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YMMV: Sam & Cat
     Before Airing 
  • Broken Base: Quite a few ways even before the show first aired.
    • The two main characters are their own base breakers. Sam for being obnoxious and evil, and Cat for being incredibly stupid to the point of being Too Dumb to Live. Both characters draw major heat and adding them together makes it worse.
    • Those who wanted to see Jennette McCurdy take on a new non-Sam role often because of their dislike of Sam vs those who want more Sam as well as potentially more Sam/Freddie interaction in the new show.
    • Carly/Sam shippers (or those who liked the pairing as a platonic best friendship) not wanting to watch Cat replace Carly as Sam's best friend.
      • However some Les Yay shippers didn't mind so much.
    • There are various ways people believe this show or the people involved are to blame for getting various shows cancelled:
      • In the Victorious fandom there are people who blame Jennette McCurdy for getting Victorious cancelled are refusing to watch the new show because she asked for Ariana to join the show. They also aren't happy at Sam & Cat getting almost instantly another 20 episodes added to the first season order, giving it a total of at least 40 episodes before the first season is done, when Victorious only managed 58 over several years.
      • Blaming Dan Schneider as a Scapegoat Creator and/or the Nickelodeon Network for cancelling Victorious because they wanted to do Sam & Cat instead, or for not wanting to have Ariana or Dan working on two shows at once.
      • There are people who believe Dan Schneider and the Sam & Cat show is being misblamed for Victorious' cancellation despite Dan Schneider's reassurance that it is not the reason at all. Others take the view that Sam & Cat is the reason for Nick cancelling the majority of their live-action shows (How To Rock had its producer flat out say it) that were cancelled at the same time.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: In the second promo
    Cat: I play a cop on the edge who makes his own rules!
    Sam: No, you don't. That's not what you play.
    Cat: And she plays a lonely doctor who's fed-up with the system!
    Sam: I don't play a doctor, and I don't care about the system.
    Cat: And together we fly a starship in search of friends and moondust!
  • Hype Backlash/Hype Aversion: Both stars of the show have a massive and sycophantic fanbase (much of which is from tweenage girls on twitter), and both characters have their own set of detractors, haters and people who simply don't like them. Add in the Fandom Rivalry aspect of the creation of the show and you get a nice big group of people who have refused to watch the show.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Where to start? This show has caused something akin to a multi-show Nickeoldeon fandom factional civil war before it was even greenlit for production beyond a pilot.
    • From iCarly fans: There is a split between people who wanted a new show (for Jennette McCurdy), and those who wanted Sam to get a spin-off. That also has elements of the iCarly shipping war involved, as people who want Sam back are mostly those who ship Sam and Freddie. After the finale of iCarly led to a Carly/Freddie Last Minute Hookup, the Seddie fans know that Sam being spun-off was their only chance at any revival for their ship.
      • There are also those who disliked the way iCarly was ended, and have chosen to avoid or boycott this show so as to not get sucked into Dan Schneider's trolling.
    • Alongside that, the Victorious fans are pissed off that their show was confirmed to be cancelled, and even though it's been said that the show's cancellation was an executive decision, Ariana and Dan are blamed for wanting to do Sam & Cat, resulting in the show's cancellation. Some fans have since stopped hating the show following a Victorious character making a cameo (and Jade and Robbie being slated for a one-hour special), and are hoping that Victorious gets a Fully Absorbed Finale (much like Batman Beyond did with Justice League).
      • The fandom of How To Rock hates the show after show runner David Israel implied that their show got cancelled to make room for this one. The hatred has increased due to Sam & Cat receiving 20 extra episodes even though their ratings have been the same as How to Rock's.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • Even before iCarly has finished Dan Schneider was teasing the idea of a Seddie reunion on the show.
    • Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande's fanbases, which are best seen on Twitter, are being pandered to by having their characters spun-off into a new show while cancelling both the parent shows.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The disappointing ending for the Sam/Freddie shippers from iCarly has turned elements of the early fandom for the show into a one-sided shipping war, with the Seddiers trying to push the idea of Nathan Kress guest starring, so that Creddie can be sunk and replaced with Seddie.

The Show

  • Accidental Innuendo: Sam sticking a pork finger in Sophie's mouth.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Some fans assume Melinda, the mom from the pilot, adopted some or all of her children.
    • Goomer's stupidity has split the fans between those who think he was born smart and just suffered some bad blows to the head, and those who think he was born with some kind of condition.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: What Nora thinks it is for Sam when she confronts her and points out she's been working out while Sam has been doing babysitting. Sam simply pushes her into the well.
