24 is a serial action/drama television series starring Kiefer Sutherland as special agent Jack Bauer that is produced for the Fox Network and syndicated worldwide.
The show was (recently had finale) presented in the semblance of real time, with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Bauer.
The show first broadcast on November 6, 2001 and ran for 192 episodes over eight seasons, with the series finale broadcast on May 24, 2010.
In addition, the television movie 24: Redemption was broadcast between seasons six and seven, while a feature film is also planned.
The show's action switched between different locations tracing parallel adventures of different characters involved in the same overarching plot. As a result, there were long sections of unseen narrative for each character. Any one character was only seen for a portion of an episode's overall running time.
Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) itself was a fictional agency, and several entities with similar names or duties, like the National Counterterrorism Center, emerged since the show's debut on television.
Stand by Me was the first film Kiefer Sutherland made in the United States. In 2005 Sutherland was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto where both of his parents have also been inducted. Sutherland was also the first Inside the Actors Studio guest to be the child of a former guest.
His father, Donald, appeared on the same show in 1998. Sutherland was featured on the cover of the April 2006 edition of Rolling Stone, in an article entitled "Alone in the Dark with Kiefer Sutherland". The article began with Sutherland revealing his interest to be killed off in 24.
Don't get me wrong. I love what I do."
It also revealed that he devotes 10 months a year working on 24.
As of 2008 Sutherland has appeared in more than 70 films, most notably The Lost Boys, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, Young Guns, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, Eye for an Eye, Dark City, To End All Wars and A Time To Kill, The Sentinel and Mirrors.
Recently he voiced a character in the movie Monsters vs. Aliens. In 2009, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.