If you have seen not one Chuck episode, here are some things that you want to know.
Creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak both attended the University of Southern California. The latter pitched the concept to Schwartz who then agreed to develop the project with him.
The drama-comedy series presents an “average computer-whiz-next-door” in the character of Chuck Bartowski, played by Zachary Levi. The titular jovial and fretful Nerd Herd associate at Buy More Electronics store receives an encoded email from an old friend-slash-nemesis Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer). Chuck unwittingly downloads the entire CIA secret database and embeds the only remaining copy of the world’s greatest spy secrets into his brain. He must then use his knowledge to help the CIA and NSA in their spy missions. Chuck’s previous monotonous life has suddenly spun around. The plot is actually not as geeky as it sounds, having downloaded secret information and Chuck’s association with computers, etc. The titular character show has a pretty enthralling and compelling story line.
Chuck TV series is based on a weekly mission that the twenty-something slacker Chuck and his friends engage in. Since the government’s most valued secrets are in Chuck’s head, Colonel John Casey (Adam Baldwin), an NSA agent takes the responsibility of safeguarding Chuck. He partners with CIA Agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck’s dream girl and who also has a soft sided heart for Chuck. Chuck’s on and off romance with Sarah is entertaining and helps glue the viewers coming back for more. Anyway, another question remains still though; can the CIA successfully protect Chuck from the threat of the terrorists? Let’s find out!
Other characters that add complimentary elements to the story line include Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez), Chuck’s best friend and later became the manager of the Burbank Buy More; Dr. Ellie Woodcomb (Sarah Lancaster), Chuck’s ever-supportive older sister and a physician; Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb, Ellie’s husband who became somewhat apprehensive of the activities of Chuck and Casey.
NBC’s Chuck is bluntly one of the best shows currently airing on American television. Yet, since day one it has struggled to stay on air. Despite the heavy promotion, the series suffered in ratings due to its stiff competition against the ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Fox’s House and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Nonetheless, after a major fan “Save Chuck” campaign and sponsorship deal with the Subway restaurant chain, Chuck was brought back for its fourth season. Although the series future is uncertain, fans and sponsors are hopeful to save Chuck for a few more years.
Despite “bubble” ratings, Chuck is still honored with several awards and nominations from respected entertainment organizations. The series has great production staff and actors who manage the story line interesting, cutthroat and never redundant. Give it a try!
To spice up some more, I just thought of sharing a couple of trivia:
• Each episode title starts with: “Chuck Versus….”
• Despite the series poor ratings, NBC network has held on due to Chuck’s impressive fan base.