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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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 Jack Bauer (195 episodes, 2001-2010)
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 Chloe O'Brian (126 episodes, 2003-2010)
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 Tony Almeida (115 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 President David Palmer / ... (81 episodes, 2001-2007)
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 Kim Bauer (79 episodes, 2001-2010)
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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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In preparation for Season 7 of this series, the executive producers and staff writers strongly considered moving the action of the story from Los Angeles to New York. They felt that L.A. had been the target of terrorist attacks too many times in the previous six seasons, and that the location of the drama needed an update. They debated whether to place Season 7 in New York City or Washington D.C., and ultimately decided on the District of Columbia. They reasoned that, because the majority of principal photography would still film in Los Angeles, that it would be easier to fake Washington D.C. using L.A. locations, than to try to effectively fake New York. The production made three trips to Washington D.C. before the WGA strike in November 2007, the other Washington shots were inserted in the post-production process using green screens. See more »

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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 »

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Lynn McGill: But I'm not about to start considering disobeying a direct order from the White House!
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One of the best series ever made for television
5 June 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

24 is a great TV series. It's design and story lines are really a thrill to experience. The day out of the life of agent Jack Bauer is one of a kind. The series plays in real time (including the commercial breaks).

I can certainly recommend to watch this series. It's even more fantastic, if you not watch it as it's aired, but record some episodes and then watch them in in a pattern of 2 per evening for some days after another. In this way you find yourself addicted to the adrenaline which 24 unleashes.

This is TV as it was designed. I must admit that I look forward to the movie which is planned. I hope not that it's a normal movie, but that they put elements of the real time (or something similar) into it. At least the thrill should be similar.

I just finished Day 6 (season 6) and now have to rehab from my 24 addiction again.


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