Today is the 10th anniversary of the first airing of the Chuck pilot. Over the last couple years the show has finally started to fade from the forefront of my thoughts. But it’s still had the biggest impact on my life (and spare time!) of any show I’ve seen. And no, I’m not trying for any silly “how Chuck changed my life” sort of testimonial here; I only mean to say it was the largest hobby any television show ever has been or is likely to be for me.
So this anniversary just has me fondly remembering that first viewing and first experience. I can’t swear I saw it Monday night. Not only is Monday always a gym night for my wife and I, but of course, this is football season. So really good chance I actually watched it on Tuesday. But I sure do remember that first viewing!
My wife always insists she had read about the show in a magazine or something and told me about it. I mostly just remember the previews during Sunday Night Football. It’s always a good sign when I laugh several times in a preview. I had no doubt this was something to check out. And it sure didn’t disappoint. I’ve said here before, Chuck may have been the most completely satisfying pilot I ever saw. I have had many favorite shows over the years, and I still have a few that I eagerly look forward to every week. But dang Chuck was something special. I still can’t believe how much I enjoyed this show. Every week I was excited. Even when I was steaming mad at the choices the writers made there was never even a question of missing an episode*. It had a hold on me!
To this day I read Chuck fan fiction, even if the amount of new stuff has slowed way down. I still hope for a movie some day. And I still miss the daily discussion/celebration/argument at this site. That was the most fun part of the whole experience!
Sorry if this didn’t deliver the sort of deep analysis and retrospective this show may have deserved on its tenth anniversary. But feel free to correct my failing in comments below! Once again, I would love to hear from old friends and new fans.
* – such absolute statements do not apply to rewatches; complete, thematic or otherwise!