12 Monkeys: Season 1 (2015)

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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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Critic Ratings: 42

76%

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User Ratings: 732

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Air date: Jan 16, 2015

A drama based on Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi adventure begins when a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future arrives in the year 2015 on a mission to save mankind from a deadly plague that will eventually decimate 93.6% of the human race.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2015

Cole's search for information about a mysterious organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys leads him to a mental institution in 2015, where there's a patient who holds the key to the plague that will destroy the world. Meanwhile, Dr. Railly risks her life and disrupting the course of history to help Cole.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2015

Cole's search for the location of the virus leads him to 2014, and to a devastating moment in Dr. Railly's life involving a dangerous outbreak in Haiti.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2015

A fight for the future ensues when a dangerous band of marauders hunting for Cole and Ramse threaten the mission to save the past.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2015

Cole and Dr. Railly battle the Army of the 12 Monkeys after they both discover the Night Room, an off-site, black ops lab that houses the virus that will one day destroy the world.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2015

Cole risks his future to save Dr. Railly after the tragic events of the Night Room create an alternate reality in 2043.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2015

Cole, Railly and Aaron race to stop the virus from being deployed as a bioweapon in Chechnya.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2015

The Core that powers the time machine is fading; and to get Cole back from the past, Jones must convince her former colleagues at the military operation "Spearhead" that her mission is worth saving.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2015

Cole finds himself in 2017 at the height of the plague. Out of options, Jones faces an impossible choice to replace the Core.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2015

Forces comes to a head when Ramse does what it takes to protect his newfound family, leaving Cole to deal with the aftermath.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for 12 Monkeys Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (25)

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…

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…

The first two episode of 12 Monkeys move along crisply and effectively.

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

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…

It's another dreary conspiracy thriller that's more dull than thrilling.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a cool conceit: going back in time is no guarantee everything's going to wind up okay. Sci fi fans are definitely going to want to watch to see what happens.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 12 Monkeys: Season 1

  • Mar 17, 2021
    Cannot stop rewatching it.
  • Jan 21, 2021
    This season was a great start to an interesting story. The characters are both compelling and well written. The storyline seems to be well thought out for a time travel show.
  • Jan 16, 2021
    Scintillating time travel thriller with so many plot twists. Watch it until the end and I guarantee you won't regret it.
  • Dec 22, 2020
    The first Season is one of the best of 12 Mokeys. Thanks to this people who made this tv show possible. You are very good makers.
  • Aug 07, 2020
    A great love story centered around time travel & apocalyptic violence choc full of twists & turns.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Best in genre, must see. Do not let the film buffs deter you from seeing a great show! Is it the movie? no. Is it great? yes, without a doubt.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    12 Monkeys is the best genre show of the decade and one of the best written tv shows ever, period. Stick with the world building in S1. Every season gets better than the last, culminating in a truly mind blowing final season & finale. PS The "critic consensus" that the time travel is "nonsensical" is actually ... nonsensical. This is one of the best time travel stories I've ever seen. The plot is METICULOUSLY planned. This is the genre show you've been waiting for: every mystery will be answered; every character arc is glorious.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    The first episode plays like a movie. When it's over you wonder where it can go from there and you will be hooked. Amazingly, the show even gets better throughout the whole season. As a skeptic, because I loved the film and didn't want to see it tarnished, I was so happy and impressed with the way the show (and its writers) handles the property; it follows elements of the film, and has some nice nods, but takes the legacy in a different and wonderful direction. It is NOT a remake of the film, more of a beautiful homage that surprises you at every turn.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    This is the start of the best 4 seasons of television I've ever watched. The characters and story are well written and the acting is superb. Do yourself a favor and binge it asap. You won't regret it.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    When this show first premiered, I was a skeptic like most of the Rotten reviewers here. The Terry Gilliam movie was all-but perfect, so why did we "need" a series? But, by episode 4, I realized that this series had the potential to surpass the original. By episode 6, I was sure of it. The film was a simple causality loop, while the series imagines a 12 Monkeys world where time travel can change things. Also, unlike the film, the Army of the 12 Monkeys is not a goofy red-herring, but a cult-like force bent on destroying the world. While this season most closely resembles the plot of the movie, it builds on it and changes it in the best ways. Also, Emily Hampshire is the definitive Goines offspring, all due respect to Brad Pitt. Watch this show.

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