Sabrina, etc), this show has little to no moral substance, and is full of loud violent attempts at humour. The Sam character often lashes out physically when annoyed, which always receives a laugh despite being inappropriate. Jokes are also made about an older women forcibly kissing a young man (teen?) in one episode, and when he asserts that she forced herself on him, she says "Don't pretend you don't love it". Using sexual assault as humour is very worrying, and it's a "joke" which certainly wouldn't be made if the genders were reversed.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (151 ):
Kids say (636 ):

iCarly gives tweens the opportunity to step outside reality and live vicariously through the colorful characters' lives. Few rules exist for Carly and her friends, due mostly to the absence of a credible authority figure, and they've achieved stardom by taking their personal views to the uncensored airwaves. In other words, theirs isn't 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.

That's 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.

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