ICarly is a fun show and entertaining for the family. My husband and I enjoy the show and so do our kids. I think some of the people reviewing on here claiming to be “children” are adults trying to make a bigger impression. Kids don’t talk like these people, these “kids” have a vocabulary on par with mine and I majored in English! I also would like to clear up some falsehoods that have been stated. Unlike many people saying they’ve seen one or two episodes, I have seen EVERY episode of this show, most multiple times. These kids are NOT 12 years old nor are they in middle school anymore. When the show started they were 13 and in 8th grade. They are starting season 5 next month (August, 2011), they will be 17 and high school SENIORS aka 12th grade. Obviously, they aren’t interested in ponies and dolls at this age. If you would find the way an average high school student behaves appropriate for your kids to be around, than you would find this show appropriate. If you expect them to act like 4 year olds because your 4 year old is watching, turn on Nick Jr.
All the characters of the show have their own personalities. Carly is your average teenage girl, she likes her makeup and clothes, as well as (gasp) boys. She’s a good student with good grades (almost got straight A’s once but missed because of one B+). Yes, Sam is a bully, but she’s not all bad. While she has a smart mouth like most teens I know, she cares deeply for her friends and would do almost anything for them. Freddie is your stereotypical nerd, and yes, Sam picks on him, but also shows him affection and loyalty. He’s very smart and witty. Spencer, Carly’s older brother and guardian is eccentric and silly, but also cares deeply for his sister and her friends and their well being. Freddie’s mom is highly overprotective and often embarrassing, but always displays that Freddie is the most important thing in the world to her. Carly’s father is a Colonial in the U.S. Navy. While he’s never seen on the show, he’s mentioned regularly and Carly and Spencer have shown that they try to make him proud. Sam’s mom is a mess, but like I’ve stated I’ve seen every episode and never heard any mention of her being an addict/alcoholic. The school principle is a fun guy, but he also lays down the law when the kids get in trouble.
As far as the dialogue and “questionable” content go, you have to remember these are older teenagers. They don’t swear. Yes, they say things like “boobs”. Yes there are some kind of sexual jokes (like the squirrel joke), but it’s nothing your 5-9 year old is going to catch onto or understand. They don’t talk about actually having sex themselves. Yes, there is kissing, hugging, and the occasional guy getting hit in the groin, nothing your child hasn’t seen in a commercial or cartoon. While Spencer has been seen in boxers and towels, he’s fully covered. There’s like 2 times he’s nude, but the viewer doesn’t see it, the only people who do are Freddie (another boy who’s got the same things) and Mrs. Benson, an adult. The girls never do. There is a bra seen on the show. It’s hanging from a string and it tells scary stories. These kids are talking about far less suggestive things than I’ve seen the teenagers the same age talk about on MTV, the CW, and FOX. It’s not even comparable to the high school shows on those networks, and the kids are the same age. The girls don’t go boy jumping as described, in 4 seasons Sam’s dated 2 or 3 guys, Carly has dated about the same. Many of Spencer’s “dates” consist of playing board games, watching movies, or dinner. He’s like 30, I think he’s allowed to date by now.
I highly disagree with the comments about them doing bad things and having no consequences. Yes, there are times Sam picks on Freddie and doesn’t get in trouble, but probably would if Freddie were to tell an adult. Sam is regularly in detention, the principles office, and has even been to Juvenile Hall, I think those are all some pretty good examples of consequences! As far as the episode where Carly has a tantrum and sneaks out, she is grounded for 2 weeks for it. There is an episode where Carly fails her homework assignment and has to do undesirable extra credit to make up for it. Sam has even learned lessons on her own after realizing what she’s done was wrong. The kids often learn their lessons after ending up in sticky situations due to their antics. The kids do have supervision when they go away (like to LA twice, the woods, Japan, etc), Spencer is always in attendance, and often so is Mrs. Benson. No they don’t have an adult with them everywhere they go, did you at 16?
Bottom line, this is TV! It’s not real life. If you’re worried about some of the things mentioned, watch the show with your kids so you can explain to them this is not reality and what would not be acceptable in real life. I watch this show with my kids. I figure it’s a lot better to watch something like this with them than have them watching something like Skins, 90210, or other “teenage” dramas with more sexual content than shows aimed at adults behind my back. ICarly is a funny show that can be enjoyed by the whole family. I think some people are overreacting to a single episode or joke they didn’t particularly care for. There’s nothing dirty or edgy about this show. My 5 1/2 year old watches it with us, she doesn't get the jokes regarding anything sexual (like the squirrel joke). And there is only ONE episode where someone yells mean things into the camera. The hacking into the school's computer episode, Sam got in trouble. Carly and Freddie didn't because they were trying to fix what she had done, they felt so guilty they couldn't sleep at night! I think it's terrible to judge a person by what's on their tv like some of the people on here are doing.