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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 45 episodes, 2016-2019
Adan Canto ...  Aaron Shore 45 episodes, 2016-2019
Italia Ricci ...  Emily Rhodes 45 episodes, 2016-2019
Kal Penn ...  Seth Wright 45 episodes, 2016-2019
Maggie Q ...  Hannah Wells 45 episodes, 2016-2019
LaMonica Garrett ...  Mike Ritter 44 episodes, 2016-2019
Natascha McElhone ...  Alex Kirkman 32 episodes, 2016-2018
Jake Epstein ...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Paulo Costanzo ...  Lyor Boone 23 episodes, 2017-2019
Zoe McLellan ...  Kendra Daynes 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Ben Lawson ...  Damian Rennett 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Tanner Buchanan ...  Leo Kirkman 19 episodes, 2016-2018
Reed Diamond ...  John Forstell 19 episodes, 2016-2018
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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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English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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On May 11th, 2018 ABC officially cancelled the series after 2 seasons. 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: Mike, please, just tell us what you know.
Mike Ritter: Capitol's been attacked. Congress, Cabinet... Eagle is gone. Sir, you are now the President of the United States.
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Referenced in Thatcher Joe Vlogs: Something For Every Hole?! (2017) See more »

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Getting better every week
27 October 2016 | by cmstraussSee all my reviews

The pilot episode was intriguing but as Designated Survivor (just watched episode 5) goes on it's really hitting it''s stride. Kiefer's acting is compelling and all of the characters are beginning to get fleshed out as the story begins to come together. The idea of an every-man becoming President is interesting as he copes with the difficult choices he has to make, and the effects his new job have on him and his family. Actually showing the incredible toll that making life and death decisions a decent man who is president has to make, is so enlightening and Kiefer is masterful at portraying the pathos as well as the joy. Adding the conspiracy/suspense to the mix makes it edge of your seat viewing. This is the first new show in a long time that I actually look forward to watching.


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