Finally! 24 got the recognition it deserved, winning the Emmy for best drama last night. I have not missed a single episode since the very first when we met Jack Bauer and presidential candidate David Palmer and his deliciously calculating wife, Sherry.
On the Al Franken Show this afternoon, guest hosts Tom Oliphant and Christy Harvey were discussing the appeal of 24. She suggested it was the terror-porn aspect of the show, and he wondered if it appealed more to the right or the left.
They asked if the same people drawn to 24 were West Wing fans. That's me. The common thread in both shows is that there is a fundamental underlying competence in both shows relating to our government. We so long for that in our real government. Instead of praise, the Jack Bauers of this administration get subpoenaed, have their secret identities leaked, and lose their jobs.
24 gives me an hour of hope.