Thursday, May 27, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Hampton Stevens
The Atlantic (24 May 2010)

“24 is the most influential TV drama of all time. There isn’t even a close second. No other series—not The Sopranos, The Wire, Hill Street Blues, or ER, has had a tenth of the cultural impact. There simply has never been another protagonist as loved and hated as Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer—lambasted by a Brigadier General and defended by a Supreme Court judge. There has never been another television show that so profoundly and directly influenced how this nation fights a war, and discussing the significance of 24 without mentioning the political debates that swirled around the show is practically impossible.”

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