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(2007–2012)

Trivia

The character of Chuck usually wears Converse Chuck Taylors, often simply referred to as "Chucks".
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The televisions in the Buy More store will always display images or footage that will relate to what is occurring within the episode. For example, in Chuck VS the Helicopter, the TVs displays footage of helicopters.
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Helicopter (2007) when Chuck flashes, he says "Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down". Oceanic Flight 815 was the flight that crashed on Lost (2004).
During an interview with The A.V. Club, Vik Sahay said that he first auditioned for the role of Morgan, and when the auditions came down to just himself and Joshua Gomez, and Gomez got it, the producers instead offered Sahay the then-smaller role of Lester. Lester has since become a more prominent character than he was in the pilot.
Bruce Boxleitner plays Dr. Woodcomb, Devon's father. He also played the role of Tron TRON (1982). Chuck has a poster of Tron in his room.
In a 2013 National Public Radio interview, Zachary Levi said that he was almost in the Broadway musical production of "Young Frankenstein," but he had to give up the opportunity because the pilot for "Chuck" got picked up as a series.
Christopher Lloyd plays Chucks therapist he constantly refers to him as Doc. This refers to Lloyd's role in Back to the Future (1985).
Although the Buy More sells the latest home electronics, the TV in the break room is a 1985 Hitachi.
In the episode Chuck: Chuck Versus the Gobbler (2011), the prisoner number on Chuck's shirt is 092980 - a reference to Zachary Levi's birthday.
In the episode Chuck: Chuck Versus Santa Claus (2008) there are several references to the movie Die Hard (1988). The LAPD officer in charge is Al Powell, (and played by the same actor, Reginald VelJohnson), who also eats Twinkies. He responds to the FBI agent who asks "Who's in charge here?" just like in the movie. Al Powell also calls his brother, the store manager, Mike Powell, and uses a line from the film "How Ya holding up in there, partner?"
Chuck's alter ego "Charles Charmichael" may be a reference to musician Hoagy Carmichael. Ian Fleming often described his character James Bond as looking like Hoagy Carmichael.
After appearing in the vast majority of episodes from seasons 1-3, Bonita Friedericy (General Beckman) was finally made a regular cast member in season 4.
Natalie Martinez was to join the cast after the pilot episode as Kayla Hart, a love interest for Chuck. Martinez appeared in the cast promotional pictures but her character was written out before she could appear on the show.
A good many references are made to the movie Spies Like Us (1985). The bug used in several episodes is called a GLG-20, which is the designation given to undercover operatives in the movie. Emmett Millbarge is named after the two main characters in the movie, first name taken from Chevy Chase's Emmett Fitzhume, and last name taken from Dan Aykroyd's Austin Millbarge; this is also the order they are introduced in the film. In an episode, Chuck poses as a doctor and references a scene from the movie where doctors go through greeting each other by saying "Doctor, Doctor". Chevy Chase has a guest role in the show. In the movie, one of the actors playing the Tadzhik Highway Patrolman has the name Costa Gavras and the name of the communist state featured in "Chuck Versus the Angel of Death" has the name Costa Gravas. Also while Chuck and Sarah are watching TV, Spies Like Us comes on, and Sarah comments "not again".
Sarah Walker is also used as a codename for Sarah Davies in Mission Impossible.
Sarah Lancaster, who plays Zachary Levi's older sister, is in fact only 7 months older than him.
Jeff's full name is Thomas Jefferson Barnes.
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Third Dimension (2009), Tony Hale yells "No Touching!", a popular quote from television show Arrested Development (2003), wherein he plays the character Buster Bluth.
In Seasons 1 through 3, Big Mike has a marlin on the wall of his office that features in a number of episodes. In Season 4, Grimes has a "Billy the Big Mouth Bass" on the wall behind his desk.
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips (2011) Morgan dodges the tranquilizer darts in the same fashion Neo does in The Matrix (1999). Carrie-Anne Moss, who plays Gertrude Verbanski, played Trinity in The Matrix (1999).
