Chuck

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

16
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on NBC
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews (53)

8.5
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  • I couldn't sit thru the first 90 seconds.

    1.0
    This is absolute crap. The worst thing about television is coming to life. After the first 90 seconds, which held no interest whatsoever, I kept watching, hoping for some kind of redeeming quality. Alas, wasted my time. No comedy, no story, this is the reason why I have to wait over and over for TV to finally come up with something. Anybody related to this production should be shot. And I know it wont last more than the first few episodes that the advertisers paid for. When it does die, I will be dancing. The only reason I keep on writing, is I have to do 100 words minimum. What a complete waste of time. Amen.

    Oh and by the way, I tried to give it a 0.1 score, but I wasn't able to. So consider my score a negative number.
  • Chuck is the funniest TV series ever!

    10
    Not only has it got a great plot, a fantastic cast, eye candy for us lads and superb scripting, Chuck has to be one of the funniest things I've ever watched. I can relate to all the old school references, film quotes, character names, and props and I can certainly relate to that geeky side too!
    If you like fun packed action, comedy, adventure, cute CSA agents and old films like Star Wars and Back to the future (the episodes have far too many references to note) then this is for you!
    I love it and I'm addicted to it! A must see for everyone!
  • Well written.

    9.5
    Chuck receives an email from Bryce, an old roommate and friend who is a rogue government agent. The email contains government secrets which are downloaded into his brain. The CIA and the NSA both want to get the data back, so they send their agents Sarah Walker and John Casey to retrieve the data.
    I have heard about Chuck from all my friends telling me it is amazing, and well it is. This episode really set the tone fro Chuck, which is amazing. Chuck and Morgan are so funny. And I think Chuck is really cute. This show is really exciting and funny. All in all, a great start for Chuck can't wait to watch the rest.
  • An okay beginning.

    7.0
    At first this show seemed boring and not attractable at all, the jokes never flied. And the show to me was just plain stupid. Towards the end, the show got more intriguing which made up for the horrible beginning. I really thought I wasn't going to like this show but it seemed interesting when the writers put all the cards on the table, I guess I have to watch more episode to see if I really like the show. Sarah is my favorite character by far. Morgan just annoys me. Captain Awesome annoys me as well. Like I said, I have to watch more.
  • As lame as the whole setup of this show is, it's surprisingly very entertaining. I was not expecting to like this show based on the promos I've seen, but hey, it's got Adam Baldwin, any show with him is generally worth watching.

    8.0
    Probably the silliest of NBC's new shows is Chuck, an hour long action-comedy from Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) and McG (Charlie's Angels). This show is about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) who works at a Buy More Electronics store as the head of the Nerd Herd (think Best Buy's Geek Squad). When he receives an email out of the blue from his old college roommate who's now a CIA agent apparently gone rogue and dead, it downloads all the US government secrets into his head. The CIA and NSA are then at each others throats trying to recover this data.

    In comes CIA agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) who first attempts to steal Chuck's computer while dressed as a ninja, minus much of the stealthiness, and then seduces him to discover the truth. In pursuit of Chuck from the NSA is John Casey (Adam Baldwin) who's more of the shoot first then ask questions type of agent. After Chuck and Sarah are pursued around town by John and other NSA agents, Chuck remembers something important and the three race off to save the day. Now it's Sarah and John's job to protect Chuck as he helps them on missions.

    As lame as the whole setup of this show is, it's surprisingly very entertaining. McG's Charlie's Angels experience clearly shows here during the action scenes of this episode. It's very light hearted heavy action with bomb explosions, car crashes, and rooftop chases. There's hints of a more darker action drama show here but this will likely follow the more spy fun aspect that Charlie's Angels did and never take itself too seriously. And with the setup and support characters, it would be wise to do so.

    I was not expecting to like this show based on the promos I've seen, but hey, it's got Adam Baldwin, any show with him is generally worth watching. With what looks to be a decent back-story to explore, just why did Chuck's old roommate and associate of Sarah blow up the super computer and send it all the Chuck, and how well did Sarah and said roommate know each other, this show has promise. I'll certainly be making to a point to check out this show this season.

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  • It has it's moments.

    9.0
    The whole premise is silly but the show will have a following. I liked the first episode and will watch a few more until I make a final decision. I must agree that it is better than some of the other manure the networks have flung our way in the past, we will see how this one plays out.
    It has some potential but in my opinion will not run for multiple seasons, not enough basis there.
    Thinking on some of the other shows, it has more potential than most of the lineup offered by NBC, the Bionic woman is not that great and the network canceled Crossing Jordan again, maybe someone there will open their eyes and look at their rating.
  • This episode was very okay.

