Designated Survivor (2016–2019)
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Party Lines 

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


Mike Listo


David Guggenheim (created by), Jenna Richman




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Tom Kirkman
Natascha McElhone ... Alex Kirkman
Adan Canto ... Aaron Shore
Italia Ricci ... Emily Rhodes
LaMonica Garrett ... Mike Ritter
Kal Penn ... Seth Wright
Maggie Q ... Hannah Wells
Malik Yoba ... Jason Atwood
Reed Diamond ... John Forstell
Mark Deklin ... Jack Bowman
Geoff Pierson ... Cornelius Moss
Kearran Giovanni ... Senator Diana Harris
Virginia Madsen ... Kimble Hookstraten
Ally Gallo Ally Gallo ... Anchor
Clark Backo ... Ava


Ambitious Republican Senator Jack Bowman, who has his ultimate eye on the White House, has pushed Tom into a corner in needing to back a poorly worded but what Tom considers a minor yet important gun control bill whose primary purpose is to expand background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm. Tom hopes that if the bill passes in the Senate, it will become a bipartisan issue in the House, where the legislators can craft a more succinct bill that can be passed into law. That poor wording may become a sticking point even for the Democratic minority in the Senate, but Tom and his team need to meet with Senate Minority Leader Diana Harris to see where they stand with the Democrats. Even if they are able to get the Senate Democrats on side - with or without conditions - Tom and his team will need the support of at least five Senate Republicans for the bill to pass, any hint of something being anti-Second Amendment in general which is a core fight among Republicans. Despite she ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

12 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Kal Penn's character mentions the Office of Public Engagement. Penn himself worked for this office under President Barack Obama., and was later appointed to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. See more »


Emily makes the observation that SB8180 would only require background checks on new gun sales. Federal law already requires this, so this TV bill would be a non-issue. At issue with proposed actual legislation are requirements to perform background checks on used guns between private parties, which several states already require. See more »


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28 June 2019 | by slheddleSee all my reviews

Stop preaching. For God's sake stop preaching. Gun control? Really?

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