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I just got season five of 24 from my local library. I't might be a long wait before I can get the other seasons, although I want to see them all eventually.

Will it ruin the storyline if I start from season 5?

How much of a continuing plot is there between seasons?

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I can tell you off-hand that they're all somewhat different time eras between each season. Not having seen the series myself, however, I'm not sure how much this affects the overall viewing of the series. –  TylerShads Apr 22 '12 at 4:49
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By all means begin watching 24 from series 5.

There are some storylines which carry forward, generally regarding Jack and his family and his colleagues/friends etc.

You may find out things that are spoilers for the other earlier series, however this should be minimal and you'll be more interested in watching the earlier series to find out how it happened etc.

24 is fantastic, don't even consider holding off watching it if you have it!

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I would recommend that you watch them in order if possible, but do allow some time in between each season (i.e., don't watch one season and continue on to the next immediately).

There a few things that do carry forward from one season to the next and they certainly add to the events that are taking place. The show will still be great if you watch them out of order, just that you will miss out on some of the subtle sub plots.

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24 is one show that I would not recommend starting in the middle. While each season is one complete day in the life of Jack Bauer, making each one mostly a self-contained story, there are going to be major spoilers for earlier seasons. At the very least you'll learn who lives and who dies in earlier seasons, but there are also double agents, double-crosses and betrayals in 24 that will not be nearly as gripping if you already know who's on what side. I think you'll enjoy the show a lot more if you start at season one and watch them in order.

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