The 24 TV show was groundbreaking, when it appeared on TV screens in 2001. The real-time concept was something completeley new and added so much tension. In addition the probably toughest TV character ever was created for the 24 tv series: Jack Bauer. Outstandingly performed by Kiefer Sutherland. I never get bored watching the tough-minded CTU agent on the hunt for some bad terrorists. So this is my season ranking of 24 – Crime drama at its Best.
24 TV Series – The Ultimate Season Ranking
Additional reading: Best Drama TV Shows – Ultimate Top Ten
10. 24: Redemption
The first and only movie based on the 24 TV show is set in the fictional African country Sangala and serves as a prologue for the following 24 season 7.
- Hm, I wouldn`t have needed the movie, but still: Jack Bauer in action. Nothing to complain!
- No CTU
9. 24 season 8
- Jack in a one-man-war against the Russians
- Weak script, lots of repetitions from earlier seasons
8. 24 season 7
Season 7 starts with Jack Bauer having to justify his questionable methods in crime-fighting in front of the US senate. But soon Jack`s help is required by FBI, when Tony Almeida appears to have gone bad.
- New setting and female co-agent
- Attack on the White House
- Jack`s illness at the end
7. 24 season 6
Jack returns from the torture in China and is faced with a massive threat…islamistic terrorists cover the country with suicide bombings.
- Major threat on L.A.
- Jack more ruthless than ever
- Family issues
6. 24 season 9: Live another day
This 24 season unfortunately marks the end of the 24 tv series with Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. 24: Legacy couldn`t fill the shoes. 24 season 9 was sort of a short highlight-reel of all the earlier seasons, even Cheng was there. Could have been much longer, if you ask me.
- Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) as a female version of Jack Bauer
- Jack throwing Margot Al-Harazi out of the window
- Only 12 episodes
5. 24 season 3
Jack Bauer has to deal with ruthless Mexican drug dealers, Nina Myers and bio weapons. Season 3 is very packed – but still good, old 24 feeling.
- Lots of cliffhangers and surprises
- Tony and Michelle
- Relatively weak villain
- David Palmers familiy issues in a daily soap
4. 24 season 4
Good season that has Jack deal with the kidnapping of James Heller (father of his new love interest) and Arabic terrorists threatening to melt down nuclear power plants.
- End of the first episode, great action sequence
- The hunt for secretary James Heller
- Introduction of sexy Audrey Raines
- Very straight-forward season 4 – not much surprise
24 TV Show – The Top 3 Seasons
3. 24 season 1
The introduction of a legendary TV character, a legendary real-time concept and bombastic action. Don`t miss 24 season 1, still worth watching! Chuck Norr… I mean CTU agent Jack Bauer has to deal with his daughter being kidnapped; his wife loosing memory and some villain blackmailing him to kill the black presidential candidate David Palmer. High tension, action-packed, great L.A. setting and social criticism – if this isn`t Must See TV, what is?
- Introduction to the real-time and split-screen concept
- David Palmers interesting election campaign including all the intrigues
- Many strong opponents for Jack Bauer
- Teri Bauer – the most annoying TV character ever
2. 24 season 2
Nothing less than a nuclear bomb detonating in Los Angeles and world war 3 are on the line in 24 season 2. Can Jack Bauer and David Palmer save the day despite so many obstacles, even among their own people. Amazing TV with many epic moments.
- David Palmer fighting the conspiracy in his administration. Almost as exciting as Jack Bauer`s hunt
- Kim Bauer bringing herself in absurd situations (cougar) and calling her dad at the most unfavorable times
1. 24 season 5
Clearly the best! 24 season 5 has everything: Pulsating tension, cliffhangers, turn-arounds, complots: Jack has to come out of hiding, when everyone who knows that he is alive, is being murdered. What follows, is an intrigue of unimagined dimensions. Even the Chinese and his own U.S. government are after Jack Bauer, while he is trying to save the day.
- President Charles Logan
- The whole story: So intricate
- Seriously, no weaknesses. Not even annoying family issues.
Do you agree with the season ranking of the 24 TV show? Or do you think, 24 season 5 should not be considered the strongest one?