The idea of a real-time, hour-by-hour action-thriller seemed very novel when 24 initially debuted. But as the seasons wear on, dammit, Chloe, the challenges Jack Bauer faces became increasingly predictable. Even at its worst, though, 24 was still pretty great at dangling episodic cliff-hangers and keeping the heart pumping. If you watch the show in full, space out the seasons a little to temper the sense that it’s repeating itself. Eight seasons (not counting specials), 138 hours.
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