25 Inimitable Men 1/25
Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
We all have that one TV character we’ll love the end of the time — the one we jokingly tell our significant other they should be more like. The one who’s truly ideal. You can’t not fall in love with Chuck Bartowski. When someone shows you so much of their heart and simultaneously loves Star Wars, it’s a done deal. Am I right, ladies? But in all seriousness, there are a number of things that have made Chuck a noteworthy, noble character, and my all-time favorite TV male. Chuck’s integrity, openness, and empathy effortlessly weaved into an unapologetic nerd makes him indescribably special. As Sarah Walker once said: “I love Chuck Bartowski and I don’t know what to do about it.” Same, Sarah. Same.
25 Love Stories 6/25
Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker (Chuck)
Let it be known before any of this begins that Chuck Bartowski is my ideal fictional boyfriend in every single way. (That Sarah Walker’s a lucky lady.) Chuck isn’t a series about love, but an enormous part of what makes it so special is the development between Chuck and Sarah. From their very first, sincere meeting at the beach to their explosive first kiss, watching them slowly, but fervently fall in love with one another has been the icing on top of an already wonderful show. To be frank, I’m an absolute fan of the way couples generally get together in Spy/Cop show dramas — there’s just something ridiculously fascinating about the undercover lovers trope. (I mean, seriously though. I’m obsessed with it.) Chuck and Sarah do a lot of going back and forth until “Chuck vs The Other Guy” (s3e13), but when they finally get together, their loves is incomparable. It’s not often the nerdy guy gets the most beautiful girl on television, but what’s always been the most wonderful detail in their relationship is the fact that Sarah falls in love Chuck Bartowski the man, not the spy, and Chuck falls for Sarah Walker, the woman behind the tough exterior.
Chuck and Sarah aren’t an easy couple for me to write about, there’s so much to them that I love and not enough words. There’s no way I can write about all my favorite scenes without us ending up at 3219 pages; however, there are moments that I’ve always felt defined them most gorgeously — moments that have made me cry tears of joy and thereby, landing them the number six spot on this list.