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"My real fans. That's who I make content for."
β€” Carly in iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now

Carly Shay (born July 24, 1994) is the titular protagonist of iCarly and the revival iCarly (2021). She is the host of the iCarly webshow/YouTube channel. In the original show, Carly hosted iCarly with Sam, but hosts it alone in the revival, with Freddie and Spencer's help. She is also Freddie's girlfriend.

Carly is portrayed by Miranda Cosgrove.


iCarly (2007)

Carly Shay is the younger sister of Spencer Shay and the daughter of Colonel Steven Shay and Mrs. Shay. She grew up in Seattle and attended Ridgeway Junior High School. She is the former best friend of Missy Robinson, whom she hung out with during her childhood, and best friend of Sam Puckett since she was about eight years old. She lived with her older brother in Apartment 8-C at Bushwell Plaza while their father was stationed on a Navy submarine. The whereabouts of her mother is unknown. She is also the best friend and then-ex-girlfriend of Freddie Benson, who lives across the hallway in apartment 8-D. He had a crush on her for many years, which started the day they met. In the final episode of iCarly, iGoodbye, Carly took the difficult decision to move to Italy to be with her father for a period of time ("taking a break for a while").

iCarly (2021)

In the first episode, it's revealed that Carly stayed in Italy with her dad for a few years. She ended up hosting Italian QVC before returning to the states to go to college. She went to college to study theatre and media studies, taking on a brief stint in college radio, before realizing that she wanted to restart iCarly again. After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Carly finally takes the first step to relaunching iCarly with the help of her new best friend and roommate Harper Bettencourt, alongside her older brother Spencer Shay and long-time best friend Freddie Benson. In the Season 2 finale, Carly and Freddie fall in love again and she enters a relationship with him in season 3. They almost get married in the season 3 finale, until they are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Carly's mom.

Physical Appearance

Carly Shay Appearance

Carly over the years

Carly is a slim Caucasian woman with creamy pale skin and brown eyes. In the original show, Carly had wavy dark brown hair and in the revival, she has long, wavy brown hair with blonde highlights. In the third season, Carly has removed her blonde highlights and gone back to her naturally dark brown hair.


Carly is a nice, easy-going, beautiful, smart, and caring person who would do anything for her friends, although she can be a little capricious and hot-headed at times when she doesn't get things her way, such as in iLook Alike when Spencer refuses to let her go to a wrestling match.

Occasionally, she has to get between her best friends Sam and Freddie when the two argue too much. She gets good grades and usually stays out of trouble, except for when she takes the blame for Sam's wrongdoing.

She is easily grossed out by vermin, the gross videos Sam likes (except in iStage an Intervention, when she wanted to see a guy who could pull his lip down over his chin), or even when Spencer says "bowels" (iTake on Dingo). In iMake Sam Girlier, Sam tells Carly that she is "soft and girly and weak", and in iTake on Dingo Sam called her "prissy." Carly agreed with this, referring to herself as "the prissiest."


Carly singing in iDo, one of her talents

She takes really long showers when she is depressed or needs to think, as mentioned in iGive Away a Car. She sometimes takes chairs into the shower with her.

In iWanna Stay With Spencer, it was implied Carly used to be a sick child. According to Spencer, she has to take vitamins every day and suffers from allergies and asthma although she had her last asthma attack when she was seven years old.

It was shown in iSpace Out and confirmed in iSam's Mom that Carly suffers from claustrophobia and freaks out if she is locked in a small space for a long time. Depending on the situation, Carly can either lose herself and become violent to try and escape or freak out and make strange 'nyehh' noises, which is also seen in iBuild a Team and iGo to Toledo. Although she can handle riding elevators and seems only mildly distressed when Nora locks her, Sam and Freddie in her sound booth in iPsycho. Carly can be slightly selfish at times, which is quite aware of, like when she is happy to have Freddie back as part of iCarly and doesn't seem bothered at first that he had just been dumped in iLove Your Shoes. However, Carly is good at recognising her mistakes and knows how to learn from them.


Possibly her most prominent trait, Carly, unlike Sam, is not tough and even when furious she has never physically attacked anyone on-screen (but tackled Freddie in an angry manner in iThink They Kissed). However, rarely we will see her attacking someone verbally or even physically, such as bullies or teachers, especially when they are troubling her friends, as we have seen in iHave a Lovesick Teacher and iMake Sam Girlier. She was also part of a girl mob (Sam and Shelby Marx) that beat up Nevel in iFight Shelby Marx, although Nevel said he was not scared of her.

It is shown in iPie and iDo that Carly can sing when she sings Amazing Grace and Shakespeare respectively. It is shown in the revival episodes that Carly has other talents such as knitting.


Freddie Benson


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Carly and Freddie

(2005-Present; Best Friend, Neighbor, Boyfriend, In Love With)

Main article: Creddie

Freddie had a huge crush on and been in love with Carly ever since he met her. At times, he looked through his peephole and waited for her to come home. Carly never seemed threatened by this behaviour, but rather amused. Carly is very aware of Freddie's crush on her and sometimes exploits that he would do anything for her by saying "Please. For me?" in a sweet, cute voice. They keep up a good friendship, though, and know they can rely on each other when it's necessary. Freddie and Carly's commonalities include maintaining high grades, not liking getting in trouble, and living at the Bushwell Plaza. Carly was known to be stronger than Freddie, having pinned him down three times; the third time though he reversed the pin to Carly's surprise. They are really good friends. (See: Creddie Friendship)


Carly and Freddie make out.

