''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the show, had dozens of shoutouts and actor allusions. Several per episode generally, to anything and everything geekworthy.

!!!Actor Allusions
* Casey has said lines Creator/AdamBaldwin has used before -- such as Jayne in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. It's also hard to ignore that their initials are identical, which may or may not be intentional.
-->'''Casey:''' You are starting to damage my calm, Chuck.\\
'''Casey:''' Shiny!\\
'''Casey:''' We're just happy to be doing good works.\\
'''Casey:''' Let's go get some payback.
:: He also threatened to remove Chuck's "man parts"; in ''Firefly'' Jayne once threatened to show River his "man parts" if she kept insinuating the femininity of his name. :
:: In "Chuck vs the Sandworm", he ask if a target was "going to kill (him) with his mind?", which is exactly what River threatened to do to Jayne
* In "Chuck Versus the Fear of Death", [[Creator/AdamBaldwin Casey]] asks [[Creator/SummerGlau Greta]] what kind of "[[Series/{{Firefly}} crew]]" she used to be on.
* There's also a mention of ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. Animal Mother's line "Flush out your headgear, new guy." was also used by Casey at one point.
* The first thing Scott Bakula says to Ellie? [[Series/QuantumLeap "Oh boy."]]
* Emmett yelling "[[Series/ArrestedDevelopment No touching!]]" at the hordes of Tyler Martin fans.
* Speaking of Tyler Martin, he's pretty much what [[Series/{{Lost}} Charlie]] might have become if Locke hadn't helped him kick the drug habit.
** He also initially called Chuck "Jack".
* In "Chuck Versus the Three Words," Morgan says that Carina is not some girl, but "basically a Swedish supermodel." Which is exactly what Mini Anden is in real life. (You may have seen her as the former face of Armani Code.)
* In "Chuck Versus First Class," Hannah sees a character played by Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and tries to guess his profession-- "A professional wrestler, maybe?"
* In "Chuck Versus the Mask", Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) mentions how handsome she thinks Shaw (Brandon Routh) looks. In that same scene, Chuck retorts with "Sure, if you're into the strong, Superman-y type of guy" - A twofer, as [[Film/SupermanReturns Routh previously played Superman]], and [[Series/{{Smallville}} Kreuk previously played Clark Kent's first love]].
* Shaw has also donned glasses that look suspiciously like ones Clark Kent would wear.
* Chuck constantly referring to Dr. Leo Dreyfus in "Chuck Versus the Tooth" (as played by Creator/ChristopherLloyd) as [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture "Doc."]] [[spoiler:He then gets Chuck [[Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest committed to a mental asylum]].]]
* "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" - Harry Dean Stanton as a Film/RepoMan and Creator/DolphLundgren dropping several of his ''Film/RockyIV'' lines.
* "Chuck Versus the Cubic Z" includes an ActorAllusion between two of its guest stars, as [[spoiler:Stacy Keibler and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin have a brief reprise match]].
* In "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror," Creator/RobertEnglund shows up as a man who can make people have [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet "nightmares they can never wake up from."]]
* In "Chuck Versus the Leftovers," Mary Elizabeth Bartowski (played by Creator/LindaHamilton) tells Chuck and Sarah to "[[Film/TheTerminator Come with me if you want to live.]]"
* There's a scene in "Chuck Versus the Last Details" where a captured Mary Bartowski is doing pull-ups in her cell.
* Sarah, [[spoiler: undercover for Volkoff.]] With black-dyed hair and a catsuit. "[[Franchise/MassEffect I love a good suicide mission.]]"
* Volkoff, as played by Creator/TimothyDalton, has one. As it turns out, [[spoiler: he once [[Film/JamesBond worked for MI6]].]]
* Of course, they couldn't have [[Film/TheMatrix Carrie-Anne Moss]] as a guest star and not feature at least one BulletTime scene. (It happens in "Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips.")
* In "Chuck Versus the Hack Off" a scene featuring Carrie-Anne Moss is segued into a laptop running a ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' [[MatrixRainingCode code]] screen saver.
* In "Chuck Versus the Break-Up", Morgan refers to Mitt and his friends as giants and psychopaths. Mitt is played by Michael Strahan, better known for being a Hall of Fame defensive end for the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague New York Giants]].

