Best Drama

24

Network: Fox

Showrunners: Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran

Total noms: 10

Emmy pedigree: First year of eligibility

2001-02 Nielsen ranking: No. 74; 8.6 million viewers

Pro: What better way to acknowledge the TV Acad’s sudden acceptance of youth and originality?

Con: Freshman shows have a difficult time winning. “The West Wing” (2000) and David E. Kelley’s “Picket Fences” (1993) were the last newcomers to do it.

Sign of the times: “This is about an anti-terrorist unit, and that’s scary, but it’s the times we live in. Mirroring what goes on in the real world, through TV and movies, is one way to make sense of real events,” says Sarnow.

Critical viewpoint: “There was something exciting about it. The sense of immediacy to it and the very immediate times we live in.” Julie Salamon, the New York Times

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