24: Live Another Day (2014)

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Filled with strong action sequences, 24:Live Another Day is a return to the formula that made the original series popular -- though it also suffers from familiarity and sameness.

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Critic Ratings: 54

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Episodes

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Air date: May 5, 2014
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Air date: May 5, 2014
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Air date: May 12, 2014
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Air date: May 19, 2014
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Air date: May 26, 2014
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Air date: Jun 2, 2014
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Air date: Jun 9, 2014
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Air date: Jun 16, 2014
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Air date: Jun 23, 2014
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Air date: Jun 30, 2014
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Tv Season Info

Another eventful day in the life of Jack Bauer, who's in a race against the clock to save the world while simultaneously staying on the run from the CIA. Set four years after the '24' finale, the heroic agent-turned-fugitive puts his freedom on the line by coming out of hiding in London to try and prevent a major terrorist attack.

Critic Reviews for 24 Live Another Day

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (27)

There are reasons we still love 24, despite the gaps in logic, the repetitious dialogue, the monotonously unrelenting tension and some wooden acting. It's the combination of action and character.

May 5, 2014 | Full Review…

A good opening salvo for what will probably be Jack's last day, at least on TV. Enjoy it while you can -- and it is enjoyable.

May 2, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The producers have so embraced the larger-than-life elements of their beloved character that it's hard not to enjoy the show on those terms. We needed a hero in 2001. Maybe we need a superhero in 2014.

May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

24 is still fast-paced for the most part, although a little slow off the mark in its first hour. And the 47-year-old Sutherland remains trim and limber as an aging Jack of few words, most of them downers.

May 1, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The reason to watch 24: Live Another Day isn't for ideology. It's to get caught up in a fast-paced, high-powered adventure played out by people we care about.

May 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first two episodes are a welcome invitation to the same old song and dance, but everyone involved will need to freshen up the choreography.

May 5, 2014 | Full Review…

The best news is, you don't have to be a 24 diehard -- or have encyclopedic knowledge of all things Jack Bauer -- to enjoy 24: Live Another Day.

May 5, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In fact, it's difficult to think of anything the comeback did wrong, other than making me wish they were going to make another season.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Is this a series too far?

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Live Another Day feels terribly dated.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Our hero returns! And there is no stopping him. He just beats everyone up. Boom, boom, shaka laka, boom!

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The shorter season meant a tighter and better-told story, and less time to get lost in the woods (perhaps literally) with lame characters or D-plots that had no real impact on the people who everyone in the audience cared about.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Live Another Day

