Chuck is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and one that, much like ABC’s Better Off Ted, I wonder why more people aren’t watching. While the ratings haven’t been horrible, they’ve never been that great either. It took quite the campaign to get NBC to consider another season, not that they really had a lot of better options. But, after lots of blog posts, tweets, and footlongs purchased by fans, we were given the gift of a third season.
Recently, that gift got even bigger, as NBC increased the season order to 19 episodes. But, as a big fan of the show, I’m a bit greedy and want a fourth. Yet, to get a fourth, the ratings need to improve. So, this is my attempt to get those of you that haven’t been watching, to jump on the Chuck-wagon and take a ride with the rest of us that have been enjoying the show for the last two seasons. Yet, you may be hesitant being two seasons behind to begin watching with season three. Well, I hope the following will help get you onboard.
3 Things You Need to Know to Start Your Chuck Adventure With Season Three
- Nothing. What?! You may be asking yourself. How can the first thing I need to know be nothing. Well, while Chuck is a great show, it’s not super hard to follow. Also, after having seen the first few episodes, I can tell you that they’ve been crafted in such a way that you’ll be all caught up with where things stand for each of the characters by Monday night. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t ever watch season one or two, but that I really don’t think you need to do so before joining with the rest of us Chuck fans in enjoying season three. Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) seems to agree with me over at the LA Times Show Tracker Blog. But, just in case you don’t believe either of us, he also goes further and gives you the five things he thinks you need to know about Chuck before starting season three.
- Everthing. What?! Now you’re just messing with us. No, some people need more convincing. They want facts and figures. They want the who, what, where and why. They need to see, as well as hear. Well, here’s a little Chuck 101. While Kath (@gmmrtv) over at Give Me My Remote agrees that “you can start watching Chuck this Sunday and Monday even if you’ve never seen a single episode before,” she also provides all the info you could possibly need or want without having watched a single episode. Learn about each of the characters, find out who knows what, and watch some video clips to get a feel for the show.
- The show is just plain fun. Chuck creators Josh Schwartz (@JoshSchwartz76) and Chris Fedak have found the perfect mix of action, comedy, drama, and romance. The show deftly moves between buddy comedy, romantic comedy, action comedy, action adventure, family drama, romance drama, spy thriller, and so much more. Overall, it just leaves you happy. Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) at the New Jersey Star-Ledger agrees, as he writes, “rare is the episode that doesn’t make me smile for the hour.” If you still need more convincing, here are his six reasons you should watch Chuck.
Whether you know everything, nothing, or are somewhere in between regarding Chuck, you’re going to enjoy season three because it’s just plain fun. Will you be watching?