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A suspenseful new American Political Drama has just begun airing on ABC. This show is about a man, Tom Kirkman, who is the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the United States. He is also the only designated survivor. On the night of the annual State of the Union address, an explosion kills the current President and every member of the cabinet except for Tom Kirkman. As the designated survivor, Tom is immediately sworn in as President. He must take on all presidential duties and to make matters worse, he has no idea what else is about to happen.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on ABC
1 Season, 10 Episodes - Currently Airing
September 21, 2016
Drama, Horror & Suspense
8.0/10
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Designated Survivor Full Episode Guide

  • President Kirkman is suspicious of the possibility of 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.

  • When classified government documents are leaked online, President Kirkman embarks on a quest to find the party responsible.

  • On the eve of the country voting to elect a new House of Representatives, an unexpected development forces Kirkman to consider cancelling the elections entirely. Meanwhile, news has leaked about Majid Nassar’s death, and Kirkman has to handle the fallout.

  • President Kirkman is forced into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government. Meanwhile, Agent Hannah Wells and Deputy Director Atwood's investigation into the Capitol bombing uncovers information that threatens Atwood and his family.

  • When shots are fired at The White House during a Governor's Summit, President Kirkman's plans at electing a new Congress are disrupted. Agent Hannah Wells continues investigating the Capitol bombing and makes an unexpected discovery.

  • Realizing his attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman takes a stand when he chooses to send Navy SEALs on a mission. Meanwhile, as the investigation into the Capitol bombing continues, Agent Hannah Wells discovers more secrets than answers.

  • Kirkman identifies who is behind the attack and contemplates the prospect of war as well as the domestic troubles. Kirkman taps Emily to monitor the domestic situation, while Alex may be in way over her head when she seeks help from Hookstraten.

  • President Kirkman and his staff are desperate to keep a high-level security breach of the White House under wraps just as he's about to give his first television interview. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing, and Agent Hannah Wells begins to theorize who was really behind the attack.

  • Despite chaos and confusion, President Kirkman assumes his role as Commander-in-Chief. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirkman is challenged to hold a country together that is on the brink of destruction.

  • In the series premiere, Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, is suddenly appointed President of the United States following an attack during the State of the Union.

Most Popular Designated Survivor Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 10 The Oath 12/14/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 9 The Blueprint 12/07/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 2 The First Day 9/28/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot 9/21/2016
  • Season 1 Episode 8 The Results 11/30/2016

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Designated Survivor Video Clips & Extras

Who Is the Traitor in the White House? Clip (01:37) Hannah Wakes up After the Car Accident Clip (03:05)