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Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor

  • Premiered: 
    September 21, 2016
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by David Guggenheim 
  • Subject Matter: Political
  • Tags: thriller

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  • Season 1
    • Amazon
Legal Full Episodes
Not Available Online
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Plot Synopsis

Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union. Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his role as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of chaos and confusion. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirkman struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart -- all while navigating the highly volatile political arena and while leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.
Season 2 of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR premiered on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with Paulo Costanzo, Ben Lawson, and Zoe McLellan joining the cast for the new season. In the season opener, "One Year In," now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-Chief determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Mark Gordon Company
  • Produced by ABC Studios


  • - Washington DC USA