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"[I hope] that the issues we’re dealing with in 24 no longer exist, and that it is an earmark of a time gone by."
Kiefer Sutherland on the legacy of 24

24 is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning hour-long serial drama series produced by 20th Century Fox. It was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran and premiered in the United States on the Fox network on November 6, 2001. The series concluded on May 24, 2010 following the airing of the eighth season finale. A twelve-episode de facto ninth season, titled 24: Live Another Day, aired on Fox in 2014.

The show, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, focuses on the efforts of the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles, in its eighth season in New York City, and in its seventh season, the FBI in Washington, D.C. Each episode takes place over the course of one hour, depicting events "as they occur" in real time; a full season of twenty-four episodes thus covers a full day. In order to present a suspenseful narrative, each episode typically follows not only Bauer and CTU/FBI, but a group in the U.S. government, the terrorists or conspirators behind the day's events, and one or more civilian families. One of the series' directorial trademarks is the frequent use of the split screen.

In January 2016, Fox announced the spinoff series, 24: Legacy, which followed a new cast of characters while continuing to use the real time motif. The series premiered on February 5, 2017, but was canceled after its first season. Shortly after the cancellation, Fox announced they were working with producers to potentially re-develop the franchise in a more anthology-based format.

Series overview[]

See also: List of episodes, Production timeline

Season 1 (2001-02)[]

Main article: Season 1
Jack Bauer season one

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer on Day 1

Season 1 starts and ends at midnight on the day of the California Presidential Primary. Serbian terrorists are plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, David Palmer, while Jack's wife and daughter have been targeted by individuals unknown to Jack. Jack suspects that people that he works with in CTU may have been involved in both, and works simultaneously at defending Palmer from being attacked while unraveling the situation behind the abduction of his wife and daughter. Palmer must also face an issue within his own family haunting them for seven years.

Season 2 (2002-03)[]

Main article: Season 2

Season 2 starts and ends at 8:00am, set about 18 months after Day 1. The two main plots of the season are stopping a nuclear weapon from detonating inside Los Angeles and preventing a war between the United States and several Middle Eastern countries, which would benefit European and American businessmen (led by Peter Kingsley, Alexander Trepkos, and Max) who orchestrated the day's events. All of this must be faced by the reluctant and emotionally destroyed Jack Bauer.

Subplots include Kim Bauer running away with a child from an abusive father, Kate Warner suspecting that her sister's Middle Eastern fiancé is a terrorist, President Palmer attempting to find a traitor in his administration, George Mason dying of radiation poisoning and Sherry Palmer's attempted revenge on her husband.

Season 3 (2003-04)[]

Main article: Season 3

Season 3 starts and ends at 1:00pm. The main plot of the series involves orchestrating a complex sting operation in order to stop the selling of a deadly virus to the open market. This attempt ultimately fails, which leads to various attempts to prevent the widespread of the virus in Los Angeles and several other key cities by a British mastermind.

At the same time, President David Palmer is being blackmailed by a major supporter of his party. Jack Bauer's drug addiction, his reaction to a relationship between his daughter, Kim Bauer, and his field partner, Chase Edmunds, and Tony Almeida's conflict between his job and the woman he loves also becomes part of the subplots.

Jack Bauer Season 5

Jack on Day 5

Season 4 (2005)[]

Main article: Season 4

Season 4 starts and ends at 7:00am. Several main plots of the season includes the kidnapping of the Secretary of Defense and his daughter, the attempted meltdown of several nuclear power plants, the destruction of Air Force One and a nuclear weapon heading towards a major American city, all masterminded by a Turkish terrorist. At the end of this season, Jack Bauer is forced to stage his own death and start a new life.

Season 5 (2006)[]

Main article: Season 5

Season 5 starts and ends at 7:00am with the assassination of David Palmer and Michelle Dessler, with Tony Almeida and Chloe O'Brian also targeted. Jack Bauer is forced to come back to CTU after his presumed death to fight Russian terrorists who plan to retaliate against their own country and, ultimately, his own government. He also has to deal seeing faces from his past, including Audrey Raines and Kim Bauer.

Season 6 (2007)[]

Main article: Season 6

Season 6 starts and ends at 6:00am. After many negotiations and concessions by President Wayne Palmer, the Chinese return Jack Bauer to the United States so that he can be surrendered to terrorist Abu Fayed, who is attempting to have rival Hamri al-Assad taken out by falsely accusing his cell of being responsible for numerous terrorist attacks over the previous 11 weeks. Upon discovering the truth, Jack escapes and, with the help of Assad (who actually intends to renounce terrorism and broker a peace with the United States), is leading the hunt for Fayed. Jack's assignment involves thwarting Fayed, securing several suitcase nukes, stopping a Russian arms dealer responsible for helping Fayed and bringing a Chinese government agent, along with an American industralist (who happens to be Jack's father) to justice in order to avert a full-scale nuclear conflict.

