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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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Series cast summary:
...  Tom Kirkman 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Aaron Shore 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Emily Rhodes 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Mike Ritter 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Seth Wright 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Hannah Wells 43 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Alex Kirkman 31 episodes, 2016-2017
...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
...  Lyor Boone 22 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Kendra Daynes 21 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Damian Rennett 19 episodes, 2017-2018
...  Leo Kirkman 19 episodes, 2016-2018
...  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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Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on the show, previously played a character named Ben Carson in Mirrors (2008). In 2016, the same year the pilot of the show was released, Ben Carson was officially nominated (& subsequently sworn in) for the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. See more »

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

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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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Interesting story line. Sappy dialogue, bad writing, stinky politics
30 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

I was looking forward to Designated Survivor because I enjoyed 24 and this has a similar exciting story line. But, it quickly deteriorated into snarky political commentary, politically correct story line, implausible caricatures of important officials. All in all, a disappointment and waste of time. One of the generals is seen "plotting" a takeover of the government after a horrendous terrorist attack, which would never happen. Other, civilian branches of government, yes, but not the military. They actually have discipline.

The amount of political correctness is ridiculous. I concluded that some of these writers must be of the sensitive SJWs. What's next? Safe spaces so the characters don't feel bad? Get some creative writers. This is about the only network show I was looking forward to, so I guess it's back to Netflix.


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