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

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
  2. Four hours in, living up to past standards no longer is in question. Setting new ones is what's going on here, as "24," partly by cashing in on our knowledge of and commitment to previous seasons and characters, gets off to its best start ever.
  3. 100
    Nothing but shocker after shocker.
  4. Having seen the first four episodes, you need to be a part of this. You need to doff the skepticism and get on the ride.
  5. 100
    This is 24 at its fast, furious, exaggerated best, filled with well-drawn subsidiary characters and rapid-fire surprises, all held in place by Kiefer Sutherland's great, under-sung performance as Jack.
  6. A heart-pounding, mesmerizing adventure unlike anything else up or down the dial.
  7. 100
    Case closed: 24 is the best drama on network TV.
  8. This season's opening four hours are as good as anything the series has ever done.
  9. [The first episodes are] four of 24's best hours to date. [20 Jan 2006, p.59]
  10. 90
    The first four hours confirm that 24 remains powerfully addictive.
  11. 90
    Surprising doesn't begin to describe what happens.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    I didn’t know how 24 could top last season, but so far it’s working. And the edge of my seat is already frayed.
  13. It's the most thrilling premiere hour of "24" yet.
  14. The predicaments of Jack and those unlucky enough to be associated with him are wholly preposterous. But the show's creators make it so much fun to watch that only the fussiest fussbudgets protest the fantasy.
  15. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    At least in the first four hours... the show reminds us of the intense thrills it can provide even without threatening to blow up the entire planet.
  16. 80
    ''24" is still an addictive amusement park ride of a show.
  17. Even if you're bothered by the "oh-come-on" moments, you're more than compensated with the sheer number of "oh-wow" moments. They are in huge supply over the course of this opening four-hour run.
  18. 75
    [It] looks to be a season of solid suspense. [30 Jan 2006, p.37]
  19. "24" still provides an irresistible blend of iPodish computer wizardry and "Perils of Pauline" cliffhanger suspense.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Far from running out of tricks, the fifth season of "24" opens with a bang, incorporating an element of mystery that promises to be more satisfying than the somewhat disappointing fourth day in Jack Bauer's very busy life.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 294 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 150
  1. Nov 18, 2010
    Beautifully Scripted, wonderfully cast. Incredible plot twists that keep the audience entertained and satisfied. This season is the best one since the first. Benefiting on a mesmerizing performance from Kiefer Sutherland in each and every episode, the show has yet to die down in its complexity. There are no words in the English language that can accurately describe the effects that 24 has on the human mind. Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    The best season of 24 by a long shot. With the amazing twists in the beginning, game changing twists and death, this show has gotten so good, it has to fall at some point Full Review »
  3. Oct 27, 2013
    Perfect. No more words.
    I hate the many deads, because I love the characters.
    The president as the Bad Guy?? PER-FECT!!
    The best season of
    the entire show. Full Review »