!!!Shout Outs
* "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" had, in addition to all the Dune references you might expect, a lengthy visual shout out to "The O.C."
** This is because the two shows share a creator/co-creator - Josh Schwartz. There is also an episode where they have to channel flick and identify TV shows as quickly as possible. It's very quick, but Morgan says "Season 2 of The O.C, a really underrated show" at one point.
** "Sandworm" also mentioned Harry Tang's middle name is "Tiberius", the same as [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk's]].
** The villain of "Sandworm" compares the bomb-defusing climax to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. The bomb is stopped with 7 seconds left, just like in ''Goldfinger''. Chuck and the villain also watch ''Film/AViewToAKill'' and debate whether Zorin is misunderstood.
* Sports references abound in Season Two:
** The bad guy of "Chuck Versus the Break-Up" is named after outfielder Von Hayes.
** In "Chuck Versus the Ex," Jill's boss is named Guy Lafleur which is also the name of a Hall of Fame hockey player.
** In "Chuck Versus the [=DeLorean=]," a character uses the alias Guido Merkins, a QB in the NFL.
* The second season has two shout-outs to Film/GrossePointeBlank- Chuck makes a reference to Sarah fighting rebellion in Paraguay with a fork which sounds very similar to Martin's claim to have killed a president of Paraguay with this eating utensil. The next episode has Sarah being forced to go to her high school reunion as part of an assignment, which fits the plot of that film.
** That selfsame episode, "Chuck Versus the Cougars," also contains a shout out to ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' with the side-plot at the Buy More
* In "Chuck Versus the Best Friend" when Jeff is trying to convince Lester to sing he directly quotes "Lose Yourself" by Eminem from the movie 8 Mile. "Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment would you capture it, or just let it slip?"
* Other episodes have featured characters named Lo Pan and Jack Burton from ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''.
** Point of fact, the character Ben Lo Pan is actually played by Creator/JamesHong, who played David Lo Pan in ''Big Trouble in Little China''.
* The Christmas 2008 episode contains a shout-out to ''Film/DieHard'' when Reginald [=VelJohnson=] guest stars as Sgt. Al Powell of the Burbank Police Department. There's also a shoutout to ''Film/GroundhogDay'' with the hostage holder, "Ned Ryerson" (spelled differently on the show than in the movie).
** This is also an ActorAllusion and RunningGag for [=VelJohnson=], who has a long history of playing police officers in television and film.
* Several shout-outs to ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'': "We'll always have Omaha." It's Ellie's favorite movie, as well.
** "Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover" contains a bunch for ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. Cynical lone wolf Casey reopens an old wound when he unexpectedly encounters his old flame ''Ilsa'' and finds that she's about to marry ''Victor'', the movie plays in the background at the BuyMore when Ilsa comes to meet Casey, and at the end, after Ilsa leaves on a plane, Chuck says, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (see WholePlotReference below).
* Chuck keeps [[spoiler:the documents given to him by Orion]] hidden in an issue of ''ComicBook/ExMachina''.
* On more than one occasion, the team has deployed a GLG-20 listening device, a shout out to ''Film/SpiesLikeUs''. Another such shout-out was when Chuck, pretending to be a doctor, had an extended "Doctor"-"Doctor" greeting with a villain doctor. Emmett Millbarge is a cross between the names of the two spies in the movie.
** Lets face it, ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'' is a frequent target of Chuck shoutouts.
* "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer," an episode about ''Missile Command'' and ''Rush'' also had a model of Anime/MazingerZ visible in one scene. Sharper-eyed viewers will also be able to glimpse the back of a model of Ultraman in that same sequence.
* The choreography during the final scene of "Chuck Versus the Ring" was largely lifted directly from ''Film/TheMatrix''. The point is really driven home when the episode ends on Chuck saying "I know Kung Fu."
** The scene of Chuck and Sarah shooting up the "First bank of Evil" in season 4 is similar to when Neo and Trinity rescued Morpheus.
* The whole [[spoiler: Morgan betraying Big Mike arc]] was a shout out to ''Film/TheGodfather''. Right down to the dialogue;
-->'''Mike:''' I know it was you, [[strike:Fredo]] Morgan. You ''broke my heart''. You broke my heart. [to Emmett] I don't want anything to happen to him while [[strike:Mom's alive]] I'm dating his mother.
* In "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater," Casey quotes Creator/TheFiresignTheatre's "AudioPlay/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger" sketch.
