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Designated Survivor (2016)

Action | Mystery 
Rayting:   7.5/10 83K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

A low level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

Episode Guide

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

Best Designated Survivor Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

December 14, 2016star8.7 1995 votesS1E10 The Oath
March 15, 2017star8.4 1684 votesS1E12 The End of the Beginning
September 21, 2016star8.2 3224 votesS1E1 Pilot
March 8, 2017star8.2 1576 votesS1E11 Warriors
September 28, 2016star8.0 2459 votesS1E2 The First Day
October 12, 2016star8.0 1987 votesS1E4 The Enemy
December 7, 2016star8.0 1603 votesS1E9 The Blueprint
October 26, 2016star7.9 1854 votesS1E5 The Mission
May 17, 2017star7.9 1368 votesS1E21 Brace for Impact
June 7, 2019star7.9 756 votesS3E9 #undecided
October 5, 2016star7.8 2086 votesS1E3 The Confession
November 16, 2016star7.7 1647 votesS1E7 The Traitor
November 30, 2016star7.7 1598 votesS1E8 The Results
March 29, 2017star7.7 1375 votesS1E14 Commander-in-Chief
June 7, 2019star7.7 941 votesS3E10 #truthorconsequences
June 7, 2019star7.7 728 votesS3E8 #scaredsh*tless
November 9, 2016star7.6 1719 votesS1E6 The Interrogation
May 10, 2017star7.6 1225 votesS1E20 Bombshell
December 13, 2017star7.6 1096 votesS2E10 Line of Fire
May 16, 2018star7.6 796 votesS2E22 Run

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User Reviews

davidhands 13 May 2017

bets10. I've just binge watched it up to the end of Episode 18. The initial premise is interesting, whether or not it's actually based in reality. You always need to grant some leeway with "initial premises", especially these days. I stopped watching 24 after the second season because I found it too infantile and silly. I did watch The West Wing through to the end. This is a sort of 24 meets The West Wing. The show lets itself down with too many loving gazes between the President and his wife (does she have any flaws at all?), some terribly clunky lines and worst of all, the relentless US Patriot, buzz word laden speeches. "The American people deserve...". "Rebuilding our amazing nation...". "Rebuilding our fantastic Government". There's no mention of lobbyists or Corporate involvement in Government. There's no mention of the profound disconnect between citizen and Government that is a feature of contemporary politics. The various "third rails" of US politics are briefly mentioned. It is a show about a fantasy America and a fantasy American Government. It's the TV Show version of America that is challenged by the initial events and it responds the way TV Show script writers think such a world would respond. Having said all that, it moves reasonably quickly and the split between the two story arcs is well handled and engaging. The only caveat is - if you find "true blue, Mom and Apple Pie American sentimental patriotism" too much to bear, you're going to struggle with this show. But it's probably worth bearing with, all in all. There are far, far worse shows on TV.

davidhands 13 May 2017

I've just binge watched it up to the end of Episode 18. The initial premise is interesting, whether or not it's actually based in reality. You always need to grant some leeway with "initial premises", especially these days. I stopped watching 24 after the second season because I found it too infantile and silly. I did watch The West Wing through to the end. This is a sort of 24 meets The West Wing. The show lets itself down with too many loving gazes between the President and his wife (does she have any flaws at all?), some terribly clunky lines and worst of all, the relentless US Patriot, buzz word laden speeches. "The American people deserve...". "Rebuilding our amazing nation...". "Rebuilding our fantastic Government". There's no mention of lobbyists or Corporate involvement in Government. There's no mention of the profound disconnect between citizen and Government that is a feature of contemporary politics. The various "third rails" of US politics are briefly mentioned. It is a show about a fantasy America and a fantasy American Government. It's the TV Show version of America that is challenged by the initial events and it responds the way TV Show script writers think such a world would respond. Having said all that, it moves reasonably quickly and the split between the two story arcs is well handled and engaging. The only caveat is - if you find "true blue, Mom and Apple Pie American sentimental patriotism" too much to bear, you're going to struggle with this show. But it's probably worth bearing with, all in all. There are far, far worse shows on TV.

ckhan25 10 June 2019

Designated Survivor watchseries. Cannot believe what the writers have done with season 3, this was a show i loved, it was clean, one i could watch with the family, how it addressed current politics was great, but that was season 1 and 2. What were the writers thinking, profanity, sex, polictical correctness, infedility...gosh. If the first two seasons were positioned that way then fine but they were not, fans of the show will be very dissappointed with season 3.

Not to sure whats going on at present in the media, but you would think every other person is gay or lesbian, questions their gender or has had a gender change... There is alot more going on in the world.

genehwilliams 13 August 2019

What made this show special is that it was a political show that stayed away from politics. The appeal was a President tried to do what was best for the country instead of doing what was best for a party, of pushing a right or left agenda.

That all changed with season three. It's the same self-righteous tone being pushed on 90% of TV shows these days. Typical modern writers/directors thinking they are smarter than their viewers by pushing their political agenda. Instead of educating us, it's obvious and insulting.

As bad as season three is, it probably would have been better had the show stayed cancelled after season two. Would give seasons 1-2 eight stars, but season 3 two stars.

tn-golfn 8 June 2019

This used to be a show we enjoyed and were happy for a season 3. Very disappointing, could only make it halfway through ep. 4. Why would viewers want to see the President sitting on the toilet, hear explicit language and be subjected to all the nudity. This adds nothing to the show, just detracts from it. I guess this is what Hollywood thinks we ought to watch.

joe-englade 12 June 2019

Season 1 and 2 where fantastic. A true independent perspective. Season 3 changed to full blown liberal agenda and completely ruined the show. Way to go Hollywood.

glroberts 11 June 2019

I really liked the first 2 seasons, but season 3 is a waste. Soapy drama mixed with politically correct propaganda.

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