They were in a relationship in iSaved Your Life, but Sam convinced Freddie that Carly was only touched that he saved her life and was not in love with him, but what he did. They broke up afterward, but said they would be interested in going out again when Carly is over the "hero thing." In iOpen a Restaurant, Freddie asked Carly, "Is it too late for you to love me?" out of nowhere, revealing Freddie had feelings for Carly again.

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Carly has shown possible jealousy over two girls that Freddie has possibly been attracted to (iBeat the Heat and iHire An Idiot) since Freddie has also been jealous of guys that Carly likes in previous episodes. Carly has also been seen slightly flirting with Freddie (iSaved Your Life, iStart a Fanwar, etc.) In the original series finale iGoodbye, Carly comes up to the iCarly studio while Freddie is packing up. Carly stops him by placing her hand on his, and then she kisses him. Freddie returns the kiss, and as they are leaving the iCarly Studio, he is seen raising his hands up in a triumphant gesture because he was happy Carly finally made a move.

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Carly and Freddie's first kiss as an official couple

In the revival series, it is revealed that Carly and Freddie stayed friends in the last 10 years. In IRobot Wedding, Carly and Freddie share a romantic slow dance at Nevel Papperman's wedding while she is wearing a wedding dress. However, things get intense in iTake a Girls' Trip, when Carly and Freddie go on a "girls' trip" without Harper and they end up in the honeymoon suite. Things get complicated when they are believed to be having sex when Carly's friend Brooke walks in and Carly becomes jealous when Freddie takes a brief interest in Brooke. This episode hints that Carly and Freddie are starting to have feelings for each other again. In the season finale iReturn to Webicon, there are hints to Carly and Freddie having feelings for each other again. When Wes and Beau tell Carly they love her, she looks directly at Freddie who looks like he wants to tell her he is in love with Carly too. The episode ends with Carly saying "and", whilst looking at only Freddie as if she wants to tell him she loves him or wants to be with him.

Creddie (iMake New Memories)

In the season 2 premiere iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now, Carly and Freddie fake date after Carly attempts to show that she is indeed capable of being in a relationship. However, this results in them having to share an awkward kiss after some Creddie shippers - including Freddie's mother Marissa - urge them to do so. The two talk about their feelings and although they deny them, there is a lot of romantic and sexual tension between the two. Freddie leans closer to Carly as if he is about to kiss her for real before they are interrupted. However, they are forced to fake break up, but the episode strongly implies that Carly and Freddie are starting to have feelings for each other again.

In iBuild a Team, Freddie and Carly spend a lot more time together and he becomes annoyed and slightly jealous of Carly's former producer Paul from years ago in Italy. Carly tries to make sure Freddie and Paul get along so that she does not have to lose Freddie as her producer and a member of her team. Freddie shows slight jealousy over Paul's closeness with Carly, especially when Paul asks Carly if she is okay when she feels claustrophobic. At the end of the episode, Carly and Freddie (although they are both high) act very couple-y with each other and she tells him she could never do iCarly without him.

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Creddie's first "I love you" kiss, in the revival.

In the season 2 finale iThrow a Flawless Murder Mystery Party, Pearl tries to throw Freddie the perfect birthday party but it turns out she does not know him as well as Carly does. Carly is forced to take over and turn it into a 70's-themed party, something Freddie actually likes. In the end Carly comes clean that she had to take over and Pearl says that Carly and Freddie are clearly in love with each other, something neither of them deny. In an interview following the end of the finale, Nathan Kress said that Carly and Freddie do indeed love each other. Additionally, Miranda Cosgrove confirmed that Carly and Freddie are indeed endgame and would end up together.[59] Nathan Kress later said that Carly and Freddie were always meant to end up together.

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Carly and her boyfriend Freddie, in the revival

In the season 3 premiere iBuckled, Carly finally realises she has feelings for Freddie, but he is still with Pearl in the following episode, iLove Your Shoes so Carly tries to make him jealous. Freddie realises he in love with Carly when his knees buckle after hugging her and she realises she can't get over him. In iMake New Memories, Carly and Freddie share a romantic dance to their song Meant For Me and they eventually come to terms with their love for each other, realising they can't be just friends. Carly sets up romantic photos and dΓ©cor of their history in the iCarly studio. Both crying, Carly and Freddie proclaim their love for one another and finally become a real couple, sealing their new relationship with a few kisses.

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In iGo Public, Carly and Freddie announce their new relationship to the world and admit they are in love with each other for the first time. In iReunited and It Felt OK, Carly and Freddie are excited about going to their high school reunion as a couple, where she learns he was popular while she was in Italy. Freddie assures Carly it doesn't matter if she isn't in the photo, because no one could erase Freddie's memories of Carly from high school because she was the most memorable part. Touched, Carly says she's glad they finally got together and the couple later find out they have a niece named Potter (Potter thinks Freddie is her uncle), which makes Freddie drop popcorn in chock. In iGo to Toledo, while Carly rescues Marissa, she tells her that she hopes to one day be known as a Benson too, meaning Carly wants to marry Freddie and take his last name.

Creddie Kiss (3x10, 2)

In iCreate a New Ecosystem. Carly and Freddie try to prove to Millicent's mom Gwen that Millicent is safe and that she has a good ecosystem around her. Everyone thinks Carly is pregnant, which excites Freddie at the thought of them having a child together, but Carly tells him she isn't pregnant, which he is clearly disappointed about, but it does hint to the possibility of the couple having a child together one day.

