Designated Survivor

10 Worst Episodes of 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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 28, 2023.

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Designated Survivor - S2E1

#10 - One Year In (Season 2 - Episode 1)

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.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 3623 votes.

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#9 - Suckers (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Kirkman tries to win back the people’s trust after a senator misrepresents a private conversation. MI-6 agent Damian Rennett joins FBI agent Hannah Wells to solve an international murder.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 2657 votes.

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#8 - Three-Letter Day (Season 2 - Episode 9)

After sorting through thousands of letters all requesting something of president, the White House staff are assigned three, with Emily, Seth, Aaron, Llyor and Kendra joining forces to get answers and possibly save a life. Meanwhile, Hannah and Damian continue to chase down leads to exonerate the first lady, but in the end, Hannah learns the truth may be closer than she thinks.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 2082 votes.

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#7 - Summit (Season 2 - Episode 15)


As tensions between East and West Hanchu escalate, President Kirkman travels to Camp David to broker a peace treaty with the leaders of those countries; while back in Washington, D.C., Seth and Emily take a hard look at their relationship and decide how, and if, they will move forward as a couple.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 1671 votes.

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#6 - Outbreak (Season 2 - Episode 3)

President Kirkman is faced with a viral pandemic. Agent Wells and MI6 Agent Damian Rennett discover evidence that could change the lives of members of the first family forever.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 3123 votes.

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#5 - In the Dark (Season 2 - Episode 14)


When a blackout threatens to shut down the government and causes chaos in the streets of Washington, D.C., President Kirkman joins forces with Mayor Ellenor Darby, but the partnership doesn’t end there.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 1693 votes.

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#4 - The Final Frontier (Season 2 - Episode 12)

When a missile intended to bring water to stranded astronauts in space is hacked, President Kirkman must work with Russia and enlists the help of Dr. Andrea Frost to help save lives and find out who is behind the hack. Meanwhile, Hannah finds herself working with Damian again.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 1801 votes.

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#3 - Equilibrium (Season 2 - Episode 4)


Tensions rise between America and Mexico when a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute. Kirkman and his staff must work quickly to resolve the situation and create a new trade deal.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 2886 votes.

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#2 - Original Sin (Season 2 - Episode 13)

When a video of the president visiting prison leaks to the media, his team works to minimize the fallout. A surprise White House demonstration has deeper ties to the president than anyone first realizes.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 1731 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E4

#1 - #makehistory (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Aaron’s heritage and a widespread teachers’ strike become big issues. Wells discovers a sinister pattern in a flu outbreak.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 820 votes.

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