24: Seasons 1-5
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Season 1: 24, as surely everyone knows by now, is a thriller that takes places over 24 hours, midnight to midnight, in 24 one-hour episodes. Everything takes place in real time, which means no flashbacks, no flash-forwards, no handy time-dissolves. Every strand of the plot has to be dovetailed and interlocked so things happen just when they should, in the right amount of time. Federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) runs around L.A. trying to stall an assassination attempt on an African American presidential candidate and rescue his wife and daughter from the clutches of the Balkan baddies. Twists, turns, revelations, and cliffhangers are tossed at us with satisfying regularity. It's not perfect: we get some hokey plot devices (instant amnesia, anybody?); the final twist makes no sense whatsoever; and as for Dennis Hopper's "Serbian" accent.... Even so, this is undeniably mold-breaking TV. Like Murder One and The Sopranos, 24 is one of those series that future TV thrillers will be measured against. --Philip Kemp
Season 2: Jack Bauer is having another one of his "very bad days" in the second season of the groundbreaking real-time thriller 24. Once again the hours are ticking by with more guaranteed cliffhangers than a convention of mountain climbers. Holed up in a Los Angeles condo and estranged from his daughter, Jack is no longer on the government payroll; unfortunately for him, this small fact doesn't seem to matter to President David Palmer and the NSA, who call him back in to the CTU and give him 24 hours to infiltrate a terrorist organization that is planning to detonate a dirty bomb in the city of angels. All Jack wants is to get his daughter out of the city, unfortunately Kim's new employer, the abusive father of the child she is nannying, has other ideas.
Season 3: There's not one cougar to be found in 24's dynamic third season, and that's good news for everyone. After Jack Bauer's daughter Kim survived hokey hazards in season 2, she's now a full-time staffer at CTU, the L.A.-based intelligence beehive that's abuzz once again--three years after the events of "Day Two"--when a vengeful terrorist threatens to release a lethal virus that could wipe out much of the country's population. Jack attempts to broker a deal for the virus involving drug kingpin Ramon Salazar, whose operation Jack successfully infiltrated at high personal cost: to maintain his cover, he got hooked on heroin. That potentially deadly triangle--drug lords, addiction, and bioterrorism on a massive scale--sets the 24-hour clock ticking in a tight, action-packed plot involving a potential traitor in CTU's midst; the return of TV's greatest villainesses in Nina Meyers and former First Lady Sherry Palmer; a troubled romance between Kim and Jack's new partner Chase; and a scandalized reelection campaign by president David Palmer, who monitors CTU as they struggle to (literally) save the day.
Season 4: The fourth season kicks off with a deadly terrorist strike resulting in the kidnapping of his new boss, the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Heller. Although a fired, ex-employee of the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), it is no surprise who is going to shift into full gear to bring the terrorists to justice. However, it doesn't take the super-agent long to discover the kidnapping of his boss is part of a much larger plan, master-minded by Habib Marvan the middle eastern terrorist cell leader the US government has been trying to track down for years. Considered by many to be the best season of the first four, 24 - Season 4 is a definite departure from the first three seasons; it's still amped up beyond anything else on TV, but compared to the previous seasons, 24 has gotten a lot smarter, and in turn, better. --Rob Bracco
Season 5: Eighteen months after faking his own death, Jack Bauer is forced to return to Los Angeles when it becomes apparent that the only four people who know he is still alive are being systemically targeted for assassination. The assassinations coincide with the signing of an anti-terrorism treaty between Russia and the U.S., leading Jack to suspect a link between the assassinations, the treaty, and a group of Russian terrorists. But as events slowly unfold it becomes apparent that the day's horrific events were originally set in motion by someone within our country's own administration an individual with the power and resources to thwart Jack's every move.
- Cast and crew commentary on selected episodes
- Original extended version season premiere
- Deleted scenes and alternate takes
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I have to tell you that despite all the above, this is likely the most fabulously exciting, leave-them-guessing, sitting on the edge of your pants, can't live until the next episode, best cast thriller of a TV show you'll ever watch. Wow. Almost enough said. I had the misfortune of not seeing this show from seasons I. I was home a few days last year and caught a few reruns on A&E. Believe it or not, I hadn't even heard about the show (and I watch a good amount of TV). I was hooked instantly. This series (all 4 seasons) is worse than a bad crack habit if you're the slightest thriller/police/intelligence fan. I started watching Season I in late November in a vain attempt to catch all 4 seasons before January's Season V debut. I also tried to keep a family together, keep a job, and possibly get some sleep while doing so. Sleep lost out bigtime. There were nights I couldn't pop in the next DVD and watch 5 hours straight. I'd walk into work like the living dead. It was all worth it.
Look, yes there are the ocassional story lines which leave you guessing in the end. Yes, there are some technical boo-boos for the nit-picky crowd. Yes, there is the infrequent imperfect actor or two. But no show is perfect. The stories and format (24 hours) are what get me. Again, this is perhaps the best TV I've ever watched. It's more than worth every penny I paid for the set.
You will not be disappointed.
"24" the series is too good to be found on network television. This is HBO quality writing, production and acting but surprisingly Fox did it on commercial TV. This is head-and-shoulders above anything we have ever seen on network television. If the three major networks had produced more programming of this quality they probably would not have experienced continually declining viewership over the years. "24" is so well written that no one will ever predict the outcome let alone what will happen in the next few minutes. I can't imaging watching this on tv one week at a time with 4:30 minute commercial breaks throughout. We will buy and watch successive seasons on DVD only.
W.M. Toledo, OH
I joined Blockbuster.com to get the DVDs in the mail and decided to rent the 1st season. Half-way through, I bought all 4 seasons from Amazon.com because I couldn't stand waiting for the next DVD to come in the mail!
My wife and I are hooked. Border-line obsessed, actually. It's killing us watching the new 5th season on TV...the 1st 4 seasons were watched back-to-back...now we have to wait 7 days in between episodes...it's killing us.
Highly recommend! Such an incredible show! You won't be disappointed if you like intense, highly suspenseful thriller/action movies.
A very good action movie that can be viewed with the family. No profanity to distract from the plot. I am 77 year's old and hard of hearing so I have to really pay attention to keep up with what is happening. The voice sound is sometimes too
hard for me to hear as the background music is so high when I turn up the audio.
It is too much of CTU taking Jack into custody so often as he is the one that
does so much for the country. He either prevents or deters a terrorest action only to be locked down when it is over.
Even though I had seen most of the 24 programs over the years, I couldn't stop till I finished all of them.
What a delight. It's edge of the seat viewing. Nail biting, I might add. I can't seem to stop watching. It's almost like an adiction. I'm trying to cut down to one full DVD (4 episodes) at a time. It's hard though, because they are, each and every one, so spellbinding.
Even though I'm now an avid watcher of the actual series in real time, I can hardly wait until season 5 comes out on DVD. It's so much nicer not to have to wait until "next week" for the next episode.
I highly recommend the series in it's entirety.
The writing and acting is top notch. It's hard to believe the intense level of production that is put into this show each week. Without a doubt "24" has raised the bar on fine entertainment and you forget that you're watching a weekly tv show and not a movie.
Obviously, when I discovered the 1st four seasons for sale at Amazon I jumped at the opportunity to purchase them in one packaged set. Wow!!! What a trill is was to receive it and now being able to catch-up on the past seasons that we missed on our new 56" widescreen tv.
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I wish they would bring it back!