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     Before Airing 
  • Broken Base:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funny Moments: 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 Aversion: Both stars of the show have a massive and sycophantic fanbase (much of which is from tweenage girls on Twitter).
  • 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.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Baberaham Lincoln Starring Cat Valentine." Featuring Honest Abe as a woman. With a red beard. And as a Fake Brit.
  • Broken Base: Some fans wanted the show to reach a second season, others were content to finally see the end of Sam Puckett after seven years.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While Sam's cruel traits are downplayed here compared to iCarly, she still comes off as a hedonistic bully who harasses others with little to no provocation and rarely gets punished for it. The other characters can come off as mean-spirited and unlikable, and even the nice characters such as Dice tend to get shit thrown upon them with no way out.
  • Designated Hero: Sam, especially in "#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? And how are these two not in prison for this?
      • 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.
    • Cat in "#MadAboutShoe". After finding a pink shoe in a bush, she obsessively tries to find the other one, dragging Dice into it after Sam has had enough. With Dice's help, she finds out where the other one is: At the hospital, belonging to Stacey Dillsen, who had a bike accident. Cat and Sam then go to the hospital to steal the other shoe. The Laugh Track even cheers when they find the shoe.
      • Interestingly though, the shoes are not seen again after this episode, so Cat may have had a Heel–Face Turn and returned them to Stacey.
  • 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 itself met that 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.
    • The whole episode (and re-runs of this show's other episodes and the characters' past outings) becomes this if you believe rumors of the show's untimely demise being due to behind-the-scenes arguments between Jennette and Ariana and how to this day they refused to see or talk about each other.
    • And now there's the overzealous airport security people in "#FirstClassProblems," considering that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight is being attributed to a lapse in security (two stolen passports made it on board) plus calls for increased security due to troubles in the Middle East again.
      • "#FirstClassProblems" especially becomes this when you consider the latest round of overzealous airport security is to prevent people from boarding aircraft while still in the United States for fears of wannabe Jihadists traveling to join terror groups in Iraq.
    • Many of the jokes on Sam's amazing appetite can be this as in early 2019, Jeanette revealed she had been suffering from an eating disorder through the entire filming of the show.
  • 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 Olympic Games.
    • The abovementioned promo where Cat claims to be "a cop on the edge" and "flying a spaceship". Now look at this.
  • Ho Yay: Wouldn't be a Dan Schneider show if didn't have its own page.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Sam and Cat's mistreatment of Dice will be forever considered to be one of the lowlights of the show, particularly in "#Lumpatious, in which they completely ignore Dice who suffered a bloody nose because of them and refused to take him to Oxnard for absolutely no reason.
    • Goomer's mother's vicious comment in which she tells Goomer she regrets adopting him after learning he's an MMA fighter will remain one of, if not the cruelest moments in Dan Schneider history.
    Mrs. Merr: When I adopted you, I should’ve kept the receipt!
  • Pandering to the Base: The special episode with Freddie, Robbie & Jade is this.
  • Periphery Demographic: There is no other explanation for "#SalmonCat" featuring Laverne & 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 fanfic 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 "#TheKillerTunaJump" when Robbie comes up with 'Frobbie' (Fred/Robbie).
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Some people felt Sam was redeemed as a character as the series went on, with some comments about the series ending going along the lines of "Great, just as Sam gets likable after seven years, the show gets cancelled."
  • 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 Brit Brats, Gwen and Ruby, get flack for being overly antagonistic for no real reason, along with their Narm-worthy line delivery (although that's more attributed to their age than genuinely bad acting). It also doesn't help that Nickelodeon seems dead-set on turning the two girls into a thing outside of the show.
    • Many of the One-Off Characters fall into this. From Abusive Parents, to bratty children, to mysogonistic child abusers and weird older men. Many are glad that they only appear for one episode, but then they have to deal with the next annoying character of the week.
  • 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 was 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...
    • A more metafictional one, but Dan Schneider (known for having a weird thing for feet) used the Sam and Cat twitter account to get fans to write on their feet and send it in. And now remember the demographic of Sam and Cat...
  • Testosterone Brigade: Jennette + Ariana = an audience not entirely consisting of preteen girls.
  • 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 & 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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