Season 1 Episode 1

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

Aired Monday 9:00 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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  • 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.
  • Let there be light

    "12am - 1am" is a pretty cool premiere for what is arguably one of the greatest television shows of all time. But unlike many other people, I can't bring myself to give it a perfect rating just for being "the one that started it all."The story revolves around the threat of African-American presidential candidate David Palmer being targeted for assassination. It's implied that Palmer's race is the sole motivation of the terrorists behind this nefarious plot, but 24 hours is a long time to reveal otherwise.Meet Jack Bauer, head of the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit and the main agent assigned to investigate the assassination scheme, along with the possibility of a mole within the agency. And meet his wife Teri, his daughter Kim, and his CTU subordinate Nina Myers. All of those characters will come into play, whether you enjoy their storylines or not.Various plot threads are woven, and there's plenty of suspense and intrigue to get the audience curious and wanting to follow through to the end. George Mason getting shot with a tranq dart is a classic scene that helped the viewers realize just what kind of guy Jack is. And the twist near the end will leave you dizzy.Because this is the pilot, shot long before the show was picked up for regular production, the feel of this episode is a lot different (i.e. more low-budget) from the mainstream "24." The look is kinda dated, the editing is real shoddy in places, and the timer sounds cheap. However, everybody has to start somewhere, and we must all observe how far the show has come. This episode slickly accomplishes everything that a pilot should, but compared to many future episodes of "24," it is far from the greatest.Hourly Highlight:TRANQ DART!!!moreless
  • It's only the first of the lot, and it´s excellent.

    24 is the best television show!!!!! It's an incredible TV series with an incredible suspense, excellent plots and unforgettable characters. And the first episode of all is my best evidence. Because it's only the first episode, only the introduction, and you are hooked because of the plot and the continuous twists and turns.

    Jack Bauer is a federal agent who is assigned the protection of the senator David Palmer. He can't trust in anybody because people of the CTU may be involved. And, when this events occurred his daughter: Kimberly escapes from house to a party...

    At the end of the episode, you want to watch more, and more, and more. It's only the first of the lot, and it's excellent.moreless
  • 24 Starts!!

    A Good Pilot, but more than thar is diffult to acomplish in a series with this format.

    There will be great episodes, and giving this episode a 9 would be unfair for the next episodes.

    A season means a day, every episode means a hour. This format is a little difficult to managed, but will we see how they overcome this challenge.

    Jack Bauer is the Main character, a Special Agent, with a Family. Is job, which is not easy, is to discover a mole inside CTU. More than that, prevent the assassination of the Presidencial Candidate.

    David Palmer seems a great character, but his story remain to be good. Its unclear what is role. Kim and Teri role still unclear too, only Jack starts with a good role, but this is normal, its only a pilot episode.moreless
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)