I’m certainly not suggesting that you stay in on Friday nights this summer (though nothing really get’s going till 10pm anyway, let’s be honest) but FOX is re-running the past season of 24 in two-hour chunks starting tonight (and every Friday) at 8pm. This was hands-down the best season of the "real time" suspense series since the first (maybe better than the first), thanks in part to breaking from the "beat the clock/stop the terrorist" formula that got a little old after four variations on it. Everyone involved seemed to be having fun this time and even at it’s most ludicrous this season really kept you watching. But mainly it’s due to Gregory Itzin’s delicious performance as spineless, duplicitious president Charles Logan. I’m not one to talk back to the TV screen, but I spent many of the episodes yelling at this fictitious head of state.
Plus: Sean Astin, Julian Sands, Peter "Robocop" Weller, C. Thomas Howell, and the totally awesome Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe. And as a primer for going out, you could just play the 24 Drinking Game. The "damn it!" rule alone will get you wasted.