Summer is (almost) here and that means most series are going on hiatus. That means it’s time to find some new things to watch, since you should definitely not spend your summer on things like holidays, sitting in the sun, drinking beers or having a BBQ. The TV is here for you all through those hard, sunny days. Here are five reasons why you should pick up Designated Survivor.
1. You need to talk to your friends/coworkers/internetbuddies
Because, let’s be honest, everybody and their uncle is watching this show. And you need in. You want to talk about the conspiracy theories, possible traitors and plottwists. You need to know what they are all talking about. It’s always the most fun if you are watching a show that people that you like are also watching (speaking of which, go and see these 5 shows too). I’ve had Designated Survivor recommended to me and I have recommended it to others. So far, there are no complaints yet. Everybody really likes this series.
2. You know the Designated Survivor cast
It’s Jack Bauer from 24, Nikita from Nikita, Karen from Californication and Kumar from Harold & Kumar. Or, it’s David from the Lost Boys, Maya from Sideways, Kevin from How I Met Your Mother and Paul from the Following. I could go on, since Designated Survivor has a very well known and likeable cast. Be sure to have the IMDb open, for there are a lot of familiar faces you’ll want to look up. Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, Virginia Madsen, Adan Canto and Kal Penn are just a few of the names of this very diverse cast.
3. Designated Survivor is low maintenance
It’s a fun show, there’s not a lot of backstory and the plot is simple. You don’t have to remember elaborate family trees, difficult subplots or a shitload of characters. You can have this on and still update your Twitter feed, without missing too much. There’s a decent balance between politics and action without either getting boring or out of hand. Designated Survivor can be a bit predictable but there are certain plot twists you’ll never see coming. It’s even a bit soap-like, with a certain plotline about the Presiden’t son.
4. You can bingewatch season 1
Like most shows, Designated Survivor too is now on hiatus. But that means if you haven’t seen it yet, you can bingewatch an entire season, consisting of a whopping 21 episodes. Season 2 is ordered so there’s a slight cliffhanger but nothing too serious. This is one of those shows that doesn’t feel like it has a long list of episodes, since the pace is just very high. There’s something happening each episode and it’s never boring, despite it being a show about politics. This will help you get through summer.
5. It’s different from most shows you watch
Designated Survivor is no fantasy like American Gods, Game of Thrones or Westworld. It’s no horror like The Walking Dead, or a superhero show like Legion, or one of the Defenders shows like Luke Cage or Iron Fist. It’s not crazy like (again) Legion or Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. This is just straight forward, contemporay television about a man who was never supposed to be President of the United States, but still got that title due to being the designated survivor, which is a real thing by the way. So there’s really no reason to not watch this. In fact, I just gave you five good reasons to start watching.