Case Number 21796: Small Claims Court

THE I<3 ICARLY COLLECTION

Nickelodeon // 2009 // 433 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 17th, 2011

The Charge

iGiveup.

The Case

This terribly titled set (i<3 icarly?!) brings three previously released DVD collections from Nickelodeon's popular tween show, iCarly. Miranda Cosgrove (Despicable Me) stars as Carly, a spunky high schooler who's found modest fame with her online talk show. She's paired with her best friend and co-host Sam (Jennette McCurdy, Minor Details) and the duo have inexplicably carved out a name for themselves online. Inexplicable, because as far as I can tell, their show is terrible.

Regardless, here's what awaits in this set:

iFight Shelby Marx
* "iFight Shelby Marx (TV movie)"
* "iDate a Bad Boy" (TV Movie)
* "iLook Alike"
* "iCarly Awards"

iSaved Your Life
* "iSaved Your Life (Director's Cut)"
* "iQuit iCarly" (TV Movie)
* "iThink They Kissed"
* "iTwins"
* "iMove Out"

iSpace Out
* "iSpace Out"
* "iWas a Pageant Girl"
* "iEnrage Gibby"
* "iFix a Pop Star"
* "iWon't Cancel the Show"
* "iBelieve in Bigfoot"

That's a lot of "i's." I've been exposed to this show several times already (I previously reviewed iSaved Your Life) and each time I sit through an episode, my opinion of the show drops a bit. It's not terrible and the target audience no doubt enjoys it -- the endurance of the broadcast proves that point -- but I just don't have much patience for these low-impact teeny bopper sitcom excursions.

iCarly is built around the concept that Carly and Sam's internet show is high-larious. Yet I can't escape the truth that it is objectively terrible and would not exists past one day's worth of bitter YouTube comment threads were it not for the fictitious universe the writers created where two unfunny teenage girls can create a hit show on the air.

Don't let me rain on your parade, if you enjoy iCarly. It is inoffensive and that's saying something these days. And if you don't own any of these discs, this set is a good way to build up your library in a hurry. Also, you have to love the "iFight Shelby Marx" episode, where fellow Nickelodeon TV star, Victoria Justice, who may or may not weigh 60 pounds, plays a championship female kickboxer who beats up grown men.

All 433 minutes are full frame and 2.0 stereo. Extras: Featurettes, trivia, an episode of Victorious, and the pilot for Big Time Rush.

The Verdict

Not Guilty I guess, but just because I'm in a good mood. I had a tasty slice of key lime pie just now.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 70

Perp Profile
Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 433 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurettes
* Trivia
* Bonus Episodes

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0972534/combined

* Official Site
http://www.icarly.com/