Fox executives said Monday that its drama “24″ is returning next May for a limited run that will stretch into the summer. The adventure series with Kiefer Sutherland starring as Jack Bauer ended its original run in 2010.
While I admit that the last few seasons weren’t very good (they still brought us moments like this), I’m excited to see Jack Bauer on my television again. 12 episodes is perfect because one of the biggest problems with 24 was all the filler that was required to make this show last for 24 hours. With half that number, we can get to the heart of the matter quickly (at least that’s the hope).
I think I’ll have to end my retirement from recapping 24 episodes.
I’ll still watch for cool shit like Jack pulling a knife out of his gut and flinging it into someone’s neck across the room or Jack getting caught by Russians and just wait to see how long before he turns the tables (45 minutes) but, otherwise, the less said about this season, the better
But I don’t watch 24 for realism or because it’s supposed to be in real-time (C’mon, Jack made it from Queens to the city close to rush hour with the president in town in less than an hour). I watch it because it’s like going to a big budget movie every week where shit blows up and bad guys get killed. I watch it because Jack Bauer is one of the greatest television characters EVER created. Even if the show around him is silly and the situations repeat, Kiefer Sutherland makes it work giving Bauer the correct amount of pathos and intensity to a man who has killed 230 people in 8 season and one TV movie and may regret 20% of those kills.
Anyway, I wrote all this to say, I’ll just be doing bulletpoints this season of any awesomeness and the kill count.
Also to say, JACK BAUER KILLED A MAN WITH FIRE AX TO THE CHEST!!!
Now, let me just say off the bat that I do not believe these are the 50 best shows of this decade (although some certainly are). These are just the 50 television shows that brought me the most entertainment, the ones that I am most fond of when I think back on the decade. I contemplated doing this in order of love/respect but then this post would never get done so I’ll do a Top 10.
I decided to leave off The Simpsons and South Park because they’ve been on for so long (and I needed any excuse to make room for other shows) but they both had great episodes in the 00′s and if I didn’t need the room, they’d make the cut.
I tried to stick with shows that had at least two full seasons under its belt unless the show had been canceled like Freaks and Geeks.
And, no, I’ve never watched The West Wing or ER and that’s why they aren’t on the list.