24 (season 1)
|24 (season 1)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||November 6, 2001– May 21, 2002|
The first season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 1, was first broadcast from November 6, 2001, to May 21, 2002 on Fox. The season's storyline starts at 12:00 a.m. on the day of the California presidential primary.
|“||Right now, terrorists are planning to assassinate a presidential candidate. My wife and daughter have been kidnapped... and people that I work with may be involved in both. I'm Federal Agent Jack Bauer, and this is the longest day of my life.||”|
- —Jack Bauer, introductory monologue for most episodes of the season. Note: This varies slightly between episodes; in some cases Jack says "missing", "in danger" or "targeted" instead of "kidnapped", and did not originally include his wife, Teri. He also uses "today" instead of "this" in some episodes.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Production
- 5 Reception
- 6 Home media releases
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The first season takes place on the day of a fictional U.S. presidential primary.
The season's main plot revolves around an assassination attempt on U.S. Senator from Maryland, David Palmer, a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, on the day of the primary in California. The central character is Jack Bauer, a former Delta Force operator who is the Director of the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) in Los Angeles. Bauer becomes professionally as well as personally involved when his wife Teri and daughter Kim are kidnapped by the people behind the assassination plot.
The season is essentially divided into three acts:
- The first act revolves around a mercenary group's efforts to control Jack Bauer by kidnapping his wife and daughter and forcing him to kill Senator Palmer. This culminates in Jack's successful rescue of his family.
- In the second act, a second wave of assassins is discovered. As CTU tracks their activities, Jack learns why he and the Senator are being targeted.
- The final act reveals the true mastermind of the day's events; he initiates his contingency plan to eliminate Jack and the Senator.
Fox initially ordered only 13 episodes — the successful rescue at the end of the season's first half was planned as a series finale in the event that the show was not renewed.
The show rotates between the points of view of each of the five main cast members: Jack Bauer, Teri Bauer, Nina Myers, Kim Bauer, and David Palmer, as well as one main villain — Mandy for the first three hours, followed by Ira Gaines, Andre Drazen, and finally Victor Drazen. The day's situations — both ongoing events and the relationships between these five characters and their associates — form the basis for the season's subplots.
- A mole at CTU is sabotaging efforts to stop the assassination.
- Jack finds himself in situations where he confronts his complex personal definition of compromise.
- Members of the Bauer family are rebuilding their relationships now that Jack has moved home after being separated from Teri for six months.
- There are tensions between Jack and two of his co-workers: Nina Myers and Tony Almeida. Nina is in a relationship with Tony but she was previously involved with Jack.
- Political scandals threaten to erupt when the press learns that Palmer's daughter had been raped seven years ago and that Palmer's son was accused of killing the rapist.
- Kim begins to have feelings for Rick Allen, even though he was originally hired to kidnap her.
- Teri develops personal problems as a result of the day's stress and revelations.
- After Sherry Palmer lies to her husband and tries to undermine his campaign, David Palmer realizes that she is only using their marriage to further her political ambitions.
- Jack endures personal anguish when he is forced to choose between protecting David Palmer and protecting his wife and daughter.
Season 1 starts and ends at 12:00 a.m. PST. The season's first half centers on the efforts of a terrorist cell led by Ira Gaines to assassinate presidential candidate David Palmer. They kidnap Jack Bauer's wife and daughter in order to force him to aid in the assassination and take the fall for Palmer's death. Jack eventually defeats this cell in the process of saving his wife and daughter, but this only leads to information about a second group of terrorists who had employed the first cell. The second cell is led by those ultimately responsible for the day's events: Andre and Alexis Drazen.
Two years prior to this day, Jack Bauer was sent as part of a classified team to Kosovo on the orders of a secret U.S. Congressional panel headed by David Palmer to kill Victor Drazen, Slobodan Milošević's "shadow." In order to keep Operation Nightfall totally secret, the panel never met nor knew the team of operatives, and nor did the team know the panel. Therefore, Palmer and Bauer never knew about each other. The Drazens found out about both Palmer's and Bauer's involvement in the attack against their father and the death of his daughter and his wife. Incidentally, Jack Bauer was believed to be the only operative still alive, and the whole assassination plot was to practice revenge: Palmer would be dead, Jack would be imprisoned for the assassination, and his family would be killed.
