A low-level Cabinet member is appointed President after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession.
Season 01, Episode 01 - “Pilot” Tom Kirkman, a lower level United States Cabinet member, finds himself suddenly appointed president of the country after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession in the series premiere of this dramatic thriller.
Season 01, Episode 02 - “The First Day” Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his new role as commander-in-chief. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the situation that threatens to tear the country apart, he’s also faced with dangerous challenges and adversaries, in addition to the shocking news that he wasn’t the only designated survivor.
Season 01, Episode 03 - “The Confession” The FBI’s investigation into the Capitol bombing continues, with Agent Hannah Wells starting to develop her own theories as to who’s responsible. Meanwhile, President Kirkman and his staff deal with a high-level security breach of the White House, which they try to keep secret as Tom prepares for his first TV interview as POTUS.
Season 01, Episode 04 - “The Enemy” The prospect of war hangs over Kirkman when he learns who is behind the attack on the Capitol, while at the same time he deals with brewing domestic troubles. As Emily is tapped to monitor the situation at home, Alex feels uneasy about her decision to reach out to Hookstraten for help.
Season 01, Episode 05 - “The Mission” President Kirkman attempts diplomacy with Algeria, but fails, forcing him to make a difficult decision that will define his years in the White House. Meanwhile, more secrets than answers are uncovered as Hannah continues her investigation into the Capitol bombing.
Season 01, Episode 05 - “The Interrogation” Shots are fired at the White House during a Governors Summit; President Kirkman must regroup after his plans for electing a new Congress are thrown into turmoil; Agent Wells makes a shocking discovery while investigating the Capitol bombing.
Season 01, Episode 07 - “The Traitor” President Kirkman negotiates a hostage exchange involving the CIA, the Russian government and an American track-and-field coach. Elsewhere, FBI Deputy Director Atwood worries for the safety of his family after he and Hannah uncover information about the Capitol bombing.
Season 01, Episode 08 - “The Results” A national emergency forces Kirkman to consider canceling the election to vote for a new House of Representatives; at the same time, he also deals with fallout from a leaked report of Majid Nassar’s death.
Season 01, Episode 09 - “The Blueprint” President Kirkman deals with classified government documents being leaked online by a group that have taken refuge inside a foreign embassy that’s beyond his reach. Meanwhile, Hannah is running out of time to prove MacLeish’s involvement in the conspiracy before his confirmation as vice president.
Season 01, Episode 10 - “The Oath” Shocking information related to the Capitol bombing case gives President Kirkman reason to suspect there could be a traitor in the White House, which he asks Emily to quietly investigate. Meanwhile, concerns are raised about Congressman MacLeish.