* "Chuck Versus the Third Dimension" has possibly the geekiest one of all - an explosive labeled "IG-88", the serial number of an assassin robot who was only named in the ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' ExpandedUniverse.
* Apparently, [[Series/{{Lost}} Oceanic Flight 815]] was ''shot'' down.
** Well, if you followed the last season...
* When Sarah tells Chuck that she wants to make love to him to improve their cover, he swallows his coffee and remarks "[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Hot coffee!]]"
* Issues of ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' are seen in Chuck's room. (The writer wrote in to the magazine itself once to point this fact out.)
* Chuck's room has a poster for the imaginary "Yakuza Prep," originally found in the bedroom of Seth on ''Series/TheOC.'' (Also created by Josh Schwartz)
* In "Chuck Versus Operation Awesome," Chuck greets the villain over the Buy More's PA system with "[[Franchise/{{Scream}} Hello, Sydney]]."
** In the same episode, Jeff and Lester start a Film/FightClub, and Lester later taunts Morgan by rattling some merchandise and calling "[[Film/TheWarriors come out to plaaaaaaay]]."
* In "Chuck Versus First Class", the vial of antidote is labeled "cordrazine", a fictional drug mentioned in both ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' and ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize the museum in "Chuck Versus the Mask" as the [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers Power Rangers']] Command Center.
* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is featured throughout the show multiple times. Chuck has a Y poster in his bedroom, Devon is shown reading the first issue while waiting for Chuck to wake up, Chuck is reading it at the bar to lure Manoosh. He refers to it as, "The greatest literary contribution of our time." --clearly one of the writers is a fan.
** There are even parallels in the stories. A loser-jokester guy unwittingly becomes the most important man in the world in one day, he has a sister in medicine, and a kick-ass spy watching his back.
* Creator/DolphLundgren stating [[Film/RockyIV "I must break you." and "If you die, you die."]]
* One of Chuck's job interviews in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" is at [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Vandalay Industries]].
* In "Chuck Versus the Couch Lock", when one of the villains is going through the mailboxes in Chuck's appartment complex, it is revealed that Casey's neighbor is named ''[[Series/TwentyFour Bauer]]''. When 24 was still running the shows were indeed "neighbors," since both aired on Monday night.
** Series/TheATeam in the same episode.
--->'''Casey:''' I had them court-martialed. Of course they promptly escaped the maximum security stockade...\\
'''Chuck:''' ...to the Los Angeles Underground, where they survived as soldiers of fortune.\\
'''Chuck:''' Like the... A-Team. You never have... have you ever seen the A-Team?\\
'''Casey:''' I ''was'' the A-Team.\\
'''Chuck:''' Ah.
** The funeral scene in the same episode also seems to reference [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFhD7dnqEbg this scene]] from the Cary Grant Audrey Hepburn movie ''Film/{{Charade}}'', where a group of four people agreed to steal gold when part of the OSS in World War II. When one of them died, the others at his funeral each tried to make sure he was dead. One sneezed on him, one held a mirror to his nose, and the other (in the exact same manner as Chuck) stuck a pin in him.
* Nearly all of the Morgan scenes in "Chuck Versus the Leftovers" are references to ''Film/DieHard''.
** "Come with me if you want to live," however, comes from ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. In-show, it's uttered by Creator/LindaHamilton, who [[ActorAllusion played Sarah Connor]] in that movie.
* "Chuck Versus the Balcony" riffs on a famous scene from ''Film/TheCourtJester'' when trying to track a bottle of wine:
-->'''Morgan:''' Chuck, the '86 Chateau [=LeFranc=] is a peppery Pinot with a stable on the label and a stork on the cork.\\
'''Chuck:''' Copy that. Um, um, what, what, it was, it was a peppery Pinot, right? A peppery Pinot with a cork on the stork and a label on the stable?\\
'''Morgan:''' No, it's a... a stable on the label and a cork on the stork. Dude, it's--no, it's not. What did you just say?\\
(''after tracking the contents of the bottle to a wine taster'')\\
'''Chuck:''' Sir! Hi, sir, hi, excuse me. Um. I'm terribly sorry, but I believe there's been a mix-up downstairs, and you've received wrong glass of wine. That's actually the Burgundy from Bordeaux with the coil on the foil and the fork on the cork.\\
'''[[GratuitousFrench Dégustateur]]:''' ''Quoi?'' That does not make sense! They are both ''regions!'' ''This''... is the peppery Pinot with the stable on the label and the stork on the cork!
