Chuck is over. Forever. And, after taking a few weeks to recuperate from the emotional rollercoaster that was the final two episodes, I think have finally accepted that. But with its end, it leaves a void. Chuck was one of those shows with that it-factor. That perfect balance of humour, romance, daftness, action and drama, made even more special with an amazing ensemble cast portraying well-developed, loveable characters. Something not a lot of shows are capable of pulling off, let alone pulling off well. With Chuck off the air, you may feel like there is just something missing in your weekly dose of television. Here are a few shows that I think can help with that.
Castle is probably my favourite on this list. It revolves around a successful mystery novelist who, through his connections with the NY mayor, gets to tag along with a team of NYPD homicide detectives for research purposes, lending his skills and intellect to help solve cases. Conceptually it may not sound too new, but with the excellent, witty writing and the stellar cast, it is amazing!
One of the things that I loved most about Chuck, particularly early on, was the relationship between him and Sarah. More specifically, the sexual tension. Who doesn’t love good sexual tension, am I right? Castle hits the nail on the head with the development of the relationship between Castle and Beckett (the lead female detective), creating tension so rich and thick that you could cut it with a knife and eat it with some red wine. It can give you goosebumps. But, if that isn’t your thing, there are a lot of other draws to this show. As I mentioned earlier, the show is well-written. Great drama, clever dialogue and scenes that you just can’t help but chortle at. They also have awesome, yet subtle, tie-ins with pop-culture and cult hits that will appease your inner nerd. And did I mention that the cast is fantastic?
Read more about Castle here.
I’ve already raved about Leverage so I’ll keep this short. In a nutshell, it covers the geekery/nerdgasms, the action, the drama, the romance (to some degree), and even some silliness. Overall, it’s just a good show.
Check out their site here.
Breaking In is a great little Fox comedy following the hijinks of a team of security experts working for Contra Security, a firm dedicated to keep corporations safe from security breaches. While the episodes are individually compelling and amusing, I think what really draws attention are the characters. They are all unique and a bit quirky but, at the same time, they are pretty believable. Cash (Alphonso McAuley), in particular, is pretty awesome. He gives off a bit of a Morgan-vibe which I absolutely adore. It’s a fun show that is well-written and pretty funny. Worth the watch.
Check out Breaking In here.
Chaos is a CBS comedic drama following a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Homeland Administration and Oversight Services (CHAOS) division. The show is well-written with clever dialogue and enjoyable, action-oriented storylines. The characters are awesome too! They are well-defined and portrayed, each with unique skills and personalities that complement each other. Very Chuck-esque. Unfortunately, Chaos was cancelled after just one season. That being said, I think it is definitely worth checking out.
You can visit their website here.
The CBC series, InSecurity, is a bit of a wildcard on this list. People either really hate it or love it in a “it’s my guilty pleasure” kind of way. The show focuses on a team of special agents at the Canadian National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) as they try to protect the country. It is what I’d imagine it would be like if Jeff and Lester (or Mr Bean) were spies. Pretty kooky and daft and chock-full of tomfoolery. And it’s got a bit of action too! It can be quite entertaining as long as you don’t take it too seriously. Remember, it’s a comedy from CBC.
You can read more about it and even watch some episodes here.