Season 7 (2008-09)[]

Main articles: 24: Redemption, Season 7

Jack on Day 7

Season 7 starts and ends at 8:00am. Four years have passed since Day 6 and Jack Bauer is on trial in Washington DC for his past crimes whilst working for the now-disbanded Counter Terrorist Unit. Jack's day takes an unexpected turn when supposedly dead former colleague Tony Almeida returns. Meanwhile, newly elected President Allison Taylor leads the country through difficult times alongside White House Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin. First Gentleman Henry Taylor also provides assistance, but he pursues a goal of his own regarding his son's alleged suicide. A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including Janis Gold, Renee Walker, Larry Moss and Sean Hillinger.


Season 7 was set to premiere on January 13, 2008 with two episodes, and an additional episode on January 14. On November 6, 2007, FOX announced that due to the WGA strike, the season was to be postponed indefinitely until production could resume so that the show could continue its tradition of airing all 24 episodes without breaks. Because of the delay, Season 7 is the first to have all episodes completed before it begins airing. The long-awaited two-night four-hour season premiere aired on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12, 2009.

To account for the long wait before the premiere of the season, a two-hour prequel was produced, set in Africa, entitled 24: Redemption. It aired on Sunday, November 23, 2008.

Season 8 (2010)[]

Main article: Season 8

Season 8 begins and ends at 4:00pm. The first trailer called "Survive" was posted on the website on October 28, 2009. It takes place in New York City and Jack Bauer is alive and well. He is officially retired and wants to move to Los Angeles with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. Plans change when an informant provides intel that an assassin plans to kill the Islamic Republic of Kamistan President Omar Hassan at a peace agreement between him and President Allison Taylor. Jack is forced to go back to the newly established CTU and returns to the life he was ready to leave.

Series conclusion[]

In the afternoon of March 26, 2010, a statement was issued from FOX explaining that Season 8 would conclude 24's run on television. Kiefer Sutherland gave a statement:

This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon. This feels like the culmination of all our efforts from the writers to the actors to our fantastic crew and everyone at Fox. Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24. But when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Executive producer and showrunner Howard Gordon was also a part of the decision. He was quoted saying:

Kiefer and I have loved every minute of making 24, but we all believe that now is the right time to call it a day. I echo his sentiments of gratitude toward the show’s amazing creative team, as well as the studio and network who have always believed in us and shown us unbelievable support.

Peter Rice, Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Networks Group said that "24 is so much more than just a TV show – it has redefined the drama genre and created one of the most admired action icons in television history”. Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company added,

We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series and will be forever thankful to Kiefer, the producers, the cast and crew for everything they’ve put into 24 over the years. It’s truly been an amazing and unforgettable eight days.

Live Another Day (2014)[]

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24: Live Another Day logo

Main article: 24: Live Another Day

In May of 2013, almost three years after the series finale, it was announced that Fox would produce a 24 miniseries of twelve episodes, titled 24: Live Another Day, as part of its new strategy of limited-run "event series." The series, based on a story by Howard Gordon and featuring Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role as Jack Bauer, aired from May 5 to July 14, 2014.

In the miniseries, Jack is found in London trying to prevent an attack against US President James Heller. Bauer's intervention puts him at odds with the local CIA station and its agents, while also pitting him against new and old enemies.

24: Legacy[]

24 Legacy Logo

24: Legacy logo

Main article: 24: Legacy

24: Legacy, the pilot to a possible new 24 spinoff series, was announced by Fox Television Group chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman at the Television Critics' Association tour in January 2016. The new series, planned to run twelve episodes, stars Corey Hawkins as a retired Army Ranger who becomes caught up in a terrorist incident and seeks the aid of CTU. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, and Manny Coto will executive produce and write, while Stephen Hopkins directs the pilot episode. The first season debuted on February 5, 2017, the first Fox series to premiere immediately after the year's Super Bowl broadcast. 24: Legacy was canceled after its first season concluded on April 17, 2017.

Future and undeveloped projects[]

See also: Upcoming productions

Anthology series[]

Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, and Joel Surnow met with Fox executives in mid-2017 for early talks about an anthology-based continuation of 24, which would supposedly not involve CTU or Jack Bauer.[1] Two proposals, one from Surnow and one from Gordon and other writers, were considered for simultaneous development.[2]

The first proposal, from Gordon and The Killing writer/producer Jeremy Doner, would follow a female prosecutor uncovering a legal conspiracy and racing against time to exonerate a death row inmate she helped to convict. In November 2017, the project had received a script commitment from 20th Century Fox TV.[3] In 2018, Kiefer Sutherland said the idea was "really smart" and "fascinating", when asked during an interview with Digital Spy.[4]

In February 2018, it was reported that this spin-off didn't make it to a pilot order this season. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said that the network wasn't "announcing anything" yet and stressed the seriousness with which they take the franchise.[5]

Prequel series[]

In July 2018, it was reported that Howard Gordon was working with 24 creators Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow on a prequel series focused on a young Jack Bauer.[6] However, in February 2018, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said that the network wasn't "announcing anything" new about the franchise. He added that they would only bring back the franchise if "the creators and writers feel like they have the right story to tell".[7]

Feature film[]

Main article: 24 (film)

Following the 2010 series finale, plans were made to produce a 24 feature film, based on a script by Billy Ray and later rewritten by Mark Bomback. Various directors attached to the project include the late Tony Scott and Antoine Fuqua. In March 2012, the project fell through due to budgetary disputes, as well as scheduling conflicts with Kiefer Sutherland's new series Touch.


