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Designated Survivor: Season 1 (2016)



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


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A lower level United States Cabinet member is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone
as Jessica Kirkman
Adán Canto
as Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci
as Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett
as James Ritter
Tanner Buchanan
as Leo Kirkman
Kal Penn
as Seth Wheeler
Maggie Q
as Hannah Watts
Virginia Madsen
as Kimble Hookstraten
Kevin McNally
as Harris Cochrane
Malik Yoba
as Jason Atwood
McKenna Grace
as Penny Kirkman
Alex Quijano
as Lawrence
Richard Bekins
as President Richmond
Elias Zarou
as Ambassador Ahmed Fayad
Peter Outerbridge
as Charlie Langdon
Rothaford Gray
as Acting Defense Secretary
Krista Morin
as Acting FBI Director
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Critic Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (25)

Happily, there's not a skerrick of Jack Bauer on display.

October 21, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sure, it's a far-out premise, but the suspenseful pilot gets your adrenaline pumping and it's fun watching Sutherland navigate a role where he can't rely on snapping anyone's neck -- at least not yet.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

This is so chilling a premise, it's not something many of us want to think about, especially in these troubling times, and that makes Designated Survivor both disturbing and riveting.

September 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Overly familiar story beats and cardboard character cutouts in Wednesday's opener blunt the return of Jack Bauer 2.0. A hint of genuine promise, however, remains.

September 21, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The pilot is terrific, as it moves briskly through the horrific events that lead to Kirkland's ascension, featuring troubling images of the Capitol sending fire into the Washington, D.C., sky.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The best new show on ABC illustrates how much star power can still carry a program.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 1

The premise is pretty terrible, which doesn't save the series from a bunch of unlikable characters and ridiculous plot that goes no where


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