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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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David Guggenheim
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On election day, Kirkman turns to his therapist to assuage his conscience about the events - and his own decisions - of the momentous prior 36 hours.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Tom Kirkman 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Adan Canto ...  Aaron Shore 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Italia Ricci ...  Emily Rhodes 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Kal Penn ...  Seth Wright 53 episodes, 2016-2019
Maggie Q ...  Hannah Wells 50 episodes, 2016-2019
LaMonica Garrett ...  Mike Ritter 43 episodes, 2016-2018
Natascha McElhone ...  Alex Kirkman 33 episodes, 2016-2019
Jake Epstein ...  Chuck Russink 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Paulo Costanzo ...  Lyor Boone 22 episodes, 2017-2018
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Storyline

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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Declare your independence.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Designated Survivor See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The premise of this series is similar to the plot of two of author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, Debt of Honor and Executive Orders. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[from trailer]
Speechwriter #2: Guy's never been elected to anything.
Speechwriter #1: Did you know President Richmond fired him this morning? Now he's the president.
Seth Wright: Maybe he'll realize he has no business running the country.
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13 June 2019 | by rex-wmsSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 and 2. And I liked season 3, but it also was a disappointment in two respects. First, the harsh language doesn't fit with this show as it was developed. There is an art to writing script within the age-old regulations that have prohibited F-bombs in broadcast television, and that art often leads to better writing, and material that is viewable by a broader audience. That art was ditched for season three, and the result is gratuitous foul language that is too frequent and thoughtless, inserted for its own sake. It just doesn't work in this context. Second, while I lean left, I was disappointed the show ignored the premise of an independent president and instead trotted out trite memes depicting liberalism as always virtuous and conservatism as immorality incarnate. The last episode gives hope, so let's hope season 4 allows a different perspective.


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