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An Upcoming Mega-Marathon
at Friday Night Movies:

24: Season One

Friday the 1st of April
Mathaton begins @ 8pm
Running all 24 episodes
back-to-back!!!

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I'm federal agent Jack Bauer, and today is the longest day of my life.
--Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland)

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USA: 2001 -- Created by Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, Sarah Clarke, Xander Berkeley and Elisha Cuthbert

I haven't slept in 24 hours, I've killed 2 people since midnight, so maybe you should be more afraid of me than you are now.
--Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer


Such a simple idea--yet so fiendishly complex in the execution. 24, as surely everyone knows by now, is a thriller that takes places over 24 hours, midnight to midnight, in 24 one-hour episodes (well, 45-minute episodes if you subtract the commercials). 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. Not that easy.

Creator Robert Cochran and his team of writers and directors have done an impressive job of putting the jigsaw together and keeping the tension ratcheted up high, as 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; there are altogether too many huggy family moments; and as for Dennis Hopper's "Serbian" accent....

Even so, this is undeniably mold-breaking TV. Sutherland, rescuing his career from the doldrums in one heroic leap, fully deserves his Golden Globe. Sets and locations are artfully deployed, and Sean Callery's score is a powerful, brooding presence. Like Murder One and The Sopranos, 24 is one of those series that future TV thrillers will be measured against.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and plenty of coffee and No Doze!

Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer Keifer Sutherland and Sarah Clarke Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer

Awards

Won Emmies for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series

Won Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Kiefer Sutherland

Won Television Critics Association Awards for Program of the Year and New Program of the Year

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Memorable Quotes

Jack Bauer: That's the problem with people like you, Mason. You want to get things done, but you don't want to get your hands dirty. It's time to roll up your sleeves.

George Mason: Have you noticed, wherever you go there's a body count?

Carl Webb: Before you're done crucifying me, save some nails for your wife.

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Trivia

In the Series Premier (12:00am - 1:00am) a main shot of the 747 exploding was removed, the show had its premier delayed a month and this scene cut as well as further storyline changes, due to the attacks on the World Trade Center. Also, nearly all later references to the plane explosion were removed.

Each episode is supposed to take one hour of real time, but in actuality, three minutes are gradually added to the timer during the commercial breaks. The last three minutes of air time are used for viewing commercials, station identification, and scenes from the next episode.

When shown on the BBC in the UK, the show runs for 45 minutes as there are no commercial breaks. As a result, Jack's assertion that "events occur in real time" was removed from each episode.

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Goofs

Continuity: In Episode 13 (12:00pm - 1:00pm), when Palmer and his chief of staff are in the limo discussing how to proceed in light of Ferragamo's death, the background in the rear window suddenly changes. When Palmer is saying "Maureen Kingsley is going to get the story of her career", trees and a vehicle suddenly appear where there was only blue sky.

Continuity: In the beginning of an episode where Teri and Kim are held in the shed, Kim is wearing black socks and red shoes. In all other episodes she is wearing sandals.

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The '24' principle cast Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer Dennis Haysbert as Sen. David Palmer