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TOP 10: THRILLER TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME

Jack Bauer’s on the clock again in 24: Live Another Day, and he’s  as conflicted as ever. In the first episodic footage released from the new 12-part series revival, a somewhat haggard — yet always dangerous — Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is living in London in exile. Four years have passed since the events of the 24 finale, and now the American president is in danger. The U.S. government needs Bauer’s help, despite viewing him as a “traitor” and “psychopath.” “If an American president is assassinated on foreign soil, you’re looking at a world war,” Bauer warns, while fully admitting: “There’s no going home for me.” 24: Live Another Day premieres May 5 on Fox.

 

1. "24" -( 2001-'10 ) When "24" debuted on Fox in 2001, it was a breath of fresh air for action thrillers. By combining the best elements of conspiracy stories and political intrigue with a literal ticking clock, it delivered a series that was clearly one of the best programs on TV from the very start. **

 

2. "Alias"- ( 2001-'06 ) Running for five seasons on ABC, "Alias" followed Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) a young secret agent who was deceived into working for a shadowy group calling themselves SD-6, who had presented themselves to her as an offshoot of the CIA.

 

3. "The X Files"- ( 1993-2002 )Perhaps one of the most definitive shows of the ’90s, "The X-Files" brilliantly mixed urban legends, alien abductions and conspiracy theories to essentially create an anthology series that allowed him to tell almost any kind of story. 

 

4.  "Millennium"- ( 1996-99 )The series starred Lance Henriksen as Frank Black, a former FBI agent with an almost psychic ability to get into the minds of killers.

 

5. "The Fugitive"-  ( 1963-67 ) For four seasons, Dr. Richard Kimple desperately searched for his wife’s killer, the mysterious "one-armed man" while being pursued by Philip Gerard a police officer obsessed with bringing him in. 

 

6. "Prison Break"-  ( 2005-09) "Prison Break" was a fantastically conceived story about a man named Michael Scofield who devices an elaborate plan to rescue his brother Lincoln Burrows from death row. But the only way to do that was to get himself sent to the same prison for armed robbery.

 

7. "Chuck"- ( 2007-12 ) When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, CIA and NSA assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.**

 

8. "Archer"-  ( 2009- present ) At ISIS, an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.

 

9. "Wiseguy"- ( 1987-1990 ) Back in the ’80s, "Wiseguy" was the pinnacle of TV thrillers. ,The series followed Ken Wahl as Vincent "Vinnie" Terranova, a deep-cover FBI agent assigned to bring down organized crime from the inside. 

 

10. "Sleeper Cell"- (2005-06 ) "Sleeper Cell" follows Darwyn Al-Sayeed (Michael Ealy), an FBI agent who has embraced Islam and is given a dangerous undercover assignment to infiltrate a domestic terror cell led by the charismatic Faris al-Farik (Oded Fehr). 

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