iOmg, it’s Season 3 of iCarly
, the web show that has made you laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. It’s everything you’ve been waiting for – the big Carly Shay room reveal, the return of Nevel Papperman, Penny Tees on the market, and the ongoing saga of Creddie and Seddie!
Hosting a web show and navigating the minefields of high school can be more than a little challenging, but for friends Carly, Sam, Freddie, and Gibby, it's nothing that can't be handled with a little teamwork and a lot of laughter. With the popularity of their self-proclaimed "stupid, pointless comedy" show soaring, Carly and her friends are enjoying their fame and having a blast doing and saying random things on the air to make their viewers laugh. But while their programming may be all about fun and games, the realities of surviving high school, creating and producing a weekly web show, and dealing with relationships with family, peers, and the opposite sex are a bit more serious. The friends help each other through the rough patches and even Carly's flaky big brother and guardian Spencer sometimes manages to assist in his own wacky way. This lighthearted sitcom takes on some serious issues like addiction, child labor, parental relationships, fame, love, and even marriage, but it does so with a healthy dose of comedy that keeps tweens laughing. Creator Dan Schneider combines his two popular Nickelodeon shows iCarly
in the hour-long "iParty with Victorious" episode in which main characters Carly and Tori are drawn together by a common boyfriend and the lure of revenge. The episode works quite well, mostly because the form, content, characters, and settings of the two shows are very similar. This third-season compilation features three notable guest stars: Jane Lynch gives a powerful performance as Sam's elusive and unconventional mother in "iSam's Mom"; Jack Black plays opposite Jerry Trainor (Spencer) in "iStart a Fan War" in a duel of costumed, comic book archenemies that's rich with physical comedy; and Kenan Thompson guest stars as himself in "iParty with Victorious." There are definitely times when not much seems to happen in an episode of iCarly
, but this show is often smart, stupid, funny, and ridiculous all at the same time. The bottom line is that tweens find iCarly
quite entertaining. --Tami Horiuchi