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12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys

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12 Monkeys Main Cast

Aaron Stanford Aaron Stanford as James Cole
Amanda Schull Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly
Noah Bean Noah Bean as Aaron Marker
Barbara Sukowa Barbara Sukowa as Katarina Jones
Emily Hampshire Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines
Todd Stashwick Todd Stashwick as Deacon
Andrew Gillies Andrew Gillies as Dr. Julian Adler
Kirk Acevedo Kirk Acevedo as José Ramse
Alisen Richmond-Peck Alisen Richmond-Peck as Olivia

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12 Monkeys - Synopsis

12 Monkeys is a science fiction television series, originally aired from 2015 to 2018, inspired by the 1995 film of the same name. The series revolves around time travel, a deadly virus, and the complex characters who navigate this chaotic world.

The story begins in 2043, in a post-apocalyptic future where a plague caused by a mysterious virus has decimated humanity. James Cole, played by Aaron Stanford, is a scavenger in this dystopian world. He is recruited by a group of scientists led by Katarina Jones to travel back in time to stop the virus from ever being released. The scientists have developed a time machine, but their understanding of time travel is incomplete and fraught with danger.

Cole's first mission sends him back to 2013 where he meets Dr. Cassandra "Cassie" Railly, a virologist played by Amanda Schull. Initially disbelieving, Cassie eventually becomes an ally and significant figure in Cole's mission. Their relationship evolves from skepticism to a deep, complex bond as they work together to unravel the mystery behind the virus.

The antagonist of the series is an enigmatic organization known as the "Army of the 12 Monkeys." They are led by a character named the Witness, whose identity remains a mystery for much of the series. The Army believes in a cryptic ideology about time and the virus, seeing it as a path to their utopian vision.

Throughout the series, Cole and Cassie encounter various characters who influence their journey. These include Jennifer Goines, a mentally unstable but brilliant daughter of a renowned virologist; Ramse, Cole's close friend and a key player with conflicting loyalties; and Deacon, a cunning leader of a group of scavengers.

The narrative is complex, weaving through various timelines and revealing the interconnectedness of events and characters. The concept of causality is a central theme, as actions in the past and future are shown to have significant and often unforeseen consequences. The story is not just about stopping the virus but also about the characters grappling with their destinies, moral choices, and the burden of their actions on the flow of time.

As the series progresses, the layers of the conspiracy behind the virus and the Army of the 12 Monkeys are peeled back. The characters' journeys are filled with twists, personal sacrifices, and revelations about their roles in the timeline. The Witness's identity and true intentions form a critical pivot in the narrative.

In the climax, the series tackles grand themes of fate versus free will, the nature of time, and the possibility of redemption. The resolution brings together the series' intricate storytelling, tying up loose ends and providing a satisfying conclusion to the epic saga.

"12 Monkeys" is known for its ambitious storytelling, strong character development, and its thoughtful exploration of time travel as both a scientific and philosophical concept. The show blends action, drama, and a bit of dark humor to create a compelling narrative that keeps viewers engaged through its four-season run.

12 Monkeys Show Details

  • Created by: Travis Fickett, Terry Matalas
  • Total number of seasons: 4
  • Total number of episodes: 47
  • Date first episode aired: 16 January 2015
  • Date final episode aired: 6 July 2018
  • Show status: Ended

12 Monkeys Season 1 Episodes

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  1. Splinter - James Cole is sent back in time to prevent the release of a deadly virus.
  2. Mentally Divergent - Cole's search for the virus' origin leads him to a mental patient who may know more than she seems.
  3. Cassandra Complex - Cole and Dr. Railly try to stop the virus from being used in a murder attempt in Haiti.
  4. Atari - Cole is led to a dangerous group while tracking down a scientist who could be linked to the virus.
  5. The Night Room - Cole and Dr. Railly face grave danger when they finally find the location of the virus.
  6. The Red Forest - A shocking betrayal impacts Cole's mission and the fate of time itself.
  7. The Keys - Cole and Railly attempt a risky plan to alter the past and stop the virus.
  8. Yesterday - The team faces a critical decision about time travel that could change everything.
  9. Tomorrow - Cole's journey takes him to a time of war and a desperate fight to stop the virus.
  10. Divine Move - Enemies close in, forcing Cole and Railly to make dangerous moves to save the future.
  11. Shonin - Cole travels back to a critical historical event, facing unexpected consequences.
  12. Paradox - A revelation about the virus leads to a daring plan that could change everything.
  13. Arms of Mine - Cole and Railly's mission reaches a critical point with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

