iCarly is a popular Nickelodeon show that originally ran from 2007 to 2012. It features a group of friends who run their own web series.

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The group revolves around main character Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove), and much of the show takes place in her apartment. However, while mother figures are present in other sitcoms, Carly’s mom is never shown. So what happened to her?

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Does ‘iCarly’ ever talk about Carly’s family members?

The only family member who has appeared consistently throughout the series is Spencer Shay (Jerry Trainor), Carly’s older brother. The two of them live together in their apartment, and Spencer’s story lines make up a large part of iCarly.

Carly and Spencer’s grandfather, nicknamed Granddad Shay, has appeared in three episodes. Most notably, during his first appearance, he came to take Carly away after Spencer almost caused her to get hit with a hammer.

Meanwhile, Carly and Spencer’s father, Colonel Steven Shay, has been mentioned several times on the show. However, he was only seen once–during the series finale when he came to take Carly to a father-daughter dance.

Other family members who have been mentioned on the show include a great-grandma and an aunt.

What happened to Carly and Spencer’s mom on ‘iCarly’?


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Unlike Carly and Spencer’s dad, their mom is hardly ever mentioned. Carly and Spencer have never commented on where their mom is or why they are not in touch with her.

A lot of fans believe that she is either dead or she abandoned them.

One person on Reddit wrote, “The fact that Carly and Spenser do not talk about it at all, ever, implies pretty clearly something bad, either she ran out on them or she died seems most likely. Indeed sadly ran out on them seems more likely. If it was dead one assumes they would bring it up at least once or twice, our dear beloved dead mother and such, the fact they have put her out of the things they talk about so completely implies bad feelings to me, her abandoning them seems the likeliest scenario.”

Additionally, it is not clear if Carly and Spencer even have the same mom. It’s also possible they are paternal half-siblings.

However, iCarly will be getting a reboot, and seeing as many fans do want to know what happened to the Shay siblings’ mom(s), it’s possible this might be addressed.

Carly’s best friend Sam is also not close with her parents


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The kids on iCarly do not seem to be close with their parents. Carly’s best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) has similar problems.

Sam’s mom, Pam Puckett, has appeared on screen a few times. However, they do not have a great relationship with each other.

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Meanwhile, Sam’s father has never appeared on the show. In some instances when Sam mentions him, it is implied that he walked out on their family and does not keep in touch with his kids.