    6.0
    I think they made the storyline alright but it needs a lot more action and less drama in order to stay alive on NBC. And Chuck was does he have to be so skinny?. I like this show I think. Their was one scene that lowered my ratings for this episode 1.0 points okay the guy comes and asks about the Digital Camcorder and then Chuck says their's no tape in their and then they turn the whole floor into a dancing floor that scene downgraded the episode (No Offense). So either then that the episode was almost perfect so on a scale of 1 to 10 I rate this show 7 & 1/2.
  • interesting little idea! gotta say i enjoyed it!

    7.0
    thought i should check out this show as a fan of josh swartz! and i wasnt let down! it was so differnt! it was crazy i loved how it all came together!

    god that sarah girl is hot! seriosuly whata hottie! im definatly going to wacth more of her.

    i loved the comedy aspect to the show! made for interesting televsion! i mean it could've been all hi tech and boring stuff but the added comedy and suspense really made up for what could've been a bad show!

    all in all i like dthe pilot episode! totoally differnt fromt eh oc and gosip girl but still ahs that scwarts touch on it!

    chuck actually reminds me of an older seth
  • Interesting and funny enough for a pilot.

    7.0
    I wasn't planning to watch Chuck, but I read this review that it was a lot like Reaper, so I checked out the pilot. I gotta say I wasn't disappointed, Chuck blends sci-fi, comedy, and action perfectly. I love Zachary Levi as Chuck, he's not that much of a nerd but he just doesn't have anything going for him. It was sad and funny how he kept talking about his old girlfriend Jill. I'm glad to see Sarah Lancaster again, (I haven't seen her since Everwood), and love the new hair color. My favorite character is Morgan, Chuck's best friend. He's gonna have the best lines in the show, I just know it.

    So, Bryce Larkin, Chuck's college roommate, is now a secret agent. When he acquires vital information and he's about to be gunned down, he sends it to Chuck (who he has not talked to in a long time). It's pretty confusing in the beginning but I think Chuck is the right person to have all these information with the way he defused the bomb and everything. Now he's not just a Nerd Herd employee, he's somebody the government wants. I think he's kinda weirded out that all this has been handed to him and he just doesn't know what to do with it.

    In another interesting twist, we find out that Sarah dated Bryce as she longingly look at pictures of the two together in Cabo. That's gonna be juicy once she starts to fall for Chuck.
  • Chuck accidentally has government secrets downloaded into his brain. The CIA and NSA each send an agent to retrieve them.

    7.2
    This was a very enjoyable if a little too much style over substance at times (although that's probably because McG was directing). Also, Chuck may be a nerd but in my opinion (in this episode at least) he doesn't convince quite as much as the trio in Reaper. Basically he has a little too much of an air of confidence about him at the moment.

    The CIA agent Sarah IS gorgeous and it's good to see Adam Baldwin in another genre show after Firefly which he was great in. I liked the character bits more than the story, although the porn virus being used the way it was made me laugh a little, lol, MS-DOS override.

    Sarah and Chuck's date was funny with her and him getting ready and the dancing in the club. The sidekick did what a sidekick was supposed to do and occasionally make you laugh. The actor sounds a little like Seth Green as well which trumped me at first cos I thought it might be Seth Green but in the end, obviously not.

    So interesting start to the season and hopefully the characters and plot will develop well. It helps that on Virgin1 in the UK it's twinned with 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' as well, cos that show is so funny.
  • Funny as well as lots of potential!

    7.5
    The show has lots of potential and that it also
    Have great writing and a great cast led by Less
    Than Perfect's Zachery Levi as the innocent and naive Chuck. Who works as a clerk for a Best Buy like store. He is shy and just minding his own business. Until he meets someone named Sarah. As he doesn't know it at first but she works for the CIA. After he accidentally unloads all of their secrets in his head. When he goes out on the "date" with her. She reveals herself to him. As the CIA and Chuck are forced to work together. He must lead a double life working for them and doing his "nerd" job.
  • a family version of a sci-fi show, about a computer geek squad employee who ends up with a top-secret computer in his brain.

