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 or actress 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 the show, the show instead, whenever feasible, had both performers 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, who was actually being filmed at the time. Leslie Hope has commented that while she shared relatively little actual screentime 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 »
The booming-beeping clock effect at the commercial breaks alternates between two pitches, but the pitches do not consistently match up with the even vs. odd seconds displayed. See more »
George, as crazy as this may sound, you're going to have to trust me.
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For the season finale of the first season, and many episodes in the following seasons, a warning for graphic violence was added. See more »
In the UK, the show was broadcast on BBC 2. The BBC does not run commercials during programming. Because of this, the episodes do not run in "real time". To account for this, every episode cuts out the opening line, "Events occur in real time". 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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