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By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid supernatural mystery explores family dynamics, loss.

TV NBC Drama 2018
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age 13+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 12+

Gripping, but a bit creepy.

This is a super good show and I really enjoyed watching it. It has an amazing plot with alot of twists. Violence- The only thing that realy concerned me throughout the episodes I have watched so far was the fact that at the end of episode 2 it shows a woman watching tv, then there is a shadow behind her, then it flicks back to the tv screen and suddenly there is a gunshot and blood splatters onto the tv screen. After that in episode 3 the main character is investigating what happened to her, and it shows her face with blood all over it as they zip up the bag her dead body is in. That part was a bit creepy. Sex- Again the only concerning thing for me in the episodes I watched, was a scene in one of the episodes (I don't remember which one) is a wife and her husband are doing math together and the husband cracks something smart and the wife starts saying "sexy math" and the go into the kitchen and start taking off their shirts and say "Lets go upstairs and do some sexy math together" Apart from these things I loved the show and thought it was amazing.
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age 10+

Good for a mature 10 year old

Great show. I would say show your kid the first episode and see how that deal with that.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (54 ):

A compelling mystery is a great way to start a show, but what differentiates this series from its many similar predecessors is its heart. In a trend that can most easily be traced back to the success of Lost, the airwaves have been littered with the corpses of shows that kicked off with a cool supernatural mystery -- The Event, Flash Forward, The Nine, Invasion, The Crossing, Surface, The Whispers, Threshold -- but couldn't maintain the promise of their premise. Now we have Manifest and its mystery is a doozy: An airliner missing for more than five years suddenly reappears and no one onboard has aged a day or even realized half a decade has passed. It's a fantastic hook, even though it contains some elements audiences may find familiar.

At its core, this show is a family drama exploring the lives of the Stone family. Focusing on adult siblings Michaela and Ben, two imperfect people trying to integrate themselves back into a world that has moved on without them, the makers of Manifest show that they've learned from the mistakes of their forebears. The key to a compelling mystery show isn't necessarily the complexities of the mystery itself, but in carving out sympathetic characters viewers want to follow.

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