iCarly Saves TV

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween-friendly special has lots of online tie-ins.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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.

Language
Consumerism

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 messag... Continue reading
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 ins... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 13, 2011

I love this movie!!!

THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV!!!
Kid, 11 years old February 13, 2010

A Few Ok Gags, Didn't Make Much Sense

It was really silly and made no sense. But that's iCarly

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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