• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    The sometimes laughable soap opera aspects of the first year have been minimized. The pulse-racing, adrenaline-fueled suspense has been ratcheted up. If anything, this white-knuckle joy ride now moves faster than the clock that ticks steadily through each episode. [28 Oct 2002]
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    I am happy to report that this series remains a 100-percent authentic, white-knuckled hair-raiser. [24 Oct 2002]
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    A relentless, ambitious perpetual motion machine that may go down as the most exciting thriller in TV history. [27 Oct 2002]
  4. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    The opening two hours of season two suggest that 24 has lost none of its style or energy. It remains television's most exciting series. [29 Oct 2002]
  5. The format of '24' still works beautifully. [27 Oct 2002]
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 18, 2013
    100
    Combine the new story's broader scope with the show's newfound willingness to tap into current fears, and there's every reason to hope for an even more suspenseful season. And that's even considering the drag applied by Kim's credibility-straining subplot. [29 Oct 2002]
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 18, 2013
    90
    The first two episodes this season get the crisis-fueled day rolling in superb fashion. [29 Oct 2002]
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 18, 2013
    90
    The producers' storytelling bravura grabs your guts from the first tense second and doesn't let go. [29 Oct 2002]
  9. Reviewed by: John Ruch
    Jun 18, 2013
    88
    '24'... has matured beyond sheer novelty while retaining its relentless excitement. [28 Oct 2002]
  10. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    83
    24 strains credulity here and there... and some of the season premiere's doomsday dialogue smacks of parody. But the real-time format builds tension week-to-week as well as scene-to-scene, and Sutherland keeps adding depth to his portrayal of a man staggering slightly with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    83
    Really, my only significant complaint about the new '24' is an excessive use of its visual trademark: split-screen images. These are fine when they're used to let you know where major characters are in different subplots simultaneously, but in next week's episode, there's a split-screen shot that separates two characters talking in the same room together!
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Based on the first two episodes of season two, "24" returns tonight with the promise of another year of ambitious, outrageous, and addictive TV drama. [29 Oct 2002]
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    '24' is back in top storytelling form, spinning an intricate new web of mystery and suspense. [29 Oct 2002]
  14. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    As twisty and spellbinding as ever. [28 Oct 2002]
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Next week's episode has more taut scenes than tonight's premiere, which has to lay the groundwork for the season. No surprise -- last season, it took several episodes before "24" began to live up to its promise. [29 Oct 2002]
  16. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    The real-time approach can't seem as innovative the second time around, but it is still used to great effect ... The glaring weak spot is Jack's teenage daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). [29 Oct 2002]
  17. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 18, 2013
    75
    '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
  18. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    It brings with it last season's same gift for immediately innards-knotting suspense, fate-of-the-free-world plotting and page-turning viewing, if such a metaphor can be mixed. It also hits the implausibility buttons much earlier in its run, although part of '24's' genius is that it drives so relentlessly forward that it leaves no time for contemplation. [29 Oct 2002]
  19. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    Compelling if not entirely satisfying. [29 Oct 2002]
  20. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    The most inspired aspect of this year's primary plot is that Jack is a man over the edge, not on it. [28 Oct 2002]
  21. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    One thing is certain, it’s going to be another long day on '24.' At least early indications suggest it won’t be boring.
  22. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    Viewers are in for another high-powered pulse-pounder. [29 Oct 2002]
  23. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    '24' isn't getting off to the spectacular start that it did in its debut season when the focus was singular and clear-cut. [29 Oct 2002]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 7, 2013
    9
    A nuclear bomb will go off somewhere in Los Angeles in some point over the day and it is Jack Bauer's job to find it before that happens.A nuclear bomb will go off somewhere in Los Angeles in some point over the day and it is Jack Bauer's job to find it before that happens.

    The second season of the show provides more of the same and is great again, with it being noticeable that the whole season was planned out in advance, unlike the first time around. The main plot was topical then and is still topical today, with the Iraq War still fresh in everyone's minds.

    Whereas the first season was personal to Bauer, this is more about protecting his country and his and Palmer's stories are again gripping, with some of the supporting characters also getting great arcs. The subplot involving Kim Bauer and her quest to stop an abusive father, which has nothing to do with the main story and flits from one different, unrelated situation to another isn't particularly great but it doesn't spoil the season
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  2. Nov 18, 2010
    9
    Exciting, fun, completely and utterly unbelievable. This is not a show for the squeamish. But a show for America as a whole. Good performancesExciting, fun, completely and utterly unbelievable. This is not a show for the squeamish. But a show for America as a whole. Good performances all around. Great plots. Full Review »
  3. Jan 9, 2015
    8
    The action packed and considerably better plorted Season 2 of 24 continues the exhilarating thrills and twists of the first season with addedThe action packed and considerably better plorted Season 2 of 24 continues the exhilarating thrills and twists of the first season with added suspense and emotion. Full Review »