24

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Name: 24
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Creator: Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran
Date(s): November 2001 – present
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Official Site, Wikipedia, IMDB, TV.com
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24 is a television show which centers around the character of Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, a counter-terrorism expert who has at various times worked for, and run, the Los Angeles office of the Counter-Terrorism Unit. The show's primary conceit is that events are happening in realtime. (So the first episode of a season might occupy 8-9PM in the characters' lives; the following week would show us 9-10PM; and so on.)

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Shipping

Popular slash pairings in the fandom include Jack Bauer/Tony Almeida. Popular het pairings include Tony Almeida/Michelle Dessler (canonical).

Six Degrees Influences

24 has featured a variety of fan-favorite actors, both before and after they played the roles that made them well-known among fans. (The accessibility of the show on DVD has made this distinction largely irrelevant.) Season one drew a strong fannish audience in part because it featured Richard Burgi (Jim Ellison from The Sentinel). Other fannishly well-known actors who have appeared on the show include:[1]

The show has also featured a number of actors from the executive producers' previous show La Femme Nikita, including Carlo Rota (as Morris O'Brien, seasons 5-7); Alberta Watson (as Erin Driscoll, seasons 3-4) and Eugene Robert Glazer (as Alexander Trepkos, season 2).

Controversy

Characters of Color

24 has an intriguingly mixed record when it comes to portraying characters of color. On the one hand, the early seasons focused around David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert)'s ascension to the presidency of the United States, and some have argued that seeing a Black man become president on television played a subtle or subconscious role in helping Barack Obama's presidential campaign seem reasonable and laudable to a broad audience. On the other hand, Arabs have frequently been portrayed as terrorists, which has incensed some viewers.[2] Others might argue, however, that the show is about terrorism and other groups that have been portrayed in a negative light include Slavs, Chinese, British, Russians, and Africans, as well as various American characters. Other Arab/Muslim characters have also been portrayed as heroic. (There should be more material here, with links—fans have written essays about this...)

Violence

24 has also come under fire for its glorification of violence and its mirroring of (some would say legitimation of) the darker side of United States anti-terrorism interrogation policies. Season 7 of the show appears to be taking that issue on directly, including the portrayal of the lead character as emotionally broken. He has also been called to account for his past actions.

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References

  1. ^ "IMDB Guest Cast List". 
  2. ^ "Popular show, negative stereotypes". Retrieved January 21, 2009.