The Best Episodes of Designated Survivor

Last Updated: Apr 5, 2019

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.

The End of the Beginning

#1 - The End of the Beginning

Season 1 - Episode 12

Circles must tighten as a new discovery within the conspiracy emerges. Tension rises between Aaron and Emily as suspicions loom in the White House. A new lead places Agent Wells closer than before to the truth.

star 8.07
5,317 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David Guggenheim
Watch on Amazon
The Oath

#2 - The Oath

Season 1 - Episode 10

President Kirkman fears there could be 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. New information surfaces about Congressman MacLeish, raising concerns regarding his vice presidential nomination.

star 8.05
5,253 votes
Writers: David Guggenheim
Watch on Amazon
Brace for Impact

#3 - Brace for Impact

Season 1 - Episode 21

Hannah Wells must stop the conspiracy from carrying out a final attack while President Kirkman authorizes a nationwide manhunt for the mastermind behind it all.

star 8.02
4,522 votes
Writers: David Guggenheim
Watch on Amazon

#4 - Warriors

Season 1 - Episode 11

The nation reels from the aftermath of the shooting on the steps of the Capitol while Emily struggles with the knowledge there may be a traitor in the White House. Agent Wells grapples with her decision to reveal what she knows about the conspiracy behind the Capitol bombing.

star 7.98
5,223 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Paul Redford, Carol Flint
Watch on Amazon
The Enemy

#5 - The Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 4

Kirkman learns who is behind the attack and needs to grapple not only with the prospect of war, but brewing domestic troubles as well. Kirkman taps Emily to monitor the domestic situation. Alex may be in for more than she bargains for when she seeks out help from Hookstraten.

star 7.89
5,963 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Dana Ledoux Miller, Jon Harmon Feldman
Watch on Amazon
The First Day

#6 - The First Day

Season 1 - Episode 2

Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his role as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of chaos and confusion. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirkman struggles to hold a country together that is on the brink of falling apart.

star 7.86
6,210 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman, David Guggenheim
Watch on Amazon
The Mission

#7 - The Mission

Season 1 - Episode 5

Realizing his attempts at diplomacy with Algeria have failed, President Kirkman makes the difficult decision of sending Navy SEALs on a mission that will define his presidency. Agent Hannah Wells discovers more secrets than answers.

star 7.86
5,872 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim, Michael Russell Gunn
Watch on Amazon
The Blueprint

#8 - The Blueprint

Season 1 - Episode 9

When classified government documents are leaked online, President Kirkman searches for the party responsible only to find that they have taken refuge inside a foreign embassy and are beyond even his reach. Agent Hannah Wells races furiously to gather evidence of MacLeish’s involvement in the conspiracy before he can be confirmed as the country’s next Vice President.

star 7.86
5,250 votes
Writers: Dana Dedoux Miller, Michael Russell Gunn
Watch on Amazon

#9 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Lower-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kirkman must keep the country and his family safe while leading the search for the those responsible for the attack.

star 7.85
6,992 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: David Guggenheim
Watch on Amazon

#10 - Bombshell

Season 1 - Episode 20

President Kirkman’s first international summit is derailed when journalist Abe Leonard publishes an explosive article. Hannah Wells uncovers the conspiracy’s next target.

star 7.83
4,387 votes
Directors: Sharat Raju
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim
Watch on Amazon
The Ninth Seat

#11 - The Ninth Seat

Season 1 - Episode 17

As President Kirkman struggles to put together a new Supreme Court, FBI Agent Hannah Wells goes undercover and discovers much more than she ever could have imagined. Seth Wright has to contend with journalist Abe Leonard, who returns from the Middle East with an explosive story.

star 7.80
4,777 votes
Writers: Paul Redford
Watch on Amazon
The Traitor

#12 - The Traitor

Season 1 - Episode 7

When an American track-and-field coach heads to Russia, President Kirkman is thrust into a hostage exchange involving the CIA and the Russian government. Agent Hannah Wells and Deputy Director Atwood’s investigation into the Capitol bombing uncovers information that puts Atwood and his family’s life at risk.

star 7.79
5,407 votes
Writers: Jennifer Johnson, Michael Russell Gunn
Watch on Amazon

