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Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor

Netflix 2016

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor - S1E12

#1 - The End of the Beginning (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Circles must tighten as a new discovery within the conspiracy emerges. Tension rises between Aaron and Emily as suspicions loom in the White House. A new lead places Agent Wells closer than before to the truth.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 5512 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E10

#2 - The Oath (Season 1 - Episode 10)

President Kirkman fears there could be a traitor in the White House when he discovers shocking information connected to the Capitol Bombing. Confiding in Emily, Kirkman puts her in charge of quietly investigating. New information surfaces about Congressman MacLeish, raising concerns regarding his vice presidential nomination.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 5452 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E21

#3 - Brace for Impact (Season 1 - Episode 21)

Hannah Wells must stop the conspiracy from carrying out a final attack while President Kirkman authorizes a nationwide manhunt for the mastermind behind it all.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 4694 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E11

#4 - Warriors (Season 1 - Episode 11)

The nation reels from the aftermath of the shooting on the steps of the Capitol while Emily struggles with the knowledge there may be a traitor in the White House. Agent Wells grapples with her decision to reveal what she knows about the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 5416 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E4

#5 - The Enemy (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Kirkman learns who is behind the attack and needs to grapple not only with the prospect of war, but brewing domestic troubles as well. Kirkman taps Emily to monitor the domestic situation. Alex may be in for more than she bargains for when she seeks out help from Hookstraten.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 6154 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E10

#6 - #truthorconsequences (Season 3 - Episode 10)

On election day, Kirkman turns to his therapist to relieve his conscience about the events and own decisions he made 36 hours ago.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 787 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E5

#7 - The Mission (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Realizing his attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman makes the difficult decision of sending Navy SEALs on a mission that will define his presidency. Agent Hannah Wells discovers more secrets than answers.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 6058 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E9

#8 - #undecided (Season 3 - Episode 9)

Behind in the polls, Kirkman weighs forcing the FBI’s hand over the bioterrorism plot. Emily struggles with her mother’s last wishes.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 780 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E2

#9 - The First Day (Season 1 - Episode 2)

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 hold a country together that is on the brink of falling apart.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 6422 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E9

#10 - The Blueprint (Season 1 - Episode 9)

When classified government documents are leaked online, President Kirkman searches for the party responsible only to find that they have taken refuge inside a foreign embassy and are beyond even his reach. Agent Hannah Wells races furiously to gather evidence of MacLeish’s involvement in the conspiracy before he can be confirmed as the country’s next Vice President.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 5431 votes.

Designated Survivor - S1E1
#11 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1

Lower-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kirkman must keep the country and his family safe while leading the search for the those responsible for the attack.

The episode was rated from 7231 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E20
#12 - Bombshell
Season 1 - Episode 20

President Kirkman’s first international summit is derailed when journalist Abe Leonard publishes an explosive article. Hannah Wells uncovers the conspiracy’s next target.

The episode was rated from 4568 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E17
#13 - The Ninth Seat
Season 1 - Episode 17

As President Kirkman struggles to put together a new Supreme Court, FBI Agent Hannah Wells goes undercover and discovers much more than she ever could have imagined. Seth Wright has to contend with journalist Abe Leonard, who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.

The episode was rated from 4966 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E7
#14 - The Traitor
Season 1 - Episode 7

When an American track-and-field coach heads to Russia, President Kirkman is thrust into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government. Agent Hannah Wells and Deputy Director Atwood’s investigation into the Capitol bombing uncovers information that puts Atwood and his family’s life at risk.

The episode was rated from 5594 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E19
#15 - Misalliance
Season 1 - Episode 19

As the White House gears up for President Kirkman’s first international summit, Kimble Hookstraten faces her toughest political battle yet when her speakership is challenged. Meanwhile, Alex wrestles with whether or not to bring the kids back to Washington.

The episode was rated from 4714 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E14
#16 - Commander-in-Chief
Season 1 - Episode 14

Turmoil in an African country forces President Kirkman to rely on an unlikely ally for help. Hannah’s investigation into the Capitol bombing takes an unexpected turn. Emily settles into her role as chief of staff. Aaron has to make a difficult choice.

The episode was rated from 5163 votes.
Designated Survivor - S2E22
#17 - Run
Season 2 - Episode 22

As President Kirkman continues to deal with the turmoil surrounding the hacker and Congressional investigation, a natural disaster threatens the lives of two White House staffers. Meanwhile, Kirkman’s closest allies are surprised when the president makes an announcement no one saw coming.

The episode was rated from 1506 votes.
Designated Survivor - S2E10
#18 - Line of Fire
Season 2 - Episode 10

It’s Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.

The episode was rated from 2102 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E13
#19 - Backfire
Season 1 - Episode 13

An investigative journalist shocks the White House when he reveals classified information during a press briefing and leaves Seth struggling to contain the damage from the leaked story. Hannah unearths a key connection between MacLeish and the conspiracy.

The episode was rated from 5214 votes.
Designated Survivor - S1E3
#20 - The Confession
Season 1 - Episode 3

President Kirkman and his staff work to keep a high-level security breach of the White House a secret just as he’s about to give his first television interview. The FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing but Agent Hannah Wells starts to develop her own theories about who was really behind the attack.

The episode was rated from 6220 votes.

Last updated: nov 14, 2022



messy, predictable, boring, political agenda, cliche fest. was good to see Kiefer again though. for 2 episodes.


What i expected: This show is about a terrorist attack, that wipes out the entire US government. So it will be mainly about hunting the (muslim) terrorists, like in 24. And a President, who does everything to stay in power, like House of Cards. What it's actually about: How terrorist attacks affect Muslim-Americans, how a right-wing, islamophobic governor tries to establish a police state. About a naive, but lovable president, who takes time for his family, while his wife is kick-ass lawyer. About a president, who tries to find the terrorists, but doesn't want to attack someone without being 100% sure. It's not a dystopian vision of the USA after a devastating attack. It's an utopia!


So.. "The West Wing" meets "24"? Looking forward to it.


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