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

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  • Summary: Jack is enjoying retirement and life with his family when an assassination plot draws him back to CTU (in New York City).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Four immensely enjoyable hours. Alas, I can't speak to what happens during the remaining 20.
  2. 88
    Though the premiere's twists are not as shocking as in years past, better ones are coming, and quickly. Trust me, the show has not lost its ability to surprise--or even to make you gasp.
  3. That plot crystallizes through a pair of two-hour episodes, Sunday and Monday nights, and at times it crystallizes slowly.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    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. By the third episode, though, we've gone off the rails with another low-level blackmailer somehow getting over on an employee at the supposedly powerful and secretive CTU, and with Jack getting caught up in a plot-delaying detour that's even dumber than the survivalist who held Kim hostage for a few episodes in season two.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    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 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
    While 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
    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 on 24! specially kidnapping a former president scene. Expand
  4. Nov 18, 2010
    While redundant, the 24 screenwriters still produce action scenes of quality and stories that make our heart and stomach lurch. Yet this season failed on a few accounts, it did not go where last season left off and the character personalities were poorly drawn and maybe even boring and predictable. Anil Kapoor did a fantastic job (easily the best guest star ever on 24) and Gregory Itzin once again put up an incredible performance. Yet this season was different, still exciting with a bit of lackluster in it. Yet the greatest part of this season (or all of tv in general) was when jack bauer puts on his mask to assault, kidnap, and scare, a former president. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2012
    After watching every episode of every season, the 8th and final season of 24 follows a similar path of previous seasons. Something terrible is about to happen or has already happened, and the president of the US calls on Jack Bauer to be a part of the solution. While the backdrop feels a little more cookie-cutter this time around and maybe a few episdes in the middle seem to take the eye off the ball, it's the conviction in which the actors portray their characters and the less gimmicky feel of the plot over the 24 episodes that makes this swan song feel good once it finally closes. It won't be the best season of 24 for most fans, but it certainly ends up being worth the time when the final timer counts us out. There aren't many shows out there getting it done as well or as consistent as 24 does. For that, it was certainly a pleasure to ride along all this time. Expand
  6. NoahF
    Jan 17, 2010
    I haven't seen this whole series yet, but if it's anything like last season that would be great. Last season was the best in a long time. It's nice to see 24 still with us, and breaking records at that. Go Jack! Expand
  7. ChrisC
    Jan 19, 2010
    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. Expand

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