24, TV Series
Real time was a real risk, and it paid off with eight seasons of edge-of-the-seat thrills. Uploaded by cshtr.com.
It was a great idea: 24 hours in a day, so 24 episodes in a season. Each episode of 24 lasted one hour, and an on-screen clock showed viewers the elapsed time. Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer had to fight off a new danger each season, ranging from terrorist plots to presidential assassination attempts, from chemical to nuclear to biological threats.
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Everyone in the political world seemed to watch 24. You’d hear it referenced by guests and hosts on both radio and television talk shows. The show was influential and groundbreaking, and received critical praise. However, it wasn’t a huge ratings hit. It finished in the Nielsen top 25 in only two seasons, its fifth and seventh.
24 received 68 Emmy nominations, and won 20. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series five times, and won in 2006. That same year, Sutherland received Best Actor in a Dramatic Series. The American Film Institute honored the show in 2005 as one of its top 10 shows of the year. Here’s part of the AFI’s statement: “24 has changed the face of television–one hour, one minute, one second at a time. This is a masterpiece of episodic storytelling and continues to deal with the bright color issues in America’s war on terror with a degree of difficulty that is off today’s television charts.”
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