Designated Survivor: Season 2 (2017 - 2018)


Season 2
Designated Survivor

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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.



Critic Ratings: 10


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Air date: Sep 27, 2017

In the second-season opener, Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, leading to a hostage situation in which the president's diplomatic skills are put to the test.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2017

FBI Agent Hannah Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd and the president decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, but this prompts members of the Homeland Security Council to threaten to derail their plans.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2017

President Kirkman is faced with a viral pandemic, which could kill countless Americans, while FBI Agent Hannah Wells and M16 Agent Damian Rennett discover evidence that could change the lives of members of the first family forever.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2017

Tensions rise between America and Mexico when a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute regarding Mexican trade imports. As a result, Kirkman and his staff must work quickly to resolve the situation and create a new trade deal.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2017

When a senator appears on the national news and misrepresents a private conversation with the president, Kirkman must win back the American people's trust, while MI-6 Agent Damian Rennett joins forces with FBI Agent Hannah Wells to help solve an international murder.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2017

A U.S. Navy ship is stranded in enemy waters, so the president must negotiate the ship's release before a massive threat to national security occurs. Meanwhile, Emily reconnects with someone from her childhood.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2017

When a Turkish activist ignites protests in the U.S., Turkey's president demands his extradition while the first family unknowingly finds themselves in the center of a battle that could threaten Leo's future.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2017

While on a secret mission to Afghanistan, President Kirkman meets with two infamous warlords and must determine whom he can trust to hand over territories to the U.S., while Seth has a run-in with Washington, D.C., police that puts his job, reputation and future in the White House on the line.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2017

After sorting through thousands of letters all requesting something of president, the White House staff are assigned three, with Emily, Seth, Aaron, Llyor and Kendra joining forces to get answers and possibly save a life. Meanwhile, Hannah and Damian continue to chase down leads to exonerate the first lady, but in the end, Hannah learns the truth may be closer than she thinks/

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Air date: Dec 13, 2017

It's Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever. The Season 2 midseason finale.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Designated Survivor Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

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

Sep 28, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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

  • Sep 24, 2020
    Decent overall Independent party, unrealistic Still entertaining
  • Jul 25, 2020
    As the season progresses they move from a naive president trusting the wrong people,to a show where the president needs to be removed for the good of the country (and they still want you to pull for him...)
  • Jul 04, 2020
    As good as Season 1 Action, drama, suspense....!
  • May 30, 2020
    Seasons 1 and 2 were actually interesting, well-thought out, surprising, and educational. I learned a lot about how the White House works without the unnecessary unethical psychological pain of House of Cards. Although this show became more and more soap-operish as it went along. I also miss Homeland and initially this series reminded me of it. I identified with both Hannah and Emily and that was a nice feeling. I loved how well formed both the characters and the plot were. This unfortunately changed in season 3 and I had to stop watching it.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    Biggest disappointment I can recall. Following a Season 1, where I was on edge of my seat all through Season 1, this season "jumped the shark". It got progressively worse and unbelievable.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    Are you kidding me? People are so basic. I can't even.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    Season 1 was awesome, extremely entertaining, and original. Season 2 is boring, overly dramatic solely for drama purposes, and completely unoriginal. They essentially turned this into a typical cop drama show with the one caveat that the White House is involved. I'm so disappointed since I loved season 1 so much.
  • Oct 20, 2019
    An intricately woven melding of potent acting ability, powerfully intriguing and refreshingly immersive plotlines, and the warmth and depth of what it means to be human alongside the crisp, cold steel of modern reality come together to produce a harmonious masterpiece. Kiefer Sutherland impressively leads the cast onward in Season Two through deeper conspiracies, politically pandemic fallouts affecting national security, and a plethora of personal battles that find a way to connect and touch with the viewer in every episode anew. A beautiful continuation of the strikingly riveting story in Season One, viewers are sure to be hanging onto every last line -- eager for more.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    It's hilarious how they come up with episode ideas. The whole season is just a bunch of disparate far-fetched disasters that cheesy actors have to fight.
  • Oct 11, 2019
    I'm still enjoying the show, though I do seem to be enjoying it less than the first season. I'm still going to try the next season. I hope it gets back some of the personal feel of the first season. More action and more politics please!

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