Manifest: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Manifest's attempts to balance supernatural mystery and melodrama largely work thanks to its well-chosen cast -- though it could use a few more distinguishing characteristics.



Critic Ratings: 37

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Sep 24, 2018
Air date: Oct 1, 2018
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Air date: Oct 22, 2018
Air date: Nov 5, 2018
Air date: Nov 12, 2018
Air date: Nov 19, 2018
Air date: Nov 26, 2018
Air date: Jan 7, 2019
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When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. From Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke comes an emotionally rich, unexpected journey into a world grounded in hope, heart and destiny.


Melissa Roxburgh
as Michaela Stone
Athena Karkanis
as Grace Stone
Parveen Kaur
as Saanvi
Joshua Dallas
as Ben Stone
J.R. Ramirez
as Jared Williams
Luna Blaise
as Olive Stone
Marc Menchaca
as James Griffin
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Critic Reviews for Manifest Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

A good cast sells the improbable hook by at least making it emotionally probable.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Manifest is worth a look, with the proviso that the only way it will last is if enough people see reasons to keep watching.

Sep 24, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Self-important much? There's an awful lot of big emotion on this show, which is my polite way of saying that it's pretty soapy... But there's a "Lost"-like mystery afoot that drew me in, as the passengers begin to experience similar after-effects.

Sep 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's at least worth watching at least one more. Just in case it does happen to be aliens.

Sep 25, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Think "Lost," but without an island, a smoke monster or donkey wheel. (At least not yet).

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

They've set enough plates spinning in the air here to make you want to come back for more, but how it'll all develop God - Her again - knows.

Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Manifest has some good qualities.

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

A conglomerate of several other popular shows past and present, with dialogue so wooden it's a wonder the actors don't get splinters in their mouths while talking.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Manifest doesn't understand its own format and doesn't inspire interest. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 28, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The new mystery for NBC might be the most ridiculous, insane, and laughably bad show of the pilot season, but it will certainly intrigue you to no end.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manifest: Season 1

  • May 02, 2019
    Amazing series <3 loved it
  • Apr 20, 2019
    I like this show, but it can get a little boring and that is in no way a good thing. I do appreciate the actors and all the work that goes into it, but it definitely drags.
  • Mar 31, 2019
    This is a great concept and I enjoyed watching, but it falters a bit throughout the season. I hope they get a second season, but am wary of how they will build on the story.
  • Mar 30, 2019
    I watched all sixteen episodes. Some were okay, some were pretty terrible. Only about 3 of them were really considered 'great'; but I prevailed, just for the sake of finding out what the big twist at the end would be. The little breadcrumbs of mystery tempted me to want to stay with this sinking ship just long enough to find out what the reveal would be. You know what the reveal was? Nothing. There was no reveal. In fact, it was the most anticlimactic finale I've ever seen. We're back at square one - we know absolutely nothing about the plane, its mystery or the passengers. There were no answers, and not even much action. Instead, we got a bizarrely strung together finale based on plot arcs only just introduced one episode before - but everything else? It just got thrown out the window. There was one "we're all going to die" plot twist, but there hadn't been a single clue leading up to it before this episode. I'm fully convinced that Jeff Rake just made this show up as he went along. At the very least, there could have been a showdown with the Big Bad they called "the Major". After all, they spent half the season building up to it, making the Major an ominous and scary character. Instead, they shelved and forgot about her. But guess what? We got ONE revelation in the finale... Grace is pregnant with a baby of the other man. Nothing about the plane or the passengers. No reveals. Instead, we get more family drama. Nope, that's it. I'm done.
  • Mar 26, 2019
    An 4400 wannabe series, with less interesting backstory, lazy writing, and actors/ characters that are unlikable. Watch 4400 instead.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    This show is absolutely amazing!!!!!! Such a suspenseful series. Wonderful.
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Melodramatic characters and a cliched storyline make Manifest impossible to take seriously.
  • Mar 06, 2019
    Decent plot overall, occasionally very good.
  • Mar 04, 2019
    This is a really good show, full of twists and turns. Ca't wait for the next season!
  • Mar 01, 2019
    Killer of a season ending!! Cool concept and interesting characters, keeping the mystery going around the Callings without it feeling slow or dragging on. Interesting twists in the later part of the season. Definitely want to see more!

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