I have to be honest with you, when I saw Nickelodeon begin to produce a lot of live-action shows that were mostly targeted at 12 year old kids. Not thinking much of it at first, I started to watch one or two episodes. Some of them were pretty good, while others weren't all that. The acting in iCarly is decent enough to be labeled as entertainment for the age demographic it's targeted at, and even for me. Once in a while I will watch iCarly, and the episodes and story lines to those episodes aren't horrible.
ICarly has become more than disturbing.... It goes from, "We need to break Sam out of detention to do ICarly!" to this, "We need to break Sam out of a mental hospital to do ICalry!" A mental hospital crosses the line! I know a six year old girl who watches this show. Does she need to be learing about mental hospitals? No. The show has become more than enough inappropriate, and Im not even an adult. They have said boobs, holy crap, and uses constant violence. I mean they make backpacks for little girls! This show isn't really even fun to watch, like it was the first season. The show has become to random, and just confusing. Here's some problems with the show.
Problem #1 Treatment of Freddie- Freddie, (mostly in the first seasons), is treated terribly! When I first began watching this show, I thought, "Oh this will be funny. Sam will be constantly making jokes about Freddie." But it just got worse. By the second season, Freddie was being violated and abused by Sam constantly. In fact, in one episode, Freddie shows being scared of Sam. This is terrible! I know its acting, but I still feel bad for him... TV Shows, especially kids shows, aren't supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. In one episode, Freddie even picks up a jumbo knife and holds it up to his neck. Then, he puts it down and says, "No Freddie, bad thoughts lead to bad actions." I guess this is kind of a lesson, but for a little girl (ICarly's main audience) it shows what suicide looks like. -_-
Problem #2 Responsibilty- Ok, so there's like two main authority figures in this show: Spencer, and Mrs. Benson. Mrs. Benson is never respected and just made fun of, by Sam of course. Spencer says yes to virtually everything. The one episode that he actually said no to something was the episode when Carly wanted to go to an MMA fight. These are very dangerous, and Spencer tells Carly no... for the first time. Well guess what, Carly throws a little tantrum, just because she didnt get one thing she wanted. She can go rob a bank if she wanted, but this one thing upsets her that much. So, she ends up sneaking out, and when Spencer finds out, he goes to the MMA fight to bring Calry home like a responisble adult. So, the wrestler that Calry and Sam ae interveiwing mistakes Spencer for a mean stranger, so he throws him against a wall! Spencer was trying to be responsible, and he gets thrown against a wall. -_- So, Carly, Freddie, the wrestler, and Sam bring Spencer home (while unconiuos). The wrestler gives one quick apology, and Carly forgives him, (like she is the one who needs an apology here), and then they leave Spencer on the couch, and go upstairs and have a dance party with the wrestler... -_- That is awful!
I only have one minor compliment for the show, but it also has a bad thing about it.
Compliment #1 Plots- I must compliment Dan Snchider, who is known for his original ideas, for giving the show some pretty intresting story lines. But still, the problem is, the kids always end up ok, even when they go do something very dangerous. They never learn. Now I'm not saying that I want them hurt and dead, but It shows kids that no matter what you do, you can wing it and nothing will happen to you. It's a bad lesson. But I must admit again, the stories are good.
So, if your a parent reading this, make your own decision, but I would say NO to this show in your house. If your a teen like me, I'm not trying to be a stick in the mud, but this show is just disturbing and stupid, so your really wasting your time watching it. Go watch a show like Adventure Time. It still has that adult humor, but its alot more fair.