Season 1 Episode 1

Day 1: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

It is California Presidential Primary Day in Los Angeles and the longest day of Federal Agent Jack Bauer's life is about to begin. Jack has just patched his family back together after a trying separation. Midnight finds Jack playing chess with his teenage daughter Kim. As she goes to bed, Jack gets a call from Nina Myers, his coworker at the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU), telling him to come in for an emergency meeting. Jack has no choice but to report in, but he and his wife Teri learn that Kim has snuck out before he leaves. At CTU, Jack learns that an assassination attempt is being planned against Senator David Palmer; the first African-American presidential candidate with a serious shot at the White House. Jack's boss and friend, Richard Walsh, warns him that people in their own agency may be working with those who plan to kill Palmer. Teri receives a call from Alan York, whose daughter snuck out with Kim. The two decide to go out looking for the girls. A European photographer makes pleasant conversation with a beautiful woman on a plane bound for LA, with explosive consequences.moreless

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  • Pissed

    It want let me watch anything on here
  • CTU agent Jack Bauer tries to deal with a sudden emergency on the day of the California Presidential Primary.

    One of the greatest television series ever started off with an excellent pilot episode. This historic episode worked on every level in my opinion. A very sharp and well written script, terrific acting by all involved and just the right amount of action and suspense. What I particularly like about this episode is you don't quite know where it's going. That helps keep the viewer interested up until the end. That is something "24" has done so well many times which is one of the many reasons why I became a huge fan. Though there are quite a few storylines going on here, it was easy to follow and did not seem like overkill. The start to a tremendous thrill ride that makes you all the more anxious for the next episode.moreless
  • wow best pilot ever

    We get introced to so many great characters, Palmer, Jack and so on. Not to mention Tony, wich is a bit of a prick in the first few episodes. Kim is the victim, and plays the role very well. How could anyone back then think that this would be the best tvshow ever. Walking dead is nothing compared to it.
  • 24 pilot

    By the looks of things its going to be a really long day for Jack The first hour starts off really well with so many things happening such as the disappearance of Jack's daughter and then the attempt at Senator Palmer's life The series was introduced well and the episode had an unexpected ending which sets up a promising second hour.
  • About this episode

    It had great storyline.
Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Richard Walsh

Guest Star

Devika Parikh

Devika Parikh

Maureen Kingsley

Guest Star

Gary Murphy (I)

Gary Murphy (I)


Guest Star

Mia Kirshner

Mia Kirshner


Recurring Role

Carlos Bernard

Carlos Bernard

Tony Almeida

Recurring Role

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Sherry Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Jack is walking into CTU, there are splitscreen shots of him talking with his wife, yet on the close up he has the phone pinched against his shoulder with his head cocked to hold it there, while the wide shot just shows him walking normally holding the phone up to his ear with this right hand.

    • This is the episode in which the clock sound before and after the commercials is different than the sound in the rest of the episodes.

    • Mandy comes from the back of the plane to get her carry on suitcase and retreats. She is next shown changing clothes with the passengers visible through the curtain and she is in front of them.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Nina: Tony, I need you to do something for me.
      Tony: For you or for Jack?

    • Mason: You have no idea what you're getting yourself into.
      Jack: Why don't you explain it to me. You've got five seconds.

    • Jamey: How long is this going to take?
      Nina: Why? Are we interrupting your social life?
      Jamey: At least I have one.

    • Tony: I don't know, Jack. If we start screening Palmer, they might think we're investigating him because he's black.
      Jack: That's because we are investigating him because he's black. That makes him the most likely target.

    • Jack: I got her password.
      Teri: What is it?
      Jack: LIFESUCKS, one word.
      Teri: Perfect.

    • Jack: I was thinking, we should try and remember what it was like when we were kids, y'know?
      Teri: It's a different... world now, Jack.

    • Jack: Are you planning on seeing my daughter tonight?
      Vincent: No, man, we broke up. You know that.
      Jack: Yeah, I want to make sure you know that.

    • Kim: So, is "she" still giving you the cold shoulder?
      Jack: If by "she," you're referring to your mother, I'd appreciate it if you referred to her by her name: Mom. And no, she's just busy.
      Kim: She's busy a lot.

    • Vincent: Chill, man. Look, I don't know where she's at. You got my word.
      Jack: (being sarcastic) That's a real comfort, Vincent. Knowing that I got your word.

    • Jack: 200,000 dollars fell out on the way. I traced that money to an offshore account in Aruba. I have a funny feeling about that account, George. I think it's yours.

    • Jack: Nina, you can look the other way once and it's no big deal. Except it makes it easier for you to compromise the next time and pretty soon, that's all you're doing is compromising because that's how you think things are done. You know the guys I blew the whistle on? You think they were the bad guys? 'Cause they weren't. They weren't bad guys. They were just like you and me. Except they compromised once.

    • Jack: (voiceover) The following takes place between Midnight and 1:00 A.M. on the day of the California presidential primary. Events occur in real time.

  • NOTES (15)