• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Unlike most serialized dramas of late... "24" continues to do everything right.
  2. 100
    OK - so plausibility is not this show's strong suit. It never has been. This show is about suspense, action and violence. And, as a look at the show's first four hours reveals, all three have been taken up several notches in the series' sixth season.
  3. 100
    What's remarkable is that 24 still finds so many ways to surprise us, to take our knowledge of how things are done and turn it against us.
  4. 100
    No, the thrill isn't gone. "24" remains a wild 'n' crazy roller-coaster ride.
  5. 90
    Far from taking anything away from the pulse-pounding show, thanks to Kiefer Sutherland’s magnetic performance, Bauer’s subtle psychological anguish may be the most interesting surprise of “24’s” new season.
  6. It's clear that all that has made "24" so huge and deserved a success is on display again in these first smashing episodes.
  7. 88
    The series' sixth season begins with an intensely entertaining four-hour, two-night premiere. [15 Jan 2007, p.33]
  8. This year, as in the past, there are all kinds of problems with "24" if you think too hard about what you're watching.
  9. 80
    Where does that leave Season 6, then, when the show has stemmed major disasters for five years running and its intensity level of choice is 11? As well-oiled as before, actually, and, judging from the four hours airing over Sunday and Monday, unafraid of edging its parallel-universe America ever closer toward a world war nightmare of mass hysteria.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    80
    If all this sounds like "24" has been hijacked by public policy wonks or Shakespeare profs, don't worry. Your show very much remains your show.... It's just that your show got a little smarter.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    24's first four hours, airing over two nights, aren't quite as electrifying as last season's opening act.... But none of these problems diminish the pulse-pounding pleasures of watching 24.
  12. This remains a superb, positively riveting TV drama, however repetitive the themes and grandly implausible the scenarios.
  13. Even in its sixth season, “24” remains remarkably compelling.
  14. These episodes aren't as slam-bang great as last season's first four. But they are scarier, more personal, making it seem as if this time we have more to lose.
  15. 80
    Once again, the producers and writers are creating a show that speaks to and reflects its era more succinctly and dramatically than any other network series.
  16. Season 6 proves that the best part of "24" is its ability to make your pulse race as you sit slack jawed in front of the bastard machine mumbling, "They didn't just do that, did they?"
  17. 24's best seasons have always hinged on a central, tantalizing character... This year could finally be Jack's turn to fascinate.... Otherwise, this round of mayhem has little to differentiate itself. [19 Jan 2007, p.67]
  18. So just put your intelligence on hold for an hour or four, and you'll be ecstatic at Day 6's beginning.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    The four episodes previewed are far from flawless, but even with their lapses and excesses, I can hardly wait for the next hour.
  20. Last year's body count also makes some of this year's deaths feel routine; I spent a good chunk of the early episodes figuring out which characters had lived just a little too long, if you know what I mean.
  21. 50
    Much as I am compelled to watch "24," and admire its craft, I find that I can't take it seriously.
  22. 50
    The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
  23. "24" still maintains some of its trademark intensity, but too often in these first four hours, the show is smack-your-forehead laughable.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 68
  2. Negative: 11 out of 68
  1. Slotkins
    Jun 28, 2007
    5
    Same ol', same ol'. Yeah, I watched it all, but by the end felt like I'd seen it all before - and just last year. It's Same ol', same ol'. Yeah, I watched it all, but by the end felt like I'd seen it all before - and just last year. It's just a soap opera with an suitcase nukes. And what did we learn this season? That torture is wrong - if the subject is in the regular cast, otherwise go ahead. I'd like to water-board the creators and see if next season is just another hack-job reshuffle of "previously on 24". Is that all they got? Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    8
    Definitely the worst and most disappointing season of 24. The first 4 episodes were amazing, but then it went all downhill. It just recycledDefinitely the worst and most disappointing season of 24. The first 4 episodes were amazing, but then it went all downhill. It just recycled way too many past 24 elements and the Jack's family is behind this didn't work out. Still good, but the worst for sure. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    7
    It pisses me off when I see people give this show a 0, you're a piece of **** if you do. It's a great show and it deserves to be recognized.It pisses me off when I see people give this show a 0, you're a piece of **** if you do. It's a great show and it deserves to be recognized.

    7.2
    The shows great, but the season isn't the best and could use better writers.
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