Designated Survivor(TV show/series, 2016-2019)

| 42min per episode | Genres: Drama, War & Politics

Scripted Reality in 3 seasons with 53 episodes

Designated SurvivorRating: 3.6/5 (with 257 votes) 611
Designated Survivor is an American political thriller drama television series created by David Guggenheim that aired for three seasons, first on ABC and then exclusively on Netflix for the third and final season. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Thomas Kirkman, an American academic named as the designated survivor for the State of the Union address, who suddenly ascends from the position of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to President of the United States after an explosion kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. Kirkman deals with his inexperience as head of state while looking to uncover the truth behind the attack. The project skipped the pilot stage and was ordered straight to series on December 14, 2015, followed by a formal announcement on May 6, 2016. The first episode premiered on September 21, 2016, to an audience of over 10 million viewers. Eight days later, a full season order was announced. The series was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2017, which pre... ()
Poster of Designated Survivor

Where to watch Designated Survivor (streaming/download)?

"Designated Survivor" is currently available on 1 providers. Designated Survivor can be streamed on Netflix as part of a subscription.

3 seasons: Season 1, Season 2, Season 3
Genres: Crime TV Dramas / TV Thrillers / TV Dramas
Keywords: exciting / suspenseful
Netflix Original, Available to download

Awards & Nominations for Designated Survivor

Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series People's Choice Award Saturn Award for Best Action-thriller Television Series

About Designated Survivor

Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.

Trailer for Designated Survivor + Featurettes/Teaser/Clips

Designated Survivor Seasons and Episodes

06/07/2019Season 3 - 10 episodes
The third and final season of the American political drama series Designated Survivor was ordered on September 5, 2018. Netflix reached a deal with Entertainment One to pick up the series after its cancellation from ABC. The third season, consisting of 10 episodes, premiered exclusively on Netflix on June 7, 2019. ()
#1 | 06/07/2019#thesystemisbroken
4.3/5 (with 4 votes)
Now running for office for the first time, Kirkman and his nascent campaign stumble out of the gate. Wells gets a critical reassignment.
#2 | 06/07/2019#slipperyslope
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)
A heated debate over child marriage roils Kirkman's staff. Opioid addiction hits home for Mars. A biohacker turns Wells onto a chilling new threat.
#3 | 06/07/2019#privacyplease
4.0/5 (with 2 votes)
A political attack on Kirkman puts privacy and transgender rights in the spotlight. Aaron weighs a major decision. Wells and Eli track a bioterrorist.
#4 | 06/07/2019#makehistory
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)
Aaron's heritage and a widespread teachers' strike become polarizing issues, and Wells discovers a sinister pattern in a flu outbreak.
#5 | 06/07/2019#nothingpersonal
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)
Emotions run high after despicable fake news goes viral, Isabel makes waves with a controversial appeal, and Wells finds a clue pointing to conspiracy.
#6 | 06/07/2019#whocares
3.8/5 (with 2 votes)
A dying Guatemalan child in a Texas hospital brings immigration to the fore. A mugging opens Kirkman's eyes to the realities of life in the capital.
#7 | 06/07/2019#identity/crisis
3.8/5 (with 2 votes)
A stray Russian bomber jeopardizes Seattle, Mars crusades against a drug company, and an event from Aaron's childhood vexes Kirkman's campaign.
#8 | 06/07/2019#scaredsh*tless
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
Kirkman mobilizes a frantic hunt for the bioterrorist. Lorraine plays hardball and pushes the opioid epidemic into the campaign fray.
#9 | 06/07/2019#undecided
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
Trailing in the polls, Kirkman weighs forcing the FBI's hand over the bioterrorism plot. Emily struggles with her mother's final wishes.
#10 | 06/07/2019#truthorconsequences
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
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.
09/27/2017Season 2 - 22 episodes
09/21/2016Season 1 - 21 episodes

Additional Information

Production country: United States of America (USA)
Shot in: Toronto
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 28 languages: Arabic (AR), Bulgarian (BG), Bosnian (BS), Czech (CS), Danish (DA), German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Hebrew (HE), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Japanese (JA), Korean (KO), Letzeburgesch (LB), Lithuanian (LT), Dutch (NL), Norwegian (NO), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO), Russian (RU), Slovak (SK), Swedish (SV), Turkish (TR), Ukrainian (UK), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Canceled
First episode released on: 09/21/2016
Last episode released on: 06/07/2019
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Επιζών της Επόμενης Μέρας"
"지정 생존자"
"Дежурный преемник"
"Последний кандидат"
"Designated Survivor. 720p"
Camera Setup: Single-camera setup

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