5 TV Spies To Love On DVD

From dead serious to dead-on parody, these serials' intelligence is not covert

24 - SEASON FOUR

If there was ever a show made to be watched on DVD, it's this one. Experiencing 24's twists and turns all at once makes it easier to sustain the real-time rush (and to notice those convenient jumps between episodes, in which characters make it crosstown in L.A. traffic in five minutes). Season 4 was even more of an implausible thrill ride than usual. But it was the series' best season for raw acting performances, especially Shohreh Aghdashloo's as the hard-bitten-but-sympathetic matriarch of a sleeper-cell family. As agent Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland is a grimly expressive study as he...

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