24(1): 12:00AM – 3:00AM


The first season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 1, was first broadcast from November 6, 2001, to May 21, 2002 on Fox. The season’s storyline starts and ends at 12:00 a.m. on the day of the California presidential primary.

It’s the eve of the California Presidential Primary. Jack Bauer’s (Kiefer Sutherland) daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), sneaks out of the house to go out with friends. As Bauer’s wife, Teri (Leslie Hope), searches for Kim, Jack is called in for a meeting at CTU Los Angeles in response to a threat on Senator David Palmer’s (Dennis Haysbert) life that is believed to take place within the next 24 hours. Bauer discovers that there may be a mole inside CTU. Senator Palmer gets a disturbing phone call at his downtown Los Angeles hotel.

Jack’s plans to find his daughter are sidetracked when he gets a call from CTU agent Richard Walsh (Michael O’Neill), who is being stalked by assassins connected with the David Palmer hit. Walsh meets another CTU agent, Scott Baylor, who is subsequently killed. Mandy (Mia Kirshner) passes the ID card of a dead (presidential) photographer to Ira Gaines (Michael Massee), the man leading the assassination plot. Kim realizes that she and Janet York (Jacqui Maxwell) may be in danger, while Teri and Alan York (Richard Burgi) search for them. As Jack and Walsh escape from the assassins, Walsh is gunned down, but manages to throw a keycard to Jack, which contains information about a mole within CTU.

The files on Walsh’s key card finger Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) as a dirty agent. Kim and Janet try to escape from their captors while Teri and Alan continue their search.

Wow ! It’s been 15 years since the series was aired. The obvious precognition is the black senator looking to be President. It was in 2008 that this actually happened. The first plot problem I had was that Bauer cut off the finger of a dead assassin so he could get a fingerprint match. This was done to establish his character, despite being a family man, he was tough and brutal when necessary. The problem was that the way to scan the fingerprint was to use a portable scanner. Something he could have done without removing the finger. Next is the obvious ‘damsel in distress’ story-line of his daughter. It may be the 21st century, but this trope just won’t die.

It’s apparent that the use of constant background music is setting the tense tone of the series. It’s unrelenting and sometimes could do with some toning down. Still, a good start to an iconic thriller.