First for those who've never seen 24, it is a show that revolves mainly around one character, Jack Bauer. Bauer heads up the LA office of the US Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU). The first season of 24 takes place during the day of the California Primaries after CTU learns that there is a terrorist organization trying to kill the Presidential front runner. Things get complicated when Bauer's wife and daughter are kidnapped by the same terrorist organization and we slowly learn how everything is connected.
24 is a well made show, the directing is unique for a TV show especially considering that season 1 was on TV 6 years ago. The show uses split screens very creatively but doesn't overdo it so as to dizzy you with multiple screens for too long. The pace of 24 is fast and tiring and everything about it is made to give you that impression, from the writing to the camera angles to the real-time concept.
Each show ends in 'cliffhanger' style and I was grateful more than once to have rented the DVDs rather than having to wait a week to see what happens.
Overall I've enjoyed the episodes of season 1 that I've watched. 24 is entertaining and worth watching. I have found it less than realistic at times but each episode has left me wanting to know what is going to happen on the next one and I suppose that is the main goal of any TV show.
24 is not blowing me away but I will put it on my 'Watch It' list and give it a respectable value of $7.
UPDATE: I finished watching season 1 the other day. I nearly came on here and lowered my ranking to $6 but decided against it. The end of the season wasn't terrible but was somewhat hard to believe. I didn't lower the rating mainly because I was left intrigued enough to go out and rent season 2.