Designated Survivor (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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Kiefer Sutherland
Tom Kirkman

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Natascha McElhone
Alex Kirkman

Actor
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Adan Canto
Aaron Shore

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Italia Ricci
Emily Rhodes

Actor
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LaMonica Garrett
Mike Ritter

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Kal Penn
Seth Wright

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Maggie Q
Hannah Wells

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Tanner Buchanan
Leo Kirkman

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Geoff Pierson
Cornelius Moss

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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

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Nicholas Massouh
Majid Nassar

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Peter Outerbridge
Charlie Langdon

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David Guggenheim
Executive Producer
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Simon Kinberg
Executive Producer
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Mark Gordon
Executive Producer
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Jon Harmon Feldman
Executive Producer
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Nicholas Pepper
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Suzan Bymel
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Aditya Sood
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Kiefer Sutherland
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Critic Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

  • Nov 30, 2022
    Very good. Very entertaining. Really smart show, acting is solid and believable. Solid storytelling with no unnecessary exposition. Solid watch.
  • Oct 29, 2022
    Season One was an interesting introduction to the idea of a Designated Survivor (a real thing in the United States of America Continuity of Government (COG) plan. The idea that the country was in turmoil and the government was making it up as they went was realistic and interesting.
  • Sep 09, 2022
    Love the first season and the others was less interesting, sad to see that it was cancelled.
  • Jul 12, 2022
    My only reservation is the rest of this show is likely to disappoint.
  • Jun 22, 2022
    This season is tense, fast and fun. I liked Kiefer sutherland and Maggie Q isn't bad either. It felt a little drawn out at times though. Like goddamn, sometimes i was screaming at my tv for the characters to just do something, sometimes out of tension but sometimes out of frustration as well. It was fun while it lasted but looking at season 2's reviews i think i'm gonna pass on that one.
  • Jun 19, 2022
    One of the best shows I've ever seen, period. A friend recommended it and I thought I'd give it a try - acting, writing, plot, it's all there...
  • May 04, 2022
    God, I loved this season, a completely fresh take on a political drama. Kiefer Sutherlands' acting just blew this out the water an absolute must see!
  • Apr 28, 2022
    I think that the first season of the show was great. The tension was built up from the start of the season until the end and the stakes felt very high. There are certain side plots which do not really lead anywhere and don't have any impact on the main plot. The show can also be a tiny bit confusing at times and there are some plot holes. Overall the first season does a good job in maintaining the tension throughout its episodes and it gives us a satisfying ending.
  • Apr 07, 2022
    A child's take on the political system and fbi. Why would there be secrets and hiding of information after such an attack. All traitors in real life would be found in less than 30min with all available American resources 😂😂😂. The worst moment was when the chief of fbi couldn't have the balls to ask for a private meeting with the president he was scared like a little tiny baby😱 How does secret service and fbi send one woman to arrest the traitor Vice President a former soldier and another soldier by herself at night.
  • Mar 22, 2022
    This was one of the best experiences I ever had. Every time I came back home from somewhere, I would watch this show! It was the highlight of my day. Casting is not that bad and has some pretty good actors in it. I really liked how they did something new and so nicely done. It was a great experience.

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