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By John McCullough

For 8 seasons among 2001 and 2010, Fox’s 24 garnered serious accolades and have become the most watched and mentioned indicates in primetime. In an cutting edge premise, the show’s hour-long episodes have been intended to symbolize a real-time hour of the tale, in order that every one twenty-four-episode season depicts a unmarried day within the lifetime of its characters. Influential as a well-liked hit, 24 used to be additionally heavily associated with the “culture of worry” that ruled the post-9/11 interval. during this insightful examine, writer John McCullough demonstrates that the sequence was once not just special and trendsetting, but additionally a posh inventive reaction to its old context.

In 3 chapters, McCullough seems at 24’s shape, type, and overarching issues and meanings. He argues that even if the sequence is pushed via the political and cultural shifts as a result of the struggle on Terror, it really is mostly out of step with actual background. utilizing Linda Williams’s contrast among the melodramatic mode and melodrama as a style, McCullough explores 24’s use of the action-adventure and undercover agent mystery varieties with specific consciousness paid to the sequence’ hero, Jack Bauer, who's depicted as a sad hero forever looking for a go back to innocence. eventually, McCullough unearths that the sequence’ contrast lies much less in its trustworthy new edition of the heritage of the WOT than in its evocation of the experience of crises and paranoia that outlined the interval. McCullough additionally analyzes 24 as a reaction to tv tradition within the “post-network” age, characterised by means of fact TV’s populist charm and visceral content material, at the one hand, and complicated boutique cable programming (“quality TV”), at the different.

McCullough demonstrates that 24 engaged not just with the main urgent problems with international background and the geopolitics of its time, together with terrrorism, neoliberalism, and the kingdom of exception, yet, at the energy of its shape and elegance, additionally represents major worldwide traits in tv tradition. fanatics of the exhibit and media historical past students will take pleasure in this thorough study.

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