During the last few episodes, the plot twists revealed many surprises. It was revealed that Bauer's team had only killed Drazen's body double. Drazen's wife and daughter, however, were inadvertently killed, prompting the "eye for an eye" aspect of the plot: as Drazen's wife and daughter died, so would Bauer's wife and daughter. Viewers also discovered that the real Victor Drazen is a top secret, unofficial prisoner of the U.S. government, and the Drazens' primary goal was to free Victor Drazen.
Eventually, in order to satisfy the Drazens, Palmer's death is faked. The Drazens recapture Bauer's daughter Kim and offer to exchange her life for Bauer's. However, Kim escapes and the Drazens soon learn that Palmer is still alive. With time running out on his chance to escape before he is recaptured, in desperation, the freed Victor Drazen tells his mole inside CTU, who is revealed to be Nina Myers, to call Bauer and tell him that his daughter is dead and that the U.S. Coast Guard has found her body. Drazen knows that a grieving Jack will attack him, and he believes he, his son Andre Drazen (the other, Alexis, having been seriously injured earlier by an aide to Sen. Palmer and later dying of his wounds during transportation to the Drazen hideout) and their henchmen can kill Jack. Nina is reluctant, knowing that if Drazen's plan fails, Jack will very quickly learn that Kim is not dead and that, since Nina lied to him, she must be the mole. However Nina does indeed tell the lie to Jack.
Drazen's plot backfires rather spectacularly, as an enraged Jack kills Drazen's son and guards, and in the process corners Victor Drazen before killing him, after both have exchanged fire in a shootout. Afterwards, Jack Bauer speaks with a member of the Coast Guard to arrange to claim his daughter's body. The Coast Guard informs Bauer that they did not find a body that night. Bauer realizes that Nina Myers is the mole. He calls George Mason and tells him to detain Myers, but Myers, who heard that Bauer had survived, was already preparing for exfiltration by erasing all the incriminating information of herself on CTU's computer. Bauer's wife, Teri, is confused about the events surrounding Jack's attempt to rescue their daughter, and looks for Myers, whom she trusts. Teri realizes that Myers is the mole, however, and Myers ties her to a chair. Jack comes to CTU and lets the agents take Myers into custody (as opposed to killing her). He then discovers his wife's body in the chair with a fatal gunshot wound in her chest. The season ends with Jack cradling his dead wife in his arms, while he constantly tells her he is sorry.
The season has a dramatic and unexpected ending: the death of Teri Bauer. Many fans were dismayed by this sudden plot twist, while others applauded 24's genre-defying willingness to unexpectedly kill major characters. The producers also filmed an alternate ending in which Teri, Kim, and Jack are reunited. However, they eventually decided to go with the death of Teri Bauer as the climax of season one. The alternate ending is available on the DVD boxed set for the season.
Although it is not stated which year the first season takes place, it is stated in subsequent seasons that "Operation Nightfall" takes place in 1999. It is also stated that events of the first season take place on the 2 year anniversary of Operation Nightfall, which in turn means that the events of the first season take place in 2001, the year the series premiered. However, on Alexis Drazen's file at CTU his date of birth is January 1967 and on the secret service file his age is printed as 35. That would indicate that the first season is set in 2002.
The writers have stated that events in the 24 timeline take place in the "perpetual now," where dates are never specified by the show and concepts of the exact date and year are left vague and unconfirmed.
Plot twists affecting future seasons
- The death of Teri Bauer.
- The relationship developed between Jack Bauer and David Palmer.
- The relationship developed between Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida.
- The development of relationship problems between Jack and Kim Bauer.
- The development of relationship problems between David & Sherry Palmer, leading to the dissolving of their marriage.
- The dissolved relationship between Jack Bauer and Nina Myers.
- The fact that, prior to the day's events, Jack had exposed several other CTU agents for embezzlement, which causes tension between him and other agents at CTU, especially Tony and George.
- George Mason becoming the director of CTU.
- Nina Myers being revealed as a mole.
- The disclosed events of Operation Nightfall and its aftermath, going beyond the Drazen household.
- Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (24 episodes)
- Leslie Hope as Teri Bauer (24 episodes)
- Sarah Clarke as Nina Myers (24 episodes)
- Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer (24 episodes)
- Dennis Haysbert as Senator David Palmer (24 episodes)
Special guest stars
- Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida (23 episodes)
- Penny Johnson Jerald as Sherry Palmer (22 episodes)
- Richard Burgi as Kevin Carroll (11 episodes)
- Dennis Hopper as Victor Drazen (5 episodes)
- Lou Diamond Phillips as Mark DeSalvo (2 episodes)
- Daniel Bess as Rick Allen (18 episodes)
- Željko Ivanek as Andre Drazen (15 episodes)
- Xander Berkeley as George Mason (12 episodes)
- Michael Massee as Ira Gaines (12 episodes)
- Vicellous Shannon as Keith Palmer (12 episodes)
- Jude Ciccolella as Mike Novick (11 episodes)
- Karina Arroyave as Jamey Farrell (10 episodes)
- Zach Grenier as Carl Webb (9 episodes)
- Glenn Morshower as Aaron Pierce (9 episodes)
- Tanya Wright as Patty Brooks (9 episodes)
- Eric Balfour as Milo Pressman (8 episodes)
- Misha Collins as Alexis Drazen (7 episodes)
- Matthew Carey as Dan Mounts (6 episodes)
- Megalyn Echikunwoke as Nicole Palmer (6 episodes)
- Jacqui Maxwell as Janet York (6 episodes)
- Silas Weir Mitchell as Eli Stram (6 episodes)
- Navi Rawat as Melanie (6 episodes)
- Tamara Tunie as Alberta Green (6 episodes)
- Rudolf Martin as Jonathon Matijevich/Martin Belkin (5 episodes)
- Vincent Angell as Phil Parslow (4 episodes)
- Henri Lubatti as Jovan Myovic (4 episodes)
- Devika Parikh as Maureen Kingsley (4 episodes)
- Kara Zediker as Elizabeth Nash (4 episodes)
- Edoardo Ballerini as Frank Allard (3 episodes)
- Mia Kirshner as Mandy (3 episodes)
- Paul Schulze as Ryan Chappelle (3 episodes)
- Currie Graham as Ted Cofell (2 episodes)
- John Hawkes as Greg Penticoff (2 episodes)
- Kim Murphy as Bridgit (2 episodes)
- Michael O'Neill as Richard Walsh (2 episodes)
- Wade Andrew Williams as Robert Ellis (2 episodes)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Robert Cochran & Joel Surnow||November 6, 2001||1AFF79|
|It's the eve of the California Presidential Primary. Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), sneaks out of the house to go out with friends. As Bauer's wife, Teri (Leslie Hope), searches for Kim, Jack is called in for a meeting at CTU Los Angeles in response to a threat on Senator David Palmer's (Dennis Haysbert) life that is believed to take place within the next 24 hours. Bauer discovers that there may be a mole inside CTU. Senator Palmer gets a disturbing phone call at his downtown Los Angeles hotel.|
|2||2||"1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||November 13, 2001||1AFF01|
|Jack's plans to find his daughter are sidetracked when he gets a call from CTU agent Richard Walsh (Michael O'Neill), who is being stalked by assassins connected with the David Palmer hit. Walsh meets another CTU agent, Scott Baylor, who is subsequently killed. Mandy (Mia Kirshner) passes the ID card of a dead (presidential) photographer to Ira Gaines (Michael Massee), the man leading the assassination plot. Kim realizes that she and Janet York (Jacqui Maxwell) may be in danger, while Teri and Alan York (Richard Burgi) search for them. As Jack and Walsh escape from the assassins, Walsh is gunned down, but manages to throw a keycard to Jack, which contains information about a mole within CTU.|
|3||3||"2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||November 20, 2001||1AFF02|
|The files on Walsh's key card finger Nina Myers (Sarah Clarke) as a dirty agent. Kim and Janet try to escape from their captors while Teri and Alan continue their search.|
|4||4||"3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m."||Winrich Kolbe||Robert Cochran||November 27, 2001||1AFF03|
|Jack follows a lead from Walsh's card. At CTU, Nina Myers and Jamey Farrell (Karina Arroyave) decide to go against George Mason's (Xander Berkeley) orders and help Jack. Kim is handed off to Gaines' men while Janet is taken to the hospital.|
|5||5||"4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m."||Winrich Kolbe||Chip Johannessen||December 11, 2001||1AFF04|
|Palmer meets with reporter Maureen Kingsley (Devika Parikh), who explains that she has two separate sources accusing his son Keith Palmer (Vicellous Reon Shannon) of murdering his sister Nicole's (Megalyn Echikunwoke) rapist. Kim and Rick (Daniel Bess) are taken to Ira Gaines' compound on the outskirts of the city. Jack finds an unidentified body connected to Gaines in the trunk of a car. Alan and Teri wait in the hospital as Janet undergoes surgery.|
|6||6||"5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m."||Bryan Spicer||Howard Gordon||December 18, 2001||1AFF05|