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil (2011) there are actually two references to the popular TV show Lost (2004). The first is when Vivian receives the bank card at Volkoff Industries in which the card displays the famous numbers from Lost (2004) 4815162342. The second reference is at the National Bank of Macau, Guillermo Chan, the head of the bank is played by François Chau, who also played Dr. Pierre Chang from the Dharma Initiative in Lost (2004).
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Chuck's full name is Charles Irving Bartowski.
Robert Englund's character has connections with nightmares, which ties in with his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
In Season 3, two new characters were introduced, both the actors starred in Superman related series/movie - Brandon Routh played Superman in Superman Returns (2006) and Kristin Kreuk played Lana Lang in Smallville (2001).
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Tic Tac (2010), the box where an important item was kept is number 092407, which is in reference to the date the show premiered, September 24, 2007.
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The foyer of Ted Roark's building is the same used as Globogym in the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).
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Daniel Shaw is played by actor Brandon Routh, who has starred as Superman in Superman Returns (2006). At one point Chuck refers to Shaw's physique as "Superman-y".
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In the Chuck: Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer (2008), during her interview with Emmit, Anna states that she speaks binary and says "00011010" which is her age - 26.
In several episodes Chuck makes or refers to chicken pepperoni which is a dish Chevy Chase made in Seems Like Old Times (1980).
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At the close of the second season, declined ratings and stiff competition from the other networks had indicated that Chuck would be cancelled. But due to petitioning from its loyal fan base specifically aimed at one of its sponsors (Subway) the show was renewed for a third season in an unprecedented partnership between NBC and the sandwich chain helping to cover the production costs. Chuck continued to face cancellation for its subsequent seasons with its fifth season becoming its final season beginning October 28, 2011 and ending on January 27, 2012 with a 2 hour finale.
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In the episode Chuck: Chuck Versus Santa Claus (2008) the gunman goes by the name Ned Ryerson, which is the name of a character in the movie Groundhog Day (1993).
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Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, both had recurring roles. They also starred in White Collar (2009) during the same time.
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In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Leftovers (2010), Chucks mom who is played by Linda Hamilton says "come with me if you want to live". This is a direct quote from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), which Hamilton also starred in.
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When Dolph Lundgren appears Chuck: Chuck Versus the Anniversary (2010) he makes several references to his character Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985). He does so when interrogating John Casey telling him, "I must break you," as well as threatening the team saying, "If they die, they die."
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Zachary Levi plays Frandral in Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Josh Schwartz included the fictional Yakuza Prep poster from Adam Brody's room in The O.C. (2003) in Zachary Levi's room.
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Scott Bakula (Steven Jay Bartowski) and Brandon Routh (Daniel Shaw) share the same birthday.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Chuck's father (played by Quantum Leap's Scott Bakula) says his trademark line from the time travelling show, when meeting Chuck and Sarah for the first time. "Oh Boy!"
In the episode where Vivian Volkoff takes up her fathers role, the card she finds has the number 4815162342 on it. Which is a reference to the TV series Lost (2004).
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Helicopter (2007), Chuck is listing a series of things he knows from the intersect. One of them is a reference to Lost (2004) when he says "Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down by a surface to air...."
In the Chuck: Chuck Versus the Subway (2010) Alex (Casey's daughter) runs away from Casey after trying to save her and Casey yells "I am your father" Alex responds with "that's impossible" which is a reference to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
Chevy Chase is mentioned by Chuck when watching a film. He also played the role of Roark.
In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Gobbler (2011), Yvonne Strahovski says, "I love a good suicide mission.", which is likely a reference to her character Miranda Lawson in Mass Effect 2 (2010).
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Christopher Lloyd plays Chucks therapist and goes to a clinic referring to Lloyd's role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).
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In Chuck: Chuck Versus the Mask (2010) Chuck goes to a building to save Shaw. The building that was used is the same building used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) as the command center.
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