A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Carly and her friends must choose between TV fame and remaining true to their values.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
A little bit of slapping, hitting, and the like, but they're obviously just for humor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some very mild flirting, and one reference to someone being "hot." A teen dedicates a love song to Carly.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.