Air Dates: November 6, 2001 – May 24, 2010
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Haysbert, Elisha Cuthbert, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Leslie Hope, Sarah Clarke, Eric Balfour, Penny Johnson Jerald
Posited around one of the more original TV premises of all time, the beloved Fox action series 24 is the kind of show that comes around, reinvents the small-screen medium, and then inspires a legion of inferior copycats. Basically, it's Lost's run-and-gun equivalent (but with a decidedly jingoistic bent that keeps it from ascending too high on this list).
If you slept on Kiefer Sutherland's badass Counter Terrorist agent Jack Bauer during his nine-year run, now's the time to familiarize yourself with eight days in his violent, death-defying, and endlessly twisty life. —MB