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Chuck: Season 1
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In addition to the espionage and humor, the show is about relationships. There's Chuck and his best friend, Morgan (Joshua Gomez), not to mention the rest of the Buy More crew (Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, C.S. Lee, Mark Christopher Lawrence). There's Chuck and his sister, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), and her boyfriend (Ryan McPartlin), whose favorite word gives him the nickname "Captain Awesome." And then there's Chuck and Sarah, who play boyfriend and girlfriend as their cover, but whose relationship might not be purely professional or fictional. Levi is charming in the title role, Baldwin is not too far off from his Firefly character of Jayne (that's a good thing), and the tough-yet-tender Strahovski was a breakout star during the show's opening season on NBC in 2007-08. Much like The X-Files' Gillian Anderson became the thinking man's crush, Strahovski became a fantasy for nerds everywhere, especially after appearing in the famous Princess Leia slavegirl outfit. Also appearing in season 1: Gwendoline Yeo as a Lucy-Liu-lookalike spy, Matthew Bomer as Bryce Larkin, Rachel Bilson as Chuck's sandwich-making love interest, and Ivana Milecivic as Casey's former flame. --David Horiuchi
Chuck on Chuck: Series stars join creators for some point/counterpoint
Chuck's World: Character development and original casting sessions
Chuck Versus the Chuckles: Gag reel
Chuck's Online World: Gallery of web-originated mini-featurettes
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Several SPOILERS follow.
The 411 on the premise and plot: A rogue CIA agent, just before being killed, downloads a wealth of top secret government files into the brain of his old college roommate Chuck Bartowski, a seemingly disastrous choice at first blush. Chuck is a social misfit, a computer geek who toils at the Nerd Herd electronics department of the Buy More supermarket. His support system consists of his best bud Morgan, who's even more of a loser than Chuck, and Chuck's lovely, protective sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), who is perpetually concerned for him and his lack of a social life. That Chuck lives with Ellie and her laid back boyfriend, Captain Awesome, doesn't exactly win him points with the cool set. But, for Chuck, things are about to change.
Chuck meets Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), who seems to really like him. But Sarah is really a CIA agent sent to wrest the stolen intel from him. Finding out that the top secret data is imbedded in his noggin, she is then assigned to keep tabs on him. To do so, Sarah works at Wienerlicious and poses as Chuck's chica.Read more ›
But things change drastically when Chuck gets an e-mail from former friend Bryce Larkin. The e-mail contains all the files of the intersect, the complete intelligence files of both the CIA and the NSA. And, to make things more exciting, Bryce has destroyed the original files.
All the information gets downloaded into Chuck's brain, making him a highly valuable government secret. So valuable that he has two bodyguards, Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), a CIA agent who pretends to be Chuck's girlfriend, and John Casey (Adam Baldwin), a NSA who moves in next door to Chuck and takes a job at Buy More.
Whenever Chuck sees something from the intersect, he flashes on more information. Unfortunately, these flashes are at random and uncontrollable. And Los Angeles seems to be a hot bed of activity. Even with two agents guarding him, Chuck finds himself in over his head with his new life as a spy. Can he survive and keep his secret?
Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking. The premise sounds unbelievable. And if you stop and think about it, it is. Fortunately, the show never gives you time to think. They cram everything into these episodes. There's action and intrigue, developing storylines involving the intersect and Chuck's past, romance with Sarah that she is not willing to admit is there, and plenty of laughs. Many of the laughs come from the sub-plots focused on the Buy More.Read more ›
Why would one cut it slack? Well, first and foremost because Zachary Levi is delightful in the title role. As Chuck, Levi is able to combine basic good looks with convincing nerdiness to a degree not often achieved on television. I've read that series creator Josh Schwartz originally offered the role to Adam Brody, with whom he had worked on his previous show THE O.C. I've also read that Brody was offered the lead in the extraordinarily great new series PUSHING DAISIES. I loved Brody on THE O.C. as Seth Cohen, but I think both shows are probably better off with Zachary Levi and Lee Pace.
A second major reason to cut CHUCK some slack is the wonderful Australian import Yvonne Strahovski, who instantly became not only one of the most attractive women on American TV as well as one of the best female action heroes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Please bring Chuck and Sarah back to the weekly schedule of great programs.Published 10 days ago by br. mak
What can I say about this show? Its one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. I think it might be the most original story line I've ever seen for a spy show. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J Salter
Beautiful copy of Chuck. I love this show as much as Firefly! I really hope Chuck gets rebooted, the writing and acting in the show is top notch, phenomenal.Published 2 months ago by Henry TheAsianGuy
S1 is the stepping stone to which the show was heading. Chuck learning the ropes of the spy world and a super hot Ice Queen Enforcer assassin, Sarah Walker falling for him. Read morePublished 2 months ago by HDFREAK
We loved this spoof spy film comedy. Some seasons were better than others, but we still went and binge watched the entire series for a 2nd time.Published 2 months ago by Mike
Can't wait to marathon the second season. I wish they were able to make shows this good today.Published 3 months ago by Hailey Cornett
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|Looking for TV show recommendations..||
You picked some good ones. I'm looking forward to getting "Life" when it comes out on DVD. It was a great show, and promises to be again.
I notice you don't much focus on comedy; if you did, Malcolm In the Middle, Season 1 is a special, and very offbeat, favorite. Highly... Read More
Aug 28, 2008 by JusttheGoodStuff | See all 9 posts
|Extras on the DVD?||
Plenty. Webisodes, commentaries, deleted scenes, and etc. The special features are all subtitled.
Nov 23, 2008 by K. Staley | See all 2 posts
|Chuck, Season 2?||
search google, they already have the cast and summaries for a few episodes, on the main site it says when the the second season is premiering
Jul 31, 2008 by S. Shipley | See all 4 posts
Not likely, I own the set that you do, and have never seen the Chuck S1 in anything other than what we have. Now the particular store I usually frequent may not sell the new type until the old stock is all gone, but I have always only seen the DVD case version.
It seems very strange that you say... Read More
Nov 13, 2009 by Scott Kaczmarski | See all 3 posts
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