Opinion: Has Netflix ruined Designated Survivor with swearing?

Designated Survivor

Now it's on Netflix, Designated Survivor has exercised some serious changes.

We've seen Kiefer Sutherland command the screen across such efforts as Stand By Me and Lars von Trier's Melancholia. However, the role of a lifetime as Jack Bauer on the hit series 24 remains his crowning achievement. 

The actor is a TV treasure, so fans were delighted to see him tackle the role of Thomas Kirkman in the first season of ABC's political drama series Designated Survivor

He's terrific in the series, successfully juggling both the thriller and political elements with admirable conviction. However, the latest season has raised a few eyebrows...

Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor: Season Three

The show ran on ABC for two seasons. However, season three aired exclusively on Netflix, landing on Friday, June 7th 2019. 

This was great news for the show's dedicated fanbase, as the streaming mogul offers audiences so many advantages when it comes down to binging. Easy availability is what Netflix is all about, but in recent memory, they've become synonymous with creative freedom. 

Often, projects from admired filmmakers arrive on Netflix to mixed reception, arguably because they're the product of minor interference. Sometimes this is a great thing, yet, in the realm of television - especially when the shows swap hands - the product can deviate dramatically from that which preceded it. 

Let's talk about the swearing

Everyone's glad to have it back, but the swearing was admittedly very unexpected. 

While on ABC, the content was appropriate for broadcast and appeared to avoid any particularly excessive foul language. On the other hand, under Netflix, the third season exhibits no such modesty. 

Inevitably, some found the use of the frequent use of the F-word to be a little jarring, considering the show managed just fine without it. It's actually become quite the discussion point; check out these Twitter reactions:

Does it work?

Sure, it could prove a disadvantage to and alienate younger audiences. Yet, let's be honest, the nature of the show is hardly going to attract a pre-teen audience anyway. The problem seems to be the sheer level of swearing, as it is a huge leap from the last two seasons. 

Honestly, the additional swearing gives it more of an edge, aiding the drama of certain scenes. It's not just that though, as swearing simply makes the show much more realistic in some moments. When a show avoids writing foul-mouthed dialogue, sometimes it just feels a little too obvious. 

A show like Designated Survivor feels far more at home on Netflix, and with season four, perhaps expectations will have people prepared. 

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