It’s not often that a programme manages to be as witty and original as ‘Friends’ or ‘The Big Bang Theory’, but be directed at kids and be airing on Nickelodeon. Back in 2007, ‘iCarly’ began, and was intended to be a replacement for the cancelled ‘Drake and Josh’. The show centered around a group of kids running an online web-show. This idea was well ahead of its time, as kids and teens didn’t have access to services like Twitter when the show began. Miranda Cosgrove, who had previously starred as the wicked younger sister of the aformentioned Drake and Josh, was Carly, who hosted the show with her sarcastic and violent friend Samantha. Their show’s technical expert and director was Freddie (Nathan Kress) a nerdy mother’s boy with a major crush on Carly, and Jerry Trainor played Carly’s adult brother Spencer, the funniest thing in the show.
Over the past 6 seasons, Carly and her friends have gone through all the typical things kids go through in the transition from childhood to adulthood. iCarly was the TV Harry Potter, where viewers grew up with the stars, watching them go through relationships, growth spurts and other issues. The show managed to appeal to audiences of many age groups, whilst remaining hilarious always.
Tonight, on Nickelodeon, after 6 seasons of episodes, some featuring guests as cool as Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon, ‘iCarly’ finally comes to an end’. It inspired a generation, and will live on.