A military hero who returns to the U.S. with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
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
With the exception of President Daniels and Priesidemt Keener, each of the United States Presidents that were married, ended up divorcing their spouses. (David Palmer divorced his wife before he took office. Though Daniels was a widower, neither he nor Palmer ever had a First Lady. Whether or not Keener had a wife was never mentioned.) See more »
Many times in the series, the next episode starts at a point where not enough time has passed for something to have happened. For example, when Kim and her boyfriend are arrested by one cop and are have to lie down on the ground with their hands behind their head and then we see the clock beep for the usual 3 seconds into the next hour. Then the next episode begins, with several cops arrived at the scene, Kim being questioned by officers, sitting down, wearing a blanket. All of this could have not have happened in just 3 seconds. This happens several times throughout the series. See more »
[asking about Alan Milliken's death]
What happened, Sherry?
I went... to the house.
[sees David's look, raises a hand slightly]
to speak to Julia. Alan interrupted us... there was an argument... and... he had a heart attack.
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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 »
A creative and revolutionary television program that could best be described as "High Noon" for the 21st Century X and Y generational groups starved for cinema-like ideas and executions. "24" (representing the number of hours in a day) runs an hour a week, in real time, and advances to a staggering climax as an anti-terrorist specialist (Kiefer Sutherland) races against the clock to save the day. Assassination attempts, germ warfare and anti-American enemies are constant obstacles for Sutherland, daughter Elisha Cuthbert, president Dennis Haysbert and an innumerable cast of others. Regulars come and go, guest stars make lasting impressions and cliff-hanger sequences will leave you gasping for air and possibly grasping your chest to calm your heart down. So many things happen over the course of one day on this show (you would not believe everything that goes on over such a short period of time) that it is sometimes hard to remember everything and at times many situations are trivial anyway (there is so much time to fill that it is near impossible to make every minute count). Sutherland and Haysbert (who made their names on the big screen) are top-flight performers and they prove to be the biggest assets. Excellent direction and good scripts (for the most part) have lingering effects on the audience as the clock ticks and tocks to a mind-numbing finale each season. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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