24: Day 1 (2001 - 2002)


Day 1

Critics Consensus

Brimming with tension and political intrigue, 24 successfully introduces its unique, high-concept format and a compelling hero worth watching in Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer.



Critic Ratings: 20


Audience Score

User Ratings: 246
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Air date: Nov 6, 2001
Air date: Nov 13, 2001
Air date: Nov 20, 2001
Air date: Nov 27, 2001
Air date: Dec 11, 2001
Air date: Dec 18, 2001
Air date: Jan 8, 2002
Air date: Jan 15, 2002
Air date: Jan 22, 2002
Air date: Feb 5, 2002
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Federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is having a very bad day in this unique, action-packed drama series in which events unfold in real time and the entire season takes place within one 24-hour day. Bauer is the director of the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles. He's also a married man who is attempting to rebuild a trust-depleted relationship with his wife Teri (Leslie Hope), and a father to independent-minded teen daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert). Shortly after midnight on the morning of the California Democratic presidential primary, Jack receives information that an assassination attempt will be carried out against Maryland senator David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert)---the first African-American with a legitimate chance of capturing the White House---sometime within the next 24 hours. Jack's mission is made even more difficult when he learns from his boss Richard Walsh (Michael O'Neill) that someone within CTU may be a mole involved with the foreign-based conspiracy. Meanwhile, Palmer, unaware of the assassination plot, receives a phone call from a dogged reporter who says she has evidence that his son Keith (Vicellous Reon Shannon) committed murder. He allegedly killed his sister's rapist. Palmer initiates an investigation to uncover the truth and must decide whether to break the story himself or wait. Jack is contacted by terrorist Ira Gaines (Michael Massee), who informs him that his wife and daughter have been kidnapped by Gaines' henchmen. Gaines threatens to kill them if Jack refuses to follow his detailed instructions. Gaines' goal is simple: Jack is to carry out the assassination against Palmer himself. As the hours pass, the conspiracy deepens, and Jack learns the surprising truth behind the plot and his role in it.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Jack Bauer
Leslie Hope
as Teri Bauer
Elisha Cuthbert
as Kimberly Bauer
Dennis Haysbert
as David Palmer
Sarah Clarke
as Nina Myers
Zeljko Ivanek
as Andre Drazen
Carlos Bernard
as Tony Almeida
Tanya Wright
as Patty Brooks
Tamara Tunie
as Alberta Green
Dennis Hopper
as Victor Drazen
Xander Berkeley
as George Mason
Michael Massee
as Ira Gaines
Jude Ciccolella
as Mike Novick
Eric Balfour
as Milo Pressman
Jacqui Maxwell
as Janet York
Misha Collins
as Alexis Drazen
Glenn Morshower
as Agent Aaron Pierce
Navi Rawat
as Melanie
Rudolf Martin
as Martin Belkin
Henri Lubatti
as Jovan Myovic
Kara Zediker
as Elizabeth Nash
Paul Schulze
as Ryan Chappelle
Vincent Angell
as Dr. Phil Parslow
Devika Parikh
as Maureen Kingsley
Currie Graham
as Ted Cofell
Sam Ayers
as Agent Breeher
Rick Garcia
as News Anchor
Kevin Ramsey
as Agent Paulson
Kirk Baltz
as Teddy Hanlin
Michael O'Neill
as Richard Walsh
Jesse D. Goins
as Agent Hayes
John Prosky
as Dr. George Ferragamo
Jon E. Epstein
as Assistant
John Hawkes
as Greg Penticoff
Wade Williams
as Robert Ellis
Angelo Pagan
as CTU Agent
Pete Antico
as Commando
Suzan Brittan
as Anchorwoman
Rey Gallegos
as Sergeant Devlin
Lisa Joyner
as Reporter
Jenny Gago
as Principal
Paul Webster
as Agent Ron
Josip Kuchan
as Serbian Doctor
Tico Wells
as Agent Karris
Terrell Tilford
as Paul Wilson
Christine Avila
as Erica Farrell
Kim Miyori
as Dr. Collier
Kathleen Wilhoite
as Lauren Proctor
Todd Jeffries
as Claude Davenport
Karen Kim
as Flight Attendant
Yolanda Ross
as Jessie Hampton
Ivar Brogger
as Frank Ames
Tracy E. Wilson
as Cofell's Assistant
Jackie Debatin
as Jessica Abrams
Linda Klein
as Surgical Nurse
Ariel Felix
as Anesthesiologist
Lew Dauber
as Jorgensen
Desmond Bull
as First Kid
Jesse Corti
as McLemore
Ron Rogge
as Jared
Gwen Stewart
as Female Officer
Mariah Pasos
as Sam's Partner
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Barry Silver
James Healy Jr.
as Dr. Kinnard
Kim Murphy
as Bridgit
Martin Morales
as Attendant
Ray Hale
as Intern
Andre Canty
as Henry Martin
John Tague
as First Waiter
Burke Stuart
as Chauffeur
Nynno Ahli
as Abbott
Manny Perry
as Cop No. 1
David Barrera
as Officer Phillips
Maurice Dunster
as Bldg. Security
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Critic Reviews for 24 Day 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

