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Binge Watchin' TV Review: 24

11.24.2015
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Welcome to Binge Watchin,’ where we take a look at some of the best TV shows available on streaming or disc that have a great catalogue of seasons to jump into and get sucked into the beautiful bliss of binge watching! From crime, action, comedy, drama, animation, etc., we’ll be evaluating an assortment of shows that will hopefully serve as a gateway to your next binge experience.

Series: 24

Number of Seasons: 9 (204 episodes) and 1 TV movie

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Blu-Ray/DVD

What’s the show about?

An action thriller centered around the fictional Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and their top agent, Jack Bauer. Each season is told in real time with every episode comprising sixty minutes of a particular day in which Bauer must do whatever it takes to stop a threat to the United States. Ranging from nuclear catastrophe, Presidential assassinations, bioweapon deployment, and even all out war, 24 has taken Bauer from his home in Los Angeles to locations such as New York, Washington, D.C., London, Africa, and China. Whether employed by CTU or not, Bauer has partnered with computer genius Chloe O'Brien to both protect and take down terrorists, corrupt politicians, and save the world even at the price of his own freedom.

Why should I watch it?

24 debuted on FOX just two months after the September 11th terrorist attacks which may have helped boost this action drama with viewers. While the series often featured foreign villains, it never shied away from making the threat internal to our government or private corporations. 24 became the longest running espionage series on television by the end of it's run which came in no short part thanks to the iconic turn by Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. Bauer has entered the pop culture mainsteam thanks to his heroics, quick thinking, and penchant for killing anyone who gets in his way. Sutherland somehow made the phrase "damn it" sound way cooler than when anyone else says it.

It was also the use of the real time format that set 24 apart from any other series on television. Each hour, including commercials, took place in a one day time frame. Each season was separated by months or years from the prior days which gave the showrunners the ability to make it seem a bit more plausible that Jack Bauer could endure so many shitty days. While the showrunners have chosen to have the series take place in a "perpetual now" (meaning it is always the current year), the show technically spans 19 years in the life of Jack Bauer. Over those years, the series has showcased Jack decapitating a prisoner to pose undercover, become a drug addict, die a couple of times, a nuclear bomb being detonated in Los Angeles, and being kidnapped by the Chinese as a prisoner of war. You know, all in a day's work for the ultimate CTU agent.

24 has always had a cinematic quality rarely seen on any other network television series, even rivaling some cable shows. Part BOURNE IDENTITY and part DIE HARD, 24 has managed to tell multiple storylines simultaneously and keep viewers on the edge of our seats even if we question why Jack never finds time to eat a meal or use the restroom over ten different days. 24 requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief to accept some of the events on the show, but you there are few series that are as ideal for binge watching as this show. The real time doesn't work as well if you didn't watch it live on TV, but plowing through two dozen action-packed adventures is time well spent.

Best season:

While I truly loved the character of President David Palmer, it is the villainous Charles Logan who made the best bad guy on this show. The fifth season opens with the deaths of multiple characters close to Jack Bauer, forcing him to return to CTU after faking his own death in the fourth season. Featuring great bad guy turns by Julian Sands and Peter Weller, we also are introduced to Bauer's brother Graem who would go on to play an important role in Season 6. As evil as Charles Logan is, we also get his awesome wife Martha played by the great Jean Smart. Overall, this is the best and most shocking season of the entire series.

Final thoughts:

24 has become a big part of pop culture and Jack Bauer has even generated his own internet meme similar to Chuck Norris. The recent event series Live Another Day showed that Kiefer Sutherland is not too old to kick ass and save the world, but it looks like FOX is aiming to reboot 24 with a new, younger cast. I will reserve judgement until I see how that show looks, but I find it hard to believe that anyone can embody a character like Jack Bauer aside from Sutherland. The highly serialized nature of the show means that facts from early seasons come back in later ones, but you can pick up any of the nine runs of the show and find yourself in for a roller coaster of action-packed entertainment.

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:07PM on 11/26/2015
I agree that season 5 was really good, and brought a whole new element to the show with President Logan being the villain. However, my personal favorite season is Season 1 with season 3 being a close 2nd.
I agree that season 5 was really good, and brought a whole new element to the show with President Logan being the villain. However, my personal favorite season is Season 1 with season 3 being a close 2nd.
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1:53PM on 11/24/2015
This series needs a fucking conclusion
This series needs a fucking conclusion
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12:56PM on 11/24/2015
The last handful of seasons aren't that great but the first five seasons are among the greatest in television. Sutherland was always boss though.
The last handful of seasons aren't that great but the first five seasons are among the greatest in television. Sutherland was always boss though.
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11:37AM on 11/24/2015
Growing up my family was so into this show. I've since made it through the first 4 seasons but I don't know when I'll do the rest of it unless they bring it back to Netflix streaming which seems unlikely. I have mixed feelings on the show. Each season I watched was better than the last but it ranged from awesome and unpredictable stuff like when he cut that guys head off in season 2 (Sutherland's favorite moment by the way) to boring filler (Kim for all of the first 2 seasons), to absolutely
Growing up my family was so into this show. I've since made it through the first 4 seasons but I don't know when I'll do the rest of it unless they bring it back to Netflix streaming which seems unlikely. I have mixed feelings on the show. Each season I watched was better than the last but it ranged from awesome and unpredictable stuff like when he cut that guys head off in season 2 (Sutherland's favorite moment by the way) to boring filler (Kim for all of the first 2 seasons), to absolutely absurd (the Presidents cabinet taking steps to remove him from power). I did feel the show kept improving and am excited to see where the second half of it goes (Live Another Day was awesome).

Despite my reservations I can't help but feel the show really tapped into something special. It wasn't just a great action series, it was one that manged to feel current and relevant. Bauer wasn't just fighting villains, he fighting what felt like real world threats and the show was able to stay topical and relevant all through its time on the air.
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11:13AM on 11/24/2015
Absolutely one of the best television shows I have had the pleasure of watching with also one of the most iconic TV characters as well (ie Jack Bauer). The writing was so great that sometimes one single season was better than watching your regular action film.

Season one along with season five were my favorite of the series since you really didn't know what to expect and were real game changers for the show.

And I also think it's absolute bullshit to us hardcore fans that they left the
Absolutely one of the best television shows I have had the pleasure of watching with also one of the most iconic TV characters as well (ie Jack Bauer). The writing was so great that sometimes one single season was better than watching your regular action film.

Season one along with season five were my favorite of the series since you really didn't know what to expect and were real game changers for the show.

And I also think it's absolute bullshit to us hardcore fans that they left the series on a cliffhanger and are continuing on without resolving Bauer's storyline. Real slap in the face.
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11:13AM on 11/24/2015
I remember watching this in my freshman year in high school and thinking of making my own 24 like scenarios.
The weakest seasons are 6 and 8 as well as Live Another Day but Sutherland makes it engaging.
I remember watching this in my freshman year in high school and thinking of making my own 24 like scenarios.
The weakest seasons are 6 and 8 as well as Live Another Day but Sutherland makes it engaging.
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