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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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Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 47 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
Mckenna Grace ...  Penny Kirkman 21 episodes, 2016-2019
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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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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English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Kevin McNally (Harris Cochrane) appeared in the final episode of 24: Live Another Day (2014) as the Russian agent who takes Jack Bauer to Russia. See more »

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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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2 October 2016 | by krcarrutSee all my reviews

Had to take the time to write this review. I had high hopes, and perhaps still do...the premise and Sutherland and Kal Penn give the show potential but after 2 episodes all I see is Americana sappy over the top sentimentality. I hope it gets better and will give it time yet but so far I had to keep from gagging. An exercise in political correctness so far. Oh the poor Muslims, ooh the racial profiling, ooh the poor heroes (has anyone paid attention to how ineffective and corrupt congress is recently). The stereotypical war monging general etc...I think Kal Penn has the best character so far. Sutherland has potential because he is Keifer but I wish the writers could have been more intelligent about how the addressed the issues they want to explore...which are all important issues of course but one would think they could have been "smarter" about how they did it rather than belch out another America shall overcome cliché. So watch at your own peril. I may choose to change my rating after a few more episodes but for the moment I gave it a 5 rating because they could have done much better with the cast and subject matter instead of pandering to American narcissism.


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