Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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A political attack on Kirkman puts privacy and transgender rights in the spotlight; Aaron weighs a major decision; Wells and Eli track a bioterrorist.


Timothy Busfield


David Guggenheim (created by), Peter Noah




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Anthony Edwards ... Mars Harper
Lauren Holly ... Lynn Harper
Mckenna Grace ... Penny Kirkman
Elena Tovar ... Isabel Pardo
Benjamin Charles Watson ... Dontae Evans (as Ben Watson)
Chukwudi Iwuji ... Dr. Eli Mays
Jamie Clayton ... Sasha Booker
Julie White ... Lorraine Zimmer
Rose Tuong Rose Tuong ... Kimiko
David Miller David Miller ... Reporter Sahana


A political attack on Kirkman puts privacy and transgender rights in the spotlight; Aaron weighs a major decision; Wells and Eli track a bioterrorist.

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7 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Uses footage from real life interviews. See more »


After catching him looking at his biological daughter's Instagram account, Emily Rhodes tells Seth Wright that his daughter can determine who is looking at her account. At the time of the episode's release, this is not the case--Instagram does not have that feature. See more »


Tom Kirkman: One of the nice things about being President: no one tells you you look like shit in the morning.
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Fascinating new way of storytelling
12 June 2019 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

I have been a fan of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR since its beginning probably because of a fatigue with politics as usual and an interest in seeing human need before indentured agendas. In this 3rd season the show has moved from broadcast network to a streaming platform (Netflix) releasing it from the stricture of the public rating system. But, the change I've appreciated most is that it seems to be determining content and story from real interviews with people about issues that affect them the most. Each episode includes portions of these interviews, as stated at the end of an episode "The interviews featured in these episodes are of real people from footage provided from documentary filmmakers. Their comments are unscripted and represent their own thought. Clips are edited for content and time." I find this a fascinating way of taking this series closer to their audience.

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