In iHave A Proposal, Carly tells Freddie she can't wait to spend the rest of her life with him, which makes Freddie think she wants him to propose to her. Freddie says he is happy to propose to Carly if she wants to jump into marriage, despite them having only been dating for about 6 months, saying he is "locked and loaded". Carly says she wants to be with Freddie for the rest of her life. Carly and Freddie are in the middle of their vows, but are interrupted by Carly's mother unexpectedly showing up. Carly and Freddie have been confirmed to be each other's true love.[60]

Harper Bettencourt

(2020-Present; Best Friend, Roommate)

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Harper and Carly are best friends and share an apartment at Bushwell Plaza. Harper pushes Carly out of her comfort zone as they confront day-to-day obstacles. The two often look out for each other like in iReturn to Webicon and give each other advice. They care a lot about each other and their goals. The two get a lot closer as the show progresses and love supporting each other with their careers and love lives. They care a lot about each other and Carly really wants to hang out with Harper and her girlfriend Tinsley, together, in iCause A Cat-Astrophe. They have a sisterly relationship. (See: Carly and Harper)

Spencer Shay


Carly and Spencer embrace.

(July 24,1994–Present; Siblings, Former Legal Guardian)
Carly and her brother have an extremely close and loving relationship. Carly acts as the voice of reason or as emotional support when needed (and vice versa) and she can also rely on him when she has trouble. She is used to him letting her have a lot of freedom and gets irritated when he doesn't give her what she wants, as shown in iLook Alike. Nevertheless, the two care deeply about each other and have probably the most loving relationship on the show. In IGot a Hot Room, Spencer spends the entire episode going out of his way just to make Carly happy. He plans the biggest day ever and when Spencer accidentally lights her room on fire, Spencer spends all the insurance money he received to make it even better. Carly admits she has "the best big brother ever." Their brother/sister relationship is very important to the show.

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Carly and her brother Spencer in the revival

In the revival series, Carly and Spencer are still shown to be very close, especially since she has now moved down the hall from his apartment. However, they do still have odd disagreements such as in iFauxpologize, when Spencer is mad at Carly for "stealing his spotlight" over his art, but they always come through for each other. Spencer, in some cases, is shown to still be confused or shocked by Carly's outbursts even though he does not look after her like he used to, such as when she uses vulgarities despite being clearly uncomfortable using such words when talking to Spencer. This is likely because although she is an adult now, she still is his younger sister and he might just not expect her to say phrases like that, even though she is not his responsibility now unlike when she was younger. The two still have their minor disagreements in episodes like iDragged Him, when Spencer refuses to listen to Carly about their video. Carly and Spencer make up when she states he was her hero growing up and he realises he should be treating her as an equal now she is an adult.

In iCreate a New Ecosystem, Spencer becomes very protective of Carly when he thinks Freddie got her pregnant and is very excited about her having a baby. Instead of calling himself an uncle, Spencer refers himself as a grandfather to Carly and Freddie's "baby". He is clearly disappointed when she says she isn't pregnant. In IHave A Proposal, Spencer and Carly have a serious talk about their mother when she realises she wants to be with Freddie for the rest of her life and is upset about the thought of her mother not being there. Spencer reassures Carly she is not their mom and would never do to anyone what their mom did to them. (See Sparly)

Sam Puckett

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Carly and Sam

(2002-2012; Childhood Best Friend)
Carly and Sam met when they were about eight years old and Sam wanted to steal Carly's tuna sandwich that she was eating for lunch. When Carly fought back, Sam was impressed and the two eventually became friends. To this day, they share a close friendship that some fans even think of as romantic to a certain degree. Carly acts as a moral guardian to Sam, trying to keep her out of trouble and occasionally taking the blame for her pranks. Although Sam frequently causes Carly trouble, she likes her for being "creative, smart, fun and awesome". In IPilot, Carly gets mad at Sam for her getting in trouble and not Sam, because Sam revealed she would have been suspended or expelled. She mentioned she would punch Sam and Sam said that this is why they're best friends. In iChristmas, it was shown that Carly's life would be very different without Sam; iCarly would never have existed and Carly would be dating Nevel Papperman. At times, Carly and Sam's fights are extremely bad, such as in iDon't Want to Fight and iSaw Him First. In iQuit iCarly, one of their fights even leads to a near-death situation for both of them. They seem to be as close as sisters as they look out for each other. Sam is also the person who reminded Carly that the internet would 'still be there' when she got back from Italy with her dad in iGoodbye. Carly and Sam lost contact after Sam moved to LA and joined her biker gang but Carly has mentioned her a couple of times in the revival that she still misses her at times and Sam's role as Carly's best friend is now taken over by Harper Bettencourt. (See: Cam Friendship)

Millicent Mitchell

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Carly and Millicent in season 1.

(2020-Present; Former Frenemy, Friends, Daughter Figure)
Millicent feels a sense of competition between her and Carly in the first season. According to Miranda Cosgrove, Millicent secretly wants to have her own web show, Carly's fandom and take her down at the same time. She is sometimes sweet to Carly and manipulative at times.

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Carly and Millicent in season 3.

