24: Day 5 (2006)


Day 5

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 145
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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 (21) | Top Critics (10)

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

Jan 15, 2006 | 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…

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…

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…

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

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The best part about "24" is the show's guts. This show has possibly the highest body count I've seen on television.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

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…

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

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 5 starts with a bang--and that, too, is to be taken literally.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 24: Day 5

  • May 29, 2014
    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.
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    "24: Day 5" is amazing culmination of the "24" series.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    While Season One of 24 focused much of its attention on President David Palmer, Seasons 2-4 saw the Oval Office by and large take a back seat to the missions of Jack Bauer and CTU. However, Season Five brings some of the attention back to the sitting U.S. President (this time Charles Logan) and ends up with a much more well-rounded storyline. For a basic (non-spoilery) plot summary, a group of Russian terrorists threaten to release canisters of nerve gas in the U.S., leading Bauer to be reprieved from his thought-to-be death in order to help stop the crisis. As CTU begins investigating the terrorism, however, it quickly becomes clear that the terrorists are working with a high-ranking government official, and the conspiracy begins to be unraveled. To be honest, at first I was skeptical of all the focus on President Logan, as didn't like his character and wasn't sure that he could command the camera as well as his predecessor Palmer. However, by the end of the season, Logan is easily the most enjoyable/interesting character on the show. His acting, along with his wife, chief of staff, and head of security, really gives the show the Presidential presence it lacked since that first season. Of course, there is still more than enough of Jack Bauer and his fellow CTU agents (Audrey Rains, Bill Buchanon, Edgar Stiles, Chloe O'Brien, etc.) to go around, which means that intense drama ensues in every single episode. The writers have an amazing way to take a character that looks like a creep (think Tony Almeida and George Mason in the early seasons) and, by the end of a few episodes, have him become a noble hero, and that tradition continues in this season as well. The only "knock" I have on this season is that the cliffhanger endings of each episodes aren't quite as shocking (e.g. Nina Myers doesn't appear out of nowhere). However, I think that was more of a creative choice by the writers, as the story is actually more coherent that any season besides the first one. Instead of seemingly changing the plot of the show with every episode, Season Five slowly crescendos until the big finale. So, fans of 24 can purchase this season with confidence knowing that they will still get their action, drama, suspense, and some great twists and turns along the way.
  • Jun 13, 2016
    The first four episodes are absolutely perfect, 10/10. Every subsequent episode is excellent, and everything about the season is genius. This season is the pinnacle of the show. They do something in episode 21 just to drag the story out till episode 24 that is really stupid and obviously just because they needed more episodes. But, it's still well made, and had Jack Bauer!
  • May 16, 2014
    24's most gripping season yet!!!!!
  • May 12, 2014
    In what is universally considered the "best" season of 24 (based on it's popularity, conspiracies, awards, and absurd amount of drama), day five follows Jack Bauer infiltrating the US government in an attempt to find out just how high the conspiracies go. The day starts with ex-president Palmer's assassination and an attempt on Chloe's life, forcing Jack to come out of hiding. The day also features a summit between the US and Russia about peace talks. Because of this, Russian extremists take an airport hostage as a diversion to acquiring nerve gas canisters. Once that threat has been, more or less, neutralized, Jack goes to the Presidential retreat where President Logan is located after getting proof of Logan's involvement in the conspiracy with the help of ex-president Palmers brother Wayne. this season features both Kim and Audrey finding out and coming to terms with Jack being alive (only to have him ripped away again afterwards) and marks the second massive attack on CTU headquarters. Aaron Pierce is featured more heavily in this season than any other, which may not be worth noting if he wasn't such a bad ass and didn't recur in all but one season (the second most of any character) and didn't have the greatest line ever when talking to President Logan, or Charles as he derogatorily put it. So much happens in these seasons that I've probably forgotten the majority of major events worth mentioning, but this season is one of the busier ones. While I definitely don't think that this is the best season of 24 (day three is), it is definitely one of the best ones. The season ends in typical cliffhanger 24 fashion as Jack is taken by the Chinese. Oh, also forgot to mention Michelle's death and Tony's (apparent) death (two incredibly important characters I've yet to mention that have been recurring since day two and day one respectively).

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