Designated Survivor

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Tense, dramatic series explores a political nightmare.

ABC Drama 2016

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 70 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 31 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Too much cursing

I’m deeply distressed that NETFLIX felt that a show was edgier or better written by cursing. I’m not a prude, just a very concerned parent.

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Too much swearing
age 18+

From clean to filth

Season 1 and 2 had no or very little bad language and adult content. You’ve attracted a certain viewership-why completely alienate them in season 3. It’s so unusual to find something clean to watch - it Was a breath of fresh air and then in season 3 the writers just followed the same old filthy recipe every other show adopted. The Good wife/fight was the same - it became unwatchable for anyone who values higher standards.

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