12 Monkeys: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
12 Monkeys

Critics Consensus

The nonsensical time travel in 12 Monkeys makes it less watchable than its original source material, but the high quality execution and cool characters are top-notch.



Critic Ratings: 42


Audience Score

User Ratings: 646
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Air date: Jan 16, 2015
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Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future trying to destroy the source of a plague that will nearly destroy the humanity.


Aaron Stanford
as James Cole
Amanda Schull
as Dr. Cassandra Railly
Noah Bean
as Aaron Marker
Tom Noonan
as Pallid Man
Emily Hampshire
as Jennifer Goines
Barbara Sukowa
as Katarina Jones
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Critic Reviews for 12 Monkeys Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

The series beckons with a broader, intriguing look at the future dystopia, with more background on Cole and even a sidekick Ramse (Kirk Acevedo), and with a creepy killer in the present known only as the Slender Man (Tom Noonan).

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Intelligent adaptation absent the dark humor, satire -- or horror -- of the original.

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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If other aspects of the show were more engaging, perhaps this spiral down into confusion and illogic wouldn't matter. Perhaps then we'd want to set our DVRs in the present, in order to watch the show in the future.

Jan 16, 2015 | Full Review…

If the show can settle in, let its cast play character instead of plot, and work its themes instead of its twists, 12 Monkeys could work.

Jan 15, 2015 | Full Review…

12 Monkeys, like much classic science fiction, is aiming for our intellect, not our emotions. Genre fans are advised to geek out while the geeking is good.

Jan 15, 2015 | Full Review…
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The first two episode of 12 Monkeys move along crisply and effectively.

Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

As expected, 12 Monkeys' Season 1 finale on Friday night was a bananas mind-bender that took no prisoners.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The personal journeys are what made the show so compelling this year, enough that I'm looking forward to seeing where -- and when -- the show takes us next.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

12 Monkeys' allure is not in the familiar premise, but in the promise of things beyond the edges of Gilliam's vision - and a reminder that while film reboots may have limited tools to work with, serialized television is another matter entirely.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It lacks the film's weirdo imagination and textured scruffiness, nor does it feature any stars as magnetic as Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 12 Monkeys: Season 1

  • Nov 20, 2018
    This is a great sci-fi series made extra special by the beautiful Amanda Schull. Series 2 loses it's way a little but series 1 is great!
  • Oct 07, 2018
    This review may get hate, but something redeeming needs to be said about this series. I gave it a pass when I first heard this was in production; considered it one more link in the chain of 'movies-turned-into-poorly-imagined-series' tossed out by any source these days. Then, a bad weather day and boredom took over, and I gave season 1 a shot. "Goodbye weekend." As a direct takeaway, sure - it goes against the initial work. However, if watching either ending the original version(s) (Jetee or The Gilliam Movie) ever stung, following this to the end is worthwhile. That, and it's a TIME TRAVEL SERIES THAT TIES UP LOOSE ENDS. I'll go no further than saying that a binge-watch should be entered under expectations that this will evolve well away from the other works. The "infinite ammo" thing is quite lame, but if you can overlook it when it starts up, you'll be entertained.
  • Jun 17, 2018
    super enjoyable. if you liked the original film this takes it to a whole new level. and its FAR less confusing. it doesn't take 4 views to "get it"
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Having watched ALL the first season (unilke many of the knee-jerk reviewers who decided to review after only one or two episodes) I can honestly say it is one of the best and most compelling sci-fi shows I've seen in years. The story is fast, strong, and complex (which may put off viewers who prefer more simplistic shows like Star Trek) and the characters are strong and constantly developing. I totally recommend it. Can't wait for Netflix to get the next season.
  • Feb 12, 2018
    Interesting premise (based on the successful movie), but all the time jumping can get a bit tedious. The acting is great, and casting did a wonderful job. The plot keeps you entertained. Here's to hoping they can continue it in season 2.
  • Oct 17, 2017
    So much better than the original film! An imaginative and thoughtful plot that is wonderfully hard to second guess.
  • Sep 21, 2017
    The first half of this season follows the film quite closely and is actually quite dry. The characters, many of, do not seem very interesting and the dialogue and sets look quite cheap. However, the second half is much better in terms of story, and the characters who seems think thicken and become interesting. The final few episodes are excellent. So a mixed bag. A lot of potential, but there should have been more hooks.
  • Jun 03, 2017
    Amazing! Once I finished watching it I went back to the start and rewatched it.
  • May 23, 2017
    This is by far my favorite show on TV right now. You have to be intelligent to enjoy this show. So all of you that don't understand time travel should pass on this mind twister. Whoever is left will LOVE this dystopian future, time travel, bit o' romance, mystery tv show. I can't wait for Season 4!!!!
  • Apr 28, 2017
    12 Monkeys is easily the best time travel show ever created. And you get to know why as you continue on this journey to season 2 as well. As you realize how they have planned the entire story arc, and reveal it to us so slowly, and elegantly, you get the satisfaction of going through this show. As a fan of sci-fi shows, I have had a big issue with shows such as this that seem to be full of disconnect between seasons, and sometimes even episodes; there is no continuity, no plan, and at one time, you feel as if they are just making stuff up as they go. But with 12 Monkeys, you know that not only has the maker got the grand plan all figured out, he is also careful about staying true to the little details. And that is a lot of satisfaction for any sci-fi / mystery show fan. And I am glad that 12 Monkeys has got the chance to complete their story the way they wanted to, and not get cancelled abruptly; they deserve it!

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