However, over the second season, Carly and Millicent get closer and Millicent starts to look at Carly as a mother-figure and they are shown to be good friends in season 3. Carly takes on a much more of a motherly role with Millicent in the third season as she starts dating Millicent's dad Freddie, in episodes like iFaked It and iReunited and It Felt OK. After Carly starts dating Freddie, she and Millicent get closer and it is revealed in iCause A Cat-Astrophe that Carly spends a lot of time together, including that episode where they go to an auction together and Harper says Carly will make a great second mom to Millicent. In ICreate a New Ecosystem, Carly wants to prove to Gwen that she can be a good second mother to Millicent and wants to keep her safe. Millicent admits Carly is growing on her in iHave A Proposal and is excited about Carly becoming her step-mom when Carly and Freddie almost get married, when Carly's mom unexpectedly arrives. (see Carly and Millicent)

Marissa Benson

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Carly and Marissa in the original show.

(2005-Present; Former Frenemy, Friends)
Carly has had an interesting relationship with Freddie's mother Marissa over the years. Marissa wanted Carly to date Freddie when they were kids although she didn't feel that way about him, but Marissa still respected Carly until iSaved Your Life, when Freddie saved Carly's life from a taco truck and Marissa soon showed a hatred for Carly, believing Carly should have been hit. Carly often found Marissa's attitude quite strange as she was so overprotective of Freddie. However, they got closer as the years went on and Marissa started to respect Carly a bit more again.

It is shown in the revival series that Marissa no longer dislikes Carly in episodes like iLove Gwen and they hug. Marissa later likes the idea of Carly becoming her daughter-in-law in the episode iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now, when she wants Freddie to propose to Carly. After Freddie enters an official relationship with Carly in season 3, Marissa learns to accept Carly as her son's girlfriend and possibly as an eventual wife.

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Carly and Marissa in the revival.

In iGo to Toledo, Carly throws Marissa a bachelorette party in Toledo and really wants to impress her and show she is a good girlfriend to Freddie. Carly rescues Marissa when they are trapped and they become closer. Carly also confesses to Marissa that she would like to marry Freddie one day and officially be part of the Benson family, as well as saying she will always be their biggest cheerleader.

In iCreate a New Ecosystem, Marissa is shown to be supportive of Carly and Freddie's relationship, especially when she thinks the couple are expecting a baby together although it is a misunderstanding. In iHave A Proposal, Marissa asks Carly to be her maid of honour which she accepts, and Carly almost becomes Marissa's daughter-in-law when she almost marries Freddie, until they are interrupted by Carly's mom.

Paul Denham

{2012; 2022-Present; Former Producer and Current Manager)

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Carly and her manager, Paul

Paul was Carly's producer in 2012 when she lived in Italy with her father and lost contact with him sometime before she moved back to Seattle a year later. The two see each other again almost 10 years later when Paul visits Carly in Seattle, but he butts heads with Freddie because Paul was Carly's producer so Carly comes up with a way to get them to work together. Paul is still Carly's manager in season 3. Carly hires Paul again to give her a new project in iBuckled, which becomes a reality show. Paul likes to tease Carly and support her in episodes like i'M a USA Bae and tries to encourage her to do things, that she might not be comfortable with at times, especially when it comes to her feelings for Freddie.

Gibby Gibson

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(2007-2012; Former Friend, Brief Date)
Carly and Gibby have known each other for four years. She has shown a little attraction to Gibby, and Gibby might have had an attraction to Carly. They are very good friends, and he was a recurring guest on her web show. Carly once mentioned that Gibby was "sweet, cute, and fun".

In iWin a Date, Gibby chose Carly as his date, possibly by mistake, despite her obvious hints that she was not Shannon. They went on a triple date to The Cheesecake Warehouse; Carly and Gibby, Sam and Reuben, Freddie and Shannon. Carly tried to help Shannon to like Gibby. After that, Carly and Gibby become good friends. Their friendship is not mentioned or shown in the revival, but Carly (and Spencer) excitedly shouts Gibby's name in iObject, Lewbert!, when she sees a photo of him on a monitor. (See Cibby)


(Unknown-present; Good Friend)

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Carly and Gwen

Carly and Gwen are friends. After Freddie's divorce from Gwen, Carly and Gwen continued to be good friends, but pretended to hate each other to protect Freddie's feelings. When they went swimming with turtles in Zanzibar, Carly told Freddie that she was visiting her dad in Italy. In iLove Gwen, their friendship is revealed to Freddie. Although Gwen hasn't been mentioned since, it is believed they are still good friends and they see each other again in iCreate a New Ecosystem, when Carly is dating Gwen's ex, Freddie and Gwen learns that Freddie and Carly are dating.

Pearl Wallace

Carly and Pearl

{2022-2023; Former Friend, Enemy)
Carly and Pearl were friends after Freddie started dating Pearl, but things got complicated when Carly started to also fall for Freddie. However, they stayed good friends as Carly kept her feelings for Freddie hidden. They didn't hang out as much, but were shown to be friends by iThrow a Flawless Murder Mystery Party. Carly lent Pearl her clothes after Pearl misunderstood Freddie's fear. However, things are tense between them at the start of season 3 when Pearl says Carly and Freddie are obsessed with each other and Carly tries to make Freddie jealous. Carly is shown to be jealous of Pearl in iBuckled and things get worse in the following episode, iLove Your Shoes, when Pearl throws an axe at Carly who just misses it. Pearl doesn't seem bothered or to care that she almost injured Carly and Pearl says Carly (and Freddie) sucks, ending her friendship with Carly and her relationship with Freddie.


