Manifest (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Jeff Rake
Composer(s) Danny Lux
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Cathy Frank
  • Laura Putney
  • Margaret Easley
  • Harvey Waldman
  • Tim Ives
  • Tim Norman
  • John Bradley Smith
  • Elena Maganini
  • Nicholas Erasmus
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network NBC
Original release September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Manifest is an American drama television series, created by Jeff Rake, that premiered on September 24, 2018, on NBC. The series centers on the passengers and crew of a commercial airliner who suddenly reappear after being presumed dead for five years. It stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J. R. Ramirez, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise.


Montego Air Flight 828 from Jamaica to New York City experiences a brief period of severe turbulence. When they land, the passengers and crew learn from the National Security Agency that five years have passed while they were in the air, during which time they were presumed dead. As they reintegrate themselves into present-day society, the passengers begin to face the fact that their lives—and loved ones—are not the same as they were before, and begin to hear guiding voices.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Melissa Roxburgh as Michaela Stone, a police officer who works at the NYPD's 129th Precinct, and Ben's sister
  • Josh Dallas as Ben Stone, an associate professor and Michaela's brother
  • Athena Karkanis as Grace Stone, Ben's wife
  • J. R. Ramirez as Det. Jared Vasquez, a detective at the NYPD's 129th Precinct and Michaela's ex-fiancé, who is now married to her best friend
  • Luna Blaise as Olive Stone, Ben and Grace's daughter and Cal's twin sister. Jenna Kurmemaj portrays a young Olive in a guest appearance in the pilot episode.
  • Jack Messina as Cal Stone, Ben and Grace's son and Olive's twin brother, now five years younger than she is
  • Parveen Kaur as Saanvi Bahl, a graduate student and medical researcher


  • Frank Deal as Captain Bill Daily, the pilot of Flight 828
  • Curtiss Cook as Radd, a street violinist and passenger on Flight 828
  • Rich Topol as Harvey, a passenger on Flight 828
  • Julienne Hanzelka Kim as Kelly Taylor, a wealthy passenger on Flight 828 who is murdered shortly after speaking to the media
  • Daryl Edwards as Robert Vance, the director of the NSA who leads the investigation of the re-emergence of Montego Air Flight 828
  • Alfredo Narciso as Captain Riojas, the police captain of the NYPD's 129th Precinct who Michaela works for
  • Mugga as Bethany, a flight attendant on Flight 828


  • Joel de la Fuente as Dr. Brian Cardoso ("Pilot"), Saanvi's boss
  • Jim True-Frost as Rector Dave Hynes ("Pilot")
  • Onata Aprile as Hallie Pyler ("Pilot")
  • Victoria Cartagena as Lourdes ("Reentry"), Michaela's former best friend who is now married to Jared
  • Brandon J. Dirden as Detective Donovan ("Turbulence"), a detective operating in Long Island.
  • Sean Kaufman as Kevin ("Turbulence"), a former best friend of Cal who is now dating Olive
  • Adriane Lenox as Beverly ("Turbulence"), Evie's mother who now has dementia
  • James Hiroyuki Liao as Rob Taylor ("Turbulence"), the husband of Kelly Taylor whose tenants at a retail mall are illegal immigrants that he extorted.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [1]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"David FrankelJeff RakeSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)T33.0100310.40[2]
Montego Air Flight 828 from Jamaica to New York City experiences a brief period of severe turbulence. When they land, the passengers and crew learn from the NSA that five years have passed while they were in the air. Police officer Michaela learns that her mother has died and her fiancé Jared has married her best friend. Michaela begins hearing a voice that guides her to save a child from being hit by a bus and to rescue two abducted young girls. Medical researcher Saanvi learns that her work has helped save hundreds of pediatric cancer patients while she was gone. Michaela's nephew Cal, who is suffering from terminal cancer and was also on Flight 828, is a candidate for the treatment. Also experiencing headaches and hearing voices, Michaela's brother Ben and the rest of the returned passengers and crew are drawn to the airstrip where the plane is parked. As they look on, the plane explodes.
2"Reentry"Dean WhiteJeff Rake & Matthew LauOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)T30.101028.45[3]
The NSA questions the 20 Flight 828 passengers and crew who were present when the plane exploded, and they are told not to discuss their experiences with the media. Ben helps fellow passenger Radd make contact with his son Adio, who is imprisoned at Rikers Island for a robbery he says he did not commit. Ben's new abilities lead him to discover the real culprit is the store owner's son, and Adio is freed. Meanwhile, Michaela avoids Jared's wife—her former best friend Lourdes. Seeing the many posts and birthday messages Lourdes left for her on social media during the years she was missing, Michaela reaches out to her, and lies that she was planning to decline Jared's proposal before the plane disappeared. Ben learns from Olive that there is another man in Grace's life. Kelly, one of the passengers from Flight 828, speaks with the media, and is murdered.
3"Turbulence"Paul HolahanGregory Nelson & Bobak EsfarjaniOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)T30.1010037.45[4]
Thinking Kelly's murder may be connected to her speaking out, Michaela and Ben visit the murder scene, and later speak to Kelly's husband and housekeeper. The NSA takes control of the investigation, and Vance tries to compel Jared to keep him informed of Michaela's movements. Cal is upset to discover that his former best friend Kevin is dating Olive. Michaela is still traumatized by the death of her friend Evie, who was killed in a car wreck while Michaela was driving at Evie's insistence. Michaela visits Evie's parents, and learns that her mother Beverly has dementia. Michaela later faces her fear of driving to find Beverly, who has wandered off, and saves her from being hit by a car. The driver is Kelly's housekeeper, who is in possession of Kelly's missing necklace and later admits to killing her. Michaela tells Jared that something has changed in her that she cannot explain. Saanvi finds something unusual in Cal's blood, and then in her own, which is usually produced by an ischemic stroke. The NSA takes custody of Kelly's body.
4"Unclaimed Baggage"[5]TBATBAOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)TBATBD
5"Connecting Flights"[6]TBATBAOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)TBATBD



