The show's uniqueness stems from the character relationships, the script, dialogue and attention to detail. The themes are handled in such a manner that the viewer is compelled to watch every twist and turn whether the shows is about kidnappings, bomb threats, personal vendettas, assassinations, or terrorist attacks.
This show is best described as the most innovative, ground-breaking television show of the past 50 years. The reason for this is the fact that it uses split screen cameras, and a real time format to create the element of a quality made show previously unseen in other TV shows.
As the hero is put through his paces, viewers learn to care about him as more of his life and his past is revealed. Playing Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland is perfect for the role, displaying professionalism as the agent as well as showing the more human side of the character. The show also follows Jack's colleagues at the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles, as well as the actions of the terrorists and particularly an important political figure such as a Senator or President played by Dennis Haysbert whose acting is superb. The support team of the show, among others played Carols Bernard as Tony Almeida and Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer, also play a major part in each episode.