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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User Ratings: 288

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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
LaMonica Garrett
as Mike Ritter
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 (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

  • 11h ago
    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!
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Lost a lot of steam after season 1
  • Aug 30, 2019
    The first few episodes were pretty good, but it got slow, plotwise, real fast.

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