Wake up the members of my longhorn nation! It’s your time to be up to date on everything iCarly.
So I know I’ve been binge watching iCarly since it came out on Netflix and Paramount+, but have you been up to date with everything?
No? Well, just leave it all to me…to explain the big news, of course.
iCarly is coming back! Well, kind of.
In a recent video, Paramount+ has announced that a new iCarly reboot is in the works and will feature a select number of the original cast.
When I found out this exciting news, I realized something. Maybe not everybody wants to watch the 5 seasons of the original iCarly.
So I took it upon myself to make this a whole lot easier for you by just telling you, in my opinion, the best episodes to watch ASAP. (Even though you should totally just rewatch the original show…)
Here’s the top 10 iCarly episodes to binge watch before the big Paramount+ reboot:
This episode brings us one of our infamous recurring iCarly characters, Nevel Papperman. Essentially, Carly and the gang think that some professional web critic is going to interview them for the web show and potentially help them gain more supporters. Once Carly goes over to this critic’s house, we find out that he’s not a professional adult, he’s just a kid who holds a bit too much power over the internet. Nevel tries to make a move on Carly when she avoids and proceeds to embarrass him. Nevel gets his revenge by leaving a bad review for iCarly which drives traffic away from the show. But the gang gets the last laugh once they give him a taste of his own medicine.
9. iGo to Japan
Ah, an ICONIC episode in my opinion. This is the very first hour-long iCarly special that audiences got to see. We see the cast go on an adventure to perform and compete for the title of ‘Best Web Comedy’ at the fictional iWeb Awards. In their adventure, they experience many obstacles like traveling on a cargo plane, crash landing in Japan and even getting sabotaged by their fellow competitors.
I forgot how crazy some of these episodes were until I started rewatching them.
8. iMeet Fred
One for the books, if I must say. Carly and the gang accidentally get into an online feud with Fred (yes, THAT Fred from your childhood web browsing). What begins as an off-hand comment by Freddie, turns into what could be considered internet drama before internet drama was even a thing! But, it all is good in the end when we find out that it was all an elaborate plan to get more engagement. So, in the end, the group just ends up being good friends with the (back then) internet sensation.
7. iSaved Your Life
This episode starts off very casual… I’m just kidding. It starts off with Freddie getting hit by a taco truck because he pushed Carly out of the way while crossing the street. I’m telling you, these are some CRAZY episodes. Well throughout the episode we see Freddie getting taken care of by Carly. While taking care of him, Carly begins to *surprise* fall in love with Freddie. Despite this being great news for him, Freddie gets told by Sam that Carly’s love may just be out of guilt and a falsified illusion she has of Freddie since he saved her life. So in the end, the two don’t end up together.
6. iParty with Victorious
This is, yet another, historical moment in the history of iCarly. This episode is the first time we see a crossover between iCarly and another Nickelodeon show! In this episode, we find out that Carly’s new boyfriend is two-timing her with Tori Vega, the main character of the Nick TV show, Victorious. Once Carly finds out about her cheating boyfriend, she sets out on a mission to catch him in the act and to confront him about his ways. While doing this, she runs into Tori, tells her the situation. The girls team up and confront their, now former, boyfriend about his cheating ways through Carly’s web show and it’s millions of viewers. The episode ends with an ICONIC mashup of both shows’ theme songs.
In this episode, the iCarly gang end up in quite a problem when they decide to make a detour on their way to a web conference to help out a lonely fan, Nora, for her birthday. Once they are getting ready to leave after the party, Nora goes a bit crazy, psycho if you will, and refuses to let them leave. The gang ends up calling their friend and recurring character, Gibby, to come to their rescue in their time of need.
4. iMeet the First Lady
iCarly did what not many shows could: meet (now former) First Lady Michelle Obama! The episode actually begins with Carly and her brother Spencer planning on spending their dad’s birthday with him. When they are suddenly not able to see him anymore due to other commitments. To make Carly feel better, the rest of the gang bands together to create a virtual birthday party for her dad. Unexpectedly, they actually end up getting investigated for apparently hacking into a secure network to do the online party. Thus causing the secret service and First Lady Michelle Obama to be sent out to inquire and find out more about this situation. Then, like always, everything turns out amazingly with Mrs. Obama being the web show’s guest star for that night’s broadcast.
3. iGo One Direction
Ok, so I know I’m biased with this one, but come on! One Direction was on iCarly! That’s kind of a big deal.
Anyway, if you don’t remember this episode that lives rent free in my head, here’s the rundown.
So Carly and Spencer have just come back from a trip to Mexico and find out that Carly has caught a contagious illness called ‘jungle worms.’ Fun name, I know. Later on, the group finds out that they were contacted by One Direction’s manager to get the band on the web cast. All is good and dandy until Harry Styles ends up drinking water out of Carly’s water bottle, remember that she’s over her ‘jungle worms’ but she is still contagious. So he ends up getting sick with the illness. Once they find out that he’s sick, he’s bedridden until further notice, which postpones the web show and the group’s performance. After a while, they all figure out that Harry is just acting sick to keep being pampered and cared for by Carly. Once the group finds that out, they come up with a plan to get him to perform again by acting as if they will replace him with Gibby. The plan works and the performance goes as planned.
In this episode, comes the end of an era. The end of iCarly to be specific. We get introduced to the idea that Carly is making plans to see her father and spend time with him at an annual father-daughter dance. Only for her to then find out that her father can’t make it so Spencer being the good older brother, plans to take Carly instead. But, then he also can’t take her since he finds out that he’s gotten sick. So her friends decide to pitch in and volunteer to take her to the dance instead. Ultimately, her dad is able to actually come and take her to the dance. Which is HUGE for the show since it’s the first and only time the audience gets to meet Carly and Spencer’s dad. Once they come back to the apartment, her father offers her the opportunity of a lifetime: go to Italy and live with him. As the episode progresses, we see the gang broadcast what seems to be their last web show and we see Carly have her last few moments in the apartment with her friends. We end the episode with each character remembering the first moments when the show had started. Very sweet ending that is incredibly meaningful to any and all who were fans of the show.
What better way to prep for the reboot than to remember the beginning?
We begin the series by learning who each of the characters are, Carly, Sam, Freddie and Spencer are immediately introduced. We find out that Carly and Sam are in charge of holding the auditions for their school’s talent show. When they come up with a list of uniquely talented kids, their teacher shuts them down and does not let them make any decisions for the latent show. So, the two decide to come together with Freddie to broadcast a web show to showcase their classmates’ talents. Thus, iCarly was born.
According to a Showbiz article, the new reboot is announced to be geared towards adults who watched the show as kids. So, while the reboot may not have the same humor, storylines or even characters as the original, people who grew up with the show should be able to appreciate and enjoy the show.
The iCarly reboot is supposed to premiere on Paramount+ either in late 2021 or late 2022.