Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
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
"24" broke with longstanding convention in television regarding the filming of telephone conversations. Ordinarily, when a telephone conversation is shot, only the actor whose end is being shot that day is actually present, with the other character's lines read by a script supervisor to maintain appropriate timing. But since telephone conversations are so frequent and so vital to "24," the show instead, whenever feasible, had both actors be present for the shooting of a telephone conversation, even though obviously only one was being shot at the time. An example of this technique is available on the season 2 DVD set, as Penny Johnson Jerald is present to provide her lines in a phone conversation with Dennis Haysbert, the actor actually being filmed at the time. Leslie Hope has commented that while she shared relatively little actual screen time with Kiefer Sutherland, she nonetheless felt she had had a rewarding acting experience with him, due to him being present for their many phone call scenes. See more »
In Season 1 Episode 4, time indicates 03:29 at approximately 17 minutes into the episode, and time indicates 03:30 at approximately 22 minutes into the episode. The show is on a real time schedule, so the time should correspond to each other. See more »
This show definitely has re-written the book on intelligent and credible suspense on TV. Extremely well acted, written and directed. Truly gripping, heart-stopping suspense from one hour to the next. The show is so well done that you can easily forgive the very few plot devices that seem a little weak. When a show gets 99% of everything right, it's very hard to quibble. Keifer Sutherland has never been better as the flawed hero. "24" deserves to be a model on which all future TV suspense thrillers can be compared to. A+++
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