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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:
...  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


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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Peter Outerbridge (Charles Langdon) and Maggie Q (Hannah Wells) were both in the TV show Nikita (2010). Outerbridge played Ari Tasarov, the head of a Russian crime organization and former KGB while Q played the role of the series protagonist, Nikita Mears. See more »


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


[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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Very Weak TV series (Review after watching 28 episodes)
17 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Honestly I don't know why I'm keep watching this. I have no interest whatsoever about the ...Kirkman administration and since many episodes I stop caring about anyone in this show...

I really hate when a TV series doesn't live to its potential.

The point of "Designated Survivor" SHOULD BE about a fish-out-of-the-water situation, where a low cabinet member, (who was about to kicked-out from the administration from the President himself), ends up ...President having all the American people questioning his authority. The unique struggle of an impossible situation.

We only got a glimpse of that with some renegade governors in an episode or two, but then the unique premise diminished in a usual, trite and boring format: The day-by-day chronicles of a POTUS not different than an elected president.

A submarine this, a prime minister that, an ambassador the other thing ... we've seen it before many many times in other POTUS series in far better execution like in Madame Secretary, or the West Wing or even Scandal.

Why ruin the unique premise presenting instantly the weak college professor as someone who was born to be a leader?? He takes all the right decisions, the camera loves him, his staff loves him, everyone loves him... Why such a man was about to kicked-out from the administration in the first place? How the spineless academic became a "tough but fair" leader almost from day one?

Anyway, despite all that, the show is boring to watch and the 2nd season is even worst. All the characters are a mere shadows of what they could have been evolved. Seth, the White House Press Secretary, Aaron the National Security Adviser and Chief of Staff Emily. And of course Maggie Q who acts more like she has her own small TV show inside this one.

Overall: As I wrote in the beginning I should have stop watching this crap at least 10 episodes before. Boring to watch and going nowhere.

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