24: Legacy

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Worthy successor to original has the same pace, intensity.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

A diverse cast features many people of color in strong roles on both the law-abiding and criminal sides. Crime and criminals are not glamorized, though they may be humanized by plot lines that show why villains are driven to desperate acts. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eric Carter is a soldier who takes his duty to the American public seriously, yet he often acts without thinking, striking out at people who anger him. Rebecca Ingram appears to be a smart and dedicated agent but may have hidden motives. 


The show is about secret terrorist plots and attacks. Expect a lot of scenes of people planning terrible things in shadowy rooms, footage of attackers shooting as civilians flee in terror, bombs, hails of gunfire. Characters choke each other, hit each other in the head with blunt objects, murder each other in cold blood. Gun battles are frequent; characters may be shot and unexpectedly killed or injured.


Dating and kissing are infrequent; the focus here is terrorism and counterterrorism. 


Occasional cursing: "dammit," "hell," "son of a bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs play a part in some episodes, with a minor character occasionally selling what he calls "product." No drugs are seen on-screen, and the scenes in which the product changes hand are scary and not glamorous. 

What parents need to know

Parents should know that 24: Legacy is a spin-off of the drama 24, with many of the same settings and dilemmas as the original, as well as a few familiar characters (but not original star Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland). The diverse cast features many people of color in strong roles, including main character Eric Carter, who is African-American. Like the original, this drama focuses on terrorism. Expect to see gangs planning terrible acts in dark and shadowy rooms, footage of terrorist attacks, fleeing or dead civilians, chases, and rains of gunfire. There are on-screen deaths and injuries, often occurring suddenly; main characters may be suddenly killed by being choked, shot, bludgeoned, or the like. Crime and criminals are not glamorized, but there are many violent and tense scenes in each episode. Cursing is infrequent and includes "dammit," "hell," and "son of a bitch." Drugs play a part in some minor plot lines.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byBigbro27 February 8, 2017

A absolute blast

I will say that I was looking for a good action ride when I saw this and I absolutely loved every second of it all the best action show I have seen in awhile an... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMstags99 June 17, 2018

Nowhere near the original

Light language and few mature scenes however legacy is nowhere near the original Keifer Sutherland led 24, without Jack Bauer, Chloe O’brian, Bill Buchanan, or... Continue reading

What's the story?

In 24: LEGACY, a spin-off of the original drama 24, former Army Ranger Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) begins to suspect that members of his former Ranger troop are being targeted by terrorists a few months after Carter led a mission that resulted in the death of terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. Carter turns to the counterterrorism unit (CTU) in Washington, D.C., for help foiling the plot he finds closing around him. But CTU itself is in a state of flux, with former head Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) having recently stepped down to help her husband, John Donovan (Jimmy Smits), run for president and new chief Keith Mullins (Teddy Sears) ruffling feathers with his ambitious plans for the agency. Who's after Carter's team? Who gave up their identities? Can Carter and the CTU prevent what might be the largest-ever attack on alien soil? As time ticks away on what might be America's last day, all is revealed. 

Is it any good?

With many of the same dramatic and visual gimmicks as the original, this worthy successor boasts a similar intensity and quality as the first 24. A ticking digital clock still appears on the screen to show us where we are in each real-time hour; a split-screen camera still reveals what various cast members are doing simultaneously in their own storylines. Speaking of those storylines, also like in the original 24, there are many to juggle at one time, some of them more ludicrous than others: A love triangle set in a high school with young Chechen terrorists? A family circumstance that puts Carter's wife in danger just when her husband also is dealing with a terrorist plot? Sounds like a good old overstuffed episode of 24, and fans will be eager to let 24: Legacy unspool to its (no doubt) complicated conclusion. 

Like 24, too, it becomes fairly obvious early on that there's at least one mole somewhere in the antiterrorism team who's throwing Carter and his fellow freedom fighters to the wolves. Is it Rebecca Ingram or Senator John Donovan, desperate to further Donovan's presidential campaign? Carter's PTSD-clouded former Army Ranger unit comrade Ben Grimes (Charlie Hofheimer)? CTU's director Mullins, who'll stop at nothing to make sure his agency comes out on top? A character states, "I learned a long time ago that everybody lives two lives: one that we show to the outside world and one that we keep all to ourselves." As we soon find out, that's true both for the terrorists and those trying to stop them in this binge-worthy drama. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How do Eric and his colleagues show courage and teamwork in 24: Legacy? Why are these important character strengths?

  • Families can talk about the series' frequent moral quandaries, which can provide good jumping-off points for talking to teens about right and wrong. Does the end justify the means? What would you do in these characters' positions?

  • How does 24: Legacy make you feel about the way government and politics operate? Do you feel confident that public officials are operating in the public's interest? That they are able to squash terrorist plots?

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