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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: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    I actually liked this season the best, even with the uninteresting characters. I thought it had a darker context and something other than nukes and bioweapons. The bigger picture was a lot better placed, and Jack is driven by vengeance instead of political crap. It's still a russians and arabs hate america thing but, stereotypically, they do. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2011
    Though I was glad to see Chloe and Renee back, I have to admit - the rest of the cast did little to entertain me. I feel like 24 season eight must have had new writers. The final season paled in comparison to the previous 7. Maybe it was time to call it finished. 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. Mar 22, 2011
    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 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
  7. Aug 23, 2011
    Not the best season, but defiantly worth watching if you're a 24 fan like me.
    I'd say this season is average with most of it's previous
    seasons, but falls short of being really good, great or amazing. Expand

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