Netflix picks up popular (and canceled) NBC series 'Manifest' for fourth and final season

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We haven't heard the last of the passengers of Flight 828.

Netflix announced the popular TV series "Manifest" will return for its fourth and final season. The news came Saturday (8/28) in a nod at the show's plot which centers around the mysterious Montego Air Flight 828.

The drama follows a group of passengers who land on what seems like a routine flight from Jamaica back to the states. However, once the wheels touch the tarmac the travelers deplane into a world that has aged five years since when they first boarded.

Netflix announced "Manifest" will air a fourth and final season on the streaming platfrorm.
Netflix announced "Manifest" will air a fourth and final season on the streaming platfrorm.

"Manifest" was canceled by NBC in May despite remaining a consistent top-10 show on Netflix, which streams reruns (and performing well in USA TODAY's "Save our Shows" poll).

"Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned the worldwide outpouring of love and support for this story, its characters, and the team who work so hard to bring it all to life," executive producer Jeff Rake said in a statement. "That we will be able to reward the fans with the ending they deserve moves me to no end."

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Season 4 will be the first original season of "Manifest" that will exclusively be on Netflix. The streaming platform has similarly rescued shows like "You," which originally aired on Lifetime and "Lucifer," which first aired on Fox (the final season on Netflix arrives in September.)

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USA TODAY's TV critic Kelly Lawler wrote that the series is a copycat of the hit 2004 series "Lost" but has qualities that give the show staying power.

"The series' biggest strength is its simplicity. Just because it's a genre show doesn't mean it has to be overly complicated," Lawler writes. "The supernatural riddle of what happened to the plane is driving a season-long arc, but each episode also has a 'mystery of the week' that's much more down to Earth."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Manifest': Netflix revives drama for fourth and final season