Designated Survivor; ABC; Netflix; Drama
Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor Review

Designated Survivor is a drama TV show that premiered on the ABC network in 2016

Designated Survivor is a political drama TV show set to take place in the United States. It premiered on the ABC network in September 2016. The show was ordered without running through a pilot which is rare in the industry. It is available on the Netflix repository.

The show follows Thomas Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who gets sworn in as the US President after a terrorist attack claims the lives of the US President and every one in the line of succession. A nominated designated survivor from each of the two political parties is chosen to handle the responsibility of the state if the worst is to happen which was exactly the case when the US Capitol was targeted in a huge explosion.

The newly sworn in president, who is inexperienced in politics, had no idea what he is in for. The story starts to unfold when Kirkman starts to realize what it takes to run a country along with the challenges that are bound to take place. The challenges are augmented when FBI agents start to unravel a hypothesis that might lead to suspicion of an inside job behind the huge attack.

Designated Survivor created a great hype around it, but most importantly, it delivered on the expectations. Keifer Sutherland embodied the character in a realistic fashion. His performance is noteworthy and conveys the down to earth, witty and inexperienced politician Thomas Kirkman’s character realistically.

We have to mention that the first episode set a record with 7.67 million viewers.

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TV Show Details Card

Network: ABC
Genre: Drama
Run Dates: 2016 -present

Series Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci


IMDB - 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes - 8.5
Our Verdict - 9


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