    8.0
    Cute, sill, but the characters are likeable overall. Bordering on slapstick, but good for light entertainments, not alot of deep thinking needed. They are of course just setting the premise, and introducing the players. Right now they are rather 2 demensional, and it could go either way. It could get too silly if they aren't careful, but worth watching a few more shows to see how they do. It reminds me a bit of Get Smart somehow, I think almost a characterization of spies, although not as slapstick as that show was. But somehow I kept thinking of it. Can keep the brain rested while preparing for Heroes.
  • "My Name is Earl" meets "Alias."

    8.0
    the first episode of "Chuck" is allright. the only problem is that the show is up against "Prison Break." So, I don't know what I'm going to do in the next few weeks. At least the playoffs and the world series is coming up. I like the central character, a guy name Chuck who just a nobody working at a Best Buy ripoff with his buddies and a stern boss. then he saw something that got him into big trouble. Then this preety CIA agent who comes into his life and his life will never be the same again. A good start to a series.
  • Chuck gets an email from an old college buddy and winds up having CIA and NSA secrets imprinted on his brain

    8.0
    I decided to try this show out because I needed something to watch on Monday's. I occassionally flip on dancing with the Stars but i am not a Heroes or Prison Break girl so I decided to give this one a shot. I thought it was pretty good, not as good as the reviews said it would be but I think I will give it another try next week. I liked all the characters but the only problem I had with it was that I didn't love them. I think I will have to see if I get caught up in the story before I decide whether or not I will make this a permanent addition to my TV favorite shows.
  • Strong Start

    8.2
    Chuck starts off with a bang and a very well put together pilot. The show centres around Chuck Bartowski who revives an e mail from an old college friend. This email happens to contain all of the Governments data and secrets All throughout this Pilot episode Chuck is being tracked down my two rival agents. Okay so the premise is a little absurd but you don't really care all that much as the show is incredibly fun and charming. The character of Chuck is instantly identifiable and likeable with all the others seeming very intriguing. The pilot of Chuck has succeeded in its mission and sold me on the series unless they seriously mess up I can see this becoming a favourite, Bring on episode two.
  • Stupidly funny

    8.2
    I liked it. I admit it-it was funny. It made me laugh...even though most of the jokes were stupid. I wish I could say much about the action...which was so laughable I don't see how any action fan wouldn't be laughing. Overall, I will watch the next episode, hoping it will be as great as this first episode.

    I like the performances, I believe everyone did a great appearance in this. I like Captain Awesome, i find him funny. I also like the CIA agent, though I have no opinion on the NSA agent since we barely see him. A great way to begin a series.
  • Not half- bad...

    8.5
    Somebody give this show a chance---and by somebody I mean NBC. It wasn't half- bad but it has room for improvement. I was glad to see a positive bro-sis relationship, loved to see Adam Bladwin back as a mean-son-of...you get my point, and Chuck was just adorable and believeable too. I would get rid of the best friend- annoying and way off kilter and I don't like the Spy Girl- Sarah?... I am for one looking forward to Bilson guest starring and the whole spy thing being revealed. Classic shout outs are also worth two thumbs up! Hopefully this show will make it...one can only hope.
  • Grows on you

    8.5
    I have to admit I was not planning to give this show a look at all. Since I have nothing to watch at 8pm est on Mondays I figured what the heck. I watched for about 10 minutes when they show began to grow on me. I know the concept is not believable but:

    1. It's a comedy
    2. The Characters are great and very likeable

    on top of it all Chuck gets this strange email from a person he hasn't heard from in a while and has all the Goverment secrets in the email which flash before Chuck's eyes. He slowly remembers these things and is tracked down by two agencies who for a moment want to kill him. Then Chuck decides to defuse a computer bomb with the new computer virus. All in sll I'd say a success in the first attempt and I will be back.
  • This show's pretty good!

    8.8
    With all the new show's coming out in the fall, Chuck stood out. I really liked it. I think it intorduced all the people who are going to be in the show well. And it explained everything about how chuck got his powers pretty well. I'm glad for that, sometimes the show writers skip over little nuggets like that. I really like Chuck's charector. I think it's brialliant haha. I like the whole Nerd vibe going on hehe. I think this episode was very very well written, and I cant wait to see how this series plays out. I hope it does well.
  • Man works at store, man get's email, man knows goverment secrets.

    8.9
    If you can put aside the incredible ripoff of a current electronics retailer, and their techincal support people, then you will love the show. Very funny, non slapstick, intelectual humor. Good action, acting, and well written. Actors are bang on, and show really nice chemistry. While some may not appreciate the little parts of the show that make it work. The average computer nerd, electronics geek and definitely the online game play will get a huge kick out of the show.

