If you don’t know the basic premise of 24, where have you been?!
Put simply, 24 does what it says on the tin – it’s 24 hours in the life of Federal Agent Jack Bauer. There are 24 episodes, each lasting an hour (well 45 minutes or so to allow for ad breaks). Everything is shot in real-time and every single twist and turn in the story is executed at the right time – so if a journey would take half an hour in real life, it will take half an hour in the series.
It’s mould-breaking stuff and is one of the most gripping things on TV as each and every episode is packed with a multitude of twists and turns that will guarantee you’re kept on the edge of your seat. In fact, being absolutely honest, I found it SO exciting when I first watched 24 that I couldn’t get to sleep for wondering what would happen in the next episode – and had a whole week to wait and find out!
In each season (there have been eight) we find Jack Bauer having a really really bad day. Twenty-four hours of solid bad.
Jack works at CTU, the Counter Terrorist Unit, based in Los Angeles and he’s faced a vast array of different terrorist threats, traitorous colleagues and also a daughter who seems hell bent on getting herself in trouble. For more info on each of the 8 bad days he’s had (plus an extra foray in Africa) read the DVD section, but be careful not to read further ahead than you’ve already seen – I don’t want to spoil any of the stories for you! So, if you’ve not seen any 24 don’t read beyond the season 1 description! You have been warned.