The hit Nickelodeon series iCarly is now streaming on Netflix as production begins on the reboot series in the works at Paramount+. Starring Miranda Cosgrove as the titular web series creator, the show served as one of Nickelodeon's most popular titles during the years it was on the air. Now, Netflix subscribers can revisit the classic episodes after the first two seasons have been made available on the streamer in the United States.
iCarly stars Miranda Cosgrove as a teenager who launches her own successful web series with the help of her friends Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress) along with her older brother Spencer (Jerry Trainor). The series ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2012 and was nominated for the Outstanding Children's Program Award at the Emmys on five separate occasions.
Cosgrove, Kress, and Trainor will all reprise their roles in a reboot of iCarly as well. The new series will follow an older Carly as she confronts the problems that young adults face, though her internet fame and web series will still likely play a role in the show. Also coming into the reboot series are two original characters, with one described as Carly's new best friend with the other named as Freddie's step-daughter, who's launching a YouTube web series of her own.
Jennette McCurdy is not expected to appear as Sam in the new iCarly. She reprised the role for the short-lived spinoff series Sam & Cat which ended after one season due to behind-the-scenes issues. McCurdy later announced her retirement from acting in 2016, telling Elite Daily at the time: "I still have complicated feelings toward my past from my experience with Nickelodeon. It's something that I work on. I'd like to get to a place of peace with my past. That would be great."
These days, McCurdy is pretty active on the social media platform TikTok, regularly uploading comedic videos for her following of over 2.6 million fans. After the news of the iCarly reboot broke, McCurdy uploaded a cryptic video to TikTok with text reading, "Wondering what it would have been like to have had a healthy, non-traumatic childhood" while lip syncing the Connor Snow song "I Guess We'll Never Know."
It will certainly be fun for fans to binge episodes of iCarly one after another in the age of streaming, but the obvious downside here is that only the first two seasons are included. Given the relationship between Netflix and Nickelodeon, it also seems unlikely that the rest of the series will be added to the streaming service in the future. Other Nick shows like Henry Danger have similarly arrived on Netflix in a limited capacity, with just the first three of that show's five seasons available to watch.
What this seems to all come down to is an apparent way to drive up the subscriber count for the competing streaming service CBS All Access, which will be rebranded as Paramount+ in March. As ViacomCBS also owns Nickelodeon, the streamer has five seasons of iCarly available compared to the two seasons streaming on Netflix. It would appear that the idea is to hook fans with the limited content on Netflix in an effort to get them to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch more.
There's no release date yet set for the iCarly reboot, but CBS All Access will officially be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4. You can watch the first two seasons of the original Nickelodeon series now at Netflix.