    If you like computers, watch the show. If you have ever been to a yellow and blue store, bought a computer, and had a guys show up in black an white bug, watch the show.

    I like the show, and I hope it lasts.
  • I was unsure of this show which doesn't feel terribly original, but the characters themselves are quite good.

    8.9
    With the exception of Adam Baldwin, whom I loved on Firefly, I haven't heard of any of these actors. Sometimes thats the best way to see a new show, as Chuck and his nerdy friend are quite fun. The caring sister is nice, and her boyfriend is very steryotypical, seemingly pulled right out of Scrubs. The hot agent and Mr. Baldwin who come looking for Chuck are all right in their roles, but the real stars that make the show fun, so far, are Chuck's fellow employees. A Nerdy bunch indeed, yet with fun rivals and silly antics, particularly his best friend. The action is well done, and the memory download is typical, but overall the cast seems to fit well, and I can see potential here. The pilot is always jacked up, so hopefully the stories and characters can continue as well as they have in the first episode.
  • A great start

    9.0
    Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer. Chuck's Pilot episode is fast paced and exciting, the writers did a great job setting the tone to the series. It showed plenty of potential. I thought that the premise at first sounded weird and far fetched but when you realize this show isn't about realism it easy to forget. I noticed a lot of use of music in the episode which in my opinion can lead to a bad thing but in the Pilot the songs fit perfectly, I have always liked the songs played on this show.
  • Meet Chuck

    9.0
    Great show to a fantastic new show.

    We Meet Chuck a computer geek, it's his birthday and his big sister Ellie is throwing it for him Chuck wants to get away from this his sister is trying to set him up a girl.

    Bryce Larkin (C.I.A agent) then appears being chased by agents he ends up sending Chuck government secrets before being shot.

    Chuck later open his E-Mail and gathers all in the info into his brian. When at work a blone approaches him and asked him to fix her phone then later ask him out for a date.

    We meet Sarah a fellow agent, while on their they date are being tracked by other agents Chuck has no Idea what's going on. Sarah sees the NSA agents and she makes a run for it with Chuck, Sarah starts asking him questions about Bryce he evantually tells her and that his been getting images in his brian. Chuck and Sarah end up on the Roof, Casey (NSA Agent) catches up with them. Chuck explains how he sees things and remembers things he shouldn't and Casey and Sarah realize that all of their secrets that had been in the Intersect are now in Chuck's head. Chuck tells them that a bomb is gonna go off, the 3 of them quickly set of trying to avoid it from exploding.

    Sarah and Casey have now gone undercover to protect Chuck, Casey ends working in the same store as him and Sarah opposite. A Great Start.
  • Good, But Doesnt Trounce Prison Break...

    9.0
    I liked the pilot, but there isnt much of anything here that is going to make me watch the show over Prison Break at the Mondays at 8:00 slot. That being said - I did think the pilot was good, with a couple of weird spots here and there.

    I think the show would be just as good without the lame attempts at comedy. Alec Baldwin is plays a very good detective (I know him from his work in Daybreak where his role was almost the same exact thing) and I think he is a great addition to the show. I like the two women in the show- Chucks bomb sister in Sarah Landcaster and then his date which turns out to be a CIA agent who was dating Bryce, the man who sent Chuck this information in the beginning of the episode.

    I loved the drama and loved the action adventure, but I only laughed once throughout the entire episode. That point being when Chuck was about to begin defusing the bomb and his cell phone went off, classic. Overall, solid pilot I just question the writers choice to make the show somewhat less appealing by adding bad comedy.
  • Pilot episode

    9.1
    What does one do when about to be gunned down but send an email to an old friend who hasn't a clue what to do with it! The email contains all the government secrets which sends the FBI and NSA after our nerdy friend Chuck. Chuck (played to the hilt by Zachary Levi) Bartowski's life just got turned way upside down. But he seems to be able to deal with it fairly well right off the bat. The show has comedy, action and of course, romance written in it and it is surprisingly good. This show looks to be a keeper.
  • You get the overview of the series in the pilot episode, it more or less tells you that this is definately going to be a good series to watch, especially with the combination of the characters, the situation etc.

    9.2
    The first part of the pilot, sees it flicking between LA and DC, introducing the main plot aspect of the series. In LA, we have Chuck going through the motions of a birthday party, reminiscing and being full of self pity. Whilst in DC, we have Bryce, activating devices, emailing the results, blowing up things, killing agents and trying to escape.

