Yes, a new word has been coined, and it can only be used in reference to one of the most exciting, original and well-written primetime dramas of the 21st century.
Not only are the characters well developed, but the plots are clearly very well thought out and the flow of action in each and every episode in unparalleled on the small screen.
Last night, President David Palmer was voted out of office, the main character, Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) found a chip with vital information on it that could possibly help to avoid a war, the director of an FBI “like” group called CTU was trashed by his crooked boss who is being controlled by, apparently, a crooked vice president, who by the way became president at the end of the episode. Whew! This was a 1-hour program that had more drama and action than most Jackie Chan movies.
FOX has pulled out some great comedies in the past–ala The Simpson’s, Malcolm in the Middle, and the new unbelievably funny Oliver Beene–but never has fox pulled out an action thriller drama like 24. In fact, I can’t think of any other non-cable stations that have either. This is easily one of the best shows on television.