24 : Season 8

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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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67

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    Four immensely enjoyable hours. Alas, I can't speak to what happens during the remaining 20.
  2. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    88
    After two flabby seasons, the Fox action series is back in bang-up shape. [25 Jan 2010, p.41]
  3. It's an old story rolled out with all the power of the new--meticulously plotted, irresistibly suspenseful.
  4. 70
    If it’s not an ingenious or very new device (see: Nina, Tony, Curtis, et. al.), the damaged soul who is Jack’s Self Reflected re-raises and continues to complicate the questions that are typically understood as resolved in Jack. Patriotism and heroism, bad choices and hideous torture in the name of a big picture: it’s 24 repeating.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    24" works best when the show doesn't take itself too seriously -- incorporating just enough sobering geopolitics to establish a credible foundation before indulging in wild flights of counterespionage fancy. Moreover, having one villain drive the plot for a handful of episodes before being supplanted by another has added greater satisfaction and closure to the program's high-wire storytelling.
  6. 60
    Well, here's "24" again, with a renewed sense of dot-connecting purpose (fictional, yet symbolic) and a two-night premiere, Sunday and Monday -- a rollicking four-hour chunk in which the series seems on track to rediscover some of its original verve.
  7. 30
    In short, after watching the first four hours, I can tell you that the eighth season of 24 does not look good. You know how much I adore this stupid show, but please, don't waste your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    Great season, easily on the top half of the show's best seasons. It began with a slow start with Jack Bauer making his return to CTU in NewGreat season, easily on the top half of the show's best seasons. It began with a slow start with Jack Bauer making his return to CTU in New York, but as it progressed Bauer and company found themselves in the middle of another grave national threat. The cast and writers were fantastic as always. Expand
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    While the "final" season started off really slow, it got way better after episode 4 and the show ended brilliantly. This season is alsoWhile the "final" season started off really slow, it got way better after episode 4 and the show ended brilliantly. This season is also underrated too. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2013
    10
    begining of this season, compare to previous ones was slow but ive got to tell you, final episodes have the best scenes you have ever seen onbegining of this season, compare to previous ones was slow but ive got to tell you, final episodes have the best scenes you have ever seen on 24! specially kidnapping a former president scene. Expand
  4. JackBauer
    Jan 20, 2010
    9
    Good job to all you pretentious idiots giving a low score to the new season of 24 when it just aired.
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    8
    So, the clock finally runs out on the small screen for Jack Bauer. After a week of saving the world, Jack only has one more day to endure butSo, the clock finally runs out on the small screen for Jack Bauer. After a week of saving the world, Jack only has one more day to endure but we all know what that means. Season 7 brought renewed hope that 24 could still deliver to any doubters despite a disappointing final half to the season. But, Season 8 picks up around 18 months - 2 years after Jack seemingly on the verge of dying (yes, I know did anybody really believe Jack would die?) Jack has undergone the stem-cell treatment and seems fighting fit in New York City, even his little granddaughter Teri agrees, "you don't look like a grandpa." Then a face from Bauer's past appears warning Jack of an assassination plot to kill the President of the IRK (Fictional Middle Eastern country) portrayed by Anil Kapoor, who is in the Big Apple to sign a peace treaty, and once more Jack is brought back into action. Aiding an upgraded futuristic CTU against the clock to stop the plot to kill Hassan, this leads to a few familiar faces returning, including Renee Walker. We soon learn that Renee is in a much darker place and seemingly suicidal as she helps CTU in their quest to recover fuel rods. However her return changes things for Jack as he confides that he wants to be with Renee when the day is over. Of-course its never that simple and the first 8-10 hours are so with some really pointless character arcs. But in the second half the series shows some vintage 24. As the threat of a dirty bomb becomes very real, half way through the season brings an unexpected death, thus leads to Jack to declare his feelings to Renee but (if im being totally honest) a cheap and unsurprising twist brings about the biggest turning point leading Jack down a bitter and vengeful path as he seeks justice in the aftermath of the days the events. However the President has different ideas and despite knowing the truth about who is ultimately responsible for everything that has occurred, she, under the assistance of the crude and vindictive Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin, who's re-introduction was superb!) decides to cover the plot leaving Jack to become "Judge, jury and executioner" as he journeys on a path of retribution to find those responsible and make them pay, even at the cost of a third World War in what is an unmissable series finale. While it's not the best tv 24 has brought to out screens the second half of this season is simply sensational at times and that's largely down to the focus on Jack Bauer portrayed magnificently once more by Kiefer Sutherland and whilst their are some questionable decisions made it just about pays off, not the send-off i'd have imagined for such an iconic tv legend in Jack Bauer but by no means a disappointment this sets things up nicely for the inevitable movie. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2016
    7
    The second half of the season considerably improves upon the trite first half with high octane action, thrills and another seamlessThe second half of the season considerably improves upon the trite first half with high octane action, thrills and another seamless performance from its cast, particularly Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. Expand
  7. ChrisC
    Jan 19, 2010
    2
    24 has apparently fired the last of it's good writers and hired nothing but cheap hacks. It's also shed the last of it's 24 has apparently fired the last of it's good writers and hired nothing but cheap hacks. It's also shed the last of it's believability and completely lost it's unpredictability. Collapse

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