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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 120 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Jack Bauer returns from Africa (24: Redemption) to find himself defending his actions before Congress.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    All the new characters are wonderfully drawn, including FBI agent Walker (Annie Wersching); bad, bad guy Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight); a new Chloe-type nerd (Janeane Garofalo). Especially good are Jones and her husband (Colm Feore), who is more consumed with solving his son's death than in being First Man. Whew! Thank God there is Jack Bauer--unchanging, unflinching.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    Tonally, this often feels more like a psychological thriller than an action one, which is a very good sign. 24 is thinking, not just doing, and that bodes well for the later hours when our friend has tended to jump the tracks. All in all, a terrific start.
  3. The show's long break seems to have rejuvenated its story lines, in which intense, rapid-fire action plays out against the backdrop of a complex, methodical geopolitical chess game.
  4. Yes, CTU's still dead, but the market for its most out-there operative's very special interrogation methods hasn't dried up altogether, it seems.
  5. 70
    It is returning to its own past, that most effective masculine melodrama. Two, it is making that return meta, arranging plot points to emphasize official repetitions and narrative redundancies. And three, it is yet again making torture its most salient focus.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    67
    There are, maybe, some hopeful signs. The series seems to have given up on trying to create a bigger WMD for every season, which it needed to do. The political subplot—new president Cherry Jones wants a humanitarian invasion of a Darfur-like African country but is being undermined—is intriguing and a bit different for the show.
  7. The new season has a few moments, mostly involving the return from the dead of Jack's old CTU colleague Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who now seems to be working for the bad guys. But all the attempts by Jack and his writers to justify every past decision often brings the action to a crawl.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. SteveA
    Jan 14, 2009
    10
    It looks like a great new season!
  2. MartinS
    Feb 2, 2009
    10
    Excellent start to the season, most promising start to a series I've seen in a while. Jacks back, are you ready for the ride?
  3. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    The show gets back on track as the show gets a fresh start. With great villains, twists, and a great story, 24 gets back on track and this is my second favorite season Expand
  4. AdrianM
    Jan 19, 2009
    9
    I think its a refreshing start to a new day, however a bit slow within the first 2 hours except for a few moments, it looks promising to actually have the potential to be the best season yet, so long as they do not repeat story lines bring in more sudden unexsected deaths etc,etc. but i still love it Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2011
    8
    I agree with most of the fans when they say, when you have something awful like season 6
    it always makes the other 24 seasons look that much
    better. This show is one of those shows I couldn't miss.
    Every week I would be sitting down the couch with my family, eating popcorn and waiting to see what Jake Bauhr would do next!
    Expand
  6. ChrisC
    Jan 16, 2009
    7
    The premises in 24 get more and more preposterous every season. But at least in season seven, although you don't buy a single bit of what's going on, there's enough of a focus on interesting characters to draw you in. Not as good as the best seasons (1, 2, 5), but way better than the trainwreck of season 6. Expand
  7. billb
    Jan 19, 2009
    0
    I cannot believe how dumb this plot has gotten! It's a national securety emergency, and the fbi take steam boats to the to the site of the kiddnapping. Expand

See all 33 User Reviews

Trailers

Related Articles

  1. Midseason TV Preview: A Look at New and Returning Shows

    Midseason TV Preview: A Look at New and Returning Shows Image
    Published: January 5, 2010
    Read about the biggest and best new series debuting in the coming months, find out when your favorite programs are returning, and watch trailers for over two dozen shows.
  2. The Best TV Shows of 2009 ... and the Decade

    The Best TV Shows of 2009 ... and the Decade Image
    Published: January 2, 2010
    Is 2000-09 the best decade in television history? Find out what shows made the past ten years so strong, and which programs went down as the best and worst of 2009.