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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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  • Summary: With the finale of 7th season, 24 is still one of the most innovative, addictive and acclaimed dramas on television.In its first seven seasons, the suspenseful series was nominated for a total of 58 Emmy awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series (2006) and Outstanding Lead Actor in aWith the finale of 7th season, 24 is still one of the most innovative, addictive and acclaimed dramas on television.In its first seven seasons, the suspenseful series was nominated for a total of 58 Emmy awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series (2006) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for star Kiefer Sutherland (2006). Season Six garnered a sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for Sutherland and second consecutive nomination for supporting actor Jean Smart. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    '24' looks to be appointment television. [6 Nov 2001]
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    Captivating from its first minute forward, "24" is the rare example of a television pilot that hits every mark with an aura of excitement and precision, a stellar cast that exudes personality and personal history, and direction that is as taut as it gets. [2 Nov 2001]
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    Riveting, gripping, and altogether compelling ... An innovative and expertly executed hour of suspense, '24' is without question the best premiere of the fall season. [6 Nov 2001]
  4. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 18, 2013
    90
    The lingering concussion of Sept. 11 does nothing to undermine Fox's new thriller focusing on terrorism. Instead, it adds to its credibility and makes it all the more gripping. [6 Nov 2001]
  5. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 18, 2013
    90
    It's Sutherland's performance that so elevates the hour. This is a feature film star at work, and his performance demonstrates why the folks who fill the big screen make much more money than most television stars. [6 Nov 2001]
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 18, 2013
    83
    If the next 23 hours are half as spellbinding as tonight's - and, of course, providing that the TV audience is ready to find a terrorist attack entertaining - 24 could still be the hit of the season. [6 Nov 2001]
  7. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Jun 18, 2013
    25
    Tedious and banal, '24' lacks the engrossing panache TV's 'Mission Impossible' had years ago. Even though a well-rested-looking Sutherland is cool, steady and right for his role, he can't carry the show alone. [4 Nov 2001]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. May 23, 2014
    10
    One of the most creative, intense, action packed, and best shows. The story and character development are done so well. Not only was there 8One of the most creative, intense, action packed, and best shows. The story and character development are done so well. Not only was there 8 great seasons, but years after the supposed ending they revive it for a special 12 episode 9th season. Talk about a successful show. Easily one of the most addicting shows of all time. Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2012
    10
    Awesome show! Every episode holds an exciting thrilling feature, one of the best action t.v shows there is. Gives you that rush of adventureAwesome show! Every episode holds an exciting thrilling feature, one of the best action t.v shows there is. Gives you that rush of adventure and energy that's put into it. Every episode will bring you back for more! Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    Easily the greatest event, season, and story to have ever been placed on air. There is nothing anyone can say to explain it, it is just theEasily the greatest event, season, and story to have ever been placed on air. There is nothing anyone can say to explain it, it is just the most spectacular show that will leave your American souls begging for more. Expand
  4. Jul 25, 2013
    9
    ''Right now, terrorists are planning to assassinate a presidential candidate. My wife and daughter have been kidnapped... and people that I''Right now, terrorists are planning to assassinate a presidential candidate. My wife and daughter have been kidnapped... and people that I work with may be involved in both. I'm Federal Agent Jack Bauer, and this is the longest day of my life.''. That intro sums up the plot of the first season of 24.

    Having an entire season of a show take place over the space of a day in real time was a terrific idea and it makes for a fantastically entertaining show. The show moves at a breakneck speed, full of action, tension and unpredictable twists and turns around every corner. That makes it very addictive.

    This first season isn't perfect, a couple of plot points are recycled a little too much for my tastes and some of the subplots in the second half of the season to keep Bauer's wife and daughter relevant are not on a par with the main plot but the rest of it is just so good that this doesn't matter. Kiefer Sutherland and Dennis Haybert both light up the screen and help make the stories of Jack Bauer and David Palmer so gripping.
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  5. Aug 2, 2014
    8
    Season 1 of 24 introduces unique techniques to add to the action formulae while still following the recipe for a fun, engaging and twistySeason 1 of 24 introduces unique techniques to add to the action formulae while still following the recipe for a fun, engaging and twisty action series. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2014
    8
    Season 1 of 24 introduces unique techniques to add to the action formulae while still following the recipe for a fun, engaging and twistySeason 1 of 24 introduces unique techniques to add to the action formulae while still following the recipe for a fun, engaging and twisty action series. Expand
  7. May 7, 2014
    0
    24, the mother of all ADHD-TV series. There is nothing more to say. I do not know what many like about this series. I find it unbearable. A24, the mother of all ADHD-TV series. There is nothing more to say. I do not know what many like about this series. I find it unbearable. A actionistic action hunting the next. Only Kiefer Sutherland remains true to itself and, as always, consistently unsympathetic. Expand

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