Sam & Cat
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Sam & Cat is a short-lived American teen sitcom created by Dan Schneider that aired from June 8, 2013, to July 17, 2014 on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover/spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious.
- The main problem with this series is that it was pretty unnecessary, since its two source materials, iCarly and Victorious, already had a crossover special, "iParty with Victorious", two years before this show came out.
- Many people think they should have kept Victorious going for a bit longer rather than starting a whole new show.
- On that topic, Sam and Cat's personalities have been ruined because of flanderization:
- Sam has gone from a bad girl with a heart of gold to a downright mean-spirited, short-tempered bully who couldn't care less about anyone or anything.
- Cat has gone from a dimwitted, but kind-hearted girl to a completely dimwitted, whiny girl whose high-pitched voice is now very annoying and tiresome.
- Besides that, Dan Schneider’s writing quality at this point began to decline, even more so than in iCarly and Victorious, resulting in a lot of bad episodes, more on that later.
- Miranda Cosgrove and Victoria Justice’s characters Carly Shay and Tori Vega never made any physical appearances in the series since iCarly ended in November 2012 and since Victorious ended four months before this show came out.
- Compared to other characters from iCarly like Spencer, T-Bo and Gibby, Sam proves to be the least qualified to have her own show.
- Besides Sam and Cat, there are other characters that are unlikable as well:
- Dice, while tolerable, is a miser who always takes advantage of Goomer, as well as the Butt-Monkey of the show.
- Graphically unfunny, mean-spirited, groan-worthy, trashy, and forced humor that can get too grating, disturbing and/or inappropriate for children.
- Sam screaming at the top of her lungs at Cat in "#MotorcycleMystery" is extremely obnoxious and repetitive and it will get on your last nerve.
- The acting is very below average, depending on anyones view.
- Many people complained that DanWarp shows had bad morals and illegal things before the show came out. He promised to change them but nothing changed. See below:
- "News News News News" from "#DroneBabyDrone", "#WeStealARockStar" and "#SuperPsycho" is a stupid name for a news show. Even a five-year old could come up with a more creative name.
- In "#FirstClassProblems", Goomer constantly makes the situation worse. Later, he and Dice argue by speaking gibberish. Quality writing, huh?
- There's also the fact that in that episode, the whole misunderstanding came from the last name of the kids (Baums). Because Goomer said he brought the timers for the Baums, and everyone thinks he said bombs. This joke is extremely annoying, and since when is that a last name?
- Sam also gives the kids "aqua toilette", which is obviously toilet water.
- In "#BrainCrush," there's a forced comedic scene where Sam gets a door shut on her fingers and Cat asks if she wants her to open the door instead of immediately opening the door.
- "#StuckInABox" has a disturbing scene when Goomer and Dice think Sam killed Vance Anderson because of the blood spilling. (It was really a can of red paint.)
- Major Plot Hole: How come Sam and Cat haven't gotten shut down or arrested for running an unlicensed babysitter service according to the episode, "#BabysittingCommercial"? ("Sam & Cat’s Super Rockin’ Fun-Time Babysitting Service is not licensed. Sam and Cat are not legal adults. The young children who appeared in this commercial were paid and told what to say. Sam and Cat claim no legal responsibility for the safety of your children. Sam has a criminal record." — The commercial.)
- The kids that Sam and Cat babysit are unlikable spoiled brats who do not accept middle-class standards. This would be understandable for the occasional kid, but this applies to nearly every kid the pair babysits.
- Unfunny side characters that repeat one joke whenever they appear on-screen.
- Herb, a man who appears homeless but is in fact rich and owns a condo and says "My life's goin' great!"
- Randy, a kid who always yells the line "I'm Randy!", can be really annoying.
- Brody, a spear fisherman who boasts his job and brings a loaded speargun wherever he goes in public, which is illegal.
