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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October 18, 2017
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Watch Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 3 - Outbreak

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s2e3 Outbreak
October 11, 2017
President Kirkman is faced with a viral pandemic that threatens to kill countless Americans while FBI Agent Hannah Wells and M16 Agent Damian Rennett discover evidence that could change the lives of members of the first family forever.
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 9 - The Blueprint
s1e9 The Blueprint
December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016
The Blueprint
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 10 - The Oath
s1e10 The Oath
December 14, 2016
December 14, 2016
The Oath
Midseason Finale
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 11 - Warriors
s1e11 Warriors
March 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
Warriors
Midseason Premiere
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 13 - Backfire
s1e13 Backfire
March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
Backfire
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 14 - Commander-in-Chief
s1e14 Commander-in-Chief
March 29, 2017
March 29, 2017
Commander-in-Chief
Watch Designated Survivor Season 1 Episode 15 - One Hundred Days
s1e15 One Hundred Days
April 5, 2017
April 5, 2017
One Hundred Days
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

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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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