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These iCarly Then Vs. Now Photos Are A Blast From The Past

Catch up with the Nickelodeon cast as the revival premieres on Paramount+.

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On Sept. 8, 2007, over four million viewers tuned into the premiere of iCarly on Nickelodeon, where they were introduced to Carly Shay, her brother Spencer, and friends Sam Puckett and Freddie Benson, who work together to produce a wacky web series — a new concept at the time.

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Created by Dan Schneider, the hit series lasted for six seasons and 109 episodes. Thirteen years later, iCarly is being revived for a new season at Paramount+, set to air on June 17. Much of the original cast is returning — except for fan-favorites Sam and Gibby.

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The new series will see Carly return to Seattle as an adult and revive her famed web show alongside Freddie, iCarly's technical producer. To celebrate the highly-anticipated reboot, let’s catch up with the original cast members — including those not coming back.

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Miranda Cosgrove first portrayed the role of Carly Shay at 14 years old, after she had previously appeared in 2003’s School of Rock and Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007. During her time on iCarly, she also forayed into music with hits like “Kissin' U.”

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“I’m in a whole different position now working on the revival than I was when I was a kid because I’m actually an executive producer on it,” Cosgrove told Complex in May 2021. “I’m happy, and I’m grateful to have that opportunity... [I hope it] makes people laugh.”

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When he was cast as Freddie Benson on iCarly at 14, Nathan Kress had previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and House. Since the show ended, he's forayed into directing, married actress London Elise Moore, and welcomed two daughters named Rosie and Evie.

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“This is an adult show, and it's not specifically for kids,” he recently told Page Six. “And that's been exciting for us — to just see where these characters from a kid's show would be and where they are in their life now, 10 years later. But in a very realistic, non-glossy way.”

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Jerry Trainor notably played Crazy Steve on Drake & Josh before being cast in iCarly at 30, and he’s since acted in other shows, including Sam & Cat, 2 Broke Girls, and Disney’s Bunk’d.

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Recently speaking to Page Six, Trainor said the new, young adult-geared iCarly will feature more mature content. “There’s going to be sexual situations,” said the actor. “And you know, I say 'damn it' in the trailer, which had everyone in a tizzy, but you know, we're grown-ups.”

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Jennette McCurdy was 15 when she started playing Sam on iCarly. She launched a country music career while on the show, and her character received a spinoff series with then-Victorious star Ariana Grande titled Sam & Cat. However, she won't be returning for the Paramount+ revival.

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McCurdy has gone on to write, direct, and star in several short films as well as a one-woman show before announcing her retirement from acting. "I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played," she said on her Empty Inside podcast in March.

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"My mom put me in [acting] when I was six, and by age 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family," she continued. "I ultimately quit after [she] passed away... with her death kind of died a lot of her ideas for my life, and that was its own [difficult] journey."

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Noah Munck was only 11 when he started playing Carly, Sam, and Freddie’s wacky, often shirtless friend Gibby. He’s also appeared in 2011’s Bad Teacher and currently acts on ABC’s The Goldbergs and produces electronic dance music under the monikers NoxiK and SADWORLDBEATS.

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After iCarly ended, Munck was set to reprise his role in the Nickelodeon spinoff series Gibby. While a pilot was filmed, it never aired on television, and the show wasn’t picked up to series. Like McCurdy, Munck also won’t be returning for the reboot.

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But unlike the actress, Munck hasn’t publicly explained why he’s not returning, which is surprising considering he still acts. He regularly posts on Twitter and Instagram via @sadworldonline, though never about his acting career — despite fans' requests in the comments.

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Reed Alexander was 12 when he originated the role of iCarly’s snarky blogger and hacker Nevel Papperman. He took a break from acting once the show ended, though he’ll be reprising his role for the Paramount+ revival.

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Since iCarly, Alexander has released a cookbook titled KewlBites, earned his master's of science in journalism from Columbia University, and currently works as a finance reporter covering Wall Street for Insider — a far cry from Nevel’s unethically Carly-obsessed blog.

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“We're getting to explore different things with [what] the characters go through that we would never have been able to do before,” Cosgrove recently told Entertainment Weekly. “It's just been a fun reunion getting to see everybody, and I'm really excited for people to see it.”

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