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12 Monkeys 

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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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7 billion lives at stake. 1 man to save them. (Season 1) See more »


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The surname of Aaron, Marker, is a nod to the writer of the original short story La Jetée, Chris Marker. 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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Absolutely Fantastic
12 December 2018 | by astorm88See all my reviews

I have not written very many reviews for shows and movies on here before but I feel obligated with such a flawless show as 12 Monkeys.

Very few shows have ever captivated me the same way 12 Monkeys did. My only regret is that I did not know about this show or watch it at all while it was airing. I recently ran across it on Hulu and watched the entire show in a matter of a few weeks.

I'm always careful when it comes to time travel in shows and movies because unless it is handled correctly, it can make the show/movie absolutely terrible and unbelievable. Not so with 12 Monkeys. The intellect with which the timelines and stories are written out is nothing short of genius. Things happen in season 1 that you may see in season 3 or 4 that have a totally different meaning and make sense. The story makes sense and is carefully crafted to where when you get to the end, you can look back and say "wow!"

The characters are emotionally deep and compelling. I'm not always a huge crier when it comes to shows movies but this show is one of the few that made me cry multiple times. I love these characters: Cassie, Cole, Jones, Jennifer, Deacon.They are rich, relatable and incredibly acted and performed in this show.

The ending is perfect. Having a good ending to a tv show (much less and science fiction show) is a very rare thing. 12 Monkeys has a fantastically satisfying ending, both emotionally and intellectually. I don't know how the writers did it, but somehow they tied up every single loose end and story arc over the seasons. It makes sense. While at the same time paying off the emotional investment we as the audience had in these characters for 4 seasons. I cannot give higher praise to the ending of this show. Breathtaking.

I think after the dust settles and I have time to process more the story and emotional ride this show took me on, it may just end up being my favorite show of all time at this point. If you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. I guarantee that you won't regret it. It's sad that shows like this don't always get the praise or the recognition it deserves. This is a true gem. All I can say is thanks for the ride.

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Release Date:

16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Twelve Monkeys See more »

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Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Atlas Entertainment See more »
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Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



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16 : 9
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