‘Designated Survivor’s’ President Kirkman is a nice guy – and an awful president

ABC's "Designated Survivor" strained throughout its first season to show that President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is a good, decent and refreshingly different type of president. But because the show operates on a superficial level, it's easy to expose the trick. Yes, he's unquestionably – and boringly – a great guy; he loves his family, he treats everyone decently, he listens and learns, and so forth. But just as clearly, he's as bad of a president as Bush, Obama and Trump.

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First episode impressions: ‘Designated Survivor’

Two episodes into its run, "Designated Survivor" (10 p.m. Wednesdays, ABC) continues to pay lip service to the idea of a president who is in over his head. Indeed, President Tom Kirkman ("24's" Kiefer Sutherland) SHOULD be overwhelmed by this job that he's thrust into after the 10 people above him in the line of succession are killed when the Capitol blows up during a State of the Union speech.

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