#13 - Misalliance

Season 1 - Episode 19

As the White House gears up for President Kirkman’s first international summit, Kimble Hookstraten faces her toughest political battle yet when her speakership is challenged. Meanwhile, Alex wrestles with whether or not to bring the kids back to Washington.

star 7.79
4,536 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Dana LeDoux Miller, Jenna Richman
Watch on Amazon

#14 - Commander-in-Chief

Season 1 - Episode 14

Turmoil in an African country forces President Kirkman to rely on an unlikely ally for help. Hannah’s investigation into the Capitol bombing takes an unexpected turn. Emily settles into her role as chief of staff. Aaron has to make a difficult choice.

star 7.79
4,976 votes
Writers: Michael Gunn
Watch on Amazon

#15 - Run

Season 2 - Episode 22

As President Kirkman continues to deal with the turmoil surrounding the hacker and Congressional investigation, a natural disaster threatens the lives of two White House staffers. Meanwhile, Kirkman’s closest allies are surprised when the president makes an announcement no one saw coming.

star 7.78
1,308 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Keith Eisner
Watch on Amazon
Line of Fire

#16 - Line of Fire

Season 2 - Episode 10

It’s Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.

star 7.76
1,918 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Keith Eisner
Watch on Amazon
The Confession

#17 - The Confession

Season 1 - Episode 3

President Kirkman and his staff work to keep a high-level security breach of the White House a secret just as he’s about to give his first television interview. The FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing but Agent Hannah Wells starts to develop her own theories about who was really behind the attack.

star 7.76
6,023 votes
Writers: Jennifer Johnson, Paul Redford
Watch on Amazon

#18 - Backfire

Season 1 - Episode 13

An investigative journalist shocks the White House when he reveals classified information during a press briefing and leaves Seth struggling to contain the damage from the leaked story. Hannah unearths a key connection between MacLeish and the conspiracy.

star 7.75
5,023 votes
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim, Pierluigi D. Cothran
Watch on Amazon
One Hundred Days

#19 - One Hundred Days

Season 1 - Episode 15

As President Kirkman releases an agenda to reset his presidency, Alex makes a controversial public statement that threatens to derail it. Agent Wells unknowingly finds herself in the center of a dangerous trap while getting closer to the truth.

star 7.75
4,963 votes
Directors: Ken Fink
Writers: Dana Ledoux
Watch on Amazon
Party Lines

#20 - Party Lines

Season 1 - Episode 16

President Kirkman forms an unlikely alliance in the hopes of passing his first bill. Agent Ritter is briefed by Agent Wells about a new alarming threat to the nation.

star 7.74
4,853 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jenna Richman
Watch on Amazon
The Interrogation

#21 - The Interrogation

Season 1 - Episode 6

When shots ring out at The White House during a Governors Summit, President Kirkman’s plans at electing a new Congress are thrown into turmoil. Agent Hannah Wells continues investigating the Capitol bombing and makes one of her most shocking discoveries yet.

star 7.71
5,592 votes
Writers: Barbie Kligman, Jenna Richman
Watch on Amazon
The Results

#22 - The Results

Season 1 - Episode 8

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. News about Majid Nassar’s death leaks out, and Kirkman has to handle the fallout.

star 7.70
5,300 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Paul Redford, Sang Kyu Kim
Watch on Amazon

#23 - Lazarus

Season 1 - Episode 18

As President Kirkman considers candidates for Vice President, Kimble Hookstraten finds herself embroiled in scandal. Agent Wells and Jason Atwood return from North Dakota with a critical new lead while journalist Abe Leonard’s investigation takes an unexpected turn.

star 7.69
4,658 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Jennifer Johnson
Watch on Amazon
Bad Reception

#24 - Bad Reception

Season 2 - Episode 20

President Kirkman negotiates with a foreign government to release an American held overseas, while attorney Ethan West continues his investigation.

star 7.68
1,381 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Tom Garrigus, Jessica Grasl
Watch on Amazon

#25 - Overkill

Season 2 - Episode 17

Following the deadly bomb explosion inside a D.C. metro station, President Kirkman declares war on Kunami. When the emir of that country sends his ambassador to negotiate, FBI Agent Hannah Wells learns the emir is hiding something that could have deadly consequences.

star 7.68
1,443 votes
Directors: Jeff Thomas
Writers: Jeff Melvoin, Tracey Rice
Watch on Amazon