My Current Guilty Pleasure: ‘Chuck’

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Ever since I wrote up the Chuck soundtrack back in April, I’ve been feeling somewhat nostalgic for the show. My wife and I had watched the first two or three seasons together but then fell behind and never actually finished it. So now, thanks to Netflix, I’m giving it another go.

Sure, there are a lot of fantastic things I could be watching on Netflix. I started Sense8, a Netflix original series from the Wachowskis, and it’s fascinating and wonderfully weird. Since it’s been picked up for a second season, I really should finish that show before season 2 shows up next year. And, of course, my queue is loaded up with all sorts of shows–from my childhood (MacGyver, Quantum Leap) and things I just missed over the past few years (The Walking Dead, Portlandia) … not to mention actual movies.

But for now, I’m watching Chuck.

Yeah, it’s goofy and unrealistic. For instance, it’s a wonder how Chuck manages to keep his job at the Buy More because you rarely see him doing actual work–he’ll take a break right after he arrives in the morning–but even so I think the Buy More is a great send-up of the big box retail store. That, and I just really enjoy all of the characters on the show. Chuck makes a great everyman–he’s a nerd who gets sucked into a world he wasn’t prepared for, yet he manages to do a decent job at it nonetheless. The cast of surrounding characters–Sarah and Casey, the rest of the Buy More staff, Chuck’s sister–all have interesting relationships that keep me coming back.

I do most of my TV viewing while folding laundry, and an episode of Chuck is just about right for one folding session. With longer shows or movies, I end up wondering whether I should keep watching when I’m done folding, or if I have to get on to my other chores. I’m in the middle of the second season (of five), so there are a whole lot of episodes to go, but with an average of a load of laundry a day, I figure maybe I’ll finish the show sometime early 2016 with my non-binge-watching.

Of course, that’s not taking into account the arrival of Marvel’s Jessica Jones this coming Friday. After watching Daredevil, I’m definitely interested in more of the Marvel universe as presented by Netflix. But don’t worry, Chuck. I’ll be back.

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team and have been provided with Netflix access for review purposes, but opinions expressed are my own.

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