‘Manifest’ Makes a Big Comeback on Netflix

Netflix has a reputation for abruptly canceling popular shows, much to the dismay of fans. However, the streaming giant has also been known to breathe new life into series on the brink of extinction. A prime example of this is “Manifest,” a show about the mysterious reappearance of a commercial flight and its passengers after being missing for five years.

Originally airing on NBC in 2018, “Manifest” follows the story of Montego Air Flight 828, which vanishes and then inexplicably returns after half a decade, leaving passengers and crew to grapple with a world that moved on without them. Despite its intriguing premise and a loyal fan base, NBC decided to shelve the series after its third season, leaving many storylines unresolved and fans wanting more.

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This decision was met with disappointment, but Netflix stepped in just a few months after NBC’s cancellation. The streaming service picked up “Manifest” and greenlit a fourth season, giving the show and its followers a glimmer of hope. This move by Netflix proved to be a masterstroke.

Upon its release on the streaming platform, “Manifest” saw a surge in popularity, becoming one of the most-watched shows on Netflix. According to Variety, the opening episodes of the fourth season accumulated a staggering 57.1 million hours of viewing in the first three days. This marked a significant achievement for the show, especially considering its uncertain future just a year prior.

Critics and fans alike praised the revived series. The fourth season of “Manifest” boasts an impressive 88 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, a testament to its success on Netflix. Critics from various entertainment outlets have lauded the show’s final season.

Nicole Gallucci from Decider commended the series for proving its worth, while Jay Snow from Collider highlighted its edge-of-the-seat excitement. Lauren Piester from The Wrap praised the season for its ability to engage and emotionally impact its audience.

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