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.
Declare your independence.
Did You Know?
There are a good number of plot similarities between Designated Survivor and Tom Clancy novels Debt of Honor and Executive Orders. The Capitol was destroyed with all of Congress, the Cabinet and Supreme Court. The survivor sworn in later has his presidency challenged. In the ensuing chaos, there are a number of attempts on the president's life, manhunts for terrorists and plots involving WMD's. See more
Several times throughout the first season the Resolute Desk is seen without the hinged "knee hole" that FDR had installed with the presidential seal. See more
You're still on my side?
I'm always on your side, Mr. President.