Carly and Tinsley

Carly and Tinsley

(2023; Friends)
Carly becomes Friends with Tinsley after she starts dating her best friend Harper, although they are not seen hanging out with each other until ICause A Cat-Astrophe. Carly throws Tinsley a jewellery party and Tinsley offers Carly earrings worth $80,000. Carly accepts the earrings but decides to give them to an auction so that the Seattle Cat Museum can use the money instead as Carly realises she doesn't need earrings worth that much. Tinsley is hurt when she finds out Carly gave away the earrings as they belonged to her late grandmother and Carly fails to get them back. However, Tinsley offers to buy Carly the earrings and give them back to her as a way to show appreciation for Carly being Tinsley's friend.


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(2021; Ex-Boyfriend)
Wesley and Carly met in iCan Fix it Myself when she called him to fix her car. Although she was instantly attracted to him, they did not get along as she accused him of scamming people during his class. Carly later called Wes again and although he could not save her car, they greed to go on a date. Carly broke up with Wes in iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now, which caused him to hate her and turn the internet against her. He even went as far as saying she would never have a boyfriend and be alone forever, which made Carly say Freddie was her boyfriend.


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(Unknown-2021; Ex-Boyfriend)
Carly and Beau were in a relationship and created content together. However, Beau broke up with Carly in iStart Over.

He later professed his love for her in iReturn to Webicon but she did not feel the same way. Beau joined Wes, Carly's other ex-boyfriend, to turn against her and humiliate her online. Carly mentions in iGo Public that they were in a public relationship and Beau dumped her during a live stream (iStart Over), which made the internet pile on Carly, so she doesn't want Freddie - her current boyfriend - to go through the same thing, until she changes her mind.


(Unknown-2021; Friend)
Brooke and Carly are friends. During their trip to Snoqualmie Suites, Brooke got the impression that Carly and Freddie were trying to hint that they wanted to have a threesome with her, and was mortified when she found out that this was not the case. Although they were friends, Carly appeared to be jealous when she saw Brooke spending a lot of time with Freddie. It is unlikely that they have kept in touch as Brooke was never mentioned again.


(2023 Present; Niece)
Carly meets Potter in IReunited and It Felt OK and Potter was excited to meet her "Spauntie" Carly. Initially, Carly is confused on why she was with Spencer but is shocked to learn from him that Potter is his daughter, making her Carly's niece.

Spencer's Unnamed kids

(2023 Present; Nieces and Nephews)

After meeting Potter in IReunited and It Felt OK, Carly was shocked to learned she has 10 other unnamed nieces and nephews through Spencer, but she has yet to meet them.

Minor Relationships

Ben Huebscher (First Kiss)
In iKiss, Carly tells Sam and Freddie that her first kiss was with a boy named Ben Huebscher, who she kissed under a kumquat tree and he tasted like potato salad. It is unknown whether they were dating or not. He is named after an iCarly writer.

Jake Krandle (2007; Former Crush)
In iLike Jake, she had a crush on Jake and he liked her back. After Jake saw Carly kiss Freddie on the nose (for helping to make Jake's singing voice sound good for the web show), he believed that they were a couple. Because of this, Jake decided to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, leaving Carly single.

Shane (2008;, Dated)
She went out with him for a brief time in iSaw Him First, but since Sam was also dating him at the same time, the two of them fought and decided that the one who kissed him first got to date him. Shane broke up with them once he found out about their competition for him. They saw each other many years later in 2023, at their high school reunion in iReunited and It Felt OK. Shane agreed to test Carly when she found out she needed gym credits to officially graduate after finding out she hadn't officially graduated. Carly saved Shane's life after he suffered am attack from a wasp sting. He gave her the credits she needed and officially gradated. Carly was now over her crush as she now had a boyfriend.

Nevel Papperman (2008; Alternate Reality Boyfriend, Enemy)
Nevel kissed Carly on the cheek in iNevel, and has tried to get kisses from her ever since, but Carly constantly refuses. In the episode iChristmas, if Spencer was born normal, Nevel was going to be Carly's boyfriend.

Griffin (2009; Ex-Boyfriend)


Griffin manipulates Carly with cuteness tactics.

She dated him in iDate a Bad Boy until she found out he collected PeeWee Babies. She tried to make the relationship work, but then Griffin overheard Carly and Sam making fun of his PeeWee Babies and then broke up with her. He came back in iBeat the Heat and tried to kiss her, but she rebuffed him. (See: Criffin)

Austin (2009; Dated)
Carly chose him as her date in iSpeed Date. At the end of the episode, she dumped him because he kept interrupting her with random sentences whenever she wanted to say something.

Adam (2010; Former Crush)


Carly and Adam video chat.

Carly loved Adam in iStart a Fanwar. He seemed to be interested in her too, but in the end he was attacked by Creddie fans and Carly just left after Sam said β€œhe belongs to them now". (See: Cadam)

Steven Carson (2011; Ex-Boyfriend)

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Carly and Steven kiss.

Carly was dating Steven during the episode iParty with Victorious. She broke up with him after she found out he had been dating Tori Vega at the same time.

Cort (2011; Former Crush)
Carly said (in the same general idea) to Sam in liking him, "I was about to say that!" what Sam said about him: "You are soooo good lookin'!"

Kyle (2011; Ex-Boyfriend)
Carly went on a few dates with Kyle in iQ, but was feeling intellectually inferior to him and tried to pretend to be more educated to impress him. When he found out about this, he broke up with her for being dishonest.

