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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2018
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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 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: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    It has captivated me enough to want to see how the episodes evolve. There are similarities to other programmes I have seen in the past howeverIt has captivated me enough to want to see how the episodes evolve. There are similarities to other programmes I have seen in the past however I do feel some elements of the program brings forth its own signature. Expand
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    10
    Yes, it definitely feels a bit like Lost but in my opinion, it does have its own story to tell. The way the show hints at how it will useYes, it definitely feels a bit like Lost but in my opinion, it does have its own story to tell. The way the show hints at how it will use character dynamics and their relations looks intriguing and I will continue to watch the mystery unfold as it goes along. Expand
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sep 25, 2018
    7
    i know lots of people were looking forward to this but i gotta say this is a show that really disappointed i mean really the story was blandi know lots of people were looking forward to this but i gotta say this is a show that really disappointed i mean really the story was bland the language was foul and everything in between nothing was really that good about this show i mean i tried to like it i really did and im gonna keep watching and i just cant see it lasting very long nbc had a flop this time Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2018
    6
    They could spend some time developing the characters, instead of jumping right to...plane ...and oh its the future. you have a whole seasonThey could spend some time developing the characters, instead of jumping right to...plane ...and oh its the future. you have a whole season and you did that in the first 5 minutes. Give us an hour of whose's who and then have the dramatic event, could have left the last line being, you took off in 2013 and its now 2018... gives us a reason to watch, the second show... to many shows now these days do not give us the opportunity to get to know the character... that's why This is Us, is so popular, it's going on season 3 and we are still learning things about them. 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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