Freddie: That filter that makes you look like an alien?
Carly: A sexy alien.
iCarly is an American web television sitcom streaming on Paramount+. It is a revival of the Nickelodeon sitcom of the same name. Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor have came back to their roles as Carly, Freddie, and Spencer, respectively, with Jennette McCurdy being the only main cast member not to reprise her role as Sam due to her retirement from acting.
In this revival series, Carly and Freddie are all grown up and Spencer is now filthy rich. Carly has her own apartment right across from her brother, which she shares with her new best friend Harper Raines (played by Laci Mosley) a pansexual barista who dreams of being a stylist. Carly's long-time boyfriend Beau dumps her during a livestream and she falls into a deep depression. A month later, Carly encounters New Old Flame Luke at one of Spencer's parties and, to make Beau jealous, plans to launch a new web show with Luke, only for her to call things off her mind after realizing she and Luke have no chemistry. Carly really misses doing the iCarly web show and decides to resurrect it. But since Sam is no longer around, Carly hosts the show on her own, with Freddie once again behind the camera (actually a Pearphone this time) and Spencer providing assistance whenever needed. Freddie, meanwhile, has been through two failed marriages and his startup company went under, so he's back living with his mother, only now he's joined by his adopted stepdaughter Millicent Mitchell (played by Jaidyn Triplett), a snarky, middling internet creator who views Carly as a rival.
The series premiered on June 17, 2021 for a 13-episode first season. The following month, it was renewed for a second season.
This series provides examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Millicent Mitchell. Also Prunella Pitz (later Papperman.)
- After two divorces and a failed startup, Freddie is back to living with his mom.
- Nora Dershlit still lives with her parents, which Freddie hypocritically chides her for.
- The Bus Came Back: "iM Cursed" brings back minor character, Duke Lubberman, who hasn't appeared since season one episode,"iHatch Chicks".
- Brand X: Zigzagged. This show does feature more real name brands than its predecessor, but still retains parodies such as Pear Products, Skybucks and Blessed Buy.
- Darker and Edgier: Due to being aimed at the kids who grew up with the show who are adults themselves now (as well as airing on Paramount+), the show has much more liberties, as such the characters can use profanity and drink alcohol. The jokes are also noticeably darker, one episode has Spencer accidentally hook Freddie up with a prostitute, and another one has a fortune teller die onscreen from an aneurysm, both are Played for Laughs.
- Foil: Harper to Sam as Carly's new best friend: the former is a Riches to Rags black girl working a dead-end job at Skybucks while working to achieve her dream as a fashion designer and has no involvement in iCarly. The latter was a middle-class white girl who never put effort into anything other than iCarly and grew up to pursue a life of crime in a biker gang.
- Growing with the Audience: This revival is aimed more towards those who grew up watching the original show, and are now adults. It's even a general plot point In-Universe as well, with Carly trying to figure out how to revive her webshow and appeal to her now-adult audience.
- The Mentor: Subverted with Millicent and Carly. Despite being a webhost for a decade and starting out the same age as her, Millicent doesn't look to Carly for guidance. In fact, her first scene was to tell Carly she should retire after not posting anything for a monthnote despite the older woman literally being one of her two subscribers.
- Offscreen Breakup: The end of the original series established a Relationship Upgrade between Freddie and Carly only for the revival series to make no mention of it. In fact, Freddie's borderline-Stalker with a Crush tendencies are gone and his personal storyline revolves around him getting back into dating after two divorces.
- One Steve Limit: The new character Harper is not the first character on the show with that name. "iCarly Saves TV" had a character named Harper who performed a song on Carly's web show. Both characters are even portrayed by black actors.
- Pushover Parents: Freddie is very bad at raising Millicent, falling for her guilt trips and failing to disciplining her.
- Put on a Bus: Sam Puckett is noticeably absent, and is mentioned by Carly and Freddie as having joined a biker gang called the Obliterators.
- Rearrange the Song: This show retains "Leave it All to Me" as the opening theme, albeit with some slight differences. The version used in the first episode had a different instrumental for the bridge (the one from the studio recording, in fact), while the subsequent episodes just use a shortened version.
- Riches to Rags: Harper's family used to be very rich until they lost their money. She had to get a job at a minimum-wage Starbucks Expy to make ends meet.
- Ruder and Cruder: Compared to the original show, which leaned on Gosh Dang It to Heck! and Parental Bonus, this show has mild profanity and mature themes slotted in.
- Serial Spouse: Freddie has been through two failed marriages and is currently raising a stepdaughter.
- Sequel Non-Entity:
- Sam is written out due to Jennette McCurdy having retired from acting due in large part to her painful experiences during the original show.
- Gibby is no where to be found, but unlike Sam, his absence has yet to be explained. Though he's more likely to reappear at some point than Sam is.
- Setting Update: Much of the technology featured is more modern and up to date, such as Pear Phones looking more like real-life smartphones.
- Take That!: Downplayed. In the first few episodes, whenever Dan Schneider's name appears in the post-opening credits, a character is making a cringed or disgusted face.
- Twofer Token Minority: Harper is black and pansexual.