12 Monkeys: Season 1 (2015)

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Critic 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.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2015
2
Air date: Jan 23, 2015
3
Air date: Jan 30, 2015
4
Air date: Feb 6, 2015
5
Air date: Feb 13, 2015
6
Air date: Feb 20, 2015
7
Air date: Feb 27, 2015
8
Air date: Mar 6, 2015
9
Air date: Mar 13, 2015
10
Air date: Mar 20, 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.

Cast

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…
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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

½

Praising its ability to stand on its own as a television show, 12 Monkeys doesn't have much else going on as an adaptation, though you can admire its dedication towards its twists depiste the however tiring approach to time travel.

FilipeP

Super Reviewer

Based on the Terry Gilliam film, SyFy's 12 Monkeys television series is exciting and full of thrills. In Season 1 a time-traveler from 2043 named James Cole is sent back to 2015 to kill a genetics researcher believed to be behind the release of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human race, but he soon discovers that there's more to the virus' release than he had believed, and begins to work with a virologist named Cassandra Railly in order to track down who creates the virus and where and when it's released. The plot gets quite complicated at times (with up to 2 to 3 time jumps an episode), but by the end of the season it all ties together and makes sense. Additionally, the show makes a number of homages and allusions to the film throughout the episodes. However, some of the casting is weak; particularly Amanda Schull, who doesn't seem right for the role of Cassandra. Still, the over-arcing story is intriguing, and does a good job at building suspense and mystery. And the issues it presents about time travel and the moral qualms that arise about the value of life are quite interesting. The first season of 12 Monkeys is a bit of a rough start, but it shows potential.

DannM

Super Reviewer

½

The revisionist plot became much more soapy in this TV adaptation of the classic sci-fi film. The plot itself is confusing and failed to engage viewers. But the interesting characters and brilliant acting proved 12 Monkeys to be a worthy watch.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

½

Undoubtedly the best thing Syfy has produced lately, this adaptation is surprisingly solid on everything it does. The dialogues are sharp, not too complicated and without too much exposition, the settings are simple but effective, the characters adequate and the storyline confusing on a good level. But that's it, it's very safe and solid but never goes to the next level. The budget doesn't seem to help either and the are too many episodes that break the pace of the main story arc, to tell flashbacks and origin stories of our characters that needlessly end abruptly. Good storytelling includes these bits of information onto the main arc, it never needs to break the pace, but since the show is so well handled you won't feel a lot of problems from these aspects. Here's to hoping that season 2 continues to be bonkers and fun.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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