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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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Kiefer Sutherland plays the President of the United States, but in real life he is ineligible to hold that office since he is not an American citizen. He is citizen of Canada by descent, and of Great Britain by place of birth. See more »

Goofs

It's occasionally said that Tom Kirkman is the first independent president of the United States. George Washington, the first president, was also an independent, and John Tyler, the tenth president, was expelled from his party and effectively served as an independent for most of his term. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Tom Kirkman: Hello?
Penny Kirkman: Hi, Daddy.
Tom Kirkman: Who is this?
Penny Kirkman: Your daughter.
Tom Kirkman: No, that's not possible. My daughter's asleep. And I know that because I kissed her goodnight two hours ago.
Penny Kirkman: When are you and Mommy coming home?
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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Saving Mr. Rogers (2019) See more »

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Disappointing
11 June 2019 | by spoonerspotSee all my reviews

This review will essentially say the same things the others do concerning season 3. The language can be bad at times and it's use and placement is unnecessary. It doesn't overwhelm but it's there and it stand outs. The constant preaching over issues that are considered left-leaning are also overwhelming and prevalent, particularly for a President that is supposed to be an Independent. The show doesn't keep the tone it established in seasons 1 and 2. That is going to keep people from tuning in to season 4 if there is a season 4. The fact that the show took such a 180 degree turn from where it started is a disappointment. I hope that if there is a season 4, that the show will find it's way back to what made it a show worth watching. In it's present state, it's just not.


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