24 : Season 3

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    The series that strains our nerves and our credulity returns with more hour-by-hour suspense, and amazingly it still works.
  2. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    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. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    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. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 18, 2013
    90
    '24' continues to distinguish itself as the most original show on television. [27 Oct 2003]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    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. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    '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. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Jun 18, 2013
    88
    The first hour... is as kinetic as any episode the show has done. [26 Oct 2003]
  8. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 18, 2013
    75
    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. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    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. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 18, 2013
    83
    The new 24 is off to a more interesting start than its sophomore edition. [27 Oct 2003]
  11. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    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. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Menace so permeates the atmosphere that a certain glum predictability has set in to the scenes. [28 Oct 2003]
  13. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 18, 2013
    75
    [A] gripping premiere. [28 Oct 2003]
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 17, 2013
    67
    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
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 4, 2016
    9
    Season 3 of 24 never falls short of the action and drama fans have come to expect. This time around, there are more twists, both shocking andSeason 3 of 24 never falls short of the action and drama fans have come to expect. This time around, there are more twists, both shocking and heartbreaking, which elevates it from the previous two seasons. Full Review »
  2. Feb 21, 2015
    9
    Nothing is as it seems in Day 3, which provides a torrent of wild twists and turns without ever sacrificing the high stakes action viewersNothing is as it seems in Day 3, which provides a torrent of wild twists and turns without ever sacrificing the high stakes action viewers have come to expect. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    The third season is better yet from season two, thankfully for the adition of an more interesting villain than the other two seasons, and theThe third season is better yet from season two, thankfully for the adition of an more interesting villain than the other two seasons, and the situations of this season are really better. Full Review »