Chuck: Season 1 (2007 - 2008)

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Season 1
Chuck

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A smart mix of workplace comedy and spy thriller conventions, Chuck is funny, sharply paced, and deftly written.

89%

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Critic Ratings: 27

92%

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User Ratings: 263

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Air date: Sep 24, 2007

When Chuck Bartowski (series star ZACHARY LEVI) opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store with his best buddy, Morgan Grimes (series star JOSHUA GOMEZ), and who lives with his ever-supportive sister, Ellie (series star SARAH LANCASTER).

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Air date: Oct 1, 2007

As Chuck continues to come to grips with his new life as a spy, tension builds between his recently appointed partners, Sarah and Casey. When a doctor who seems to have a solution to Chuck's problem is killed, Casey and Sarah blame each other. Both agents persistently try to convince Chuck that the other one is responsible. Now it's up to Chuck to decide whom to trust.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2007

Chuck is finding out that living two separate lives is not going to be easy. After his boss at Buy More challenges him, Chuck enlists the help of Morgan and the Nerd Herd to prove himself worthy of becoming assistant manager. Meanwhile, Sarah and Casey force Chuck to go undercover for his first real spy mission.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2007

Chuck takes on an unusual task when Sarah's hot colleague from the CIA requests help with a mission. He finds out that a million-dollar diamond hidden in a Malibu mansion is being used to help fund terrorists and must help these two beautiful women steal it back. Meanwhile, Chuck begins to realize that Sarah's double life, which she is very good at maintaining, really makes it hard for him to get to know who she really is. And Morgan tries to get Chuck to set him up with Sarah's friend.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2007

Chuck faces his first moral dilemma as a spy. When agents Sarah and Casey refuse to aid an unauthorized mission by a top Chinese spy taking place in Chinatown, Chuck faces the tough decision to either go against the U.S. government and his friends or do what he believes is right. Meanwhile, Morgan is caught in a dilemma of his own when Buy More forces him into a sales competition that could cost him his job.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2007

When Chuck meets a fellow government agent with a double life, a gadget whiz whose brain makes him a national security asset and a dangerous liability -- much like Chuck -- he must decide whether to turn the agent in to Sarah and Casey or help him escape. Meanwhile, Halloween, a holiday that means a lot to buddies Chuck and Morgan, is a little different this year, as Morgan feels that Chuck is neglecting their childhood memories and friendship.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2007

When Chuck finds out that his former professor is a government operative who is being hunted because of a sensitive top-secret file, he returns to Stanford University, the institution from which he was expelled. While using his past experiences to determine what the professor knows, Chuck discovers some shocking secrets about his own life. More importantly, Chuck learns the truth about his former friend Bryce Larkin (recurring guest star MATTHEW BOMER), who was responsible for Chuck's expulsion. Meanwhile, Morgan has problems with the new assistant manager at Buy More.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2007

Chuck battles with his real love life and "cover" love life when he meets a very pretty girl named Lou (recurring guest star RACHEL BILSON), who seems interested in the real Chuck. On the other hand, Chuck's relationship with Sarah heats up as they go on a double date with Ellie and Captain Awesome (recurring guest star RYAN McPARTLIN) and try to explain their sex life. Meanwhile, a poison specialist trying to obtain codes to nuclear facilities uses a "truth" potion to help him get answers. After all are exposed to the serum, Chuck discovers a lot about his partners.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2007

When Chuck starts dating Lou (recurring guest star RACHEL BILSON), a sandwich maker, and things seem to be going really well, the situation incites some jealousy from Chuck's "ex-girlfriend" Sarah, who discovers that her feelings may not have been just part a cover story. Things get even more complicated when it is discovered that Lou is in a smuggling ring. Is her relationship with Chuck another fraud, or is it real? Meanwhile, Morgan becomes acquainted with an unlikely girl.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2007

At Thanksgiving, Bryce (recurring guest star MATTHEW BOMER) returns, after being assumed dead. Secret internal committees trying to destroy the "intersect" -- otherwise known as Chuck's brain -- saved Bryce, hoping that he would help them locate it. But in order to prove to Sarah, Casey and the rest of the CIA that he is not rogue, Bryce needs Chuck's help. Upon seeing former lovers and partners Bryce and Sarah back together, Chuck grows jealous and doubts any future with Sarah. Meanwhile, as Buy More prepares for the biggest shopping day of the year, Morgan is left in charge to ensure that everything goes well.

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Tv Season Info

This high-concept action comedy follows a regular 26-year-old everyman whose life is thrown into disarray after his friend, a CIA agent, sends him an e-mail that results in the world's secrets becoming embedded in his mind.

Critic Reviews for Chuck Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

Check out the cute neuroses, the tousled air of disaffection, the indie-rock soundtrack: This is a post-Zach Braff action hero, a hunky version of Sensitive Guy.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The success of "Chuck" belongs mostly to Levi, who brings an appealingly unassuming tone to all of his scenes, both comic and action-based.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…

In an otherwise underwhelming new season, this geek rules.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…

A tasty escapist treat.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Chuck is a winner. My guess is that the ratings will proclaim it one, too.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Don't look now but Chuck just might be on verge of settling into a groove of watchable, sorta funny spy entertainment.

Jan 30, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

So there you have it, Chuck. A fun and innovative show, created and staring highly talented people.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chuck is a completely improbable but highly entertaining romp through two worlds that rarely meet on TV: secret agents and high-tech nerds.

Apr 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The inherent silliness of this setup could overwhelm a lesser actor, but Levi brings so much charm and likability to the titular character that the show works.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The geeky side of the show is relatively campy and light and a sudden tone-shift to super-serious spy shit might be a bit too much. By wisely keeping the spy of things light as well, "Chuck" manages to keep a relatively fun overall tone.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Chuck ultimately feels like Seth Cohen has been thrown into the middle of an Alias episode, and that makes for a great combination.

Jan 30, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

I've gotten to see how all the pieces fit together, and how this charming show takes formulaic action plots and mixes them with geek comedy to create something entirely unique

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chuck: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2020
    Just funny, dorky and sweet
  • Apr 17, 2020
    One of the best series ever. Funny, quirky characters, a superb distraction.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    Can't believe I didn't hear about this at the time it was released.
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Just watched the pilot episode. One of the best pilots I've seen in a long time. Zachary Levi is really funny and endearing, Yvonne Strahovski is a good love interest, and Adam Baldwin is absolutely insane as Casey.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Horrible. Very slow pace. Dumb main character. Not worth the time to watch it.
  • Aug 17, 2018
    Chuck is one of my favorite TV shows ever. The chemistry is great and the development is exceptional. Watch it!
  • Jan 01, 2018
    My favourite live action tv show ever it has some very entertaining action scenes and very well developed characters.
  • Jan 17, 2016
    With a great mix of comedy and criminal cases, the season always stayed interesting.
  • Jul 09, 2015
    The humor is sharp and the cast boasts good chemistry. Levi and Gomez really sell their misfit characters, though both of them do such a good job of it it annoys the mess out of me. The action sequences are comically ridiculous, as is the acting. This is likely just a personal thing, but I wasn't a big fan of the show.
  • Nov 01, 2014
    Loved it! This show is tons of fun.

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