7.5
4,661 votes
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 Worst Episodes of Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor - S3E4

#1 - #makehistory

7.43

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 #1 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 820 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E13

#2 - Original Sin

7.44

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 #2 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1731 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E4

#3 - Equilibrium

7.46

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 #3 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 2886 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E12

#4 - The Final Frontier

7.48

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 #4 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1801 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E14

#5 - In the Dark

7.52

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 #5 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1693 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E3

#6 - Outbreak

7.52

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 #6 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 3123 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E15

#7 - Summit

7.53

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 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1671 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E9

#8 - Three-Letter Day

7.54

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 #8 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 2082 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E5

#9 - Suckers

7.54

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 #9 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 2657 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E1

#10 - One Year In

7.57

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 #10 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 3623 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E11
#11 - Grief
7.58
Season 2 - Episode 11

It’s been ten weeks since his wife, Alex, was killed in a car accident; and President Kirkman’s senior staff insist he seek professional help in dealing with his loss, forcing him to reluctantly see therapist Dr. Adam Louden. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Hannah Wells and Aaron Shore travel to Cuba as part of a trade delegation, but the trip does not go according to plan. With lives in the balance, Kirkman is challenged with a decision that will test his role as commander in chief during this time of personal tragedy.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1909 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E2
#12 - #slipperyslope
7.58
Season 3 - Episode 2

A heated debate over child marriage causes tension between Kirkman’s staff. Opioid addiction hits home for Mars. A biohacker turns Wells onto a chilling new threat.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 883 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E7
#13 - Family Ties
7.58
Season 2 - Episode 7

When a Turkish activist ignites protests in the U.S., Turkey’s president demands his extradition while the first family unknowingly finds themselves in the center of a battle that could threaten Leo’s future.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 2323 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E2
#14 - Sting of the Tail
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 2

Agent Wells finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd, but when the president decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, members of the Homeland Security Council threaten to derail their plans.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 3295 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E8
#15 - Home
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 8

While on a secret mission to Afghanistan, President Kirkman meets with two infamous warlords and must determine whom he can trust to hand over territories to the United States, while Seth has a run-in with Washington D.C. police that puts his job, reputation and future in the White House on the line.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 2212 votes.

Designated Survivor - S2E21
#16 - Target
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 21

White House Council Kendra Daynes finds herself in a dangerous situation that puts another White House staffer’s life at risk, while Hannah Wells takes an unexpected trip for answers.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 1503 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E5
#17 - #nothingpersonal
7.59
Season 3 - Episode 5

Emotions run high after a despicable fake news story goes viral. Isabel makes waves with a controversial appeal. Wells finds a clue pointing to conspiracy.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 804 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E6
#18 - #whocares
7.61
Season 3 - Episode 6

A dying Guatemalan child in a Texas hospital brings immigration up front. A mugging opens Kirkman’s eyes to the reality of life in the capital.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 802 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E1
#19 - #thesystemisbroken
7.61
Season 3 - Episode 1

Running for office for the first time, Kirkman and his new campaign stumble out of the gate. Wells gets a critical reassignment.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 962 votes.

Designated Survivor - S3E7
#20 - #identity/crisis
7.64
Season 3 - Episode 7

A stray Russian bomber threatens Seattle, Mars crusades against a drug company. An event from Aaron’s childhood brings trouble to Kirkman’s campaign.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Designated Survivor from 799 votes.

Last updated: apr 16, 2021

Comments

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

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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!

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

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I first learned about the concept of a designated survivor from a West Wing episode more than 10 years ago. Back then I said to myself, damn that would make a great movie or tv show. I am so glad I was right.

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This might be a decent show, except for the leftwing liberal political puke it spews.

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Really great, fresh series. West wing + Homeland + House of Cards + 24. Kiefer Sutherland and Kal Penn rule!

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west wing + homeland + house of cards

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Episode 1 reflects a glimmer of hope for an entertaining series -- subsequent episodes correct that perception. Would be surprised if this doesn't wind up being pulled from network broadcast and finish up on a streaming TV service like Hulu. Was hoping for a '24' fix, but only got a '4' :-(

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What a shame this show being cancelled. The first two seasons are ok, but, "meh", nothing new. However, the third had something that made me wanna watch it, something good. Moreover, the ending shows so many good ways to another season.

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Just finished Binge watching it in a day so amazing the best season yet been emotional. Loved the new spin to the show and over 81 Swear words later really makes the show more authentic instead of just saying Damn all of the time. Here's to Season 4 and ten episodes really works. Plus my favourite scene out of Designated Survivor Season 3 is episode one where Tom Kirkman talks to his daughter Penny and say I did not talk to you about me running again for president and Penny Kirkman responds well it is kinda shitty. What a hilarious way to kick off season 3.

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