Designated Survivor (2016– )
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Family Ties 

When a Turkish activist ignites protests in the U.S., Turkey's president demands his extradition while the first family unknowingly finds themselves in the center of a battle that could threaten Leo's future.


Milan Cheylov


David Guggenheim (created by), Pierluigi Cothran (as Pierluigi D. Cothran) | 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
Geoff Pierson ... Cornelius Moss
Reed Diamond ... John Forstell
Jake Epstein ... Chuck Russink
Tanner Buchanan ... Leo Kirkman
T.J. Ramini ... Nuresh Sahin


Tom is being hit on multiple sides, with Lyor, Emily, Seth and Aaron trying to mitigate the problem by trying to push whichever they deem the least harmful item to Tom and the administration to the top of the news cycle. Leading into a NATO summit in DC, they learn that Turkish president Fatih Turan, who Tom does not much like, wants to raise significantly the leases on strategic air fields in Turkey, they believing to build up a war chest for an upcoming election. If Tom doesn't agree, Turan may hand the leases over to the Russians which would give them the upper hand in the Middle East. At a joint press conference with Tom and Turan where the prepared scripts are exchanges of diplomatic niceties regarding the items to be discussed at the summit, Turan blindsides Tom by going off script, accusing Tom of harboring who Turan sees as his primary political opponent, Nuresh Sahin, who he wants extradited back to Turkey to face charges of treason for an unsuccessful coup. Tom, who has seen... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kirkman pronounces the word "primer," or introductory textbook, with a long "i." It is pronounced with a short "i" (as in, prim' mer). See more »


Designated Survivor Theme
Written & performed by Sean Callery
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That guy was supposed to be *Turkish*?
16 November 2017 | by Debette-1See all my reviews

Surely they could do better in finding someone who can do a better Turkish accent. That was sort of a middle-nowhere accent. Can't be that hard to do. We are enjoying the show, over all, although the lapses in verisimilitude was annoying - there have been too many occurrences of "they wouldn't do that! )if it was real)".

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