* "Chuck vs the Gobbler":
** Sarah dying her hair from blonde to black after "going rogue" mirrors a similar change from ''Film/{{Salt}}''.
** Chuck wears a ''VideoGame/DeBlob'' t-shirt.
* In "Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer" the VillainOfTheWeek is named [[Music/{{Queen}} Farrokh Bulsara]].
* At one point, Ellie is seen reading ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub''.
* When Morgan, as the driver of Chuck's limo, is told to roll up the window, he replies [[Film/ThePrincessBride "As you wish".]]
* Emmett Millbarge screaming "NO TOUCHING!" at hoardes of customers. He's played by Tony Hale, most famous for his role on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', where "No touching!" and variations thereof was one its many running gags.
* The agent who gave Sarah a 49-B evaluation in season 2 is named [[Film/FatalAttraction Alex Forrest]].nB
* Casey brainwashing Lester into obeying Morgan is reminiscent of Literature/TheManchurianCandidate.
* Chuck is reading Literature/AGameOfThrones at the start of "Chuck vs. the Family Volkoff"
-->''Eddard, you can't give your kids dire wolves as pets. That's a terrible idea!''
** Of course, Chuck seems to have the book open to the middle, whereas that event takes place right at the very beginning...
* When Chuck and Morgan have fought off most of Snieder's henchmen, one grabs a pair of swords and starts twirling them around. Morgan [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk shoots him]] with the tranq gun, and Chuck makes the reference.
* Morgan helps fashion a prison escape by posing as a guard and reporting a "[[Film/ANewHope prisoner transfer from]] [[Film/THX1138 CB 11, Section 3-8]]."
** While Morgan investigated the construction going on in Castle, he posed as an agent. When one walked by him he pretended to be talking on his radio saying "No, they're just doing maintenance on [[TheSimpsons Sector 7-G]]".
* In "Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips", [[spoiler: an Intersected]] Morgan evades tranq shots in a style not unlike [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]]. Incidentally, Carrie-Ann Moss (who played Trinity in the movies) made an appearance in the episode.
* In "Chuck Versus Bo" the X-13 memory erasure spray is often filmed in a manner highly reminiscent of neuralyzers from the ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies.
** Moreover, the subplot of Jeff & Lester losing their memories of their recent predicaments is eerily similar to ''Film/{{Memento}}'', which, interestingly enough starred Carrie-Ann Moss (Gertrude Verbanski).
* In the season 4 premiere, Morgan tries to flex while high-fiving Chuck in a shout out to ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
* Morgan is carrying a [[Film/BladeRunner Tyrell Corporation]] messenger bag when he meets Carina in "Chuck versus the Wookie".
* At the end of "Chuck Versus the Kept Man", Casey is seen enjoying an episode of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* Nicole Richie's character Heather Chandler is named after the AlphaBitch in ''Film/{{Heathers}}''.
* Multiple {{Shout Out}}s given to ''Franchise/StarWars'' when Chuck, Casey and Sarah attempt to employ the TrojanPrisoner routine to rescue Mary in "Chuck Versus the Last Details." Chuck calls Casey "Chewie," (then [[DontExplainTheJoke has to explain the reference]] to Sarah) and as they make their way in Casey mutters [[RunningGag "I have a bad feeling about this."]] Later in the episode Chuck pumps up Morgan when he has fears about going under cover at a meeting as a villain by humming the Imperial March, which then segues into the full orchestral version when Morgan is shown entering the meeting.
* Jurassic Park routine from Chuck vs. The A Team (Chuck is at the door pleading to be let in when suddenly Sarah appears to Morgan's side.)
-->'Morgan: You were distracting me so she could break in.\\
Chuck: Yeah.\\
Morgan: Clever girl.
* In the episode "Chuck vs. the First Fight", Chuck meets with a MI6 handler called Tuttle [[spoiler: who turns out to be a cover identity for Volkoff]]. "Tuttle" is also the name of a made-up officer in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* In the episode "Chuck Versus the Coup d'Etat" the name "Yakov Smirnoff" is seen, in one of Chuck's flashes, in Russian.