Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, and Victorious are masterpieces of gay subtext. What I Like About You and Wendell and Vinnie are undefatigably heterosexist. ICarly (2007-2012) combines gay subtext with homophobia.
Carly and Sam can easily be shipped as a lesbian couple, in spite of their endless machinations after boys.
1. He hosts a group of Eastern European bodybuilders in swimsuits.
2. He dreams that, while in drag, he rejects a series of male admirers until he finds the most attractive.
3. He handcuffs a former bully and gleefully spanks him.
4. Carly is searching for Bigfoot through binoculars, but sees "Just two guys. And they're not even cute." Spencer responds: "Bummer!"
6. In "IFind Spencer Friends," the gang thinks that Spencer needs a new "friend," they evaluate several possibilities, including guys wearing only towels in a locker room and a guy who broke up with his boyfriend in the supermarket. Gibby even approaches a man in the restroom with "a proposition."
So what's the problem?
An ongoing homophobic contempt for gender-nonconformity and gay potential of any sort.
2. Spencer is arrested for appearing in public in drag.
3. Sam frequently calls boys who are inadequately masculine prancies, no doubt meaning pansies.
4. In "IMove Out," the gang run afoul of an evil gay couple who run a pet photography business.
5. The Big Bad of the series, rival webseries host Neville, is a sophisticated, effeminate, gay-coded villain who says things like "Would you like a tapanade?" and "You'll rue the day!"
In contrast to the vocally gay-allied cast of Victorious, the ICarly cast has been suspiciously silent, except for a tweet Jennette McCurdy made in support of Chick-Fil-A. Nathan Kress (#6 on my list of unexpected Nickelodeon Teen Hunks) and Noah Munck (who plays the effervescent Gibby) are both evangelical Christians. They might be ok, of course, but the odds are they have adopted the homophobia of their churches.