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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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6 November 2001 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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In Season 3, Stephen Saunders demands that the President reveal some classified information, which would then be sent to him via a website. The website he mentioned is This site was actually registered by Rodney Charters, the show's director of photography (and director of a couple of second season episodes). It contains the following text message: "A Big Thank-you from the crew of 24 (2001). Thanks for watching, we love making it for you, and yes, we did get picked up for Season 4." See more »


Cherry Jones' southern accent is heard throughout her appearances, United States Presidents are trained to alter their regional accents to avoid biases and favoritism. See more »


[Nina is holding Jack at gunpoint]
Nina Myers: You didn't think it would end like this didn't you?
Jack Bauer: This isn't over yet.
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Crazy Credits

Each episode of the show opens with a title screen and Kiefer Sutherland's voice-over saying "The following takes place between (hour) and (hour)" However, the first season of the show had a slightly longer intro, adding "...on the day of the California Presidential Primary." In addition, various episodes have featured the "Events Occur in Real Time" title. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.64 (2010) See more »

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Superb Television
12 November 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I didn't watch "24" during its original, first-season run, so I can't comment on how it played, week after week; but, I did watch all 24 episodes on DVD, over a four day period. WOW! From beginning to end, this show is the most riveting and suspenseful thing ever captured on film. It is a masterwork of deceit, and its success is in the fact that it never allows the viewer to relax for a second. You are never sure who you can trust. Certainly one of, if not the best 24 hours of television, ever! Highly recommended!

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