  • Base Breaker: Sam's jerkass tendencies when they're played Up to Eleven again break the fans between those who think it's funny and those who want Sam to be punished once in a while, but everyone has admitted that at least the writers aren't forgetting who Sam was in iCarly (the same applies to Cat when she's particularly dumb). Also, thankfully, she's much less of an asshole then she was. Mostly.
    • Dice. He himself has been largely well-received, but the LiveJournal community often brings up how Dice's actor seems to be trying too hard to keep up. His fans defend Dice by saying that there are worse shows Nick has made with worse acting, say it isn't too annoying for any reason, or say that the iCarly cast wasn't perfect when they were young and that Dice's actor should be allowed to grow as well.
    • Goomer is this- some think he's cute and also pretty badass, but he also has an entry under The Scrappy below.
  • Cargo Ship: Sam and her motorcycle. Not so notable in the pilot, but "#RevengeOfTheBritBrats" and "#MotorcycleMystery" have led to fans joking that Sam will soon want to marry the bike, and that it's ruining their hopes of Sam and Cat getting together.
  • Crack is Cheaper: The price of a Fresno Girl Doll, her accessories, the price to fix one, the cute wheelchair she rides in when she's fixed...
  • Crosses the Line Twice: When a kid turns out to be accident prone, Cat cites this as an In-Universe Dude, Not Funny! - when said kid gets his own head stuck and a toilet, even she starts laughing.
  • Designated Hero: Sam, especially in "#MotorcycleMystery" (for threatening to kill elderly people who had nothing to do with her bike going missing) and "#PeezyB" (for being a jerk to Cat and breaking several promises to hang out with the man who just bullied Cat).
    • Both Sam and Cat get this in "#MyPoober." Despite the child in the episode having a genuine reason to keep her toy, Sam and Cat plan to stick the thing in a rocket, and when the girl swaps her toy with a pineapple stuffed with money, Sam and Cat have the gall to leave her in a graveyard. How the hell do they plan to get paid with no child to give to the parents?
      • To be fair, the girl insulted both of them, tricked them, took advantage of Cat's trusting nature, sent over 300 dollars into a rocket, and was a whiny rude brat who made all of Sam and Cat's other kids (and Sam, who is a lot nicer than usual in this episode) look like angels in comparison. And her good reason for keeping Poober was implied to be a lie, since Ellie was acting the whole time and wasn't sincere. And they could simply come back after refueling the car, just enough time to scare 'er straight.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Cat's bibble addiction has been toeing the line since Victorious, but it finally reached this when we learned that she once ran out of money, causing her to pawn Nona's jewelry and they had to go to therapy just so Nona could forgive her.
    • Many felt that Mrs. Merr's comment after finding out Goomer was a fighter went way too far for a comedy show, let alone one aimed for kids.
    • Sam's actions in "#PeezyB" have... alienated some fans, to say the least.
    • Nickelodeon in the UK clearly feels some bits can go too far - the shot of Cat jumping onto the hood of a moving car is cut from the channel's airings of "#FavoriteShow" (as is all footage of Cat on the car in motion, assuming there's any). That said, it still turns up in the opening titles of each episode. The fight scene in "#MommaGoomer" is also trimmed, as is the ending of "#OscarTheOuch" (where Oscar is struck by lightning while holding up a golf club, and simply says "Predicament!").
    • Many fans feel that Dice getting in the face with a book and having his nosebleed because of that in "Lumpatious" was horrible, especially give that it was Played for Laughs
    • Cat remaining stuck in the box was supposed to be funny, but it gets disturbing because if not for Status Quo Is God, Cat would've been stuck in the box forever.
    • Gibby being stupid enough to give Nora Sam's full address.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why did Dice's mom make him a hair model? The money and publicity would be good for his business.
  • Fridge Logic: If Sam didn't like sleeping on the couch, why didn't she just fold out the bed like she did in "#Pilot"?
    • Because that was a different couch. A better question would be why Sam doesn't just sleep in Cat's old room, where I assume they got the extra bed.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The episode #Lumpatious (which features an Expy of New Jersey governor Chris Christie) aired very shortly before the "toll bridge" scandal involving members of Governor Christie's staff broke out.
    • A gag about the Show Within a Show getting cancelled, meant to allude to past Dan Schneider works, immediately becomes this now that Sam and Cat may also be condemned to the same fate.
  • Genius Bonus: At one point Sam poses as a nurse while in a hospital. A doctor then barges into the room and asks a lot of short clipped questions, to which Sam responds perfectly. Most are simple things anyone could guess: "How's her vitals? Respiratory? Fever?" but his final question is "Does she have a Babinski?" which Sam answers "It comes and it goes." To which there's a slight pause... before he says that's what he expected, then leaves. It seems nonsensical, but a Babinski reflex is something that is normal in babies but can be a sign of spinal injury in adults. It's fully possible for someone to have a Babinski reflex that "comes and goes" and therefore what it indicates be muddled.
