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18th Jan '17 5:46:31 PM slvstrChung
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Hit US TV Series starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, agent for a fictional US government agency, during eight very bad days. Each season of the series takes place in RealTime over the course of a [[ExtremelyShortTimespan 24-hour period]] (each episode is one hour out of that day), during which Jack is called into service to [[RaceAgainstTheClock stop a terrorist threat]].

The first season revolved around an assassination plot on presidential candidate David Palmer. Jack's wife and daughter are kidnapped to make him assassinate Palmer on the terrorists' behalf; the only link the two of them have was a covert wetworks operation in Sarajevo, which turns out to be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the motivation]] for the day's plots.

Each season since then has revolved around a large-scale terrorist threat to a major US city (or in the case of ''Live Another Day'', Britain), usually backed up by a CrazyPrepared BigBad, a well-thought-out EvilPlan, and, sometimes, a DiabolicalMastermind, typically revealed during a WhamEpisode. So far, the threats have been nuclear bombs, a bio-weapon, a nerve agent, and more nuclear bombs, with some presidential assassinations along the way. All in a day's work, eh?

The series is shot in strict {{real time}}, and with commercial breaks included covers a full 24 hours. (Without them it's about 18.) It uses of a lot of SplitScreen, never employs SlowMotion, and displays ticking digital clocks as book-ends to commercial breaks and at various times during each act; these factors contribute to the sense that events are moving at a breakneck pace. It follows not only the adventures of Jack and other field agents, but also political intrigue centering around the people who give Jack orders back at CTU, and sometimes the people who give ''them'' orders, such as the President of the United States; the sitting President was a starring character in every season but the first, and even then, Jack reported to the candidate who would be voted into office between Seasons 1 and 2. Finally, it isn't scared of {{Player Punch}}es, and kills characters off with gleeful abandon.

The [[TVStrikes Hollywood Writers' Strike of 2007/8]] kept the series off the air during 2008, with the exception of a two-hour MadeForTVMovie, ''Redemption'', which aired in November 2008 and acted as a {{Prequel}} for the seventh season. The seventh season was a ReTool which moved the action to the East Coast and generally improved on the fairly mediocre Season 6. Season 8 (Which allowed it to take the title of longest-running spy show by episode count away from ''Series/MissionImpossible'', which had held the title since 1973) premiered on 17 January 2010 and moved the action again, this time to New York. The eighth season was the final season, and the show finished its run on 24 May 2010. TheMovie, hinted at as early as Season 5, was scheduled to begin shooting in Spring 2012, but died at the hands of budgeting issues. Instead, it returned as a 12-episode mini-series called ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' (although the subtitle doesn't appear on screen), which took place in London and aired from May to July 2014. It involved the return of much of the central cast and crew.

As of January 2016 the show is potentially slated for another return. Fox has ordered a pilot for a series called ''24: Legacy''. However it's been stated that while Kiefer Sutherland will return as the executive producer he will not be returning as Jack Bauer. Due to the show's history of major plot twists it currently remains to be seen if this will hold true or if it's misdirection on the part of the crew.

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Hit US TV Series starring Kiefer Sutherland Creator/KieferSutherland as Jack Bauer, agent for a fictional US government agency, during eight some very bad days. Each season of the series takes place in RealTime over the course of a [[ExtremelyShortTimespan 24-hour period]] (each episode is one hour out of that day), during which Jack is called into service to [[RaceAgainstTheClock RaceAgainstTheClock and stop a terrorist threat]].

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The first season revolved around an assassination plot on presidential candidate David Palmer.Palmer (D-MD). Jack's wife and daughter are kidnapped to make him assassinate Palmer on the terrorists' behalf; the only link the two of them have was a covert wetworks operation in Sarajevo, which turns out to be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge the motivation]] for the day's plots.

Each season since then has revolved around a large-scale terrorist threat to a major US city (or in the case of ''Live Another Day'', Britain), city, usually backed up by a CrazyPrepared BigBad, a well-thought-out EvilPlan, and, sometimes, a DiabolicalMastermind, typically revealed during a WhamEpisode. So far, the threats have been nuclear bombs, a bio-weapon, a nerve agent, and more nuclear bombs, with some presidential assassinations along the way. All in a day's work, eh?

The series is shot in strict {{real time}}, and with commercial breaks included covers a full 24 hours. (Without them it's about 18.) It uses of a lot of SplitScreen, never employs SlowMotion, and displays ticking digital clocks as book-ends to commercial breaks and at various times during each act; these factors contribute to the sense that events are moving at a breakneck pace. It follows not only the adventures of Jack and other field agents, but also political intrigue centering around the people who give Jack orders back at CTU, and sometimes the people who give ''them'' orders, such as the President of the United States; the sitting President was has been a starring character in every season but the first, and even then, then Jack reported to the candidate who would be voted into office between Seasons 1 and 2. Finally, it isn't scared of {{Player Punch}}es, and kills characters off with gleeful abandon.

Punch}}es; AnyoneCanDie, to an extent that was only equalled when ''Series/GameOfThrones'' took to the airwaves.

