Hit action series 24 became must-watch TV in large part due to its utterly original premise: each 24-episode season covered one day in the life of counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer, with individual episodes focusing on one hour of the day. The real-time narrative is emphasised by an on-screen clock, adding urgency to each passing second of Bauer’s missions.
24 has eight seasons all made up of 24 episodes. A stand-alone special, Redemption, also aired between seasons six and seven. A follow-up series, 24: Live Another Day, is often called the show’s de-facto ninth season, though it was only 12 episodes long.
Each series presents new action-packed challenges for Jack Bauer, a talented counter-terrorism agent who previously worked on a secret mission in the Balkans, earning him some dangerous enemies.
In the first series, Bauer, now back in America, is tasked with preventing an assassination plot involving a prominent US senator, and soon finds his own family becoming a target. Bauer must uncover who is after him and why in order to save his family before it’s too late.
Subsequent series follow Bauer as he is sent on high-stakes, world-saving missions in locations across the globe, from a military coup in Africa to a Mexican drug cartel.
In addition to the on-screen clock, the show also employs split-screen to delve into the points of view of multiple characters at once.
Who is in the cast of 24?
With a new plot-line each season, the cast of 24 changes considerably throughout its run. Here are some of the key players:
Kiefer Sutherland’s name is synonymous with the franchise and his character, Jack Bauer. The Canadian actor called the end of the show “the worst breakup I’ve ever had” and described crying after filming the last shot.
Bauer’s colleague and close confidant Chloe O’Brian is played by Mary LynnRajskub (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Carlos Bernard (Dallas) features as fellow analyst Tony Almeida. Bernard also directed American crime drama The Inspectors.
US Senator David Palmer is played by Major League’s Dennis Haysbert.
Fellow Canadian Elisha Cuthbert (Old School, The Ranch) plays Jack’s daughter Kim.
Where was 24 filmed?
24 was primarily filmed in an LA studio and other locations in and around Los Angeles, though some scenes in season seven were filmed in Washington DC. The majority of the stand-alone film, Redemption, was filmed near Cape Town, South Africa, and 24: Live Another Day was primarily filmed in London.
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