Main article: 24's awards and honors

24 has been honored with numerous award nominations, particularly technical awards (such as editing, directing, and sound). The following is a selected list of major awards for which the show has been nominated or has won for acting, writing, directing and casting.


Golden Globes – Best Actor, Kiefer Sutherland – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow for Day 1: 12:00am-1:00am – Won
Satellite Awards – Best Television Series – Drama – Won
Satellite Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – Won
Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Television Series, Sarah Clarke – Won
Television Critics Association – TCA Award for Program of the Year - Won
Television Critics Association – TCA Award for Outstanding New Program - Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Nominated


Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Won
Satellite Awards – Best Actor – Television Series Drama – Won
Writers Guild of America Awards – Best Screenplay – Episodic Drama for Day 2: 7:00pm-8:00pm – Won
Golden Globes – Best Supporting Actor, Dennis Haysbert – Nominated
Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actor – Television Series, Dennis Haysbert - Nominated


Golden Globes – Best Television Series – Drama – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series – Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Nominated


Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Won
Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Shohreh Aghdashloo – Nominated


Emmy Awards – Outstanding Drama Series – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Kiefer Sutherland – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Jon Cassar – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Jean Smart – Nominated
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Gregory Itzin – Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards – Best Screenplay – Dramatic Series – Nominated
Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Jean Smart – Nominated


Emmy Awards – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Jean Smart – Nominated


Emmy Awards – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Cherry Jones – Won
Emmy Awards – Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie, Kiefer Sutherland for 24: Redemption – Nominated
Golden Globes – Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, Kiefer Sutherland for 24: Redemption – Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Kiefer Sutherland for 24: Redemption – Nominated
Satellite Awards – Best Television Film – 24: Redemption – Nominated
Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Cherry Jones – Nominated
EMA Green Seal Award for "rigorous standards designed to promote sustainable practices in the entertainment industry" – Won


Emmy Awards – Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Gregory Itzin – Nominated
Television Critics Association – TCA Heritage Award – Nominated

Related media[]

24 collection

A collection of 24-related media.

Home video[]

  • All nine seasons, as well as 24: Redemption, have been released on DVD, while Season 7, Season 8, and Live Another Day also have Blu-ray Disc editions. The first two seasons were released on VHS in the United Kingdom.
  • The entire series is available for streaming or download on numerous providers, including iTunes. In April 2014, in a deal with 20th Century Fox, Amazon became the exclusive online streaming provider for all episodes of 24 and Live Another Day via its subscription-based Amazon Prime service.
  • In late April 2014, all eight seasons were released for the first time in 1080p high definition on, iTunes, and Vudu, among other streaming services. The first three seasons have been remastered with new titles and clock graphics.


  • Pure 24 (2003) was a talk-show-format series that aired on the BBC after each episode of season 2. It featured audience discussion, previews, contests, and interviews with the cast and crew.
  • 24 Inside was a talk-show-format webcast consisting of interviews the cast and crew of the show.
  • 24: Conspiracy was a spin-off series of one-minute mobisodes, taking place during Season 4.
  • The Rookie is a series of short webisodes sponsored by Degree.
  • Day Zero was an animated web spin-off set before the first series.
  • 24: Dossier was a tie-in with the premiere of Season 7 relating to the disbandment of CTU.
  • Internet media shows official websites.


See also: DVD special features...
  • 24 Heaven (2002) was a special aired on the BBC after the first season ended in the U.K.
  • 24: The Postmortem (2002) was a special aired on the BBC after the first season ended in the U.K.
  • 24: Access All Areas (2003) was a special aired on the BBC. Host Natalie Casey visits the major Los Angeles filming locations for season 2.

24: Cold Warriors graphic novel

Books and comics[]

  • There are six 24 graphic novels released by IDW Publishing.
  • There are numerous non-fiction books about 24, ranging from official guidebooks to essay anthologies about the series' content and impact.
  • There are several fiction books based on the series, collected in the 24: Declassified series. There is also one book set after the events of Day 1, and an in-universe CTU operations manual.

Other media[]

  • 24: The Game is an official PlayStation 2 game set between Days 2 and 3.
  • There are four soundtracks, and several featuring remixes of the theme tune.

Indian series[]

Main article: 24/India

Anil Kapoor Film Company, an Indian production company founded by actor Anil Kapoor who played President Omar Hassan in 24's eighth season, produced a Hindi language television drama series based on 24, with Kapoor playing the lead role. 24 premiered in August 2013 on Colors, and a second season was released in 2016.


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