Designated Survivor

Wednesdays, 10:00 PM ET on ABC

60 minutes

Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Season 1 will find him struggling to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

Wednesdays, 10:00 PM ET on ABC

60 minutes

Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Season 1 will find him struggling to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

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May 12, 2017: ABC renewed Designated Survivor for Season 2!

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February 28, 2018
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Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 10 - Line of Fire

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s2e10 Line of Fire
December 13, 2017
Extremists refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin; President Kirkman sends Emily and Aaron to diffuse the situation; the first lady gives her testimony to the FBI director.
Midseason Finale
First Episode
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 1 - Pilot

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s1e1 Pilot
September 21, 2016
Tom Kirkman, a lower level United States Cabinet member, finds himself suddenly appointed president of the country after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession in the series premiere of this dramatic thriller.
Series Premiere
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 16 - Party Lines
s1e16 Party Lines
April 12, 2017
April 12, 2017
Party Lines
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 17 - The Ninth Seat
s1e17 The Ninth Seat
April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017
The Ninth Seat
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 18 - Lazarus
s1e18 Lazarus
April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017
Lazarus
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 19 - Misalliance
s1e19 Misalliance
May 3, 2017
May 3, 2017
Misalliance
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 20 - Bombshell
s1e20 Bombshell
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017
Bombshell
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 21 - Brace for Impact
s1e21 Brace for Impact
May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017
Brace for Impact
Season Finale
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 1 - One Year In
s2e1 One Year In
September 27, 2017
September 27, 2017
One Year In
Season Premiere
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 2 - Sting of the Tail
s2e2 Sting of the Tail
October 4, 2017
October 4, 2017
Sting of the Tail
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 3 - Outbreak
s2e3 Outbreak
October 11, 2017
October 11, 2017
Outbreak
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 4 - Equilibrium
s2e4 Equilibrium
October 18, 2017
October 18, 2017
Equilibrium
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 5 - Suckers
s2e5 Suckers
October 25, 2017
October 25, 2017
Suckers
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 6 - Two Ships
s2e6 Two Ships
November 1, 2017
November 1, 2017
Two Ships
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 7 - Family Ties
s2e7 Family Ties
November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017
Family Ties
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 8 - Home
s2e8 Home
November 29, 2017
November 29, 2017
Home
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 9 - Three-Letter Day
s2e9 Three-Letter Day
December 6, 2017
December 6, 2017
Three-Letter Day
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 10 - Line of Fire
s2e10 Line of Fire
December 13, 2017
December 13, 2017
Line of Fire
Midseason Finale
Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 11 - Episode 11
s2e11 Episode 11
February 28, 2018
February 28, 2018
Episode 11
Midseason Premiere

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T.J. DeGroat
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Kiefer Sutherland proves once again that he's a legitimately great actor as he plays a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on the Capitol. It starts quickly with a sequence that, while you know it's coming, still manages to shock. And the tension continues as this character, a man who has no business being president, decides what he should do (he is just as freaked out as everyone else).
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This review is based on the pilot of "Designated Survivor" which aired on 9/22/2016 Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV in another lead role which is perfectly suited for him. He's played Jack Bauer, the most badass man on TV, and he's played a father willing to do anything on Touch, and now he plays a combination of the two on Designated Survivor -- and he also happens to be the president of the United States. You may or may not have seen the trailers or read the premise of Designates Survivor, but long story short, there is an attack on the capital building during the state of the union, or some important event where everyone in the line of succession to the presidency is gathered, and there are no survivors, leaving Thomas Kirkland (Kiefer Sutherland), the Secretary of Home... something (basically infrastructure) as POTUS. Naturally you have your generals who want to find find a skapegoat to blame, and believe Thomas is unfit to lead, but said opposition doesn't realize that Thomas is surprisingly more competent than anyone, even himself expects, and from the pilot episode we can see that he is a very well-read and educated man who knows how to get things done. I believe this series is based off a book, and I bet its a fantastic one at that. I was a little surprised that the pilot was only one hour, as literally everything that happened in it happened in the trailer ... and they didn't cover much else after he becomes president. So that was a bit of a let down, but it was very entertaining, and I can't wait for next week. Jack Bauer for president!!!!
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