|Jack and Teri are briefly reunited at the hospital, where Jack warns the doctors not to let anyone near Janet. Gaines contacts Jack and tells him that he has kidnapped Kim. Jack must follow Gaines' orders if he wants to ever see his daughter again. Teri leaves the hospital with Alan to continue searching for Kim. Palmer discovers that his entire family has been keeping secrets from him, but he needs them if he is to come clean before Kingsley breaks the story herself. After Jamey helps identify the body from the car, Nina calls Teri to tell her that the cadaver is the real Alan York.|
|7||7||"6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m."||Bryan Spicer||Andrea Newman||January 8, 2002||1AFF06|
|Acting on Gaines' orders, Jack returns to CTU to interfere with the decryption of the key card. He is then ordered to shoot Nina, but manages to do so without actually harming her. Teri escapes from Alan's impostor, but is captured by more of Gaines' men.|
|8||8||"7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||January 15, 2002||1AFF07|
|Nina Myers and Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) realize that Jamey is the mole inside CTU and is communicating with Gaines. Using instructions and equipment from Gaines, Jack gets in to see Palmer's appearance at the San Clarita power plant. Jack soon realizes that the terrorists plan to frame him for the assassination.|
|9||9||"8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Virgil Williams||January 22, 2002||1AFF08|
|Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald) tries to convince Maureen Kingsley not to run her story. Jack is taken into custody while Kim and Teri encounter more problems at Gaines' compound. Nina and Tony pressure Jamey for information about the assassination plot. After leaving and returning to the room where Jamey is held they find Jamey with her wrist slashed in an apparent suicide attempt.|
|10||10||"9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m."||Davis Guggenheim||Lawrence Hertzog||February 5, 2002||1AFF09|
|Teri acquires a cell phone and calls Jack, giving him clues to her whereabouts. An Acting Director, Alberta Green (Tamara Tunie), arrives at CTU and declares Jack a fugitive. Jack follows a lead from Jamey's computer to a Los Angeles businessman named Ted Cofell (Currie Graham).|
|11||11||"10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m."||Davis Guggenheim||Robert Cochran||February 12, 2002||1AFF10|
|Jack poses as the driver of Cofell's limo and soon interrogates the businessman on his family's whereabouts. Initially Jack has no success but after Jack breaks Cofell's wrist, Cofell curses him in Serbian, which Jack recognizes as a link to the day's events. Cofell suffers a heart attack and dies. Jack then runs into Cofell's contact, Kevin Carroll - the man he knew at the hospital as Alan York - and interrogates him. Carroll agrees to take Jack to where Teri and Kim are held in exchange for his life. Nina and Tony grow more concerned about the possibility of another mole inside CTU. Andre Drazen (Zeljko Ivanek), Gaines' superior, orders the deaths of Kim and Teri.|
|12||12||"11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Howard Gordon||February 19, 2002||1AFF11|
|Jack makes it into Gaines' camp and enlists Rick's help to secure for a vehicle in which to escape. Gaines quickly finds out when Carroll is found unconscious and chaos ensues. Jack manages to escape the compound with his family and Rick until the tire of their van is shot out. Continuing their escape on foot, Teri and Kim make their way to the rendezvous point while Jack and Rick hold off Gaines and his men. Rick is wounded but manages to escape with Jack. When Palmer tries to talk to Dr. George Ferragamo, his son's therapist, he soon discovers that there are men inside his own campaign that are willing to commit murder in order to protect him.|
|13||13||"12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Andrea Newman||February 26, 2002||1AFF12|
|Jack has a final confrontation with Gaines who, fearing retribution from the Drazens, chooses death over helping Jack. Jack, Teri and Kim are airlifted back to CTU. Rick manages to escape from the compound, fearing that he would be jailed for his involvement with Gaines if he turned himself in. Palmer plans to talk to the DA about Dr. Ferragamo's murder, but Carl Webb (Zach Grenier) tries to stop him. At CTU, Nina discovers that a second assassin has arrived in Los Angeles, which means that Palmer's life is still in danger.|
|14||14||"1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||March 5, 2002||1AFF13|
