24 (TV series)

24 is an American action drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran for Fox. The series stars Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each season covers 24 consecutive hours in Bauer's life using the real time method of narration. Multiple interrelated plots are featured in each episode, which often include Bauer's contacts in perilous crisis. The show premiered on November 6, 2001, and spanned 204 episodes over nine seasons, with the series finale broadcast on July 14, 2014. In addition, the television film 24: Redemption aired between seasons six and seven, on November 23, 2008. 24 is a joint production by Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television.

Created by
ComposerSean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes192 + 24: Redemption + 12 (24: Live Another Day) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locations
CinematographyPeter Levy
Rodney Charters
Jeffrey C. Mygatt
Guy Skinner
EditorsDavid Latham
Scott Powell
Leon Ortiz-Gil
Chris G. Willingham
Casey O. Rohrs
Larry Davenport
Elisa Cohen
David Thompson
Running time43–51 minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Television
Original networkFox
Picture formatNTSC
HDTV 720p
Original releaseOriginal series:
November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) 
May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) – July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14)
Followed by24: Live Another Day
Related shows24: Legacy

The series begins with Bauer working for the Los Angeles–based Counter Terrorist Unit, in which he is a highly proficient agent with an "ends justify the means" approach. With the exception of the final season, this disregard for conventional morality puts him at odds with others until he is usually proven right.[2][3] Throughout the series, most of the main plot elements unfold like a political thriller, as they lead to deaths, twists and cliffhanger endings.[4] Bauer uses people on both sides of the law in his attempts to prevent terrorist attacks and bring down those responsible, sometimes at great personal expense. These attacks include presidential assassination attempts, bomb detonations, bioterrorism, cyberwarfare, as well as conspiracies that involve government and corporate corruption.

24 received generally positive reviews, and its fifth season was universally praised by critics. However, the series was criticized for Islamophobia and glorification of torture. The show won numerous awards throughout its run, including Best Drama Series at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards and Outstanding Drama Series at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards. In May 2013, it was announced that 24 would return with a 12-episode limited series titled 24: Live Another Day, which aired from May 5 to July 14, 2014, bringing the episode count to 204.[5][6] A spin-off series, 24: Legacy, later premiered on February 5, 2017, lasting a single 12-episode season.[7][8] At the conclusion of its eighth season, 24 became the longest-running U.S. espionage or counterterrorism-themed television drama, surpassing both Mission: Impossible and the UK's The Avengers.[9]

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