  • Apr 25, 2015
    Topical and action-packed, 24: Live Another Day is an exciting special event series. Former counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer comes out of hiding in order to prevent an assassination attempt on President James Heller during his visit to London; meanwhile a U.S. aerial drone is hijacked by terrorists and used to launch an attack on a U.S./British military convoy. The cast is especially good; as Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane, and Kim Raver return, joined by Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, and Michelle Fairley. Additionally, the London setting gives the series a fresh look and feel (while still sticking to the overall format of the show). Also, the shortening to 12 episodes helps to keep the storytelling focused; with fewer tangents and extraneous characters. Grittier and more intense than past seasons, 24: Live Another Day is a riveting, high-adrenaline return to this groundbreaking series.
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  • Feb 27, 2017
    When I heard that 24 was being taken down of the shelf for another run, I was as excited as anyone. I mean, I consider the show to be my second-favorite of all-time (right behind LOST). Those first couple episodes, I was thrilled to see Jack Bauer back doing his thing on the big screen, and I was really hoping that the show would step right back into where it left off. What I had forgotten? After the eighth season, the show had gotten out just in time. For a basic plot summary (minor spoilers), "Live Another Day" takes place on foreign soil in England. With President James Heller (William Devane) and daughter Audrey (Kim Raver) on a diplomatic mission involving the British, a device is stolen by terrorists that can control American attack drones and use them to launch missile attacks. Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) and daughter Simone (Emily Berrington) have a vendetta against the current U.S. President, and nothing will stop them from extracting revenge. Of course, it doesn't take long for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) to get wind of what is transpiring, as he is hiding out in London as a fugitive from the law. In order to help out an old friend (the President), Jack once again enlists the help of Chloe O'Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub), but can she be fully trusted? Also, a current agent (played by Yvonne Strahovski) crosses paths with Bauer, but is she a friend or foe? For the first few episodes of "Live Another Die", everything seems to be progressing nicely. Old friends make their way back, new characters are introduced, and the plot shows much promise. While watching, I felt like it was the "glory days" of 24 once again, back when the show was on the cutting edge of political drama. But then, my hopes for greatness were slowly dashed over the remaining 8-9 episodes. The reason? All those plots/characters that were introduced in the beginning don't provide nearly the type of drama that they could/should have. Some examples (again, minor spoilers may be present here): -It was great to have Heller as President...until he turns into the worst POTUS in show history. He isn't bad, per se, but the list of incredible Presidents of 24 is daunting. There are also a number of subplots involving Heller that don't have nearly the emotional payoff that they could have. -Jack is back, indeed...but with very little insight into his mind. For most of "Live Another Day", Jack is just a gun-toting machine being sent on missions. I wanted to know more about his emotional state or what he had been doing since the end of Season Eight. -The first main plot is interesting, but once it runs its course none of the other ones could get me emotionally invested. -The potential of Strahovski's character was off the charts...until it was never realized. Once again, a great opportunity for an interesting backstory and some chemistry with Jack, but it just doesn't come together. -For the first time I can really remember in this show, some deus ex machina was obvious. Maybe they have used that kind of plot resolution method before and I missed it, but in earlier seasons they could cover it with political intrigue and emotion. Not so here. So, despite my initial excitement for the return of 24, "Live Another Day" ends up being the worst single season in show history. Now, granted, having your worst single season still garner three stars isn't anything to sneeze at, but still. In its prime, 24 thrived on real-feeling, hard-hitting political intrigue and Sutherland's intensity/emotion. Maybe we've moved on as a country (less enthralled by terrorist-centered plotlines the further 2001 is in the rear view mirror of history) or maybe it's just impossible to sustain that kind of writing, but this ninth season just didn't resonate with me like the others did. When I wrote my review for Season Eight, I remember titling it "Got Out Before Too Many Cracks Began To Form". In that season, the show was starting to "lose it" just a bit, but it managed to pull together for one more sterling campaign. Sadly, though I thought "Live Another Day" could reverse the trend, it did not. It ended up just slipping a little more, now into the "okay" category. Would I like to see the show continue? I think it could, as long as next time it realizes its potential. All the pieces were present in "Live Another Day", but it just didn't come together.
  • Jan 21, 2017
    Because I'm a big fan of Yvonne.
  • Jul 05, 2016
    It has a darker tone which I really loved. And it's in London. I love the UK, some of my favorite movies are based there! The action is still good, but it was never really bad in the original series ever. I think why the consensus starts with pointing the action out is because it seems to be a little better shot (maybe a better cinematographer) and has more intense stuff. But it was slow, and the story never works (so many things wrong with it.) It should be one of the worst seasons, but I just loved the tone so much that it made every episode just a little better for me. I'd say It's similar to Season 4, mainly just the consistency part.
  • Aug 12, 2015
    They WILL NUKE U.S., and nuke cities, and kill as many innocent people as possible, as soon as they are able. Everyone should watch this series. Where is Jack Bauer when we need him?
  • May 25, 2015
    Loses half a star because of season 6
  • Feb 17, 2015
    24 may be the worst television show I can't stop myself from watching. The writing? Awful. The characters? Awful. The forced drama? Infuriating! There's no logic to the way anything goes, there is clearly no knowledge of any intelligence organizations or law enforcement by the writers and clearly no consultants to fill them in either. The show is just so ridiculously bad on all levels and I have no idea how this show was ever popular. It is only entertaining to watch because it is like a trainwreck. Every line is awful. The only redeeming part of the show is Elisha Cuthberts tits. That is the only good thing about the show. Yes there are some good actors on the show, but they're in their worst roles ever delivering horrible lines horribly. It is the only time I can think of where I hated Dennis Hopper. If you like this show for it's merits...you are probably a moron. If you like it to watch a trainwreck, you're in good company.
  • Jan 23, 2015
    Live another day had a really strong story and action and it reminded my why I loved 24 in the first place.
  • Dec 02, 2014
    Outstanding gripping and very well paced : Jack Bauer rocks.
  • Nov 09, 2014
    A bit slow to really get going but it becomes classic 24 around the half way mark.

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