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Kif
01/01/2018 06:20:39 •••

Well That Sucked

I won't say that this is the worst show that Nickelodeon has ever put on, because nothing can top How To Rock in terms of blandness and unoriginality. However, this one is certainly down there. The characters are caricatures and stereotypes, the actors are mediocre at best, and the plots are typically predictable. While there is the occasional funny line or scene, most of the jokes fell flat for me as well.

But what I really want to discuss is the influence that something like this might have on kids. That's a touchy subject, but this show has so many "funny" moments made out of tragic situations that it becomes indisputably a bad influence. Take, for instance, Sam's treatment of Freddy. She bullies him all the time. Not only does she torment him on a regular basis, but she also goes as far as to play dangerous practical jokes, destroy his property, and even physically harm him. Yet this is presented as okay. Every once in a while, Freddy shows signs of being fed up, but at the end of the episode, all is forgiven, when in fact Freddy should be getting as far away from her as possible and calling the authorities on her. Hell, towards the end, they even go out with each other! I suspect that most kids will know better than to take this seriously, but it's no doubt triggering for kids who have been the victim of actual bullying, and there will always be a few who think that it's normal if someone bullies them, or even if they bully someone.

There are a lot of other situations like that on the show. I don't have enough words to go through all of them in the kind of detail, but here's a list of some of the bad situations that iCarly makes light of:

  • Juvenile delinquency (Sam)
  • A dangerously protective mother, probably with untreated OCD (Freddy's mom)
  • Child neglect, and possible abuse (Sam's mom)
  • Putting embarrassing videos of people online without their consent, some of which could seriously hurt the social lives of that person (Pretty much every time Carly and Sam film someone without their knowing)
  • Dislike of someone based on looks (Lewbert is a bit mean, but really, there's no reason to hate him other than the fact that he's ugly)

There are more, but that's all I have time for. A little stretching of boundaries would be fine (see Animorphs), but this...

son
06/09/2013 00:00:00

Dan Schneider shows tend to suck when the actors don't really adjust to their characters. He also seems to embrace comedic sociopathy.

Kif
06/17/2013 00:00:00

Yeah. What you said.

12/29/2017 00:00:00

If that\'s honestly what you think of it, I wouldn\'t reccomend anything on Nickelodeon at any period of time to you.

12/29/2017 00:00:00

Schneider has a habit of sticking some nasty little Karma Houdini in to contaminate every one of his shows. The fact he then makes their actress play the more likeable main protagonist the following project almost comes off as him being aware of this and trying to spare them having their faces forever linked to such a repulsive character. Was he bullied by a girl as a kid or something?

01/01/2018 00:00:00

Yeah, Schneider\'s profoundly misanthropic writing is totally his worst crime, guys.


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