The BEST Episodes of 24

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2020

Network: FOX

"24" is a TV thriller presented in "real time" with each minute of airtime that corresponds to a minute in the lives of the characters. "24" employs fast-paced and complex stories, and often contains unexpected plot twists. Though each day's events typically revolve around thwarting an impending terrorist attack, each season is made up of various interwoven story threads. These may run for just one hour, but more usually run over several hours. These typically involve investigations of leads on terrorists, tracking suspects, and averting attacks. The exact objective of the day evolves over the course of the season as the antagonists adapt, contingencies arise, and larger scale operations unfold.

Day 8: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

#1 - Day 8: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 24, 2010

Emotions run high as the harrowing day climaxes with resolute President Taylor closing in on a world-changing peace treaty and a vengeful Jack Bauer taking matters into his own hands for one last and unforgettable job.

star 8.42
3,783 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Howard Gordon
Day 8: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

#2 - Day 8: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2010

As the clock ticks toward the climactic series finale, three hours remain and a ruthless Jack Bauer is on an unwavering mission to uncover the truth, which only complicates circumstances for President Taylor as she prepares for a signing ceremony. Meanwhile, President Logan comes face-to-face with a formidable foe, and Chloe leads CTU on a high-stakes collision course with Jack Bauer.

star 8.22
3,631 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: David Fury
Day 8: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

#3 - Day 8: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2010

Emotions run high as the harrowing day climaxes with resolute President Taylor closing in on a world-changing peace treaty and a vengeful Jack Bauer taking matters into his own hands for one last and unforgettable job.

star 8.21
3,914 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Geoff Aull, Shauna McGarry
Day 2: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

#4 - Day 2: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2003

Jack uses Sherry to lure Kingsley out into the open, but Kingsley suspects a set-up and lays his own trap. Kate and her father have a final, ominous conversation with Marie. Palmer's attorney finds evidence involving Kingsley and convinces Mike to release Palmer from custody. Palmer and his cabinet gather to watch as Sherry meets with Kingsley. Mike orders Chappelle to reinstate Tony and Michelle. Jack sends Sherry in for the meeting with Kingsley, but his mounting heart troubles cause problems for him at the crucial moment.

star 8.14
1,907 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Joel Surnow, Michael Loceff
Day 3: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

#5 - Day 3: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2004

Jack and Chase must make a powerful sacrifice when dealing with the virus. Tony is able to help Jack one last time before he is taken into custody, while an angry victim seeks vengeance on Saunders. Palmer makes a surprising career choice in the wake of Sherry's death.

star 8.01
1,577 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Joel Surnow, Michael Loceff
Day 8: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

#6 - Day 8: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2010

With only four hours left, a rogue Jack Bauer stops at nothing to determine who is behind the day's most devastating events, and he uncovers an unexpected lead.

star 8.01
3,742 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Patrick Harbinson
Day 8: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

#7 - Day 8: 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 5, 2010

President Taylor undergoes a game-changing setback; President Hassan makes a decision that shocks his loved ones; trusted confidantes become enemies of the state.

star 8.01
3,366 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Brannon Braga, Manny Coto
Day 9: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

#8 - Day 9: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired May 19, 2014

With the threat escalating, Jack Bauer heads to the U.S. Embassy as the CIA closes in on him. Elsewhere, Margot asserts her authority with unthinkable force, President Heller faces members of Parliament and Kate Morgan takes matters into her own hands.

star 7.95
3,004 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Patrick Harbinson
Day 4: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

#9 - Day 4: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 23, 2005

As the missile speeds toward its destination, Mandy cuts a deal with Jack and the President to give up Marwan's location in exchange for a full pardon on all of her crimes. Tony and Michelle share a happy reunion, but Jack finds his relationship with Audrey shattered as she makes her feelings known. Logan's advisor suggests a drastic course of action when the Chinese government demands that Jack be handed over to them for trial. Palmer tries desperately to warn Jack of the danger against him. Jack's life changes forever as Tony, Michelle and Chloe help him to evade the trap set for him by Secret Service.

star 7.94
1,464 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Howard Gordon, Robert Cochran
Day 9: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 A.M.

#10 - Day 9: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 14, 2014

The clock ticks toward the final seconds of Jack Bauer's most heroic day. As the world teeters on a terror plot of mass proportions, Jack and the team reunite one last time to avert an imminent international crisis. With little time left and the fate of the free world on the line, Jack is faced with an unthinkable and grave decision. Lives will be lost and the American administration will grapple with the day's most devastating news as the clock stops.

star 7.94
2,534 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers:
Day 5: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

#11 - Day 5: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 22, 2006

Jack takes his fight directly to the President as he attempts to force a confession from him that will prove his involvement in the day's events. Martha vents her hatred for her husband in front of the press as Logan gives a eulogy over Palmer's body. Jack and Audrey share a tender moment when it seems the crisis has subsided, but Jack finds that his problems have only begun as his past catches up with him.

star 7.93
1,486 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Robert Cochran
Day 8: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

#12 - Day 8: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 19, 2010

With only seven hours left in the series' final harrowing day, Jack Bauer sets out to avenge the tragic life-changing events that he has endured. As things become even more personal for Jack, he heads to CTU for an intense meeting after learning of a devastating development. Meanwhile, on the verge of achieving peace on a scale that has eluded the world for generations, President Taylor becomes deeply conflicted when former President Logan sits down at the bargaining table.

star 7.92
3,474 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Patrick Harbinson
Day 8: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