Lance (2012; Dated)


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Lance was Carly's date in iToe Fat Cakes. On the date, Carly and Lance eat Chinese food while Carly's toe is still stuck in the faucet and then kiss.

Trey (2012; Dated)
Carly flirted with Trey in the episode iPear Store and invited him to her apartment for a date. When he dropped his original nerdy facade and was being too forward with her, she had Spencer kick him out.

Keith (2012; Dated)
Keith was coming over to Carly's apartment for a date in iGet Banned, but T-Bo knocked him out with his lemon launcher when he walked in.

Luke Tyler (Unknown-2021; Dated)
Carly and Luke first met at Camp Lakehorn and made smores together. When they reconnected in iStart Over, they went on a date at a fancy restaurant but Carly became disinterested after watching him gargle Bavarian goat whey.

Justin (Unknown-2021; Hater, Dated)
Justin is Carly's hater. When he was 11, he submitted a video to iCarly.com, but it was not featured on the show, so he held a grudge for years and posted hateful comments about her new iCarly show, with the comments all ending with "Do better." In the episode iHate Carly, he met her at Skybucks Coffee and instantly changed his mind about her. They went on a date with Carly completely oblivious that he was her hater until he was in her apartment. She later gave him an opportunity to perform on iCarly, but was turned off by his rather odd talent.

Trenton (2021; Dated)
Harper set Trenton and Carly on a date, citing Trenton as "the perfect guy" who was "just her type" as he was "hot and dumb." However, he was rather dim-witted and talked about Flat Earth theory during their date. Carly, bored, just decided to leave in the middle of their date. He was never mentioned again.

Troy (2023; Dated)

Carly and Troy

Carly and Troy

Carly went out with a guy named Troy in the season 3 episode iLove Your Shoes, in order to make her crush, Freddie, jealous and who she tried to get over. Carly was hesitant at first as Troy didn't get her jokes but decided to give him another chance anyway. The two spent more time together and things appeared to be going well as they went axe throwing together, but Carly's jealousy for Pearl and Freddie overrode her time with Troy. Troy broke up with Carly and started dating Pearl, who had just broken up with Freddie.


Old Carly

Carly in 50 years...