The [[TVStrikes Hollywood Writers' Strike of 2007/8]] kept the series off the air during 2008, with the exception of a two-hour MadeForTVMovie, ''Redemption'', which aired in November 2008 and acted as a {{Prequel}} for the seventh season. The seventh season was a ReTool which moved the action to the East Coast and generally improved on the fairly mediocre Season 6. Season 8 (Which allowed it to take the title of longest-running "Longest-Running spy show Show" by episode count away from ''Series/MissionImpossible'', which had held the title since 1973) 1973. It premiered on 17 January 2010 and moved the action again, this time to New York. The eighth season was It marked the final season, and end of the show finished its run on 24 May 2010. show's contiguous run.

TheMovie, hinted at as early as Season 5, was scheduled to begin shooting in Spring 2012, but died at the hands of budgeting issues. Instead, it returned as a 12-episode mini-series called ''Series/TwentyFourLiveAnotherDay'' (although the subtitle doesn't appear on screen), which took place in London and aired from May to July 2014. It involved the return of much of the central cast and crew.

As of January 2016 the show is potentially slated for another return. Fox has ordered a pilot for a series called ''24: Legacy''. However it's been stated that while Kiefer It takes place in the same continuity as the original show and will feature at least one returning cast member [[spoiler:Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida]]. Sutherland will is to return as on the other side of the camera, as executive producer he producer, but the showrunners have claimed that the character of Jack Bauer will not be returning as Jack Bauer. appear. Due to the show's history of major plot twists it currently remains to be seen if twists, fans are taking this will hold true or if it's misdirection on the part with a grain of the crew.
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3rd Jan '17 7:16:56 PM Wyldchyld
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* HeroicSecondWind: [[BadAss Jack]]. [[spoiler:Subverted in the Day 8 finale, but that might have had something to do with a [[CriticalExistenceFailure bullet wound to the chest.]]]]

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* HeroicSecondWind: [[BadAss Jack]].Jack. [[spoiler:Subverted in the Day 8 finale, but that might have had something to do with a [[CriticalExistenceFailure bullet wound to the chest.]]]]



** In Season 1, the Drazens carry this out against Jack and Palmer, because they were responsible for killing their family. And then, in the finale, ''Jack'' does it against ''them'' after being lied to about how they killed ''his'' family. ([[BadAss Guess who wins.]])

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** In Season 1, the Drazens carry this out against Jack and Palmer, because they were responsible for killing their family. And then, in the finale, ''Jack'' does it against ''them'' after being lied to about how they killed ''his'' family. ([[BadAss Guess who wins.]])
28th Dec '16 11:54:51 AM DoubleU
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** Day 3: [[DragonTheirFeet Arthur Rabens]] and his [[spoiler:[[TimeBomb gas canister]]]].

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** Day 3: [[DragonTheirFeet Arthur Rabens]] and his [[spoiler:[[TimeBomb gas canister]]]].vial of the virus]]]].
26th Dec '16 11:43:27 PM alexandrajade
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* NobodyPoops: Despite all this taking place in real time, nobody ''ever'' goes to the bathroom. Though this may be because they don't seem to ever eat. WordOfGod says they once thought about coming back from a commercial break with Jack exiting a restroom, but they scrapped the idea on the theory that it would be unintentionally comical given they show's history of ''not'' showing such things.
** They did show Chloe entering the bathroom in CTU -- but only to do some surreptious hacking away from her boss (Chapelle). When confronted about what she was doing in there, she hilariously says she'd send him a memo.

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* NobodyPoops: Despite all Lip service is paid to averting this taking place in real time, nobody ''ever'' goes the early seasons, with scattered occasional references to characters needing to use the bathroom. Though this may be because they don't seem to ever eat. WordOfGod says they once thought about coming back from a commercial break Along with Jack exiting a restroom, but they scrapped the idea on the theory narrative requirement that it would be unintentionally comical given they show's history of ''not'' showing such things.
** They did show Chloe entering
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to do some surreptious hacking away from her boss (Chapelle). When confronted about what she was doing work unseen often use toilet stalls for privacy, even in there, she hilariously says she'd send him a memo.later seasons. The bathrooms are populated in those scenes by background characters who have (presumably) just used the facilities.
30th Oct '16 11:09:29 AM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}:
** Jack Bauer, in spades.
*** From Day 8, Episode 9:
--->'''CTU SECURITY [[{{Mook}} MOOK]]:''' ''[pulls gun on Bauer]''
--->'''JACK:''' "You'd better put that down, son, or you're gonna get hurt."
--->'''CTU SECURITY MOOK:''' ''[lets him go]''
*** Later that day, an NYPD cop holds him up at gunpoint. Jack just screams "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!" at him. The cop lets him go.
*** He's a BadassGrandpa as of season 7.
*** You can now add RetiredBadass to the list as of Day 8.
** While the show has a number of badasses, Tony Almeida might be the only character able to equal Jack.
** Renee Walker entered the badass realm after [[spoiler:chopping someone's thumb off]].
** Not as BAD as the previous three, but Bill Buchanan in Day 7.
** Hamri Al-Assad in Day 6.
** Chase Edmunds.
** James Heller. For a 70-year old man, he measures up to a few badasses on the show, Jack himself included.
** Curtis Manning.
** David Palmer, probably one of the greatest fictional presidents of all time, and more than willing to stand firm against terrorist threats and political coups.
** George Mason pretty much graduates to this in Season 2, after his infection forces him to undergo a HeelRealization, make up with his son, and fly a bomb out into the secluded desert, saving LA in the process.
** Aaron Pierce. One of the few men aside from Jack to last throughout the series, and guided by his principles the whole way through. He was one of the only characters to stand by Palmer in Season 2, stood up to Charles Logan in Season 5, and helped protect the freaking White House from the infiltration in Season 7.
** Let's be honest. The world of ''24'' is littered with badasses on both sides of good and evil. For some of these villains to go as far as they did required some serious manipulation and underhandedness.



