2001 TV-14 7 seasons


2001 TV-14 7 seasons
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Each season of this Emmy-winning action thriller follows 24 hours in the life of Jack Bauer, a special agent who works for the government thwarting terrorist attacks and other threats to national security as he struggles with his own inner demons.
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert, Elisha Cuthbert, James Morrison, Reiko Aylesworth, Jude Ciccolella, Kim Raver, Glenn Morshower, D.B. Woodside, Roger R. Cross, Leslie Hope, Sarah Clarke, Penny Johnson, Richard Burgi, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dennis Hopper, Daniel Bess, Zeljko Ivanek, Xander Berkeley, Michael Massee, Karina Arroyave, Zach Grenier, Eric Balfour, Misha Collins, Jacqui Maxwell, Matthew Carey, Mia Kirshner, Paul Schulze, Silas Weir Mitchell, Gregory Itzin, Cherry Jones, Louis Lombardi, Annie Wersching, Jayne Atkinson, Carlo Rota, Bob Gunton, Sarah Wynter, Peter MacNicol, James Badge Dale, John Boyd, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jean Smart, Marisol Nichols, Vicellous Reon Shannon
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 1 (2001) - 6 discs

Follow 24 hours in the life of federal agent Jack Bauer in the thrilling first season of this innovative, Emmy Award-winning series. Taken together, the 24 hour-long episodes track one entire day (from midnight to midnight) of Bauer's activities.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this very addictive series is all about terrorism. The violence is relentless, albeit usually somewhat bloodless (with the notable exception of some gory torture scenes), and the lead character is rarely remorseful for anything he does in the name of duty/accomplishing his goals. Villains are sometimes portrayed stereotypically, although, in general, the show depicts women and minorities without bias. Discussion of sex is common, but not a major plot element. Because 24 is expressly designed to be addictive, parents not wanting their teens to watch every episode shoud probably avoid letting them them get started at all.

Sexual Content

Fairly infrequent sexual references/activity, though characters (mostly women) do end up scantily clad in some scenes, and sex (whether for pleasure or as an act of manipulation) is sometimes implied via bedroom scenes.


Intense violence -- torture, gunplay, stabbing, poisoning, explosions, plane/car crashes -- sometimes with blood.


Very frequent use of "dammit" by Jack; other words include "hell" and "bitch."

Social Behavior

While Jack and his allies always seem to end up accomplishing their goals -- save the president/country/world -- they do so through very iffy means, including torture, deception, and much more. All of this sends a strong message that the "right" ends can justify the means, no matter what those means might be. The show also clearly takes the perspective that it's worth sacrificing almost anything for the greater good and places a strong emphasis on duty and loyalty.


FOX News plays a major role in the show. The Sprint logo is visible on constantly-in-use cell phones, and many vehicles are product placements as well.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Jack used to use heroin but talks about it with regret. Minor characters drink and smoke.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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