The writing is crisp, the performances nuanced and believable, the gradually quickening pace addictive.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is it -- the one true hottie of TV's fall, a thriller in real time.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Sutherland makes viewers believe in the reality of this guy almost from the moment he comes on screen. Sutherland is so comfortable and sure of his talent that the audience doesn't see the acting and forgets about the actor. We just see Bauer.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Right from the pilot, 24 had a unique style and intensity, peppered with "holy crap!" moments and intrigue, capped off with a plane being blown out of the sky by a pretty young lady/terrorist.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The thrill of watching Jack make tough decisions in trying to save both his family and David Palmer is still memorable 13 years later.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 1 set the template for so much of 24, yet the first half of the season is quite unlike anything the show produced afterwards.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

So far, though, the characters are glossy chess men; who they are is important only because it enables them to do what they have to do. In the show's clever strategy, each move instigates yet another, but what that will be isn't easy to anticipate.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

"24" has tension and density that set it well apart from the pack. It's a thriller with genuine thrills and a mystery with a seductive array of strange circumstances, creepy characters and murky shadows.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Casting is top-notch, from the stars down to the losers who take Kimberly and her friend on a date to a closed furniture store.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like any thriller, what matters is how well this plays out on screen, and ''24'' is stylish and gripping.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Day 1

  • May 17, 2016
    A great introduction to something that would take the world with storm. This is one of the greatest shows that has ever been produced at 20th Television. There are so many different plots going on in this season, but they are all very good and you will never be disappointed or taken out of the show, because it's just so intense and breathtaking. The performances of Kiefer Sutherland and Dennis Haysbert are some of the best acting of have ever seen from these two actors, who are both really good and experienced actors, but there are no doubt that this show really had some impact on their career. It doesn't shock anybody that Jack Bauer would end up as a national treasure who would continue to safe his country for many years to come.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2019
    Beginning of a Legend!
  • Mar 31, 2019
    "24 Day 1" is a classic and inventive season of 24.
  • Mar 09, 2019
    An excellent season of television. This show defined the binge-watch. I was hooked instantly just from the first episode. You will not be disappointed from this amazing season. 5/5
  • Dec 09, 2017
    The first of many bad days to come for CTU federal agent Jack Bauer. I was hooked from the very first episode as I watched Jack race against time to save both his family and Senator David Palmer from being murdered by terrorists. The real-time format of the show was fresh, original and highly addictive, for 24 hours I couldn't get myself to blink. Season 1 was the most realistic season of 24, mainly because Jack Bauer was a more relatable and sympathetic character as compared to the dark anti-hero in later seasons. It also had elements of film-noir that was never seen in later seasons. The performances from each cast member were phenomenal, Kiefer Sutherland was fantastic at portraying a conflicted man on a dangerous mission to protect his nation while also dealing with personal struggles with his family. Dennis Haysbert also shines brightly as a strong-willed politician with good morals who harbours a dark secret. The only real issue with this season was the middle portion, where Jack was kept in holding for 3 episodes which kind of slowed down the fast-paced nature of the season. However, as the season came to a close, the level of intensity was raised so high that I could feel my heart pounding through my ribcage. The finale of the season is definitely the best in 24 and one of the best season finales in TV history, mainly due to its shocking and emotional ending, which truly defined the 24 as a modernised serial drama. Definitely an amazing start to an amazing show.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    This first season of 24 is probably the only one that actually uses the "24 hour" convention as it was originally intended. It isn't the best season of the show, but it is the most well-paced. A great jumping-off point for the entire concept of 24 before it really goes down the rabbit hole.
  • Apr 15, 2016
    Fox had originally only ordered 13 episodes, and the end of the first half (13th episode) was planned as a series finale incase the show didn't get a renewal, or at least a full season. There was a bit of a dry patch from episodes 14-19. I like how they gave the Palmer family a story, even though I don't like it, because it's rare. All the performances are phenomenal, especially Kiefer Sutherland!
  • Oct 22, 2015
    I would give this season more than 5 stars if I could. Best single season of a TV show I have ever seen, it's THAT good.
  • May 12, 2014
    Twenty Four is possibly the most innovative show to air in the past decade and has inarguably altered the action genre forever. There is no show that is more suspenseful than 24, it just simply doesn't happen... The real time style it takes is beyond creative and unique, it's borderline transcendent. In the role that defined Kiefer Sutherland's career, he plays CTU agent Jack Bauer. In this season, Jack works for CTU when a threat to Senator Palmer's life forces him to follow the spiral of leads that eventually gets both him and his family in serious trouble. The entire season centers around Victor Drazen's escape from a secret government black-site and both Jack and David Palmer's past relationship with him. Jack's wife and daughter are captured and held hostage during the day, while long time friend Nina Myers pulls one of the most memorable betrayals in the history of television and winds up causing one of the best endings of any season in recent memory. Brilliantly paced and written, the first season of 24 captures the essence of the show perfectly, as does every season... Quite frankley, it's near impossible for me to compare each 24 season side by side and list which is best to which is worse (which I do with absolutely everything), which shows just how consistent this show is. Bottom line, you should watch this show.. Like, right now.
  • May 01, 2014
    It redeemed itself in the last few hours from a pitiful and shark jumping afternoon. I'll give Season 2 a shot, but it will be on the back burner.

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