|Kevin Carroll, having escaped the compound with a small group is killed by Alexis Drazen (Misha Collins), who is mopping up the remnants of the first team of mercenaries. Jack returns to CTU, but is not authorized to see his family. Tony refuses to tell Alberta Green and Ryan Chappelle (Paul Schulze) what he knows about Jack's activities. Nina escorts Kim and Teri to a hospital, but comes across evidence that they may still be targets. Palmer discovers a link between himself and Bauer, and decides to take matters into his own hands — demanding to see Jack personally to confront him about the day's events.|
|15||15||"2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m."||Jon Cassar||Michael S. Chernuchin||March 12, 2002||1AFF14|
|Jack and Palmer finally meet face to face. Palmer demands to know why Jack has been trying to kill him, believing it is revenge for Operation Nightfall - a mission Palmer authorized two years ago of which Jack was the sole survivor. The target was a man in Kosovo named Victor Drazen. Jack convinces Palmer that he is not out to harm him and fills Palmer in as to what has been happening with his family's capture and Gaines' plot. They decide to work together to track down those who are seeking revenge on them, eventually enlisting the help of Robert Ellis, who helped organize Operation Nightfall. They discover that Drazen's sons are seeking revenge. Teri and Nina have a revealing conversation about Jack at the safe house in which Nina and Jack's relationship is discovered. Ellis is assassinated.|
|16||16||"3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon||March 19, 2002||1AFF15|
|Keith arranges a secret meeting with Carl. Palmer's assistant Elizabeth Nash (Kara Zediker) realizes who Alexis Drazen (Misha Collins) really is and immediately comes forward. Teri and Kim must flee the safe house with Andre's men in pursuit.|
|17||17||"4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Michael S. Chernuchin||March 26, 2002||1AFF16|
|Teri must rely on an old friend for help. Kim goes to Rick's house in hopes of finding a lead. Jack sets Elizabeth up for a sting operation against Alexis but she instead stabs Alexis in the stomach. As the EMT's work on Alexis, his phone rings and Jack is forced to answer it and pose as Alexis.|
|18||18||"5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m."||Frederick King Keller||Maurice Hurley||April 2, 2002||1AFF17|
|David and Sherry clash over the handling of the evidence against Keith. Kim finds herself in a sticky situation with Dan's (Matthew Carey) brother Frank Allard (Edoardo Ballerini). Jack poses as Alexis and arranges to meet with an employee of an energy provider who was to shut down electricity to a grid in Saugus, but Teddy Hanlin, an agent with a grudge from Jack's past, picks a bad time to get even. As the employee realizes that Jack is posing as Alexis, he attempts to escape only to be shot by Hanlin. Teri and Dr. Phil Parlow (Vincent Angell) return to the Bauer home, inadvertently putting themselves in further danger.|
|19||19||"6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m."||Frederick King Keller||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||April 9, 2002||1AFF18|
|Nina tries to warn Jack about his family's disappearance, but Mason hampers her efforts, believing that Jack is an asset and needs to remain focused on the mission. Teri explores her home in hopes of regaining her memory as Drazen's assassin closes in for the kill. Kim finds herself in the middle of a botched drug deal, while Palmer breaks the story about Keith to the press. Jack and Mason investigate the area where the power was to be turned off.|
|20||20||"7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon||April 16, 2002||1AFF19|
|Kim is taken to jail when the cops don't believe her story. Jack stumbles onto a secret detention center and is captured by the security team there. Jack convinces the warden that there is a threat to the facility and non-combatant personnel are armed to bolster their numbers and fool the Drazens who planned an assault during the helicopter transfer of a prisoner. Jack confronts the prisoner, and is shocked to learn his identity — Victor Drazen. As the warden realizes the extent of the threat he agrees to Jack's request that they all make their way out of the facility before the assault can happen. As they prepare to leave, the facility's power is cut off.|
|21||21||"8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||April 23, 2002||1AFF20|
|David Palmer wins the primary, taking not only California, but all eleven states. Kim realizes she needs Melanie's (Navi Rawat) help in getting out of prison. Jack Bauer and Mark DeSalvo (Lou Diamond Phillips) are ambushed by Andre's men and DeSalvo and the rest of the facility personnel are killed. They hold Jack hostage as the CTU TAC teams attempt a rescue but are too late. The Drazens manage to escape via a sewer system and as they prepare to execute Jack, Jack tells them that Alexis is still alive and offers Alexis in exchange for his own freedom.|
