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Designated Survivor 

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A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

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David Guggenheim
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On election day, Kirkman turns to his therapist to assuage his conscience about the events - and his own decisions - of the momentous prior 36 hours.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Adan Canto ...  Aaron Shore 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Italia Ricci ...  Emily Rhodes 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Kal Penn ...  Seth Wright 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Maggie Q ...  Hannah Wells 50 episodes, 2016-2019
LaMonica Garrett ...  Mike Ritter 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Natascha McElhone ...  Alex Kirkman 33 episodes, 2016-2019
Jake Epstein ...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Paulo Costanzo ...  Lyor Boone 22 episodes, 2017-2018
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Storyline

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union, on the highly anticipated series Designated Survivor. In this dramatic thriller, Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his own family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack. Written by ahmetkozan

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Declare your independence.


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Designated Survivor See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Three HUD Secretaries, like Kirkman, have served as the designated survivor: Samuel Pierce in 1984, Andrew Cuomo in 1999, and Shaun Donovan in 2010. See more »

Goofs

President Kirkman never travels with "the Beast". Instead the presidents motorcade consist of Tahoe and Suburbans. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Tom Kirkman: Hello?
Penny Kirkman: Hi, Daddy.
Tom Kirkman: Who is this?
Penny Kirkman: Your daughter.
Tom Kirkman: No, that's not possible. My daughter's asleep. And I know that because I kissed her goodnight two hours ago.
Penny Kirkman: When are you and Mommy coming home?
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Wow...I didn't expect it to be this good!!
22 September 2016 | by jjpscott01See all my reviews

To be honest, I was worried that a show based around anything remotely "Political" in today's current climate would turn into a mess quickly. I'm happy to find that based on the pilot I was way wrong this time around. Keifer Sutherland has always been an understated actor with remarkable range and a strange charm and it really shines here. Quite the opposite of his former iconic role as the heroic martyr Jack Bauer, he conveys a calm fear and nervousness that any man thrust into this terrifying position would certainly inhabit. The supporting cast is strong, the plot is smart and well written, and the subject matter is more engaging than it even sounds on paper. If they can keep up this intensity while maintaining the quality displayed in the first episode, we could potentially have a real winner here.


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