A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 24: Live Another Day is an intense action-thriller that uses plot twists and realistic violence -- from shootings and explosions to bloody stabbings and beatings -- to drive the story forward. Some subplots involve illegal drugs, and minor characters drink and smoke, but sexual content is largely limited to innuendo. The main character uses the word "dammit" a lot, and you'll also hear iffy words like "bitch," "ass," and "pissed."
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What's the story?
Picking up some four years after the events of 24 ended, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY tells the continuing story of rogue agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), now a suspected terrorist who's still on the run from authorities. But his real objective is clearing his name -- and saving the world from global disaster -- with help from longtime colleague Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), who now works with hackers of the free information movement to expose government corruption.
Is it any good?
Fans of 24 will find plenty to love about this well-paced, high-action sequel that brings back several beloved characters and adds some promising new faces to the mix (Benjamin Bratt and Yvonne Strahovski, among others). But the best news is, you don't have to be a 24 diehard -- or have encyclopedic knowledge of all things Jack Bauer -- to enjoy 24: Live Another Day.
Of course, much like the show that inspired it, Live Another Day serves up some serious violence with a side of murky messages, making it an iffy pick for impressionable teens who might not not have the patience to ponder such weighty moral quandaries. Another aspect worth mentioning is the addictive, real-time format, which, while no longer new, can still snare the most casual viewer and suck them into Jack's high-stakes world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about morality and the series' take on good and evil, and whether that sends a mixed message. Is it OK to do something illegal in pursuit of justice? Where would you draw the line?
How does Jack Bauer measure up as a role model? Is he a hero, an antihero, or something in between?
Does 24: Live Another Day take a position on government and politics? How do fictional dramas like these, whose plots are often rooted in reality, mirror viewers' own feelings about their government and the people in charge?