    • In #BlueDogSoda, the gang is forced to defend their illegal brewing business against a strawman government agent by comparing to all the other things that should be banned just for existing in obscene amounts. Dice brings up hugging, at which point Goomer steps in and affirms this. Considering he's in MMA, he WOULD know.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The final scene of "#YayDay" when Sam talks about her mom becomes a lot more sad when you realize Jennette's mom died around the time this episode was shot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "#BrainCrush" is about people being addicted to a new game. This episode came out around the time "Flappy Bird" was popular.
    • Fans of Kamen Rider OOO will find the creepy guy with the doll in the Halloween Episode very familiar.
    • Just the idea of something from Justin Bieber as a metaphor for substance abuse, considering what the man himself's been up to lately.
    • Sam bashing her way out of a nailed closet is pretty funny after the viral spread of a photo showing the aftermath of an athlete bashing through a faulty toilet door during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
  • Iron Woobie: Dice has to go through a lot of hardships on the show (almost losing his best friend, having to dance for money, and almost losing both of his pets) but he's not miserable.
  • Jumping the Shark: "#KillerTunaJump" is an homage to the Trope Namer.
  • Les Yay/Ho Yay: Wouldn't be a Dan Schneider show if didn't have its own page.
  • Moe: Cat, to an almost unbelievable level.
    • The Brit Brats prove that Moe comes in evil.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nora kidnapping Dice with no intention of ever giving him back just to hurt Sam.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Cat's voice, which is much more high-pitched and baby-ish than it was in Victorious.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • The special episode with Freddie, Robbie & Jade is this.
  • Periphery Demographic: There is no other explanation for "#SalmonCat" featuring Laverne and Shirley's Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Puckentine for Sam/Cat.
    • Older Than They Think: The name was actually coined by a fabric writer named Demon Dreaming, a few years before the series was even thought of.
    • After Goomer's name was revealed to be spelled as Goo Mer, some fans call Cat/Goomer Coo.
    • A rare in-show one in #KillerTunaJump when Robbie comes up with 'Frobbie' (Fred/Robbie).
  • The Scrappy: Goomer. Every scene he is in tends to make Cat incredibly saner and more tolerable in comparison. His appearances per episode also diverts the focus from the show's babysitting service plot. Also, remember how Dice used to be a peddler? Have you seen him try to sell anything since Goomer showed up?
    • Though to be fair Dice doesn't necessarily need to sell random stuff if he's going to manage a MMA fighter which should make him considerably more money.
      • Dice's peddling returns in "#DollSitting."
    • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: He was Genre Savvy enough in "#RevengeOfTheBritBrats" to realize the children's plot to instigate a fight between Sam and Cat.
  • The Ship's Motor: An interesting usage of this trope, because Dan Schneider is teasing the idea that he might bring back Freddie Benson as a guest character on this show, to make as many Sam/Freddie fans from iCarly want to watch the new show as possible.
    • It can be argued Jade's future appearance on the show is an attempt at this too for the Cat/Jade shippers (After Tori and Jade, Cat/Jade is one of the more popular Les Yay pairings in the fandom).
  • Squick: No, that retired pilot didn't lose his tongue. He still has it in a jar...
  • Testosterone Brigade: Jennette + Ariana = an audience not entirely consisting of preteen girls.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The Too Dumb to Live tendencies of Cat and Goomer are made as a source of laughs. As stated above, their ditzy state could have been a serious mental condition that is presented to the audience with tons of Laugh Track.
    • Also the way Sam and Cat reacted to Dice being in a spelling bee was laughing hysterically.
    • Also, isn't Dice a little kid? And both Sam and Cat see no problem with physically, verbally, and emotionally abusing him? With Sam, it's understandable (This is the same person who started a child sweatshop just to make some funny T-shirts), but Cat doesn't have an issue with treating him poorly? If Dice was a little girl and Sam and Cat were two boys in their late teens, this show would have been cancelled already.
    • In the Halloween Episode, Cat makes Sam dress up as Cat, leading up to Sam's Cat impression. "Simple things confuse me!" There's a brief moment when Cat actually looks genuinely hurt. Then they skip over it to get the plot moving.
  • What an Idiot: Gibby gave Nora Sam's address fully knowing she wanted it to destroy Sam.
  • The Woobie: Dice has become this as of recent episodes. In these episodes he has been nailed in the face with a large dictionary causing a nosebleed, Sam & Cat refused him to take him to Oxnard for no reason, people refusing to let him drink anything, laughed at for being in a spelling bee, and Sam and Cat putting so much stress on him he started crying. And these were just ones that were Played for Laughs in recent episodes.

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