The Best Episodes of Manifest

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2019

When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years - and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.


#1 - Crosswinds

Season 1 - Episode 10

Michaela's mystifying, next-level calling launches her on a mission that brings her relationship with Jared to a head. Determined to protect his family, Ben explores an alternate meaning to Michaela's calling that leads him to a new alliance and a powerful new adversary. Cal's struggle with Ben's absence from home forces the Stones into an agonizing confrontation that could alter the family's fabric forever.

star 8.63
8 votes

#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Returning to New York from a family vacation in Jamaica, the Stone family is separated when adult siblings Michaela and Ben, along with Ben's gravely ill son Cal are bumped to a later flight, while Ben's wife, daughter and parents fly ahead. When that later flight lands, the passengers are bewildered to discover that five and a half years have gone by. They attempt to reconnect with the loved ones who mourned their passing and moved on long ago, and try to make sense of a mystifying phenomenon steering them to act in ways they don't understand.

star 7.79
1,861 votes
Directors: David Frankel
Writers: Jeff Rake
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#3 - Reentry

Season 1 - Episode 2

The passengers from Flight 828 find themselves under government scrutiny as they struggle to resume their lives. Michaela is forced to confront the fact that Jared is married to her once-best friend, while Ben tries to help a fellow passenger reconnect with his son. Cal is approached by an obsessive stranger, as Grace and Olive disagree on whether or not to reveal a devastating secret.

star 7.73
1,635 votes
Directors: Dean White
Writers: Jeff Rake, Matthew Lau
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Dead Reckoning

#4 - Dead Reckoning

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Ben and Michaela put everything on the line to save the other missing passengers, the mission goes horribly awry and not everyone makes it out alive. The devastating result pushes Ben and Grace to a traumatic brink, while pulling Michaela and Jared dangerously close together.

star 7.68
868 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Writers: Laura Putney, Margaret Easley
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#5 - Turbulence

Season 1 - Episode 3

Ben and Michaela investigate a shocking murder in fear that it's connected to Flight 828. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to accept the life Grace led in his absence, while Olive and Cal realize that being twins after five and a half years apart is harder than they thought.

star 7.58
1,416 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Writers: Bobak Esfarjani, Gregory Nelson
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#6 - S.N.A.F.U.

Season 1 - Episode 7

With the detained passengers secretly moved and subjected to painful experimentation - and Cal's health directly linked to them - Ben takes advantage of an old friend to find out where the passengers were taken. Meanwhile, a mysterious new version of the calling pulls Michaela into a murder investigation that has deep personal ramifications for her.

star 7.58
1,033 votes
Directors: Michael Shultz
Writers: Jeff Rake, Bobak Esfarjani
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Point of No Return

#7 - Point of No Return

Season 1 - Episode 8

Ben forms an unlikely partnership with Vance in a high-stakes race to locate the missing passengers of Flight 828. Meanwhile, Michaela helps a suicidal passenger who believes he is the Angel of Death, and Cal goes back to school, navigating both his unwanted celebrity and his former friends, who are all now 16 years old.

star 7.56
919 votes
Writers: Gregory Nelson, Margaret Rose Lester
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Off Radar

#8 - Off Radar

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Cal wakes with a life-threatening fever, Grace worries it's a side-effect of his experimental cancer treatment, but Michaela and Ben suspect Cal's condition may be related to a mysterious passenger from Flight 828. As Cal's situation worsens, Ben and Michaela attempt to track down the now-missing passenger.

star 7.54
1,105 votes
Writers: Matthew Lau, MW Cartozian Wilson
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Connecting Flights

#9 - Connecting Flights

Season 1 - Episode 5

Stories unfold for those left behind in the aftermath of Flight 828's disappearance. Meanwhile in the present, Cal takes Ben on a mysterious adventure that awakens Ben to his son's perplexing abilities. Michaela tries to protect Jared from consequences at work, while keeping her romantic feelings at bay.

star 7.51
1,241 votes
Writers: Amanda Green, Margaret Rose Lester
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Unclaimed Baggage

#10 - Unclaimed Baggage

Season 1 - Episode 4

When a mysterious message leads Saanvi to the flight attendant of 828, she enlists Ben's help in uncovering a secret about the plane. Meanwhile, Michaela begins to question the nature of the callings when one goes horribly awry, leaving Jared to suffer the consequences.

star 7.48
1,358 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Laura Putney, Margaret Easley
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