Designated Survivor (2016)

Keifer Sutherland stars in a new series that may prove quite interesting. Since it’s a story about a lower member of government taking over as President is raises a lot of questions about politics. Besides that, it’s exciting.

Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor

“A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.” -IMDB


Kiefer Sutherland Tom Kirkman (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
Natascha McElhone Alex Kirkman (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
Adan Canto Aaron Shore (22 episodes, 2016-2017)
Italia Ricci Emily Rhodes (22 episodes, 2016-2017)

Directed by
Written by

David Guggenheim

Other Info

Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 8.0

Apparently there is something in the laws of government in the USA that has a designated survivor in a certain remote location during the State of the Union Speech. Sutherland is in that place when the white house is bombed. The premise of the show is that he assumes leadership of the country that night.

It’s weird how quickly everyone in the White House accepts him as the new President. Immediately they address him as such. There are some characters in the story who are not behind him though, specifically the military general. This makes for good drama, Sutherland does a good job being statesmanlike and making tough choices immediately on short notice.

I probably won’t be watching this show, despite the fact that it seems well made. I’m not a fact of political dramas. I would recommend to those who are though. I think it has a lot to offer in that genre.


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