    At the end of the party, after finishing a console gaming session with Morgan, opens up his email received from Bryce and starts to receive image after image, we see him hypontised by the event and time passes by in the background until the sun comes up and Chuck ends up fainting or passing out. He doesn't know it yet, but he's now got the secrets database in image format, planted in his brain for safe-keeping.

    Back in DC, the NSA and CIA are ordered to work together, to protect the secrets, thus setting up the "babysitting" scenario.

    Chuck and Morgan go into work, chuck is still a little bit queasy, after his night and a couple of times where he had flashbacks to certain images, like which road to avoid going to work. Then later on in the store where they work, he gets a tv announcement of a general coming to LA, he gets a flashback, an image enters his brain.

    Sarah (CIA Agent) pretends to be a dim-whitted customer who has a problem with her phone, whom Chuck helps out, she tells him to call her sometime for a date. She later goes back to the store, after dressing up as a ninja (no idea why but was funny) in order to steal his pc from his house, asking why Chuck hadnt called for that date. She's only got 12 hours to find the database we find out.

    Chuck and Sarah go out on a date. They are spotted by Casey, there is a car chase, which results in both agents, weapons drawn and in a stalemate over who has property rights of chuck, too funny really. The ice is broken by Chuck who has flashback of more images in a sequence, manages to put them all together and gets both agents to help him stopping the assassination of the general, as they disarm a powerful bomb in a posh hotel.

    The agents still argue who who is in charge, but Chuck tells them that he is in charge of himself, or so he is led to believe.
  • Great Pilot! Comedy! Action! and Romance!

    9.2
    This was a really great Pilot! Pilots are hard because you have to show character, set the plot, and tell people about the characters history. I really liked the idea of a supernerd who is a spy but has no clue what he is doing. I hate how all the action spy movies have a leading man who is the best agent ever and never gets hurt. Bryce seems like that kind of spy at first because no one can touch him but that changes. I also like Chuck's friend Morgan. Morgan is hilarious and really helps the show. I also like how Chuck lives with his sister because then his family is more involved with his life. If his sister lived somewhere else then we wouldn't get to see them interact as much. I also like how Chuck's sister seemed to plan Chuck's party for him because that seems like what a big sister would do. She even chooses his outfit. Also I love Chuck's car! This show is great and I hope the writters strike doesn't affect it much.
  • something special

    9.3
    most of the time i tend to be somewhat carefull, some series have looked good on paper but suffered on the screen

    this pilot delivers, it is that simple, the balance between humor, action and drama works.

    Zachary Levi manages to get the right about of geek in his performance (Joshua Gomez does freak me out a bit)

    our favourite bladwin does his " i am mean thing" like in firefly and i won't deny that Yvonne Strzechowski is both good and very easy on the eyes

    still have to see if they can keep doing this on a week to week basis but nice start
  • "Oh my God, I'm gonna die" - Chuck

    9.5
    Chuck Bartowski is an average computer geek until files upon files of government secrets are downloaded into his brain. He is soon scouted by the CIA and NSA to act in place of their computer. I think that this episode is a fantastic start to the series, really setting the tone of things to come, there is a great blend of comedy, action and drama here. The writing here is very impressive because it is hard to introduce a show like this with it's odd plot but the writing quickly explains how Chuck gets the secrets in his head. The introduction of the characters also fit in perfectly. Most of the episode there is the use of music, I liked this but it gets toned down in later episodes. The pilot shown a lot of promice in the show, this would soon be delivered.
  • Chuck mixes a spoonful of Alias, with a dash of Friends, and a hint of The OC to serve up a satisfying dish of a show!

    9.5
    I now have a favorite show to watch in between episodes of The Office and Heroes. That show is Chuck. The clever mix of action, humor and drama, make this a very promising series. Chuck Bartowski is the stereotypical uber-nerd working for the "Buy More", a hilarious parody for Best Buy. He has an otherwise 'boring' life; a best friend, Morgan; a super-hot sister, Ellie (and her Herculean boyfriend, the aptly named "Captain Awesome"). Chuck's life is suddenly turned upside down when super-spy in disguise, and ex-roommate/rival, Bryce Larkin sends him an encrypted e-mail containing the "Intersect"(a super computer that contains all of the nation's secrets which are encoded into images). The CIA and the NSA send out two of their field agents, the super hot Sarah Walker and the hilarious assassin John Casey, to intercept Chuck and see what has become of the Intersect. Chuck gets his first real challenge and disarms a bomb with a virus that lurks around in an adult website. Classic witty writing, in a fresh, original package.
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