Did you think that you would ever get to see a reboot of “iCarly” almost a decade after it ended with it’s original season? Well, it has officially arrived and is making every die-hard Nickelodeon fan’s dream come true.
Although the new “iCarly” reboot doesn’t air on Nickelodeon’s platform due to its mature content and targeted audience base, fans will appreciate that they stream the new season on Paramount+. Older fans will not only appreciate this new content, but also the incorporation of more Black actors and how they explained the departure of one of the most prominent characters, Jennette McCurdy aka Sam Puckett.
According to ew.com., “The first three episodes of Paramount+’s iCarly reboot offer a lot of updates on the beloved Nickelodeon characters. Spencer (Jerry Trainor) has become a rich artist, Freddie (Nathan Kress) has adopted a child, and Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) is a former host of the Italian version of QVC. But there’s another question fans have long been pondering: Where is Sam Puckett?” It’s often tricky for shows to reboot without the previous prominent members of the cast that truly made the show what it was. I remember watching the teaser trailers for the reboot and not seeing Sam, so I definitely questioned whether this would be a flop or success.
Fortunately for fans, Sam Puckett’s disappearance from the reboot was explained in the pilot episode that she was off traveling with her biker gang known as the Obliterators. With fans knowing the daring and dynamic nature of this beloved character, it sounds about right that Sam wouldn’t be sitting around for long and off exploring the next adventure. Thus, signaling a new angle for the plot of the reboot of how iCarly will be able to manage her web show on her own like a one-woman show.
What I appreciate about Miranda Cosgrove signing back on as Carly Shay is that she wanted to make sure that the show will focus and touch on more advanced issues that young adults typically go through. Even with the language of cursing being incorporated into the script at times because that is a reality of how most young adults talk.
Although the “iCarly” reboot does try to find the balance between innocence and maturity, it’s still a show that beloved fans will hold dear to their hearts. Make sure to check out the new season on Paramount+!
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas