Freddie Benson is essential as iCarly.com’s technical producer, but he is typically not onscreen for the webcasts. Perhaps it’s for the best, as he proves unfunny as a substitute co-host in the episode “iBalls.” Often speaking with tech jargon and fending off his overprotective mother, this loveable nerd dates both Carly and Sam at different points in the show.
Carly’s co-host and best friend Sam Puckett is a brash delinquent with an insatiable appetite. This tomboy loves picking on peers but hates the word “panties.” In a crossover special with Dan Schneider’s “Victorious,” Sam uses her dissing skills to emerge the clear victor in a rap battle with the smack-talking puppet Rex.
Always using his name as an exclamation, Gibby started as a shirtless, witless guinea pig for the Web show’s experiments. Luckily for fans, his newfound ability to keep his shirt on is the only way he’s smartened up. Still, Gibby’s subplots suggest he’s the sharpest in his own clan. In “iStart a Fan War,” he tries to get his family to Webicon while grandpa Gilbert (Jack Carter) demands soup at a burger drive-thru and Guppy (real-life sibling Ethan) orders multiple orders of fries.
Spencer Shay balances fun and firmness as a guardian for sister Carly, but he lacks the sense to work safely on his art projects and inventions without incurring the wrath of the local fire department. Spencer is also willing to try any possible remedy for a problem. In “iFight Shelby Marx,” he takes allergy medication with wild side effects ranging from excessive sweating to severe muscle spasms.
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