Designated Survivor (2016– )
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President and the team try to fight a virus outbreak while Hannah investigate the breadcrumb left behind by Patrick Lloyd.


Chris Grismer


David Guggenheim (created by), Ashley Gable | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex Kirkman
Paulo Costanzo ... Lyor Boone
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Zoe McLellan ... Kendra Daynes
Ben Lawson ... Damian Rennett
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Terry Serpico ... Patrick Lloyd
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Alicia Coppola ... Dr. Tammy Bruner
Von Flores Von Flores ... Dr. Shen
Richard de Klerk ... Carlton Mackie


The activities at the White House this day include Kendra's first major assignment of mediation between affected stakeholders of what to do about a statue of a Confederate war general in Tennessee, he who is now deemed a racist - keeping the statue at its current prominent location which has an unexpected supporter - and the unveiling of a creature biologically named after Tom. Lyor finds the choice of creature offensive to his boss while Seth has to figure out a way to spin it positively to the public. These issues take a back seat when a public health crisis occurs, with a deadly avian flu outbreak in South Carroll Parish, Louisiana. First reports are that there is a forty percent fatality rate of those infected. Dr. Tammy Bruner with the CDC believes the outbreak will spread throughout the country in the matter of days if not contained despite the relatively isolated nature of South Carroll Parish. Dr. Bruner heads to the front line to deal with the outbreak. Although she reports ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

11 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Maggie Q and Dillon Casey worked together on Nikita (2010). See more »


Kirkman says he took an oath to protect the American people. In fact, the president takes an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution- something that is depicted being violated every week. See more »


Dr. Tammy Bruner: I read an abstract recently about an experimental cancer drug called Extasis with interesting antiviral properties that seem to reduce the ability of viruses with a genome similar to the H7N9 to replicate.
Aaron Shore: So not a prevention, but a treatment. That sounds promising. Where do we get it?
Dr. Tammy Bruner: A guy named Carlton Mackie. He heads this cutting-edge pharma firm in Delaware called Benevax.
Emily Rhodes: We're on it.
Dr. Tammy Bruner: Meantime, we need to widen the quarantine to neighboring counties. This thing's getting away from us.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Designated Survivor Theme
Written & performed by Sean Callery
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This is where I say goodbye
1 November 2017 | by CoachcraneSee all my reviews

I watched the first season, and, although it was definitely not a great show, it was compelling enough to bring me back. However, like so many shows before it (Heroes, The Last Ship, Falling Skies, etc.), by the second season, it all falls apart. The first two episodes of Season 2 were okay, but this episode seemed like they were going to try to throw in every formulaic trick that all other cheesy procedurals use. As was previously mentioned in another review, the character of Lyor Boone is unnecessary, unfunny, and unwanted. In fact, the injection of "humor" altogether into this episode is completely disjointed. That kind of stuff worked for The West Wing because it was about all the facets of being in the White House, good and bad, serious and lighthearted. Designated Survivor is not that show. It is about a terroristic attack on the capitol, its aftermath, and the trying to uncover the conspiracy behind it. This is much more serious subject matter and is not easily intertwined with humor. It just didn't work. Throw that in with the "ripped from the headlines" subject matter of Confederate Statues, and you can see that the writers are out of ideas. This is confirmed even further with three new characters, at least two of which, it seems, will be regulars, and it appears that the show makers are trying to transition into a "life in the White House" type show instead of the suspense/thriller with which they began. All in all, I think I'm done.

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