24: Day 5 (2006)



Critic Consensus: 24 defies the law of diminishing returns with a spectacular fifth season that features White House intrigue, some of the most harrowing set-pieces in the series yet, and a heroically committed performance by Kiefer Sutherland.


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The threat to the United States in Season 5's white-knuckle day is Russian separatists armed with weaponized nerve gas and led by Vladimir Bierko (Julian Sands). Inciting their ire is an arms and mutual defense treaty that Russian president Yuri Suvarov (Nick Jameson) plans on signing with the U.S. and duplicitous president Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin). As Day 5 begins, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who faked his own demise at the close of last season, is working at an oil refinery in California under the name Frank Flynn. He returns from his self-imposed exile to fight the good fight after an assassination rocks the nation and he finds himself framed for it and several other crimes. Jack is also reunited with former love interest Audrey Raines (Kim Raver), but tumult continues to follow them. Meanwhile at CTU, there's a new man brought in to oversee operations, Lynn McGill (Sean Astin), and once again, there's a mole in the ranks. A significant subplot centers on Christopher Henderson (Peter Weller), Jack's mentor-turned-nemesis who has information that can help Jack thwart the Russians. Another thread follows First Lady Martha Logan (Jean Smart), who grows increasingly disdainful of her husband's actions in office.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Jack Bauer
Kim Raver
as Audrey Raines
Carlos Bernard
as Tony Almeida
Roger R. Cross
as Curtis Manning
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Chloe O'Brian
Jean Smart
as Martha Logan
Jayne Atkinson
as Karen Hayes
Jude Ciccolella
as Mike Novick
James Morrison
as Bill Buchanan
Stephen Spinella
as Miles Papazian
Gregory Itzin
as President Charles Logan
Louis Lombardi
as Edgar Stiles
Glenn Morshower
as Agent Aaron Pierce
Elisha Cuthbert
as Kimberly Bauer
Peter Weller
as Christopher Henderson
D.B. Woodside
as Wayne Palmer
Julian Sands
as Vladimir Bierko
Ray Wise
as Hal Gardner
Sean Astin
as Lynn McGill
Kate Mara
as Shari Rothenberg
Sandrine Holt
as Evelyn Harris
Jonah Lotan
as Spenser Wolff
Stana Katic
as Collette Stenger
Connie Britton
as Diane Huxley
Nick Jameson
as Yuri Suvarov
Brady Corbet
as Derek Huxley
William Devane
as James Heller
Kathleen Gati
as Anya Suvarov
John Allen Nelson
as Walt Cummings
Martin Papazian
as Rick Burke
Geraint Wyn Davies
as James Nathanson
Mark Sheppard
as Ivan Erwich
C. Thomas Howell
as Barry Landes
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Critic Reviews for 24 Day 5

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (10)

24 is still an addictive amusement park ride of a show.

Jan 15, 2006 | Full Review…

The only thing that was annoying about season 5 was that you absolutely could not stop watching it.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Although what happened in this season created a massive hole in the show that wasn't really ever filled, it was amazing to watch as it unspool. No one was safe-not even Jack, as the end of the season illustrated.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a testament to the quality of 24 that its creators have managed to pull the rabbit out of their hat five times in a row, even if the rabbit was a little mangy-looking at times.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Simply put, President Logan may well be the greatest fictional villain since Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

In life, [David Palmer] made 24 a great show. In death, he made it even better.

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

But far from diminishing the show, these repetitions add an element of reassurance.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The genius of "24" is not just that viewers get to root for a riveting hero (though Bauer certainly uses questionable methods at times), but that the show, in its fifth year, gives us a compelling anti-hero as well.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

24 seems to have found a solution. It's reduced its scale, focusing, as the first season did, on a more intimate, small-scale threat involving Jack.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Amazingly, the new season, which once again drags the special agent Jack Bauer...back into the line of duty, does not disappoint.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Day 5


Super Reviewer

For the return of Jack Bauer the fifth season of 24 goes for its biggest stakes yet and gets even more action-packed. Taking a new direct that will ultimately be the series' undoing, the show becomes all about Jack. This season Jack Bauer comes out of hiding when former President David Palmer is assassinated, and vows to bring those responsible to justice; meanwhile a rogue faction of Russian separatists threaten to release a deadly nerve gas. Overall the story arc for the season is pretty cohesive, though some of the recons in the second half don't quite work. And unfortunately, David Palmer isn't the only casualty as there's a lot of character assignation going on this season (both on and off screen); particularly of fan favorite characters. However, the new cast features a number of impressive guest stars, including Mark Sheppard, Peter Weller, Ray Wise, and Stana Katic. Full of thrills, Season 5 of 24 is incredibly ambitious and gets pretty crazy.


Super Reviewer

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