Can you guys believe that it’s officially been more than nine years since Sam & Cat ended? Yep, the iconic Nickelodeon shows — aired its final episode on July 17, 2014, and we can’t believe how fast time has flown by!

In case you forgot, the hilarious show took characters from two of our favorite series, and brought them together for one of the most epic spin-offs in history! It starred Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett from iCarly, and Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine from Victorious. When the two girls meet by chance, they quickly become best friends. They decide to move in together and start their own babysitting business in an attempt to earn extra money. Naturally, the two of them make a seriously hilarious duo, and they embark on a ton of adventures and stir up lots of trouble together.

Once the show came to an end, Ariana looked back at her iconic character and opened up about what playing Cat meant to her in a lengthy Facebook post.

“When I was younger, people loved Cat so much I used to pretend to be more like her. It took me a long time to be brave enough to separate myself and show people how different we actually are,” she wrote in July 2014, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I think that’s honestly because I admire her so much. Her appreciation for life and everybody she encounters. Her passion and genuine excitement for the little things that most people dread like school projects and work. She always saw negative obstacles as opportunities to make things good.”

The actress explained that she “will always hold Cat near and dear to my heart.”

“I know she seems like a simple, daft character (and she is) but she played such a huge part in my life,” Ariana added. “One of my favorite things about Cat was that she never lost her sense of wonder. As we grow up we become more and more jaded and fearful of how we come across. We hold back a little more, protect ourselves a little more and although Cat goes through the same ridicule as anybody else does growing up, she never changed or lost her childlike wonder. … To me she is actually a lot smarter, stronger and braver than all the rest of us.”

Cat Valentine will definitely live in our hearts forever! Scroll through our gallery and see what the cast of Sam & Cat is up to now.

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