“iCarly,” revival details have been released from Jerry Trainor. The show, a late-2000s gem on Nickelodeon that was on the cutting edge of YouTube video culture, has returned with a new series on Paramount Plus, featuring familiar goofy, slapstick humor. But it’s added a more adult edge to target our modern influencer-obsessed way of life.
Some 14 years after “iCarly” first premiered, web-show host Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) is all grown up, much like the Nickelodeon kids that enjoyed the original show.
She and the cast of new and returning characters ditch their video cameras for smartphones and tackle some slightly edgier topics than what would’ve appeared on the show in its first run. There are still plenty of kid-friendly antics, physical comedy and eye-rolling puns, but every once in a while the Paramount Plus series will toss in a sex joke, a self-referential gag and even — gasp! — a swear word. (The writers even made sure to include a joke about the COVID pandemic.)
The revival also briefly explains why Carly’s best friend and co-host Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) hasn’t returned, and other original “iCarly” characters make appearances in the show — though sadly not fan-favorite Gibby (Noah Munck). Harper and Millicent are great additions to the cast; they offer the same levels of zany humor and facial expressions that the returning stars carry over from the first series. Millicent brings a Gen Z perspective and social media awareness to the millennial cast, while the writers make light of current-day topics like ASMR, internet trolls and influencer apologies to fans.
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