Jim 2000s

Aired: 2007-2012 Nickelodeon iCarly

DAD: Spencer Shay (Jerry Trainor) / Single – – Older brother

DAD’S JOB: Legal guardian

KIDS: Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) (14)

WHERE’S MOM?:Dead? Carly and Spencer’s dad is stationed on a submarine.

STAND-IN “MOM”: unknown

This show is going to seem quite dated in a decade or less. Carly is the host of an Internet webcast called “iCarly” and is subsequently internet-famous.

Typical of older-brother-raising-younger-sister shows (see Hank in the 1960s), Carly is the cool and responsible member of the family, compared with out-of-control, unprepared older brother Spencer.

Miranda Cosgrove was a natural casting choice for the child-prodigy personality of Carly, having already displayed her acting chops as the stereotypical prodigy foil of Jack Black in the film School of Rock.

The subsequent tell-all about abuse of minors on set, written by cast member Jennette McCurdy really puts a pall over this show. Really awful stuff went on, apparently — so much so, McCurdy refused to be a part of the Paramount Plus revival of the series in the 2020s.