Kiefer Sutherland claims that 24 has never jumped the shark and the series finale ended “really well”.
Which brings us to the most important number of all: 24. The actor’s eight-season run as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer transformed Sutherland from semi-reliable film-acting Hollywood offspring to one of the biggest TV stars of his time. 24 perfectly captured the insecurity and paranoia of the post-9/11 era, one ticking-time-bomb plot after another, and Sutherland became the face of American resilience across the planet.
Wrapping that series was “a mixture of mourning and ‘thank God,'” Sutherland says now. He’s wearing blue work clothes with a long-sleeve white shirt underneath and still looks as fit as he did back in his CTU days. “I don’t believe we ever jumped the shark with 24. It ended really well and I went, ‘Whew.'”