Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.
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Series cast summary:
Aaron Stanford ...  James Cole 47 episodes, 2015-2018
Amanda Schull ...  Dr. Cassandra Railly 47 episodes, 2015-2018
Barbara Sukowa ...  Katarina Jones 45 episodes, 2015-2018
Emily Hampshire ...  Jennifer Goines 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Todd Stashwick ...  Deacon 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Andrew Gillies ...  Dr. Julian Adler 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Kirk Acevedo ...  José Ramse 33 episodes, 2015-2018
Alisen Down ...  Olivia / ... 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Demore Barnes ...  Whitley 24 episodes, 2015-2018
Murray Furrow ...  Dr. Lasky 22 episodes, 2015-2018


In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron Stanford) has been recruited by a team of "Project Splinter" scientists led by physicist Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa), to travel back in time to the year 2015, and stop the release of a deadly virus by the enigmatic organization known as the "Army of the 12 Monkeys". In Cole's original time-line, the virus caused a plague that resulted in the death of seven billion humans in the year 2017, and its on-going mutations will mean the eventual end of the human race. In the 2015 time-line, Cole will meet and enlist the help of brilliant virologist Dr. Cassandra "Cassie" Railly (Amanda Schull); the two are brought together because a recording mentioning Cole, that Cassie made after the viral outbreak, is uncovered by Jones in the future time-line, prompting her to select Cole for the mission. Cole will also encounter a seemingly unstable math genius named Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire), whose father Cole has been tasked to kill, Cassie's ... Written by ahmetkozan

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The show, much like its film counterpart, is based on the short film La jetée (1962). This film also served as an influence on films such as The Terminator (1984) and The Jacket (2005). See more »


James Cole: I don't have forever to promise you. The most I can give you is this moment. But it's yours if you'll take it.
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SyFy did a good job on the writing and the Cinematography so far :)
24 February 2015 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

So the thing is , i was one of those who watched 12 monkeys the movie in the late 90's and it was a revolution then..

Anyway SyFy is doing a good job in many shows and a TV show based on a blockbuster Hit movie is risky ,, but since the Pilot everything is working smoothly, the dates are attracting, the events and how things in 2016 will get messy , the Time traveling also was spot on.

Also the butterfly effect is present in some episodes. the casting is brilliant, Aaron Stanford was not that memorable face apart from his role in "Nikita" . a new faces like Amanda Schull and the German Barbara Sukowa made it look more fresh.

The writing is good, having 6 writers so far and 12 episode have been credited makes it various and new. and the most important thing , the Cinematography and Visual Effects are great , but it's nothing new on SyFy, i mean they used to things like these.

honestly, nothing elevates to an original story or a first movie , not even a sequel ,, but this show is damn close ;)

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Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Twelve Monkeys See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Atlas Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



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16 : 9
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