Netflix TV Show Recommendation: Designated Survivor (2016-2019)

Quote from Designated Survivor by Seth Wright

Maybe he’ll realize he has no business running the country.”


Creator: David Guggenheim

Executive Producers: Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Jeff Melvoin, Jon Harmon Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzan Bymel, Paul McGuigan, Amy Harris, Aditya Sood, David Guggenheim, Simon Kinberg, and Neal Baer

Directors: Chris Grismer, Frederick E.O. Toye, Peter Leto, Paul A. Edwards, Joe Lazarov, Leslie Libman, Sharat Raju, Mike Listo, Timothy Busfield, Michael Katleman, Richard J. Lewis, Paul McGuigan, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Brad Turner, Norberto Barba, Milan Cheylov, Kenneth Fink, Fred Gerber, Stephen Surjik, Jeannot Szwarc, Ian Toynton, Tara Nicole Weyr, Carol Banker, Jeff T. Thomas, David Warry-Smith, and Bosede Williams

Writers: David Guggenheim, Pierluigi Cothran, Patrick Cunnane, Tracey Rice, Keith Eisner, Paul Redford, Michael Russell Gunn, Sang Kyu Kim, Dana Ledoux Miller, Bill Chais, Ashley Gable, Jennifer Johnson, Jenna Richman, Jessica Grasl, Jon Harmon Feldman, Tom Garrigus, Jeff Melvoin, Barbie Kligman, Carol Flint, and Neal Baer

Major Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Tanner Buchanan, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Jake Epstein, Paulo Costanzo, Zoe McLellan, Ben Lawson, McKenna Grace, Ben Lawson, Tanner Buchanan, and Reed Diamond

TV Rating: TV-14

Episode Running Time: 42 minutes

Total Seasons: 3 (ABC Studios: Season 1 and 2 and Netflix: Season 3)


I wish I had all the time to watch TV shows morning, noon, and night although sometimes I think I devote way too much time to them.  Again, this show had been sitting in my queue for a while and decided to give it a try.  I really like Kiefer Sutherland as an actor and instead of watching 24 again although I really wished the reboot had continued beyond the first season, I thought I should step out of my comfort zone.  I’m still watching season 1 and so far so good, but I heard due to it moving to Netflix it was able to get into the more nitty gritty of Washington politics.  The third season comes out this Friday.  Designated Survivor has all the workings of a political thriller where there’s more mystery than West Wing, but less hip swinging than Scandal.  So what is Designated Survivor about?  It begins with Tom Kirkman, played by Kiefer Sutherland, as he’s now the President of the United States after the unfortunate bombing on the U.S. Capitol.  After he is sworn in wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, the race is on to find who is responsible for the bombing while trying to bring the country back to some normalcy.  Those that managed to survive do their best to help a man who never wanted anything to do with politics from the start.  I have to say Adan Canto as Aaron Stone, Kal Penn as Seth Wright, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells had solid performances too.  While I have not watched season 2 yet, I did look ahead to get the gist of it.  The story lines progress between and among characters.  I know this doesn’t offer much insight, but I don’t want to ruin it for those who want to watch this later.  There is some predictability to this kind of show, but overall it keeps your attention.  I look forward to catching up so I can watch season 3 and see how the new characters play out especially the dysfunctional couple of Mars and Lynn Harper (Anthony Edwards and Lauren Holly).

I rate Designated Survivor GREAT at 90%.



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