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

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

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 107 Ratings

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  • 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. AntoniP
    Jan 16, 2009
    10
    Its a great start. I like to see that Tony, Jack, Bill, and Cloey are together again
  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. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    New Season, new city, new characters, same Jack Bauer. This season could have been the most well-acted to date. Beautifully drawn characters are able to mesh and coincide with the old (and quite rusty) characters. The most high-profile cast to date, 24 outdid itself this season with fantastic plots and an incredible season finale which will make your head spin into an endorphin-induced oblivion. An incredible show, an incredible season, a major improvement. 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. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    Although it's a good show, I found it kind of redundant when they kept saying "there's more to this plot than we thought". What began with Tony Almeida, General Juma, and Ike Dubaku ended with Alan Wilson, Jonas Hodges, and an evil-turned-good-turned-evil Tony Almeida. Expand
  6. stever
    Jan 14, 2009
    8
    So far, I'll give it an 8, but it will rate higher as long as they keep up the quality, which, so far, is worthy of "24", one of my fave shows.
  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

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