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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2018
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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: When the passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828 land, they are surprised to learn five years had passed since they took flight in this drama from Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    Fraught with hints of conspiracy both secular and spiritual (Who messed with the plane? God or the CIA? And whatever the answer, what was the motive?), Manifest bounces around like a pinball machine with bumpers marked "sinister," "heartbreak," and "redemption," and scores high whichever one it touches.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 24, 2018
    75
    Manifest wants to be "This Is Us" with a taste of "Lost." Over the first episode, it manages the feat with considerable skill. A good cast sells the improbable hook by at least making it emotionally probable.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 13, 2018
    70
    Its inquisitiveness and willingness to be bold and fairly uncynical given all the things it’s trying to be is more than welcome.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 24, 2018
    58
    Manifest moves fast, but it plays like a ticket to nowhere.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 25, 2018
    52
    Seems like it should be a movie instead of a serialized weekly series.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 24, 2018
    50
    It's always difficult with such concepts -- and perhaps this one more than most -- to see whether the producers can sustain enough interest to keep the show airborne.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 24, 2018
    30
    The premise is certainly alluring, which is why it’s so disheartening to discover Manifest’s lack of imagination or intuition for what it might feel like, in the show’s lead example, for an extended family to be suddenly reunited. ... A viewer who might have been interested in the human element is instead served a cold plate of mystery meat--not the new “Lost,” but a feeble throwback to forgettable failures such as “The Event.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    I'm intrigued by the mystery, supernatural themes and I'm curious where it will go. The drama isn't soapy or over the top, which is nice, ofI'm intrigued by the mystery, supernatural themes and I'm curious where it will go. The drama isn't soapy or over the top, which is nice, of course there's some Government involvement as well but it's not clear at this stage. I'm hoping once its shown what caused the 5 1/2 year jump I won't be disappointed. If you like what I've mentioned and recall enjoying the twilight zone, I suggest you watch it and make up your own mind, hopefully you'll agree with me. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2018
    10
    I loved the show. It had me glued to the screen. The supernatural aspect is great. I thought the actors were good.I will be looking forward toI loved the show. It had me glued to the screen. The supernatural aspect is great. I thought the actors were good.I will be looking forward to episode 2 Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2018
    9
    This show is super dope! It reminds me of Lost meets Heroes. One of the best new dramas this year. The plot is amazing as well as theThis show is super dope! It reminds me of Lost meets Heroes. One of the best new dramas this year. The plot is amazing as well as the characters and the mystery that's going on! This show I can tell is going to develop into something great! Very impressed with this new show! If you are looking for a sci fi mystery than this is a must watch for you! Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2018
    7
    Ok this was a show I just tried due to hype and I was not very impressed everything from using gd word to weak plot it just didn't impress I'mOk this was a show I just tried due to hype and I was not very impressed everything from using gd word to weak plot it just didn't impress I'm sorry I know people love this show but it just was not for me I am missing what's so damn great about this show I can't get it Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    7
    The plot immediately reminded me of the French TV series Les Revenants (The Returned) and its recycled American version of the same name. InThe plot immediately reminded me of the French TV series Les Revenants (The Returned) and its recycled American version of the same name. In it, some people are basically dead but they return back as zombies. They don't know that yet immediately, only through the course of the series they realize, that besides being back, to everyone's surprise, they also lost their normalcy and became zombies. If it is indeed a copy of the concept the French used first, then it means, it is typical timing for the zombie drama released close to Halloween time. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2018
    5
    Hilariously bad. I can't look away and funny is funny so that helps the score. By way of example, the authorities go through the plane inHilariously bad. I can't look away and funny is funny so that helps the score. By way of example, the authorities go through the plane in HASMAT suits but they've already released all the passengers into the general public. The fun continues. Expand
  7. Sep 30, 2018
    3
    Cheesy acting and teleplay mar an intriguing (although unoriginal) shell. It's soap-opera worthy in its sappiness (which Lost never was) andCheesy acting and teleplay mar an intriguing (although unoriginal) shell. It's soap-opera worthy in its sappiness (which Lost never was) and the story-telling leaves us wanting less, not more. Expand

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