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Designated Survivor 2016

  • 2016-12-07T22:00:00-05:00s at 2016-12-07T22:00:00-05:00 on ABC (US)
  • 2016-09-21T00:00:00-07:00
  • 45 mins
  • 6 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, War
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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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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Always a fan of good US political drama. Saddly this is just not clever enough. Predictable and clichéd. Trying to throw in action to keep the story growing and the background conspiracy is just that, in the background. Poor character development as few, including Sutherland, seem to get much in the way of plot or screentime. I will give it a little longer but never going to compare with the West Wing or Veep. Consider Madam Secretary instead...

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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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