tek's rating: ½

iCarly, on Nickelodeon
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Well, when this first started I thought it was okay, but I didn't bother to watch it that often. Later, however, I got to like it a lot more, so I'll try to catch any new episode, but I suppose I still miss some. Scheduling just seems rather erratic and unpredictable, to me. Anyway, the show is pretty amusing, in a wacky and random way. There are these two girls, Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove and Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy), who host a web show called "iCarly," in which they do all kinds of... wacky and random stuff. They get tech support from Carly's neighbor, Freddie Benson (who has a crush on Carly). Sam likes to mock him and hurt him and whatnot. She's just generally... um, not concerned with being normal, or respecting others' feelings, or anything. But she's funny. Luckily, Carly is usually nicer to Freddie, even if she doesn't return his feelings. Other characters include Carly's older brother Spencer, who is her legal guardian, I guess, but a total goofball. And there's Freddie's overprotective mother, and the doorman of the building Carly lives in, Lewbert, who is really bizarre and has a huge wart and seems to hate everyone. The kids even have a recurring segment on their webshow called "Messin' with Lewbert," in which they prank him. There's a kid named Gibby who often appears on the web show and who also attends Carly, Sam, and Freddie's school. And there are some other recurring characters, including their school's principal and at least one teacher, plus a kid named Nevel (who is like Carly's archnemesis), and a guy named T-Bo (who runs the smoothie shop that the kids often hang out at).

And, I dunno what else to say, really. I guess viewers can submit their own videos to the website, that could potentially make it onto the show, maybe. Anyway... yeah, it's just wacky and weird and funny. (Oddly enough, "real life" on the show is often nearly as wacky and random as the web show, but not quite.) Oh, and there have been a few TV movies such as "iGo To Japan," in which the gang is nominated for an "iWeb Award" for best web comedy series, and Carly, Sam, and Freddie get a trip to Japan, where the ceremonies are being held. Spencer and Freddie's mom accompany them. When it first aired, I intended to write up a full review of it, but I never got around to it, and now I don't care. Nor do I feel like really talking about any other TV movies (which are really just extended episodes, basically). Even though they're pretty much all fun, just like the regular episodes....

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