Susan S. from LA CRESCENT, MN Reviewed on 10/31/2011...
I had never watched this on TV, so the whole show is new to me. Needless to say, I have ordered all seasons!
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John L. from WILLIAMSBURG, IA Reviewed on 9/18/2011...
My wife bought the six season set for my Christmas present. Every weekend for the next month I was glued to the recliner in front of the plasma... Six weekends of "24" marathon! What a great gift. Course, since I did nothing else for a month and a half other than watch the tube (no "honey-do's" done...), doubt that she'll do that again. Absolutely fantastic series.
Why such a high price for this???
Irina Camp | Fairfax Station, VA United States | 05/24/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love these slim packs of 24 but I mean why in the world do they cost more than the original pack of 24?? You can buy the normal set for about 20-30$, and I do not understand why the release version of the same thing is twice the price of the original release?"
A Great Companion To LOST
Zachary Koenig | Fergus Falls, MN | 01/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A couple of weeks ago, I purchased Season One of "24" for one simple reason...I'd heard it was good, but mainly I just wanted some sort of TV drama (my favorite kind of drama!) to pass the time until LOST returns. Suffice it to say, though, that I will be MAKING time for 24 in the coming weeks and months!
Essentially, the plot of "24" involves the United States Counter Terrorism Unit (headed by Jack Bauer) trying to prevent an assassination attempt on presidential hopeful Senator David Palmer. Many more layers area added on with each hour, but there are so many twists and turns that it would be impossible to explain them all.
The plot is intriguing, but the main aspect of the show that kept my attention for, well, almost 24 hours, is the intensity of every single episode. While some shows (The X-Files immediately comes to mind) are able to "slack off" and film strange episodes every once in awhile only to get back in gear for sweeps months, 24's format requires that the action never let up. Each episode is just as important and exciting as the ones previous.
Plus, to add to the complexity of the show, three different threads are going on during the show at once. Palmer's family struggles with what to do about a family tragedy, Jack Bauer puts the intelligence pieces together, while the terrorists kidnap Jack's family and use them as leverage. There is never a dull moment!
Finally, the acting is very compelling as well. Kiefer Sutherland (much like Matthew Fox's Jack Shepherd on LOST) is fantastically intense, while Dennis Haysbert (Palmer) almost steals the show with the portrayal of his moral/ethical dilemmas.
So, if you (like I was) are looking for a show to complement LOST (or any other TV program), 24 is a great series to get hooked on. Be warned, though, that it is very addicting and you will likely want to finish it sooner than later!"
J J Thomason | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Spellbinding! Suspenseful, great story line with surprising twists, action-packed, well acted: the whole package. The dvds move from the last frame of one episode to the first of the next without time wasting previews of the prior one. Allow time to watch a few episodes at a sitting since you'll be eager to get to the next. I'm anxious to get to Season 2."
Superb Value in entertainment
M. K. Hammour | France | 04/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Where do you start with reviewing the action-thriller series that has defined a decade? With the main man himself, Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland, in the role he was born to play, shines as America's most deadly counter-terrorist agent. Due to the nature of the show, the main cast changes frequently due to character death and betrayal, but no matter who is by his side, Sutherland gives Emmy-award winning displays throughout the seven seasons and film.
How does 24 work? Each season is set in one 24 hour day. There are 24 episodes, each lasting one hour of "real time" in Jack Bauer's life. These aren't your average days however, they are filled to the brink with terrorism, explosions, conflict and anger. The ideas come from real world fears, including threats of assassinations, nuclear bombs, pathogen outbreaks, suicide bombers and more. Although some of the latter seasons do recycle old ideas with a fresh twist, the writer's have always come up with new ways to shock the audiences. Viewers have lost days and weeks following the traumatising events in 24, with many intending to watch one episode and eventually turning off the TV after completing their 4th or 5th, it really is like a book you can't put down. I seriously recommend it!"
If you enjoy intrigue, "24" is the Best TV Show Ever!
Gwenevere Richardson | Houston, TX | 12/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For several years, I've heard that "24" was a good show, but since I pretty much gave up on weekly television shows several years ago (due to a busy schedule, an inability to keep up with the programming times and the dearth of good material), I had never watched one episode. At Thanksgiving dinner this year, my stepdaughter told me it was a great show that she thought I would enjoy. I purchased Season 1 on her recommendation. It's been five weekends since then, I've purchased a season each week, and I can't get enough. It is simply the best television ever, completely absorbing with compelling characters. My husband and I are both totally addicted. I've purchased the seasons one at a time. We usually start on Friday night, watch for chunks of hours at a time and are done by Sunday evening.
Jack Bauer (played by Keifer Sutherland) is an excellent, multi-dimensional character. Patriotic, morally grounded, yet with human frailties. I've only seen Sutherland in one film (Flatliners) and had no idea about his acting abilities, which are simply superb in "24."
I also love David Palmer's character (played by Dennis Haysbert). He possesses the qualities I believe most of us would like to see in our President. It is also prescient that Palmer plays the first Black president on television, several years before Barack Obama was elected. I see several similarities (other than the type of woman who plays the first lady) -- it's almost like a premonition.
After watching Season 1, I was curious as to whether or not the intensity and strong storyline could be maintained over time. I just finished Season 5 today and have already purchased Season 6. I haven't been disappointed yet and each season is so good, that I really can't pick a favorite. My only caution would be that I would never want to watch the show as a weekly activity. I wouldn't be able to wait seven days for the next episode. For Season 8 (which starts in January), I'll just wait until the DVD comes out toward mid to late-2010."