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24 - S06 E01

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20 months have passed since the events of Day Five. For the past 11 weeks, the U.S. has been under siege by a series of terrorist bombings, with Muslim extremists as the prime suspects. L.A. joins the list of casualties when a bus is bombed in a suicide attack. President Wayne Palmer is torn when he receives conflicting advice from his top advisors. Tom Lennox suggests that the government begin rounding up all Islamic-Americans for detention, but NSA Director Karen Hayes argues that it’s too drastic a step in finding the terrorists.CTU Director Bill Buchanan and Curtis Manning meet with Chinese diplomats, who have agreed to release Jack Bauer from custody. Jack is ragged and dirty and hasn’t spoken for 20 months. Bill informs him that they’ve been contacted by a terrorist, Abu Fayed, who can lead them to the man behind the attacks, but he wants to take revenge on Jack for the murder of his brother in return. Jack meagerly accepts his fate, relieved that his death will have meaning.An average family comes to the aid of an Islamic boy when his father is arrested by the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that the boy may be more involved with the terrorists than they realize. Chloe and Morris O'Brian attempt to intervene on Jack's behalf, but their efforts may jeopardize the deal between CTU and Fayed. Jack is turned over to Fayed. Fayed begins to torture Jack, but Jack finds the will to fight for his life when he learns that his death may be in vain.

Episode Title: Day 6: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.
Airs: 2007-01-14 at 09:00 pm
  • Phil Rosenthal

    '24' looks to be appointment television. [6 Nov 2001]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    A rousing thriller loaded with nifty gimmicks and head-spinning twists. [6 Nov 2001]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Expertly cut and polished until it practically gleams, 24 is like a flawless diamond: stylish, multifaceted and so sharp that it could cut glass. Everything clicks, from the hip sets to the whip-smart direction to the ever-shifting split screen that imbues even mundane activities such as talking on the phone with an unexpected urgency. [6 Nov 2001]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Riveting, gripping, and altogether compelling ... An innovative and expertly executed hour of suspense, '24' is without question the best premiere of the fall season. [6 Nov 2001]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    A jolt of taut, high-velocity TV drama, a new-style thriller that really is thrilling. [6 Nov 2001]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    One of the most fully realized, innovative and flat-out exciting television debuts ever. [4 Nov 2001]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Phil Gallo

    Captivating from its first minute forward, "24" is the rare example of a television pilot that hits every mark with an aura of excitement and precision, a stellar cast that exudes personality and personal history, and direction that is as taut as it gets. [2 Nov 2001]

    Variety Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The most distinctive, addictive new TV series this season. As an old-fashioned thriller, it's relentless, tense and deliciously paranoiac, with more twists than a Twizzler. But it's also boldly different.

    Time Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    This is a smart, exciting thrill ride with a tick-tock momentum that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. [6 Nov 2001]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Noel Holston

    The writing is crisp, the performances nuanced and believable, the gradually quickening pace addictive. It's hard to imagine anyone who watches tonight's first episode not wanting to to see the second installment next week. [6 Nov 2001]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Cleverly constructed and invigoratingly ambitious in design ... '24' has tension and density that set it well apart from the pack. [6 Nov 2001]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The show wins points for innovation, intelligence and solid production values. [6 Nov 2001]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Plenty of action, jaw-dropping twists, rapid-fire pacing -- 24 employs everything a good drama needs. [6 Nov 2001]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    It's Sutherland's performance that so elevates the hour. This is a feature film star at work, and his performance demonstrates why the folks who fill the big screen make much more money than most television stars. [6 Nov 2001]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Long before Sept. 11, the standout of the fall TV season was an ambitious thriller about a counter-terrorist. ... It's even more captivating now that terrorist threats are a daily fact of life. [4 Nov 2001]

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    What makes '24' so nail-biting good is its use of layered storytelling, plot twists and visual trickery to create the illusion of action. The premiere starts slowly, then picks up steam as it darts deftly in and out of six different stories. ... The genius of '24' is that it makes each minute feel more precious than the last. [4 Nov 2001]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    The lingering concussion of Sept. 11 does nothing to undermine Fox's new thriller focusing on terrorism. Instead, it adds to its credibility and makes it all the more gripping. [6 Nov 2001]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Innovative and compelling. ... The show gets off to a great start in its first highly eventful hour, with Mr. Sutherland excelling in his first TV series role. [4 Nov 2001]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    The makers of 24 needn't overuse the split-screen technique to emphasize the onrush of events. Viewers can feel the suspense start to build without seeing the seconds tick off on a digital clock. Give the gimmicks a rest. We're hooked without them.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    If the next 23 hours are half as spellbinding as tonight's - and, of course, providing that the TV audience is ready to find a terrorist attack entertaining - 24 could still be the hit of the season. [6 Nov 2001]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Although its style is novel, 24 hews to traditional crime-story conventions; you could plop this plot into a two-hour TV movie and be done with it. The advantage of the real-time hour becomes apparent, however, in the depth of characterization achieved by stretching things out.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's mysterious and exciting, a suspenseful and tense action-drama. [6 Nov 2001]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    A stylish and innovative thriller that feels like the filmed version of the smartest airport novel you'll ever read. [6 Nov 2001]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    '24'... isn't a TV show. It's a thrill ride - so intense and fast-paced, it ought to come with guardrails attached. [5 Nov 2001]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Monica Collins

    '24' is exciting and intriguing. The cast is appealing. Using a split-screen technique to further propel the interlocking story lines, the drama has an edgy, hip style, enveloping you in suspense and danger. [6 Nov 2001]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Julie Salamon

    Except for Mr. Sutherland, who has a strong and appealing presence, most of the actors seem generic. [6 Nov 2001]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Preston Turegano

    Tedious and banal, '24' lacks the engrossing panache TV's 'Mission Impossible' had years ago. Even though a well-rested-looking Sutherland is cool, steady and right for his role, he can't carry the show alone. [4 Nov 2001]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review