'Manifest': Why the NBC show has been the best on TV this fall

As the ratings keep going higher, 'Manifest' has earned for itself the label of the best TV show this fall season.


                            'Manifest': Why the NBC show has been the best on TV this fall

Nothing seems to be able to keep the Jeff Rake-directed NBC show, 'Manifest', from taking away the crown of the best show this fall. Starring Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, J.R.Ramirez, and Parveen Kaur, the show follows the sudden disappearance of Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing for almost five and a half years. When the plane returned other than the passengers' age nothing had remained the same. Although they hadn't aged a day, their near ones- already presuming their death- moved on with their lives. 

With every episode, the series has been introducing new plots and turns to enhance the overall mystery shrouding the sudden disappearance of the plane. However, it is the subplots, the characters, and the neatly packed script which has contributed to the show being rated the best on TV this fall season. According to TVLine readers' ratings, NBC's sci-fi thriller is the best new fall show, receiving a seriously impressive 82 percent approval rating. This means that the Jeff Rake-directed show is now one of the most esteemed TV shows joining the previous Popularity Contest Winners such as  'S.W.A.T.', 'Designated Survivor', 'Blindspot', 'Gotham', 'Sleepy Hollow', and 'Arrow'.

'Manifest' is now one of the top-rated shows. (IMDb)
'Manifest' is now one of the top-rated shows. (IMDb)

So what is it that has made 'Manifest' such an optimum descendant of 'Lost'? Here are four things that we think makes the show the best:

1. A Mystery Tale

With its sci-fi tone blending with religious philosophy, the show has every quality of a mystery tale which is required to keep the audience hooked. Viewers like watching shows that keep them on the edge of their seats, and leave them pondering about what happened or what will happen next. We have a missing plane, a group of missing passengers, and some shady people trying to carry out experiments to artificially replicate brain data, and with every episode, the suspense surrounding these events intensifies. What is even better is that not for once has 'Manifest' been a slow-burning mystery, but a snapping roll of cases and solutions leaving the audience asking for more. 

The mystery does not wait in 'Manifest'. (NBC)
The mystery does not wait in 'Manifest'. (NBC)

2. Couple Dynamics

We all love to watch our own personal lives being reflected on screen as that makes any story a lot more relatable, and in 'Manifest' the couple dynamics are as genuine as they can get. The continuous pull and push in relationships certainly do not take the central ground in the story, instead, revolve around the plot acting as catalysts to push it further. While this could have been a serious hindrance in the story's progress- since romantic angles often tend to make matters more subjective- it has, in fact, helped the show be more relatable than its former opponent, 'Lost'.

 

The couple dynamics is what makes the show so relatable. (NBC)
The couple dynamics is what makes the show so relatable. (NBC)

3. Character Shades

Although some of the characters such as Ben Stone, Saanvi Bahl, and Michaela have been on the brighter side of the spectrum with no prominent flaws in them, the other range of characters which includes Grace, Vance, Olive, and Jared, are quite complicated and interesting. Acting as foils to the ones on the opposite side of the spectrum, these four characters add more girth to the former three by influencing their actions with their presence. Although they are five years apart now, their immense hold on the consciousness of the main characters is what dominates the plot in many corners. 

 

Most characters have layers to themselves. (IMDb)
Most characters have layers to themselves. (IMDb)

4. An All-Embracing One

The best thing about 'Manifest' is that it is an all-inclusive show. It is probably one of those rare shows this year which is not dominated by white characters. Every creed and race has been represented and with utter precision, and the brilliance of Jeff Rake lies in the fact that he has managed to represent America the way it ideally should be- a nation for all. He has managed to do so without overlapping the mystery with any political turmoil. We do get a sense of the civilian's angst against the government but that is underlying, the main concern continues to remain the mystery of the plane which holds all the subplots together. 

Everyone is represented in the show. (IMDb)
Everyone is represented in the show. (IMDb)

'Manifest' is now leading TV as the best show according to readers and viewers, and it is closely followed by  'Legacies', The CW's spin-off of 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals', came in second with an 81 percent approval rating, nearly taking over the top spot at the last minute. NBC's 'New Amsterdam', starring Ryan Eggold, came in third with 77 percent, followed by ABC's cop drama 'The Rookie', which earned 76 percent. Fox's 'The Cool Kids' rounded out the top five with 73 percent.

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