Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this semi-interactive tween comedy integrates with its partner website (iCarly.com), and the show's format encourages kids' interest in checking out and contributing to the site. In other words, if your computer-savvy kids are fans, this is the perfect time to reiterate your family rules about Internet use and safety. The content is mostly benign, with language limited to some name-calling ("loser" and "jerk," for example) and a simplistic view of teen relationships, but the show does raise timely points about issues like cyberbullying, since the characters sometimes use their broadcasts to rant about other people.
Hand-holding, flirting, hugging, references to boobs, and other aspects of teen relationships are mild in nature. Rarely guys refer to girls as "hot" or question the basis for relationships between "popular" kids and "geeks."
Slapstick-style wrestling, slapping, electrocution, etc. never results in injury and clearly is meant for laughs.
Name-calling like "loser" and "jerk" is as harsh as it gets.
While friendship is very important on the show and the characters typically learn a lesson from any iffy behavior, not every take-away is positive. Sometimes the characters make questionable choices that would have negative consequences in real life but are played for laughs in the show.
The series and its sister website promote each other. Characters encourage viewers to log on to the site to send in emails and videos for consideration for the show. And there's lots of iCarly merchandise, not to mention the fact that it helps Miranda Cosgrove's music career as well. The series has spawned a handful of TV movies and specials.
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