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iCarly Saves TV

Tween-friendly special has lots of online tie-ins.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Adults come off as obsessive and out of touch with youth. The most accessible authority figure is Carly's older brother, but he's often more immature than she is. Carly and her friends must choose between TV fame and remaining true to their values.

Violence & scariness

A little bit of slapping, hitting, and the like, but they're obviously just for humor.

Sexy stuff

Some very mild flirting, and one reference to someone being "hot." A teen dedicates a love song to Carly.

Not applicable

Multiple references are made throughout the show to its website, iCarly.com, and viewers are encouraged to surf the information and additional footage available there.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the regular iCarly series, this TV special features plenty of plugs for the show's website, including a strong sales pitch that tempts viewers with promises of extra clips. That said, if kids and parents watch together, this show could prompt great discussions about Internet rules and safety, as well as issues like how fame impacts values and maintaining the integrity of your personal beliefs. Content-wise, the special is quite tame, with negligible boy/girl dynamics and virtually no iffy behavior -- although the few authority figures in the show are cast in a pretty negative light, coming off as over-protective, out of touch, and, in one case, happy to take advantage of the teens.

What's the story?

In ICARLY SAVES TV, a TV station takes an interest in iCarly, the popular Web-based show created by Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) and her friends Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress). Though the prospect of crossing over to TV is exciting at first, the teens soon grow disenchanted with the changes the new producers make to the show's format. Eventually Carly is forced to decide between her new fame and the values she holds most dear.

Is it any good?


For tweens already familiar with the characters and format of the regular iCarly series, there's very little about this TV special that will jump out as new. The special's content is still tween-friendly, and Cosgrove and McCurdy are again at their witty best. The only point of contention for parents may be the somewhat jaded way the special treats its adult characters, presenting them as exaggerated extremes -- an overly protective mother, an irresponsible older brother/guardian, and a TV producer who scams the naïve teens.

If this is your tweens' first introduction to this Web-integrated series, know that they'll be bombarded with reminders -- both audio and visual -- to visit the show's website for information, character insight, etc. Take the opportunity to have a discussion about your family's Internet rules and Internet safety in general.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Internet. How does it impact the way you meet and relate to people? Do you have any friends you met online? Do you and your friends communicate that way? How does using text messages, IM, email, etc. change our personal relationships? How has the Internet changed people's access to fame? Is it any easier to become famous -- or notorious -- with the Internet? Why or why not? Also, what are some of the dangers of the Internet? Do you know anyone who's been bullied or otherwise treated badly online? How did they handle it? How can you protect yourself? Remind your kids that they should never say anything online that they wouldn't say to someone's face, and make sure tweens understand your rules for using the Internet, especially regarding uploading videos and providing personal information.

TV details

Premiere date:June 13, 2008
Cast:Jennette McCurdy, Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Parent of a 10 year old Written bybrie8 July 5, 2009
I do not like the way the "Sam" character treats her friends. The big brother does not act like a grown up at all. I think it gives the wrong message, but Daughter likes the show and it does give us the chance to talk about the content and the feelings of others.
Parent of a 8 and 11 year old Written byKelly_P September 11, 2009

iCarly is a good choice

Carly is a very responsible young lady who lives with her older brother while dad is stationed overseas. She is a good student and friend, and she tries to inspire her friend Sam to be a good kid too. She and Sam are like the odd couple. While it's a bit unrealistic to think that a freshman would be left alone with her older brother, it makes for a funny show.
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Parent of a 3 and 10 year old Written byPhibella August 13, 2010

A good show for tweens

My daughter loves this show and as a responsible parent I have sat down and watched episodes with her to make sure there are no inappropriate things going on. The characters show the diversity of personality and the power of a good influence. Carly is a responsible, well rounded young lady who is a positive role model for her friends. Sam could tone it down a bit as she can be a little aggressive and negative but that is where Carly comes in with the positive. There are no sexually inappropriate comments or actions. No foul language. It is one of the better shows on tv for my daughter.
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