What Is Manifest on Netflix All About? Why Netflix Saved It for a Fourth Season?

Published 10/23/2021, 3:00 PM EDT

If I had a dollar for every time Netflix saved a series from cancellation, I would be a millionaire. The newest addition to the list of last-minute-resurrected series is Manifest.

“You”, “Lucifer” and “Arrested Development” are the other members on the list, each of which left a mark on the audience. Let us find out what is so special about Manifest that it entered this elite list.

Interesting premise


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Manifest follows a group of 191 people who board the Montego Air Flight 828 and time travel five and a half years in the future. All the while, society has moved on, presuming the passengers died in an accident.

The show depicts the change in human nature after such a shocking event, which leads to complex relationships and a lot of drama. There are some supernatural elements too, like the passengers having visions known as ‘callings’, which show them future disasters. The government tries to benefit from these ‘callings’.

The resurrection

Manifest Season 3 premiered on Netflix on 21st August. Thereafter, the show quickly amassed the views it deserved. Nielsen’s streaming ratings confirmed the belief that the acquired show was way ahead of Netflix’s “Clickbait” in the week of August 23-29.

The ratings were so high that Netflix immediately announced the show’s renewal for a fourth and final season. The fourth season of Netflix Manifest will contain 20 episodes. Netflix announced the renewal of the show on August 28.


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The cancellation

NBC canceled Manifest after its poor run post season 1. The average viewership nearly dropped by half from season 1 to season 3. The ratings of the show told a similar story.


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While the fans couldn’t wait for the truth, the same mystery dragging out for so long with no payoff tired the viewers. Some fans even believed the subplots were derailing the show. Romance, which was supposed to be a sub-genre, started dominating the show.

Nevertheless, Manifest on Netflix found its target audience and is enjoying supreme success. Writer and Creator of Manifest, Jeff Rake, must be happy, for his story will come to an end in the spring of 2022.



Anuj Kapse

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Anuj Kapse is a writer at Netflix Junkie. This undergraduate, who has developed a liking for the creative arts and writing, decided to explore and build his passion in the entertainment vertical. He enjoys watching and recommending sitcoms /mockumentary to his friends, and some of his staples are American Vandal, Trial & Error, and Crashing.