The 10 best shows in FOX network history
Looking back on the genius of 'The Simpsons,' 'Arrested Development' & more
6. "24" (2001-10)
Here's one that seemed like it was doomed right out of the gate, and that was even before the tragic events of 9/11 made the pilot — and, particularly, its climactic passenger jet explosion — seem in poor taste. How, everyone asked, could someone make a real-time drama that told a single story over the course of an entire season? And wasn't it a bad sign that the show's writers acknowledged from the get-go that they didn't have most of the story mapped out in advance? But what seemed like unfortunate timing with 9/11 actually worked in the show's favor, as it turned out the idea of a lone wolf using extreme methods to battle terrorists was exactly what America was looking for at the time. And though the improvisational nature of the plotting led to occasional missteps like amnesia or the cougar, overall the writers and Kiefer Sutherland made Jack Bauer into the iconic action hero of the '00s.
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