#13 - Day 8: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 12, 2010

As the country reels from the day’s devastating events, stalwart President Taylor attempts to resuscitate the peace agreement, the cornerstone of her administration. Much to her dismay, she is forced to solicit the services of disgraced former President Logan. Meanwhile, Jack Bauer makes an unprecedented emotional move that triggers the unthinkable, and back at CTU, Chloe is charged with new responsibilities.

star 7.92
3,488 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: David Fury
Day 8: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

#14 - Day 8: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 14, 2010

While Jack and Cole team up in the field to shield New York from the calamitous threat, a hostage situation has CTU completely stressed out. Meanwhile, unrelenting parole officer Prady presses on in his investigation, and unexpected developments send the Hassan family into a major tailspin.

star 7.92
3,487 votes
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Patrick Harbinson
Day 8: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

#15 - Day 8: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2010

With only five hours left, the clock races toward the climactic series finale as Jack stops at absolutely nothing to avenge the emotional setback of losing his beloved partner Renee Walker. Meanwhile, the administration attempts to keep the historic and pivotal peace agreement on track as undermining forces surface.

star 7.92
3,345 votes
Writers: Alex Gansa, Evan Katz
11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

#16 - 11:00 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2002

Palmer has had enough of Sherry's power plays and has a final showdown with her in the hotel ballroom. Nina knows that the Drazens have no leverage without Kim, so she calls Jack and tells him that Kim's body was found floating in the harbor. Jack is crushed by grief and then he flies into a rage. He rushes the Drazens and a bloody shoot-out ensues. Nina's cover is blown and she makes a final dash for safety, leaving a bloody trail behind her. Jack is able to apprehend her before she can escape, but he is stunned to learn that he didn't arrive soon enough.

star 7.90
2,137 votes
Directors: Stephen Hopkins
Writers: Joel Surnow, Michael Loceff
Day 2: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

#17 - Day 2: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2003

Jack engages in a brutal contest of wills with Syed Ali. George questions Bob Warner to learn more about Marie's motivations for helping the terrorists. Kim is rescued by a mysterious hunter who offers her asylum. Lynne receives a dire warning from Sherry.

star 7.88
2,023 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: Evan Katz
Day 3: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

#18 - Day 3: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 18, 2004

Jack and Chase race against time to capture Saunders before the deadline, while Chappelle plans an escape. Michelle begins a frantic search when she learns that an infected hotel guest may have slipped through her fingers.

star 7.87
1,771 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Evan Katz, Howard Gordon
Day 4: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

#19 - Day 4: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 2005

CTU scrambles to forge an alibi when a Chinese representative produces evidence of American involvement in the raid on their embassy. Audrey gives Jack the cold shoulder, while Palmer and Logan clash over the consequences of Palmer's decisions. Jack and Curtis close in on Marwan as the countdown for the missile launch moves ahead.

star 7.87
1,577 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Joel Surnow, Michael Loceff
Day 2: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

#20 - Day 2: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 2003

Palmer, Mike and Lynne discuss various ways to dispose of the ticking bomb. They conclude that the desert is the best place to set it off. Jack determines that one man must pilot the plane carrying the bomb. He chooses to fly the plane himself and bids a tearful goodbye to his daughter. Tony and Michelle become suspicious of a Middle Eastern diplomat who is asking questions about the evidence against Syed Ali. Palmer departs for Los Angeles so he can be on hand when news of the nuclear bomb reaches the public.

star 7.86
2,007 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Robert Cochran
Day 6: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

#21 - Day 6: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 15, 2007

Ray uses the component to bargain for his family’s freedom, but Ahmed only grants half his wish. Chloe moderates an argument between Morris and Milo, while Walid overhears information in the detention center that may be of use to CTU. Wayne agrees to pardon Assad in the face of his efforts to aid Jack; a gesture that does not sit well with an enraged Curtis. Jack follows a lead given to the police by Jillian, but his information comes too late to stop Fayed from launching another deadly strike.

star 7.86
1,782 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Robert Cochran
Day 9: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

#22 - Day 9: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired May 5, 2014

Jack and Chloe are on the trail of a hacker who might lead them to whoever is behind an assassination attempt on President Heller... but Kate is hot on Jack's trail.

star 7.85
3,140 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: David Fury, Robert Cochran
Day 8: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

#23 - Day 8: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 2010

Jack Bauer becomes further involved in preventing an assassination attempt on visiting president Omar Hassan. As the crisis continues to escalate, the crew at the newly upgraded CTU is challenged by some unexpected complicated circumstances. Meanwhile, tensions run high when an explosive event jeopardizes international security.

star 7.83
3,117 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Alex Gansa, David Fury
Day 8: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

#24 - Day 8: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 18, 2010

While the newly-upgraded CTU is challenged by some unexpected and complicated circumstances, Jack Bauer becomes even more involved in preventing an upcoming assassination attempt on Omar Hassan, a visiting President. Meanwhile, international security is jeopardized by an explosive event, and Jack is reunited with agent Renee Walker.

star 7.83
2,875 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Chip Johannessen, Patrick Harbinson
Day 3: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

#25 - Day 3: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2003

Jack and Hector both search for Kyle, while Chase finds himself out of action at CTU. Wayne and Palmer argue over the implications of Anne's past, while Ramon takes out one of his opponents in a surprise move. Tony leads an operation to get Kyle, but tragedy strikes when Salazar's man gets there first.

star 7.83
2,133 votes
Directors: Ian Toynton
Writers: Howard Gordon