|22||22||"9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m."||Paul Shapiro||Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff||May 7, 2002||1AFF21|
|Ryan refuses to trade Alexis for Jack, so Nina turns to Palmer for help. Palmer and campaign worker Patty Brooks (Tanya Wright) leave the senator's celebration party – alone. Unbeknownst to Jack, Kim has been re-captured by the terrorists.|
|23||23||"10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m."||Paul Shapiro||Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon||May 14, 2002||1AFF22|
|Palmer overrides Chappelle and Alexis is exchanged for Jack. At the docks, Andre and Victor Drazen (Dennis Hopper) try to prevent the critically wounded Alexis from dying. Palmer has a surprise announcement for Patty — firing her as he saw through her and Sherry's plot. The Drazens contact Jack and threaten to kill Kim unless he goes back into the city to assassinate Palmer. Kim manages to escape from the warehouse she is held in and jumps off the dock into the water to evade the Drazens. Andre takes a call from his secret source inside CTU, who fully updates him on the situation. The mole is revealed to be Nina Myers.|
|24||24||"11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m."||Stephen Hopkins||Teleplay by: Joel Surnow & Michael Loceff
Story by: Robert Cochran & Howard Gordon
|May 21, 2002||1AFF23|
|Palmer has disturbing news for his wife Sherry. Nina, conspiring with the Drazens, calls Jack telling him that Kim is dead and that her body was found in the water near the docks. This proceeds to lure him into a trap. Thus, Jack heads to the docks for an emotional showdown with the Drazens resulting in their deaths. Nina holds Teri hostage when Teri overhears her plan of escaping to Germany. Jack discovers that the information he was given regarding Kim was a lie and that she is still alive. Jack learns that Nina is the mole from a video feed of the holding room where Jamey died. Jack arrives just in time to stop Nina and reunite with Kim. He goes looking for Teri and discovers that Nina killed her. Jack is crying over his dead wife as the screen slowly fades to black.|
The first season introduced split screens into 24, a feature which continued to play a role in all of the seasons, especially the early ones. Editors originally wanted the boxes showing separate characters to overlap but Stephen Hopkins decided not to do this. The writers were intentionally secretive about whether Teri Bauer would be killed in the final episode. To cast doubt about the outcome, three endings were filmed, two of which showed that Teri survived.
The trailer for the first season aired some time between April and November, 2001. The trailer announces that David Palmer may become the first black U.S. President and shows Jack Bauer learning about the assassination attempt and corruption within his agency. Notably, the trailer shows the explosion of a commercial plane that was edited out of the show in response to the September 11 attacks. All other scenes shown are from the premiere episode.
The first season received universal acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 88/100 based on 27 reviews. Kiefer Sutherland won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and the Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for his role as Jack Bauer for this season. In 2009, the season finale ("11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.") was listed in TV Guide 's list of the top 100 episodes of all time, at number 10. In 2005, TV Land included the same episode as part of its "100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History", ranking it number 32.
Home media releases
- "Looking for clues on the set of '24'". Zap2it. January 17, 2007. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009.
- Stephen Hopkins, Leslie Hope (2008). Season 1 Special Edition DVD – Episode 24 Commentary (DVD). Fox Home Entertainment.
- "Official 24 Season 1 Trailer". 24 Spoilers. January 28, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- "24: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
- "TV's Top 100 Episodes of All Time: #10-1". TV Guide. June 19, 2009. Archived from the original on June 23, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "24 - Season 1". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- "24: Complete Season 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved January 2, 2009.
- "24 - Season 1 - Special Edition". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- List of 24 episodes at the Internet Movie Database
- List of 24 season 1 episodes at TV.com
- Season 1 on 24 Wiki