Chuck: Season 5 (2011 - 2012)

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Chuck closes its case file with an amiable panache, reaching its conclusion before the hijinks get stale.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 264

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Air date: Oct 28, 2011

Season 5 opens with Chuck adapting to changes, such as dealing with an unlikely new Intersect and fronting his freshly minted spy-for-hire business. Carmichael Industries takes on a wealthy thief (Mark Hamill) and a sly investor (Craig Kilborn). Meanwhile, Morgan and Chuck team up to give Sarah a special surprise; and Jeff and Lester launch yet another scheme.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2011

Chuck tries to get his freelance spy business off the ground as the team search for a vanished person and compete with a crafty business rival (Carrie-Anne Moss). Meanwhile, Morgan adapts to the Intersect while Chuck adjusts to being Morgan's new handler; and an unlikely person emerges as Buy More's spokesperson. Jeff Fahey and Justin Hartley guest star.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2011

The team aim to crush a most-wanted evildoer, but Chuck soon realizes that recent life-altering events might be swelling Morgan's ego. Elsewhere, Sarah gives relationship pointers to Casey as he inches closer to Gertrude (Carrie-Anne Moss); and Awesome makes a shocking discovery about Jeff and Lester.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2011

Mystery deepens at a Buy More sales convention when Chuck and Sarah must unmask an assassin lurking among the conventioneers. Meanwhile, Intersect complications affect Morgan; and Jeff shows there's more to him than just being a "Buy Moron." David Koechner and Catherine Dent guest star.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2011

An undercover mission spins around an extreme computer virus, an oddball cult and Chuck's hacker past. The task also forces Chuck to reach out to rival Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss) for help. Meanwhile, a new Buy More staffer arrives and adds a new dynamic to Jeff and Lester's bond. Zachary Levi directed the episode.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2011

Chuck and Sarah face off against a cutthroat spy (Rebecca Romijn) while on a mission to stop a menacing computer virus. Meanwhile, a perilous case of mistaken identity upends Ellie and Awesome's date night; and Morgan is tasked with a special assignment.

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Air date: Dec 23, 2011

The holiday season turns frosty when past secrets and old threats haunt Chuck and Sarah while they hunt for an evil schemer who's trying to destroy Carmichael Industries. Meanwhile, Ellie's perfect Christmas gets derailed; and a computer virus jeopardizes Christmas at Buy More. Comic-book figure Stan Lee guest stars.

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Air date: Dec 30, 2011

Sarah goes solo on a mission to face up to a haunting secret from her past. She encounters her original handler (Tim DeKay) and fears he might harm those she loves, including her mother (Cheryl Ladd).

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Air date: Jan 6, 2012

Chuck and Sarah mull over the next phase of Carmichael Industries. Meanwhile, Casey gets more deeply involved in his forbidden romance with Gertrude Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss), who offers a shadowy assignment in South Beach. And an intellectually elevated Jeff scrutinizes oddball happenings at Buy More.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2012

A mission in Vail, Colo., involves Morgan facing fallout from being the Intersect and the gang receiving help from an unlikely source: Bo Derek (playing herself). Meanwhile, Jeff and Lester go deeper into their own spy operation. Angus Macfadyen guest stars.

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Chuck is back with new missions, a new business -- and no Intersect. The stakes are high as Chuck sets out to become a full-fledged spy. But without the CIA as backup, Chuck will have to rely now more than ever on John Casey, Sarah Walker, and a new Intersect -- Morgan Guillermo Grimes. Across this thrilling final season, Chuck will find that his wits, his friends, and his family are the only backup he needs.

Critic Reviews for Chuck Season 5

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Chuck's life and death speaks in surprisingly potent ways to how television is changing.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…
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A big fat wink to fans. The fifth season looks like a winner.

Oct 28, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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I enjoyed the hell out of that.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's been a long time since I saw a show go out so perfectly on its own terms. In the end, all I could do was sit there with tears in my eyes and sigh with content.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a program with some clever writing and a strong ensemble that has still never quite figured out its identity.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

With a strong start to the final season of Chuck, "Chuck vs. the Zoom" is full of all the things that have made this show great.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

While [the finale's] sad, it is a bit hopeful.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There were enough solid episodes (and Yvonne Strahovski wardrobe highlights) along the way to keep it just interesting enough to reward the investment.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

But while the show undeniably got darker towards the end, he was still the same Chuck Bartowski at heart.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, despite its flaws, it's nice to have a farewell romp with Chuck, Sarah, Casey and Morgan before they leave us behind for good.

Apr 2, 2018 | Full Review…

In retrospect, Chuck went on a little too long with a premise that was probably worth two good seasons, but it still made me smile enough that I was never annoyed to see it return.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm glad that Chuck is back

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chuck: Season 5

  • Jun 01, 2020
    A disappointing last episode, just sad
  • Apr 01, 2019
    This series will be greatly missed!
  • Jan 14, 2016
    While this show has had it's ups and downs with story and a significant plot, I always loved returning to Burbank to see the Nerd-Herd employee take a day off work to stop a Russian Mob boss or deactivate a bomb. While Chuck's performance get's riddled more and more with emotional drama, the randomness of Lester and Jeff, Morgan's clumsy ineptitude, Casey's stone-faced awesomeness, Sarah's determination and the giddy joy felt before every fight scene make this final season enjoyable, and give Chuck an arguably fair send-off.
  • Jul 11, 2015
    Chuck will forever hold a special place in my heart. It pains me to accept the bitter sweet ending but I knew it had to be done. A show such as this always have to end beautifully/tragically. It is how this is remembered. After watching the ending, one will surely find the urge to begin watching Chuck Season 1 all over again!
  • Jun 20, 2015
    this is just the best show ever 'nuff said
  • Jan 04, 2015
    This is without a doubt my favorite show of all time. I only watched it recently on Netflix but it was amazing. once i finished the 5th season I instantly started again from the beginning. I'm just hoping that a movie will eventually happen, or even if Netflix picked it up for a new season
  • Dec 03, 2014
    No other show has captivated my interest to such lengths... even years after its departure.
  • Aug 04, 2014
    While it aims to please the fans, Chuck season five had the potential to be so much more, but fell flat. Would've been nice to see the show shake off it's tired, campy tone for a while.
  • May 13, 2014
    I though the show was great my only problem was the last season it wasn't great but was fine enough.
  • May 12, 2014
    the final season of Chuck features it's most extreme changes to the character structure. For the first time, Chuck is no longer the intersect, and in an interesting twist, Morgan downloads it himself. Eventually, Morgan is freed from the intersect and the gang spends most of the time preventing other groups from getting there hands on different copies of it. The final episode, Chuck Versus The Goodbye, is absolutely fantastic... I was going to give this season 3.5 stars, but then I remembered this episode and was forced to bump it to four... Bottom line, this is a decent season and ends the series fantastically. I'd recommend this series.

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