  • Carly is one of the three characters to appear in every episode of the entire iCarly franchise, the other being her brother Spencer Shay and Freddie Benson.
  • "Carlotta" is Carly's nickname and is used several times in the series, leading some fans to believe it was her real name. This theory was proven false in iStill Psycho when the police send a text to Carly which has the characters' full names.
  • Carly claimed to be a Capricorn in iScream On Halloween and on iCarly.com, her birthday originally was said to be January 14, but it was changed to July 24 shortly before the finale of Season 3 (probably to make it closer to the air date of iGot a Hot Room), which would make her a Leo.
    • Carly is the youngest of the original iCarly trio (Sam, Freddie and herself), as her birthday is in July and Freddie and Sam's birthdays are in February and April, respectively. Her original birthday before season 4 would have made her the oldest of the trio, so her age as opposed to that of her friends is debatable. Carly is still the youngest out of the new iCarly trio - Freddie, herself and Harper - Freddie being older than Carly and Harper being one year older than both of them.
  • A younger version of Carly has been shown twice. - Once in iDon't Want to Fight when Carly met Sam for the first time - and once in the revival show, in iDragged Him, when she is seen playing games with Spencer and Freddie.
  • In iOwe You, Spencer revealed Carly used to be a Sunshine Girl.
  • Her best friend is Sam Puckett in the original show and Harper Bettencourt in the revival show.
    • She and Sam had been friends five years before the episode iDon't Want to Fight. By the end of the original series, Carly and Sam have been best friends for ten years.
    • She and Sam have broken up as best friends twice in the series. Once in iDon't Want to Fight, and again in iQuit iCarly.
    • Carly met Harper when she was working at Skybucks Coffee Bar and they bonded over a show. Although its not fully confirmed, it is highly believed that they became friends in 2020, one year before the events of the first season of the revival took place.
  • Her boyfriend and best friend is Freddie Benson.
  • Carly had only 4 boyfriends over the course of both shows: Griffin in iDate a Bad Boy, her best friend Freddie in iSaved Your Life, Steven Carson in iParty With Victorious and Wes in season 1 of the revival. Other love interests are rarely seen to go past one date.
    • However, Carly eventually gets back together and ends up with Freddie in iMake New Memories, an episode of the revival.
    • By the time of iHave A Proposal, Carly has been with Freddie for seven episodes, making it her longest relationship ever. Freddie is also the only one Carly has ever wanted to marry.
  • In iDate Sam & Freddie, it is revealed that she uses a CPAP to keep herself from snoring. This is shown again in the revival.
  • Carly's head has nearly been hit three times: in iWanna Stay with Spencer (nearly getting hit with a hammer), iStart a Fanwar (a fan threw a chair at Carly at Webicon) and from in iLove Your Shoes (Carly managed to dodge an axe being thrown by Pearl).
  • Carly has had three near-death experiences: in iWanna Stay with Spencer (nearly getting hit in the head with a hammer); in iQuit iCarly (almost falling off a window washer platform, along with Sam); and in iSaved Your Life (almost getting hit by a taco truck, but rescued by Freddie, off-screen).
  • She loved the band Cuttlefish as a kid.
  • She enjoys drinking coffee. Spencer always gave her decaffeinated coffee without telling her, as a child.
  • Carly was fond of Build-A-Bra and Glitter Gloss which are both stores at the Crown Ridge Mall, when she was a kid.
  • It is mentioned various times that Carly watches and possibly likes the show Full House.
  • She is an avid believer in Bigfoot (iBelieve in Bigfoot).
  • Carly sometimes pokes people when she wants to get them to focus (iPromise Not To Tell).
  • Carly has shown her midsection the most out of any female on the show, due to her wearing a bikini (iHatch Chicks), a red bandanna top in her recurring cowgirl costume, a hula skirt with a coconut bikini top (iSaw Him First), a two-piece mixed martial arts outfit (iFight Shelby Marx), a purple and black plaid blouse (iSpace Out), an 80s costume (iBelieve in Bigfoot), a little bit of her belly in a plaid pink - black cami (iBeat the Heat), and her belly button in a crop top. (ILove Gwen)
  • Carly has a bikini with a floral design, skirt bikini bottom, and a g-string in the back. (iHatch Chicks)
  • Her great-grandmother gave her a heavily insured diamond-encrusted watch when she died, although it seems Spencer and Carly did not go to her funeral. It came in handy when her room was destroyed in a fire and the watch was destroyed in the fire. It was insured for $82,000. (iGot a Hot Room)
  • In iLost My Mind, Carly grabs a set of keys on the way out of the door on the way to Troubled Waters. This poses the possibility that Carly can drive, which is shown to be true in the revival series.
  • She is shown to have her own Debit card, a necklace that says "Love & Giggles", and enjoy Gummy Hearts in iRescue Carly.
  • She is the first person to last a full round against Shelby Marx.
  • Carly has had one job in the original series, in iGot a Hot Room at the Groovy Smoothie.
  • Caleb predicted that she would be the future Vice President of the United States.
  • Her hair was styled differently in the first season.
  • Although Carly is the main character in the series, she stopped appearing in new iCarly.com segments at some point due to Miranda Cosgrove's busy schedule. The gang only said she was on camera.
  • While Carly has partied with Tori Vega in the crossover iParty with Victorious, this is not the first time actress Victoria Justice has been on iCarly. She also played the CFC champion Shelby Marx in iFight Shelby Marx.
  • Carly has commented on Miranda Cosgrove's previous role of Megan Parker in Drake & Josh twice; in iGet Pranky, she complained about Megan being better at pranking than her and in iToe Fat Cakes, she said "Seen it." when seeing a scene from the episode "Peruvian Puff Peppers" on TV.
  • Carly, until the episode iRescue Carly was made known, was the only one of the main characters (including Gibby) not to have her name featured in an episode title. Instead, iCarly was used (the webshow's title).
  • In the first season of the revival, Carly is 26, which is the same age Spencer was in iPilot, the original series premiere.
  • Carly once got a flamingo lawn decoration from Spencer for Christmas, which was a rather poor gift, since Carly has a fear of birds.[57]
  • She can't do impressions as shown in iObject, Lewbert!
  • Carly still suffers from a fear of small spaces as an adult.[61]
  • Miranda Cosgrove confirmed that Carly and Freddie are going to end up together and be endgame.[59]
    • It is again confirmed they are endgame when it is said outright in iHave A Proposal.
  • She still sleeps with a device that stops her from snoring.
  • Carly appears to be quite strong as she is able to easily tackle Paul in iBuckled and can climb a rope quite easily in iReunited and It Felt OK, although she was originally shown to be weak in that episode as she said she pulled a muscle while sneezing.
  • She doesn't trust the cloud backup system on cell phones and doesn't understand how it works.[25]
  • She had a purple hard drive that she called "Carly's bitchin' purple hard drive", until it was destroyed.[25]
  • Carly is shown to be a talented knitter.
  • Carly is one year younger than her portrayer, Miranda Cosgrove.
  • One of her favourite drinks is Capri Sun.[26]
  • Carly has cried 6 times overall.
    • The first time is in iDon't Want to Fight when she and Sam made up after their fight. Then in iQuit iCarly, with Sam when they cried after being saved after almost losing their lives and making up with her. Carly then cried twice in iGoodbye, when she was leaving for Italy and said goodbye to both Sam and Spencer. Carly then cries twice in iMake New Memories - after she and Freddie fight about their past in Italy and when they confess their feelings in the iCarly studio - and then again in iGo Public, when Freddie tells Carly he is in love with her.
  • Her first celebrity crush was Foghorn Leghorn.[27]
  • According to Harper, Carly loves a bedtime story.[27]
  • Carly actually never graduated from Ridgeway Junior High School, revealed in iReunited and It Felt OK, but did at the end of the episode.
  • Her favourite number is 69 because it looks like a ying and yang.[29]
  • Carly faced and seemingly overcame her fear of claustrophobia in iGo to Toledo, when she crawled into a wall a crawlspace to rescue Freddie's mother, Marissa Benson.
  • She almost marries Freddie in iHave A Proposal, until they get interrupted by her mother's unexpected arrival.
  • Carly originally never wanted to get married until she and Freddie started dating.[32]
  • She and Spencer both have abandonment issues due to their mother leaving them when Carly was a kid.[32]
  • Carly seems to have a habit of changing things last minute or interfering with certain things, which is called "classic Carly".[28]
  • Carly has her name in six episode titles which are ISave iCarly, IHate Carly, ICarly Saves TV, IRescue Carly, ICarly Awards and IQuit iCarly.


