Designated Survivor: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

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Season 1
Designated Survivor

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Kiefer Sutherland skillfully delivers the drama in Designated Survivor, a fast-paced, quickly engrossing escapist political action fantasy.

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Critic Ratings: 63

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Air date: Sep 21, 2016

Lower-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman becomes president of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol; Kirkman must keep the country and his family safe while leading the search for the those responsible for the attack.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2016

Amid chaos and confusion, President Kirkman steps into his role as commander in chief and struggles to hold the country together.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2016

President Kirkman and his staff try to keep a White House security breach a secret as he prepares for a television interview; the FBI continue their investigation into the bombing.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2016

After learning who was behind the attack, Kirkman faces the prospect of war and growing domestic problems; Kirkman assigns Emily to keep an eye on the situation at home; Alex seeks help from Hookstraten.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

After realizing that diplomacy isn't going to work with Algeria, President Kirkman decides to send the Navy SEALs on a mission; the probe into the Capitol bombing continues.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

A shooting at the White House during a governors' summit throws President Kirkman's plans to elect a new Congress into turmoil; Agent Hannah makes a shocking discovery in her investigation of the capitol bombing.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

An American track-and-field coach's trip to Russia forces Kirkman into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government; Agent Wells and Deputy Director Atwood's investigation uncovers dangerous information.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

An unexpected event leads Kirkman to consider canceling the House of Representative elections; Kirkman handles the fallout from the leaked news of Majid Nassar's death.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

President Kirkman searches for the party responsible for leaking classified government documents online; agent Hannah Wells searches for evidence of MacLeish's part in the conspiracy.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2016

President Kirkman suspects there may be a traitor in the White House when he finds disturbing information connected to the Capitol bombing; more information emerges about Congressman MacLeish, causing concern about his vice presidential nomination.

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Cast & Crew

Kiefer Sutherland
Tom Kirkman

Actor
Natascha McElhone
Alex Kirkman

Actor
Adan Canto
Aaron Shore

Actor
Italia Ricci
Emily Rhodes

Actor
LaMonica Garrett
Mike Ritter

Actor
Kal Penn
Seth Wright

Actor
Maggie Q
Hannah Wells

Actor
Tanner Buchanan
Leo Kirkman

Guest Star
Geoff Pierson
Cornelius Moss

Guest Star
Virginia Madsen
Kimble Hookstraten

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Mckenna Grace
Penny Kirkman

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Rob Morrow
Abe Leonard

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Mark Deklin
Jack Bowman

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Kevin R. McNally
Harris Cochrane

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Malik Yoba
Jason Atwood

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Reed Diamond
John Forstell

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Ashley Zukerman
Peter MacLeish

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Lara Jean Chorostecki
Beth MacLeish

Guest Star
Nick Massouh
Majid Nassar

Guest Star
Peter Outerbridge
Charlie Langdon

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David Guggenheim
Executive Producer
Simon Kinberg
Executive Producer
Mark Gordon
Executive Producer
Jon Harmon Feldman
Executive Producer
Nick Pepper
Executive Producer
Suzan Bymel
Executive Producer
Aditya Sood
Executive Producer
Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer
Ken Fink
Director
Fred Toye
Director
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Critic Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2021
    The only season that matters. The show tries to be several shows at the same time, and while it's not very good at either genre, it's nice to watch in general. The other seasons are a downward spiral, unfortunately.
  • Jul 06, 2021
    Magnificent. Watch it. It has a very detailed but sophisticated plot in the 1st season!
  • Jun 04, 2021
    LOVED THIS SHOW!!! WHY is there no season 4??????? "finished at a reasonable ending" they sai!!! NO...FBI made arrests, Emily walked off, pregnancies discovered, Moss promised to stay. Will Kirkman become a 'polotician' or stal real????????? Sooo many questions, so many story lines. We neeed more!!!!!!
  • May 15, 2021
    I wonder what these "critics" are watching sometimes. Absolutely shocking tripe. Terrible writing. Makes you yearn for the West Wing...
  • Apr 12, 2021
    Lol it was pretty interesting but does some national emergency have to happen EVERY episode? Lmao.
  • Mar 08, 2021
    Good directing, shots , suspense and character building. I like most people's character arcs in the first season given their background are changing drasticly. Really enjoyable portrayle of white house politics. I haven't seen so much effort in hacking scene for a while. Sadly, it shares similiar genre's greatest weakness - being devoid of logic, namely Agent Nikita's plot armor, which allows her to hold W key into every obviously dangerous situation. Despite never having any field experience and being a psychological analyst, Maggie Q was able to solo her way into the end boss who is a much bigger CIA elite and manage to defeat him in a hand-on hand combat. They should probably take some of the effort on their hacking scene just to have better plot. Overall, i would recommend. Pretty cool idea and good quality.
  • Mar 06, 2021
    Relevant now more than ever, abc has another win with this high stakes take on politics with its grounded realism, thrilling drama, and multidimensional characters.
  • Feb 17, 2021
    I was particularly interested by the premise as well as by the consideration of what an Independent's presidency might look like. That said, there is the easily detectable flavor of network television manifesting in unimaginative cinematography, unjustified attempts at distributing dialogue evenly among supporting actors, and in many cases a lack of high stakes for the characters. In this first season, however, it was easy to put these ideas aside in favor of an interesting and original story.
  • Jan 28, 2021
    Enjoyed this show and the plot. All the characters blend nicely
  • Jan 24, 2021
    Loved the first 2 seasons. But after that its more of the same with the daily problems of the president. His problems looks a lot like the problems in the house of cards. Such a shame with a good start.

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