On August 23, 2017, it was announced that NBC had given the production a put pilot commitment. The pilot was written by Jeff Rake who was also set to executive produce alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. Jackie Levine was expected to serve as a co-executive producer. Production companies involved with the pilot were slated to consist of Compari Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.[7] On January 23, 2018, it was reported that NBC had given the production a pilot order.[8] A week later, it was announced that David Frankel would direct and executive produce the pilot.[9] On May 10, 2018, it was announced that NBC had given the production a series order.[10] A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2018 and air on Mondays at 10 p.m.[11] On June 19, 2018, it was announced that the series would officially premiere on September 24, 2018.[12]


In February 2018, it was announced that Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, and J. R. Ramirez had joined the pilot's main cast.[13][14] In March 2018, it was reported that Athena Karkanis, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise had been cast in main roles.[15][16]



On May 13, 2018, NBC released the first official trailer for the series.[17] On July 21, 2018, the series held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Those in attendance included executive producer Jeff Rake and actors Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas.[18] On August 28, 2018, the first nine minutes of the first episode were released among various digital outlets.[19]


On September 10, 2018, the series took part in the 12th Annual PaleyFest Fall Television Previews, which featured a preview screening of the series.[20]


Critical response[edit]

The series was met with a mixed response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 59% with an average rating of 6.89 out of 10, based on 32 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "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."[21] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 55 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[22]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 24, 2018 2.2/9 10.40[2] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Reentry" October 1, 2018 1.8/8 8.45[3] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Turbulence" October 8, 2018 1.6/7 7.45[4] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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  3. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 2, 2018). "The Voice adjusts up, The Good Doctor and Dancing with the Stars adjust down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 9, 2018). "'Bull' and 'The Resident' adjust up, 'Manifest' and 'The Voice' adjust down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "(#104) "Unclaimed Baggage"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "(#105) "Connecting Flights"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
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  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 23, 2018). "Manifest Missing Plane Mystery Thriller From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis Gets NBC Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
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  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2018). "NBC Picks Up Drama Manifest To Series, Renews Blindspot For Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
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  16. ^ Petski, Denise (March 9, 2018). "'Main Justice' Casts Deborah Ayorinde; Luna Blaise Joins 'Manifest'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Petski, Denise (May 13, 2018). "NBC New Series Trailers: 'Manifest', 'New Amsterdam', 'I Feel Bad'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (July 21, 2018). "'Manifest' Creator Jeff Rake Has End Game For New Event Mystery Series – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2018). "'Manifest': NBC Unveils Entire First Act Of Supernatural Thriller In Digital Platform Rollout". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  20. ^ Pedersen, Erik (July 24, 2018). "PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Sets Initial Lineup: Tim Allen, Sarah Silverman, Aaron Paul & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Manifest: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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