Dave McCoy of MSN Entertainment listed 24 at #10 on his list of 2003’s Most Daring television shows. Check out what he had to say:
10. “24” (FOX)
Just when you think things can’t get any worse for agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), “24”‘s creators go and make a character who is already the most flawed, tortured soul on network TV into a heroin junkie. Season three’s single day will feature angry Mexican drug lords, a deadly virus and (worst of all) the discovery that his annoying daughter is sleeping with his Justin Timberlake look-a-like partner — and Jack already is screwed. The drug habit is just another example of how this cliffhanger keeps you on your toes. Yes, the format, with all its improbable twists, has maybe reached its breaking point in terms of plausibility. But it still springs surprises that you never see coming (Jack going back undercover with the Salazars?), it never lets you figure out who is on which side of the law, and most importantly, it’s got Sutherland, chewing up scenery (with the DTs!) better than anyone.