Designated Survivor: Season 2 (2017 - 2018)



Critic Consensus: Kiefer Sutherland remains commanding enough in Designated Survivor to get him re-elected, but this White House series' escalating earnestness may strike viewers as glaringly naive.


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Air date: Sep 27, 2017
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In the second season of this drama series, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is set on rebuilding the Capitol building and capturing the terrorists responsible for enacting a catastrophic attack on the United States. Meanwhile, after a Russian Air flight is hijacked by Ukrainian extremists, the president's diplomatic skills are put on the test when the situation results in a hostage situation.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone
as Alex Kirkman
Paulo Costanzo
as Lyor Boone
Adán Canto
as Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci
as Emily Rhodes
Zoe McLellan
as Kendra Daynes
Ben Lawson
as Damian Rennett
Kal Penn
as Seth Wheeler
Maggie Q
as Hannah Watts
Michael J. Fox
as Ethan West
Tanner Buchanan
as Leo Kirkman
Aunjanue Ellis
as Mayor Ellenor Darby
Timothy Busfield
as Dr. Adam Louden
McKenna Grace
as Penny Kirkman
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Critic Reviews for Designated Survivor Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

It's just the sort of ludicrous, logic-defying twist you crave from a show in which a nostril-flaring Kiefer Sutherland plays the most powerful man on the planet.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's the most topical show going. It's real. Though it may be too real at this point.

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…
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This has been a rough season with only a handful of good episodes.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It was such a weak storyline. Not only was it weak, but it was redundant as well.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.1/5 | Full Review…

While the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing had its foibles, it did set this show apart from the pack and surrounded Kiefer Sutherland with a thriller element which his 24 fans found nicely familiar.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Do you feel like a sucker? I kind of do. And I didn't even need President Kirkman to say it for me to realize it.

Mar 20, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

They're ready to take on the world, which is good since they have an international terrorist on their doorstep.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The debate over the appropriateness of monuments honoring Confederate figures has made the leap from the real world to primetime television, and as usual, Designated Survivor's President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) has an answer.

Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Designated Survivor inches just a little bit closer to being good.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Emily's new lady-boss attitude suits the role. She's evolving into the major player she hoped to be last season.

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Designated Survivor: Season 2

Loved this show. Netflix did a better job!

Phenomenal political drama series

I loved season 2 except for the fact that they killed off Alex. I do not like how that happened and the way it looked.

For some reason, that anyone with a rational mind cannot possibly think of, the producers of Designated Survivor decided to abandon all of the series' merits, whilst greatly enhancing its weaknesses. It has become a fatuously mindless comedy, where the main protagonist would just somehow magically resolve all cases and overcome all hardships with its benevolence and omnipotence.

Season 1 was good, Season 2 was so weak, the storyline doesn't last more than one episode. This is like House Of Cards written by a 10-year-old.

What started as a thrilling, well paced action series has become political, redundant, cyclical and filled with fillers (no pun intended). Each episode self-contains a certain "crisis" while a very thin, uninteresting and weak storyline tries to tie everything together.

Fun to watch for anyone who follows politics or D.C. There are unfortunately huge gaping holes in the storyline that force the viewer out of the 'suspension of disbelief' mode. I believe it is a big mistake when writers put a character in peril to create a storyline, but when the peril is almost always the characters own fault. Like when someone 'sneaks' away from security and then finds trouble... or when someone clearly doesn't follow protocol and gets into a 'situation'. This gets old fast and makes it impossible to feel sympathy or fear for the character because it is almost always their own stupidity that got them there. You can see trouble coming a mile away. Another is the way oversimplified role of security. Again, main characters like the First Lady or their kids find trouble and have NO Secret Service or many 1 nearby. Nope. Not believable at all. Then and this is the worst... the meme of a young, geeky 'computer expert' who sits at a desk with a laptop or PC and SOLVES EVERY PROBLEM. You know, like you see in EVERY movie and TV shows like NCS, etc. ONE guy who has EVERYTHING in seconds from full 3D images of the city, of EVERY building , access to EVERY database anywhere in the world, and can bring up a 3D LIVE image of an abandoned building, read off every owner that ever owned it, and then show LIVE video of who is walking down the hallways via 'security cameras' nearby. Please. This makes the show so unrealistic that I've actually turned it off, even though the acting is great and I like it. But when the entire episode story line is solved by ONE guy with a PC who can find anything anywhere at any time in 10 seconds... That is a killer. There is a reason why we have the NSA, CIA, FBI, Interpol and others with 10's of thousands of experts and the most powerful computers on Earth and it still takes them days, months or weeks to track things down. This meme of ONE smarty-pants with a laptop solving global crime has to stop... please. The peril should come from REAL situations that are complex and not ones that come from someone going somewhere they would never go, or someone completely skirting obvious protocol. And, ONE girl traveling the world to investigate the worst crime ever committed against the US? ONE girl figuring out the conspiracy with ONE computer wiz? STOP. Otherwise it's a pretty decent show.

Amazing amazin. Amazing

I've been watching Season 2 of Designated Survivor on Netflix. While I thought Season 1 was quite interesting,this second series, with its "I'm proud to die for my country, Sirs" and its impossible scenarios with strangely trained FBI agents and Americans trying desperately to sound like they're English and Kiefer Sutherland's "I've just got to bring our boys back home" and similar apple pie and mint julep drivel, just make me want to reach for the vomit bucket. I've been clinging on for each episode, hoping realism might find a way of entry, but so far the characters trip over each other to seek new nonsensical storylines and behaviors which make no sense at all and, in fact, are so silly that the actors themselves must have an acute need to run home each night after a day's shooting so that they can shower off or drink away the nausea they must feel at being involved in such a catastrophe of claptrap.

Great character development. Will Kirkland ever win over his allies and colleagues? Plus not everyone makes it so it’s not standard boilerplate political thriller. The issues are current from the swampiest swamp to the FBI and domestic terrorism.

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