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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    The series that strains our nerves and our credulity returns with more hour-by-hour suspense, and amazingly it still works.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 18, 2013
    By 1:20 p.m. the series's third season is already as tightly coiled, clever and suspenseful as the first two. [28 Oct 2003]
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2013
    Although not for everyone, '24' remains the equivalent of a great popcorn movie or page-turning book ... [and] has become an accomplished exercise in storytelling that takes full advantage of the television form. [27 Oct 2003]
  4. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 18, 2013
    '24' continues to distinguish itself as the most original show on television. [27 Oct 2003]
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 18, 2013
    In other words, same old '24,' for better in the initially intriguing plot and worse in the way much of the story seems to derive from other shows, including 'The West Wing' and the narcotics mini-series 'Kingpin.' [28 Oct 2003]
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 18, 2013
    '24' continues to roar forward at a breakneck pace, and it does tantalize by dropping clues that keep viewers hooked ... But with the minutiae of love affairs gumming up the works, it's more difficult than ever for viewers -- and the show's characters -- to keep their eyes on the big picture threat that's supposed to drive the series. [26 Oct 2003]
  7. The first hour... is as kinetic as any episode the show has done. [26 Oct 2003]
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 18, 2013
    It sure looks like '24' executive producers Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran are ready to give America more anxiety-amped razzle dazzle with one of television's most original and compelling drama series. [28 Oct 2003]
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 18, 2013
    The decline of '24' is almost as harrowing as one of its patented pulse-pounding dramatic moments. ... Maybe '24' won't be so head-slappingly ludicrous this time around, but the first two episodes do little to give cynics reason for hope. [27 Oct 2003]
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 18, 2013
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
  11. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 18, 2013
    This is just an action fairy tale, a modern Saturday afternoon serial or contemporary penny dreadful, designed to keep us hanging on its every outlandish turn by exasperating us, if necessary, with characters we love to hate and contrivances we delight in dissing. ... It's insulting to our intelligence. And we can't stop watching. [28 Oct 2003]
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 18, 2013
    Menace so permeates the atmosphere that a certain glum predictability has set in to the scenes. [28 Oct 2003]
  13. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 18, 2013
    [A] gripping premiere. [28 Oct 2003]
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 17, 2013
    This is now the problem with '24': The first season was a giddy novelty; the second season was a guaranteed tune-in to see if the producers could pull off the same trick twice. But now we know the rhythm of the series, and so its anything-can-happen energy has dissipated into a how-can-we-bring-back-fan-favorites waiting game.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 12, 2011
    Early seasons set a high bar, and this one did not disappoint -- for about 20 episodes. After a compelling set-up (albeit with the usual amount of characters set on fire by Mexicans at 9 pm and leading an assault upon criminal mercenary strongholds in LA at 5 am), the plot begins to spring more leaks than a Burundian submarine. Disappointing finish with multiple characters behaving in a way that beggars belief even by 24 rules. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2010
    I have yet to see a show like this. Incredible in every aspect and exciting in every second. The season finale is one of the greatest episodes of all time. Full Review »