I have a whole lot of negative feelings about this show. First, no one else here has mentioned that there is never any talk about paying the bills on the huge high-rise two story apartment in downtown Seattle. Spencer does not work, he invents all these unlikely pieces of sculpture, who knows where he gets these materials? Does he ever leave the apartment? Why doesn't he work? I think the message here is, life is just one wacky adventure and that the real world never interferes. Yeah, that's a good lesson.
Every day these kids have some weird props and things that just appear out of nowhere--like that huge pair of jeans that someone was hiding inside of. How many of us have these outrageous objects in our homes? In Carly's world, where do all these things come from? Who takes them away, or where do they go, to make room for the next outrageous and unlikely sight gag?
I remember one time that Sam was hanging from a bungee cord outside the door to Carly's apartment, like it was the most natural thing in the world to do, and no one wondered who installed it, or who put her into the apparatus--which did not touch the ground, so she could not have done it herself. The kids are always winding up in these physical comedy situations, which would have been funny on The Carol Burnett Show, which was sketch comedy and by definition not realistic. But here, we are seeing kids' alleged day-to-day lives being portrayed, it seems to me the producers would like the audience to think that this is portraying Carly's life. Even though we all know Carly is not real, there needs to be some semblance of being grounded in reality. There is absolutely nothing realistic about how these kids talk, the made up words they use, the gadgets they invent or the situations they get into--or the ongoing, every-episode violence between Sam and whoever.
And that brings me to the absolutely horrendous way they treat each other. Like when Carly locked her brother in that chamber at the science fair and played torturous sounds and deprived him of food and water. He was visibly suffering, and even I felt bad for him--and I was angry that anyone would think this would be tolerated. This is funny? Who even built that sensory deprivation chamber, how did it get transported to the school, and why was it allowed? Did Carly build it, including wireless microphone sound system? Where and when--and how--did she build it? Where was the principal? Where was the teacher who was supervising this science fair? Is Carly really this cold a person? How did she manage to overpower Spencer into the box--let alone why didn't he more forcefully resist? Why didn't she let him out?
There really are no credible authority figures here, and the kids go out and live their lives without any adult presence like three little swingers and a younger version of Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.
The other episode that stunned me was when there was huge glass tube in Carly's apartment that Spencer had dropped the police officer's kid into, and then hung a curtain around it so no one could see him. So, basically, he kidnapped this child--a felony, right?? How did he get the kid into this thing, why didn't the kid fight back, did the kid tell his father what happened after the episode was over?
Why did the kid start screaming for help only AFTER Spencer lifted the curtain?? Did he tell his father what happened? Isn't kidnapping a felony?
Also, these kids never go to class. Even after the bell rings, they hang out in the hall and discuss their problems and their outrageous plans for fooling this one, getting money Sam owes them for this, etc. All the other kids disappear into their classrooms.
In my school, there were hall monitors everywhere. You had to be in class. Simple as that. But these three are just too cool for school.
And yes, there is no way I would stay friends with Sam after the first time she pushed me or shoved me or punched me in the arm or told me what a loser or a dweeb I was. The only thing comforting about this girl that she has no fashion sense whatsoever and when she appears at the "Red Carpet" events, she looks horrid. And her forced smile is terrible. She is a miserable, rotten, spoiled, mean-spirited, horrible person. And Carly just stands there and watches her torment Freddie and laughs. She is hostile to Freddie even after she kisses him and he visits her in the hospital.
Finally, there is no way Sam would have gone to a mental institution--or been admitted unless she was a danger to herself or others--after she kissed Freddie. She would not have been admitted. Isn't her mother wondering where she is? She said "Oh, I know. I think I'll just walk to the nearest mental hospital." How did she even know where such a hospital was? It was dark. She walked all over town by herself, in the dark, with no problem?
In real life, Sam and Freddie would have walked around, kissed more, talked about having a relationship, talked, and held hands and walked around. Then Freddie would have walked her home.
But in iCarly reality, they kiss and then in the next scene Freddie shows up at Carly's and says he has no idea where Sam is. HUH? She was just with you outside the school, kissing. Are you saying you kissed her and she vanished into thin air and you just walked away? If you're gonna kiss her, KISS HER, ok? This is not how it happens in real life.
To say nothing of the technical challenges in actually producing a live web show, or how stupid the content is, or how impossibly technically advanced iCarly's production values are.
Just a horrible, horrible, mean-spirited example for their young fans. Meanwhile, Miranda Cosgrove makes millions while I can't catch a break in my career to save my life. Real fair.
To sum up, people don't act or talk this way, life does not progress or unfold this way, and these kids never suffer any consequences for their behavior. Why wasn't Gibby arrested for attacking that nurse in the "mental hospital?" Also, as a therapist, I was offended by the unrealistic portrayal of the mentally ill in that episode. Mental illness is no joke, and people with a mental illness don't act like that guy from the Big Bang Theory acted. There is nothing funny about mental illness. It can be a crippling affliction. People don't sit around in hospitals and act funny.