- The show can get very inconsistent at times. For example, in "#FavoriteShow", Sam watches Drake & Josh, which would imply that it's a show that exists within the universe of the show. However, later, in "#SuperPsycho", Sam and Cat pass by Crazy Steve in the hospital. Does this mean that Drake & Josh takes place in the same universe as Sam & Cat while also being a TV show? Moreover, Cat mentioned once "It worked in Drake & Josh in "#DroneBabyDrone".
- "#MyPoober" ends with Sam and Cat abandoning the child they were supposed to take care of in a cemetery. How did these two not get arrested for this?
- The conflict in the episode "#SalmonCat" doesn't even make sense. Sam and Cat are threatened with losing their babysitting service all because their names are slightly similar to an old cartoon called SalmonCat (which doesn't actually exist in real life). If anything, that should be more of a coincidence than something worthy of a lawsuit!
- It's extremely pessimistic. Goomer, for example, is so pessimistic that he's no fighter (which doesn't even make sense considering that he's a professional MMA fighter).
- Kel Mitchell is extremely annoying for some people when he guest stars in "#PezzyB".
- He sings an excruciatingly terrible song that has some of the worst lyrics in any song, let alone one written for a sitcom.
- His character is called Peezy B, which is a dumb name for a rapper. It basically copied another rappers' name, called Peezy. (They should have sued.)
- The final episode, "#GettinWiggy", was an awful way to end the show.
- The show has bad morals, such asː
- Child abandonment
- Being irresponsible
- Being immature
- Being a jerk
- Taking advantage of others
- Breaking rules
- Not learning from your mistakes
- The show had most likely killed off the Victorious franchise (and for a while, the iCarly franchise), as there have been no announcements of any new show related to it since Sam & Cat ended. This was primarily due to a rumored dispute between Jennette McCurdy and Nickelodeon, Ariana Grande's rising music career, and both actresses' desires to move on to other projects. However, reports came in December 2020 that Paramount+ (then known as CBS All Access) is working on a revival of iCarly, with Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor reprising their roles, and without the involvement of both Dan Schneider and Jennette McCurdy (the latter of whom had announced in March 2021 that she has since quit acting and will not reprise her role Sam Puckett in the iCarly revival, which means that we will most likely never see Sam ever again after Sam & Cat ended). This means that it pretty much isn't over yet for the iCarly franchise's future as the reboot will premiere on June 17, 2021, either bad or not. However, there are currently no plans to revive the Victorious franchise, no matter how much the fans want it to happen.
- Besides that, this show also marked the downfall of Dan Schneider's career. After the series ended, Schneider went on to create three other bad shows on Nickelodeon before he left the network for good in 2018.
- Catchy theme song.
- Sam became a lot less abusive.
- This show was the last quality show of DAN SCHNEIDER!!!.
- A handful of good episodes like "#TheKillerTunaJump", "#SuperPsycho", and #OscarTheOuch".
- Many people think it was decent for the sole season.
- Jade and Freddie return for a great and hilarious Spin-off episode. Robbie even performs "Swell" and you get to see Nozu in one of the transitions from one scene to another.
- Thankfully, it had a lot less violence and gross out humor than in shows like iCarly and Henry Danger.
- Dice, Nona and Goomer are pretty tolerable characters.
- Thankfully again, it had a lot less fetish scenes than in his previous works.
- The show will often have characters from many of Dan Schneider's previous shows return to have either a small cameo or the occasional spotlight:
- Most notably, Jerry Trainor, who played as Crazy Steve in Drake & Josh and Spencer Shay in iCarly. He makes cameos throughout this show, even reprising his role as Crazy Steve in the episode “#SuperPyscho”.
- Characters from iCarly and Victorious return in certain episodes.
- Freddie, Marissa Benson, Jade and Robbie return in "#TheKillerTunaJump".
- Sikowitz returns in "#MommaGoomer".
- Nora, Gibby and Nevel return in "#SuperPyscho".
- Sinjin returns in "#BlooperEpisode".
- Jerry Trainor returns in #Lumpatious
- Unrelated, but one episode guest stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in what is essentially a Laverne & Shirley reunion.