Carly: I wanna stay here in Seattle with Spencer!
Granddad: Spencer needs to learn how to take care of himself before he can take care of a child.
Carly: I'm not a child! I'm just young and short. (iWanna Stay With Spencer)

Carly: I'm not a twig ... and I'm getting curvier every day! (iFight Shelby Marx)

Carly: Get outta here! (iSpeed Date)

Carly: Carly: You're both getting hugs! [pulls Sam and Freddie into a group hug] It's happening. You're getting hugs! You're getting hugs! I love you guys! (iMeet The First Lady)

Carly: Listen. Doing iCarly for you guys has meant so, so much for me. And...it's changed my life. (iGoodbye)

Carly: Welcome to the new iCarly! (iStart Over)

Carly: Principal Franklin, hi! [slams door shut] Curse. (i'M Cursed)

Carly: Lewbert, I will see you in court! (iObject, Lewbert!)

Carly: Oh my God, its Paul!
Freddie: That's Paul? Your producer from Italian QVC?
Carly: He's the best producer I have ever worked with. [Freddie looks offended] ....In Europe.
(iBuild a Team)

[On the phone]
Carly: Paul, I need a new project! A real one. (iBuckled)

Carly: Live, damn you! (iMake New Memories)

Carly: Game over, bitch! (iFaked It)

Carly: This make so much sense. I wasn't stressed about Freddie, I'm stressed about mom. (iHave A Proposal)


iCarly Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Total
1 25
2 21
3 18
4 20
5 13
Total 97
iCarly (2021) Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Total
1 13
2 10
3 10
Total 33
βœ” = Appeared M = Mentioned F = Flashback
- = Did not appear V = Voice P = Pictured
Note: Specials are counted as 1 episode in the total (see more information).


See photos of Carly Shay here.


  1. ↑ iFence
  2. ↑ iOwe You
  3. ↑ 3.0 3.1 iHate Sam's Boyfriend
  4. ↑ iLook Alike
  5. ↑ 5.0 5.1 iRocked the Vote
  6. ↑ 6.0 6.1 iSaved Your Life
  7. ↑ iSam's Mom
  8. ↑ iBeat the Heat
  9. ↑ iDate a Bad Boy
  10. ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 iParty With Victorious
  11. ↑ 11.0 11.1 iReunite With Missy
  12. ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 iFight Shelby Marx
  13. ↑ iMeet The First Lady
  14. ↑ iRescue Carly
  15. ↑ iHate Carly
  16. ↑ iFauxpologize
  17. ↑ iNeed Space
  18. ↑ iLove Gwen
  19. ↑ iMLM
  20. ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 iGuess Everyone Just Hates Me Now
  21. ↑ iObject, Lewbert!
  22. ↑ iHire a New Assistant
  23. ↑ 23.0 23.1 iBuckled
  24. ↑ 24.0 24.1 iLove Your Shoes
  25. ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 'iMake New Memories
  26. ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 iGo Public
  27. ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 iFaked It
  28. ↑ 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 iGo to Toledo
  29. ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 29.6 iReunited and It Felt OK
  30. ↑ 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 iCause A Cat-Astrophe
  31. ↑ 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 31.6 31.7 31.8 31.9 iCreate a New Ecosystem
  32. ↑ 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 iHave A Proposal
  33. ↑ I'M Cursed
  34. ↑ iGot a Hot Room
  35. ↑ My Summer Job Disaster
  36. ↑ iNevel
  37. ↑ iWill Date Freddie
  38. ↑ iSpy a Mean Teacher
  39. ↑ 39.0 39.1 iHave My Principals
  40. ↑ iPromise Not to Tell
  41. ↑ 41.0 41.1 iCarly Saves TV
  42. ↑ iHave a Lovesick Teacher
  43. ↑ iGo to Japan
  44. ↑ iTwins
  45. ↑ iBattle Chip
  46. ↑ iMove Out
  47. ↑ iPsycho
  48. ↑ 48.0 48.1 iStill Psycho
  49. ↑ iSell Penny-Tees
  50. ↑ iStart a Fanwar
  51. ↑ iHire An Idiot
  52. ↑ iRescue Carly
  53. ↑ IAm Your Biggest Fan
  54. ↑ iMLM
  55. ↑ iNeed Space
  56. ↑ iReturn to Webicon
  57. ↑ 57.0 57.1 My Christmas Gift Dilemma
  58. ↑ iHit Something
  59. ↑ 59.0 59.1 'iCarly:' Miranda Cosgrove Calls Carly and Freddie ENDGAME!
  60. ↑ Paramount Plus call the Creddie Relationship "True Love"
  61. ↑ iBuild A Team
v β€’ e β€’ d Characters
Main Characters
Carly Shay β€’ Sam Puckett β€’ Freddie Benson β€’ Spencer Shay β€’ Gibby Gibson β€’ Harper Bettencourt β€’ Millicent Mitchell
Recurring Characters
Marissa Benson β€’ Lewbert Sline β€’ Granddad Shay β€’ T-Bo β€’ Guppy Gibson
Ridgeway Students and Faculty
Wendy β€’ Principal Ted Franklin β€’ Ms. Briggs β€’ Mr. Howard β€’ Rip-off Rodney β€’ Jeremy β€’ Shawn β€’ Shannon Mitchell β€’ Superintendent Gorman β€’ Rebecca Berkowitz
Other Characters
Nora Dershlit β€’ Baby Spencer β€’ Socko β€’ Charlotte Gibson β€’ Hobos β€’ Chuck Chambers β€’ Nevel Papperman