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24

Moral Rating: avoid
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr.

    TV CREDITS

    Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Leslie Hope, Elisha Cuthbert, Sarah Clarke, Dennis Haysbert, Carlos Bernard, Karina Arroyave | Produced by: Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Brian Grazer, Tony Krantz

Show Synopsis: (from Laura, guest reviewer) In "24", the entire season is one 24-hr day. Each episode is one hour (commercial time included) and everything occurs in real time.

The plot for the show itself is interesting: there is going to be an assassination attempt on the life of Presidential Candidate David Palmer (an African-American, played by Dennis Haysbert). Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), a CTU operative, has to stop the plans. On a personal note, he and his wife Teri (Leslie Hope) are having trouble in their marriage, but working on it. Their daughter, Kimberly, (Elisha Cuthbert) is very rebellious and often in trouble.

Viewer Comments   

Usually OK—My husband and my parents as well as myself all love this show. We did not miss an episode the first season and I doubt we'll miss one this season. There is little to no language. It is centered on adult themes, so I wouldn't let children watch it, there is quite a bit of violence but it is a great show. It is the smartest show on television.
   —Angela Lawrence, age 22

Caution—Very violent but it IS the best show on the top 4 nets.
   —James Gentry, age 42

Usually OK—24 is the best new show since X-files started many years ago. It is fast, slick, and smart…
   —Scooby, age 41, non-Christian

Avoid—I was really looking forward to this new show. I enjoy TV programs that try new formats and this one looked promising… While that is interesting, the MAIN REASON that I cannot endorse this show is that it had two graphic sex scenes. Two teenagers in a bed at a furniture store (with the agent's daughter looking on) and a causal encounter between two people in a cramped airplane bathroom. I was shocked at the latter. Maybe all that was to snag the audience early and this will not be present in subsequent episodes, but I won't be there to find out.
   —Laura, age 38

"…[third episode contained] crass language, sexual dialogue, sexual encounters and violence…"
   —Steven Isaac, "Plugged In", Focus on the Family

Young people express their opinions…

Usually OK—24 is a great show with a good solid plot, and for the most part good morals. I do not recommend this show if you can't handle a fair amount of violence (gun fights.) Although the main character, Jack Bauer, a CTU agent, has a rocky marriage, he will stop at nothing to save her and his daughter. The show teaches that it is better to save a difficult marriage, than to divorce or separate. It teaches to never give up, and that determination pays off. In one of the first few episodes there is a brief scene with 2 teenagers having sex, but if anything the show shows that having sex as a young teenager without knowing the person well is a bad idea, as the girls are betrayed by the boys and kidnap them. There is some brief dirty language, but it is kept in context as the show is very intense. Overall a good show, but use some caution-and not for young kids.
   —Chris Bollow, age 16

Caution—24 is TV drama at it's finest, simply because it refuses to slow down! Every episode takes your breath away and you're constantly wondering what will happen in next week's episode. Some may find this offensive, but I personally can look past the fact that it has some questionable stuff in it. This is the best you can do right now, period. Watch it!
   —Steve, age 16

Caution—I also was very looking forward to the new hit show, "24". I was there on that suspenseful opening night, and I would have to disagree. These two “graphic” sex scenes are nothing. In the airplane, all it shows is two people in a bathroom, shortly after, one person exits. Not even a chaste kiss is shown. Everything left to the imagination. The furniture store scene was worse showing a girl upright in a bed laughing, from a distance, implying sex. This show is definitely not for young people, due to the above implications, and some violence. However, for the mature viewer, the strong morals and values of the lead character, Jack are worthwhile. We learn he had an affair with a co-worker, and was separated from his wife, but later, supposedly before the show, reunited with his wife, admitted his wrongs, and successfully rekindled their fire. He loves his daughter above everything. In closing, it is up to you to decide whether or not to partake in the mixed bag of "24".
   —Jesse, age 15