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12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

Syfy 2015

The provocative story of Cole, a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.

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The 10 Best Episodes of 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys - S4E11

#1 - The Beginning (2)


Season 4 - Episode 11

When all hope is lost, Cole must complete his cycle so that his younger self will one day arrive at the end with the answer.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 779 votes.

12 Monkeys - S4E10

#2 - The Beginning (1)


Season 4 - Episode 10

The final battle against the Witness as the fate of time and mankind hangs in the balance. All the pieces finally come together to mark the end of the beginning.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 942 votes.

12 Monkeys - S3E10

#3 - Witness


Season 3 - Episode 10

Every imaginable threat descends upon Railly and Cole. With Titan looming - and ally fighting ally - The Witness finds himself on the threshold of destiny.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 1646 votes.

12 Monkeys - S4E9

#4 - One Minute More


Season 4 - Episode 9

The beginning of the end approaches as Cole and Cassie embark on their final mission.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 948 votes.

12 Monkeys - S2E13

#5 - Memory of Tomorrow


Season 2 - Episode 13

Cole and Railly have finally found peace living in the past. When a mysterious woman with apocalyptic visions of the future tells Cole it's not over, he must do the unthinkable to save the world... and the woman he loves.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 2133 votes.

12 Monkeys - S2E12
#6 - Blood Washed Away
Season 2 - Episode 12

Cole and Railly attempt to stop the final paradox in the past while Ramse, Jennifer and Deacon struggle to survive the apocalypse in a last ditch effort to find the Witness.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 2099 votes.

12 Monkeys - S3E9
#7 - Thief
Season 3 - Episode 9

Cole and Railly finally learn the heart-breaking life story of the man who calls himself The Witness, the reason why he wants to destroy time and all reality is revealed.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 1676 votes.

12 Monkeys - S2E11
#8 - Resurrection
Season 2 - Episode 11

With the temporal facility on the verge of destruction, Cole and Jones find themselves in the middle of a coup. After a violent encounter ends in an unexpected tragedy, Cole is sent back to 1957 in a last-ditch effort to save humanity while the rest embark on a caravan across the apocalypse to find Titan -- the stronghold of the Witness.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 2076 votes.

12 Monkeys - S4E8
#9 - Demons
Season 4 - Episode 8

Everything changes when the team finally climbs the steps and rings the bell in the Middle Ages.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 930 votes.

12 Monkeys - S2E8
#10 - Lullaby
Season 2 - Episode 8

Jones comes to the disheartening realization that time travel is humanity's true enemy and that as its architect she needs to be stopped, and so she sends Railly back to the year 2020 with orders to undo all of it.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of 12 Monkeys from 2132 votes.

Last updated: may 04, 2021



Just having watched the finale I can only say: Wow, just wow. I laughed, I cried, I cheerd, I sang and in the end I am deeply satisfied with the series and especially with the ending. You don't need a series to run for seasons without an end in sight. You just need a plan and stick to it and hopefully get the opportunity to do it. Yes, it was a low budget series, but I don't think it ever showed because it was so well written, acted and directed. That's how you do it. Thank you syfy and the whole 12 Monkeys cast and crew. I hope I see you soon again.


I stopped watching at episode 10! Now, let me say that I was really looking forward to this show and I'm very disappointed it didn't live up to my expectations. What made me stop watching? It's not the acting, not the effects - it's the story. It feels like the writers didn't know where to go with this around episode 7. Cole and Cassy stopped the outbreak, everything seemed to be fine! Guess what? They didn't! Somehow the story must go on and thus the outbreak wasn't really stopped. I suspected this would happen, but it threw me off anyways. I think the two hour movie it was based on just hadn't enough juice to fuel a whole TV show, so the writers introduced some other characters and brought more storylines into play. Unfortunately, this didn't really help and made the whole show more confusing than interesting. If they had sticked to the original storyline, explained some parts of it in more depth, especially some characters, I believe they could've made a great 20 episode show. There was so much potential. Instead the show was convoluted with characters and storylines, which I think are just there to stretch the whole show over more episodes.


This has slowly become the show I HAVE to watch each week.


Around & Around, then Around Some More... Standard SyFy fare -- not great, not awful, sticks to the bland middle-ground. Time travel is a hard plot to do well, and SyFy hasn't succeeded where others have failed. There are plenty of times when you might wonder, "hey, wait a minute -- if they could go back and fix that thing, why can't they go back and fix this one" -- it's best not to think a lot while watching 12 Monkeys, you'll get a headache. They've employed the lazy way to construct time travel stories -- melodramatic catastrophic events followed by time travelling back to fix things. Mediocre, average and bland -- like most series on SyFy. The plot runs in circles, with no resolution in sight. Would've been better as an 8-episode miniseries telling a story to completion.


After first two episodes, looks like a promessing show.


BEST SHOW EVER! The final episode was just awsome


It is a real masterpiece among scifi series.


This is a show you **must** see. Awesome show, awesome characters and awesome episodes and action.


I started this show last year, and binged it in a week, after I heard about it many times in r/DARK. I wanted to stop somewhere at episode 6 or 7. Every episode had the same structure, I was kinda bored. Everybody told me, I have to get through Season 1 and I will be rewarded. DAMN, they were right. Season 2 was way better, I was more intrigued. In Season 3 I was really into the story, started to fell in love with some characters (it really took a while for me) and Season 4 f****ing blew me away! Wow. From start to finsih, with THE BEST FINALE I have ever seen. Even better than the finale of Six Feet Under, which is theoretical not possible. The last 3 episodes are so amazing, so smart, I was crying non stop for 2 hours while watching this, only be interrupted by many, many laughters. They circled back to things I didn't even knew needed to be circling back to. They answered every question, they finished it PERFECT. I finished 12 Monkeys again, last night, and I can't believe this show is even better on the 2nd watch. I liked Season 1 way better. I even thought the acting was better - of course I am biast now because this show managed to get up into my Top 3. I enjoyed the finale even more, cried even more and I can't wait to watch it all again next year! WHAT A RIDE!


*Ramse: We always try to do the right thing. We just end up doing it the wrong way.* -- Please please please ignore David Linsin's 4/10 review before watching this, or at least watch a few episodes first before forming your own opinions. This has been one of the few series that remained spectacularly great the whole way through to the end. Sure it has some questionable quirks or dialogues that you can tell may have been production notes written in and not intended in the original plot to 'spruce' up the series for a mainstream audience - but the core story, beginning to end, has been one of the best, if not the best, I have so far seen for a TV show, and a 4-season TV show based off a successful 90s movie to boot (Which if you are worried renders this series obsolete after having watched the movie already, worry not). In the process of watching the series, I think I may have realised my favourite genre now is sci-fi, more specifically sci-fi set in the dystopian future (which is probably most sci-fi). If you like this series, consider giving Blade Runner 2049 (movie) and fringe (TV-series) a watch as well. 12 Monkeys the series is poetry, beautiful poetry about an ambitious plot, with the most human of themes. It would have been a 10/10 for me if not for some of the dialogue choices. Despite this very forgivable hitch, 12 Monkeys is an absolute must watch. Fullstop.

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