24 (2001–2010)

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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

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Series cast summary:
 Jack Bauer (195 episodes, 2001-2010)
 Chloe O'Brian (126 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Tony Almeida (115 episodes, 2001-2009)
 President David Palmer / ... (81 episodes, 2001-2007)
 Kim Bauer (79 episodes, 2001-2010)


In this concept drama, each season takes place within one 24 hour period. Day 1: Jack Bauer is the head of field ops for an elite team of CTU agents who uncover an assassination plot targeting Presidential nominee David Palmer. Meanwhile, Jack's strained marriage to his wife, Teri, is pushed to the brink by the sudden disappearance of their troubled teenage daughter. What will the next 24 hours hold? Written by Ronos

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A New Day. A New Beginning. A New Bauer. (Season 7) See more »


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Release Date:

6 November 2001 (USA)  »

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24 Hours  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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After the show had become wildly popular, a tag line in reference to the main character circulated among viewers; "How many lives does 'Jack' have?" (Stemming from the extreme circumstances that Jack faced each day.) In the film "Speed", Joe Morton's character Lt. McMahon asked the same question of the main character "Jack" Traven. See more »


Many times Jack and others are seen stealing a car by quickly reaching under the dashboard to yank down some wires and intermittently sparking them together to make the engine start. This is impossible on many levels. Beginning in the mid nineties with the introduction of 2nd generation on board diagnostics (OBD II) all cars have theft protection that requires electronic input from the key or the computer will either shut down the fuel injection or not allow the starter motor to engage. Only a manufacturer's program (or a black market version) through the scan tool connector could bypass this. On an older car you would still have to remove the panel below the steering column (several screws) and even then the wires from the key lock and other controls are tightly molded together in bundles requiring a razor knife to separate and strip them. You would then have to connect constant power to the ignition (distributor or coil pack) and then hold the wire to the starter motor together with power for the entire time the engine needs to crank to start until releasing it, not just arcing it a couple of times. See more »


[at the main start of each show]
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Crazy Credits

For some of the narrated introductions, Kiefer Sutherland adds "My name is Jack Bauer and (today/this) the longest day of my life." See more »


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24 is the best drama television has ever seen
16 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is the most creative, intelligent, well-written, unpredictable, and suspenseful program that I have ever seen, and this is coming from a man who watches a lot of television.

Throughout its four seasons, 24 provides a cliff hanger at the end of most episodes to keep you attached and has provided some of the most unpredictable twists that I have ever seen, including the ultimate shocker at the end of the first season (which I won't go into because somebody may read this before watching the first season).

As far as acting goes, there isn't a weak-link on the show. Kiefer Sutherland leads a cast of exceptionally impressive and compelling actors/actresses that make the show great week after week.

I would strongly recommend that if you do not already watch 24, start now because you're really missing out.

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