12 Monkeys Season 2 Episodes

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  1. Year of the Monkey - The aftermath of the events at the end of season one unfolds, with Cole and Railly facing a dangerous new enemy.
  2. Primary - Cole and Railly search for a primary in 1944 to prevent a paradox, while in the future, Jones faces a new threat.
  3. One Hundred Years - Cole and Railly find themselves at odds with the Army of the 12 Monkeys in a desperate race against time.
  4. Emergence - Jones deals with rebellion while Cole and Railly seek crucial information from a mental institution.
  5. Bodies of Water - Jennifer Goines forms an unlikely alliance, and Cole learns some surprising truths.
  6. Immortal - Cole's journey takes him to 1970s New York, where he encounters unexpected dangers.
  7. Meltdown - The temporal facility faces a dire threat, pushing Jones and the team to their limits.
  8. Lullaby - A paradox puts Railly's life in danger, forcing Cole to take drastic action.
  9. Hyena - Jennifer Goines and the Hyenas plan a dangerous attack, complicating things for Cole and Railly.
  10. Fatherland - Cole and Railly make shocking discoveries that could change everything in their fight against the 12 Monkeys.
  11. Resurrection - Old enemies resurface, and loyalties are tested as the team struggles to stop the virus.
  12. Blood Washed Away - Cole and Railly's journey takes a dramatic turn as they find themselves in a critical moment in time.
  13. Memory of Tomorrow - Season two culminates in a dramatic confrontation, with the fate of time itself hanging in the balance.

12 Monkeys Season 3 Episodes

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  1. Mother - In the apocalypse, Cole and Railly embark on a perilous journey and make a startling discovery.
  2. Guardians - Cole and Railly find themselves at odds with a dangerous group in 1922.
  3. Enemy - A formidable foe challenges Cole and Railly's mission and the fate of the time traveler.
  4. Brothers - Personal conflicts arise, impacting Cole's journey to stop the virus.
  5. Causality - Cole and Railly undertake a risky mission involving a key historical figure.
  6. Nature - The team explores the true nature of the Witness, leading to surprising revelations.
  7. Nurture - Cole and Railly find themselves in a moral dilemma in their fight against the 12 Monkeys.
  8. Masks - Diverging paths lead to challenging decisions and encounters for Cole and Railly.
  9. Thief - A journey to a pivotal time and place reveals critical information.
  10. Witness - Cole faces a profound reality as they confront the Witness's stronghold.

12 Monkeys Season 4 Episodes

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  1. The End - The final battle against the Witness begins as the fate of time and mankind hangs in the balance.
  2. Ouroboros - Cole and Jones find themselves in the middle of a paradox as they try to unravel the final mystery.
  3. 45 RPM - Cole and Cassie's search for the primary leads to a shocking revelation about the Witness.
  4. Legacy - The team must use their knowledge of the past to stop a terrible future.
  5. After - Cole and Cassie embark on a dangerous journey that could change everything.
  6. Die Glocke - The team's mission leads them to a pivotal figure in their battle against the Army of the 12 Monkeys.
  7. Daughters - In a desperate bid to save the future, surprising alliances are formed.
  8. Demons - Personal and temporal demons confront Cole and Cassie as they close in on the Witness.
  9. One Minute More - Revelations come to light, testing the team's resolve and their strategy.
  10. The Beginning - The series reaches its thrilling conclusion, as the team faces their greatest challenge and the fate of time itself is decided. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Certain content that appears on this site, comes from Amazon Services LLC. This content is provided “AS IS” and is subject to change or removal at any time.

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