• 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 286 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 149
  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. 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 »
  3. Oct 9, 2013
    By far the best season and was always going to be hard to top, the emotions of Anger, Frustration, and Relief, causing you to scream at the TV as if you're willing on your favorite football team. the 24 Team have the knack at finding and developing characters so that you hate them with a passion whilst willing on the heroes to prevail Full Review »