* InformedAbility: Ronnie Lobell is introduced as the new Director of Field Operations in Season 4, a position normally held by {{badass}}es such as Jack Bauer and Curtis Manning (and in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental]] {{prequel}} material, [[spoiler:[[BrokenPedestal Christopher Henderson]]]]). [[MauveShirt He dies after just two episodes.]]

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* InformedAbility: Ronnie Lobell is introduced as the new Director of Field Operations in Season 4, a position normally held by {{badass}}es badasses such as Jack Bauer and Curtis Manning (and in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental]] {{prequel}} material, [[spoiler:[[BrokenPedestal Christopher Henderson]]]]).[[spoiler:Christopher Henderson]]). [[MauveShirt He dies after just two episodes.]]
30th Oct '16 11:06:06 AM DustSnitch
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Added DiffLines:

* AssassinationAttempt:
** Mandy infects [[spoiler:President David Palmer]] with a poisonous toxin.
** [[spoiler:President Omar Hassan]] is assassinated.
** Members of the Palmer Administration conspire to assassinate the President.
** Aaron Pierce foils an assassination attempt on the Russian President Yuri Suvarov and his wife Anya.
** Audrey Raines was close to assassinating Christopher Henderson, but her morality got the best of her.
24th Sep '16 8:19:26 PM JMQwilleran
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* WavingSignsAround: On ''Live Another Day'', there are a number of people in a crowd in Britain protesting a drone program by President Heller with signs saying things like "No more drones" while chanting similar slogans.
13th Aug '16 5:04:23 PM nombretomado
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* CowboyCop: Jack Bauer makes DirtyHarry look tame. And he's not even the only one.

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* CowboyCop: Jack Bauer makes DirtyHarry Film/DirtyHarry look tame. And he's not even the only one.
27th Jul '16 3:56:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Pissing off Jack Bauer. Alternatively, [[spoiler:Audrey Raines after her visit to China.]] [[spoiler:To go more in-depth, she gets captured by the Chinese BigBad/[[TheManBehindTheMan Man Behind The Man]], and is the bargaining chip for the [[MacGuffin circuit board]]. Unfortunately, before the deal is made, she is tortured and overdosed with near-fatal amounts of liquid copper, which not only traumatizes her but leaves her in a half-paralyzed, HeroicBSOD'd state, and proving that the BigBad is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. By the end of the season, she's recovering at home and Jack Bauer promises her father to step away so he can no longer be a danger to her, with the silent clock running at the end of the episode to honor his sacrifice.]]

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** Pissing off Jack Bauer. Alternatively, [[spoiler:Audrey Raines after her visit to China.]] [[spoiler:To go more in-depth, she gets captured by the Chinese BigBad/[[TheManBehindTheMan Man Behind The Man]], and is the bargaining chip for the [[MacGuffin circuit board]]. Unfortunately, before the deal is made, she is tortured and overdosed with near-fatal amounts of liquid copper, which not only traumatizes her but leaves her in a half-paralyzed, HeroicBSOD'd state, and proving that the BigBad is DangerouslyGenreSavvy.savvy. By the end of the season, she's recovering at home and Jack Bauer promises her father to step away so he can no longer be a danger to her, with the silent clock running at the end of the episode to honor his sacrifice.]]
17th Jul '16 12:39:44 AM JMQwilleran
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** Similarly, in "10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M." from Day 2, Kim Bauer and her charge, the young Megan, are arriving at [=CTU=] after being told to do so by Tony Almeida. "Where are we?" asks Megan to Kim, who assures her, "Don't worry, we're safe here." Splitscreen cut to the counter on the TimeBomb currently place at [=CTU=], which is set to go off in about eight minutes.

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** Similarly, in "10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M." from Day 2, Kim Bauer and her charge, the young Megan, are arriving at [=CTU=] after being told to do so by Tony Almeida. "Where are we?" asks Megan to Kim, who assures her, "Don't worry, we're safe here." Splitscreen cut to the counter on the TimeBomb currently in place at [=CTU=], which is set to go off in about eight minutes.
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