The BEST Episodes of 12 Monkeys

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2019

Network: Syfy

Using a dangerous and untested method of time travel, Cole arrives from a post-apocalyptic future in the present day. His mission is to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate 93.6% of the human race.

The Beginning (2)

#1 - The Beginning (2)

Season 4 - Episode 11

When all hope is lost, Cole must complete his cycle so that his younger self will one day arrive at the end with the answer.

star 8.69
747 votes
The Beginning (1)

#2 - The Beginning (1)

Season 4 - Episode 10

The final battle against the Witness as the fate of time and mankind hangs in the balance. All the pieces finally come together to mark the end of the beginning.

star 8.36
905 votes

#3 - Witness

Season 3 - Episode 10

Every imaginable threat descends upon Railly and Cole. With Titan looming - and ally fighting ally - The Witness finds himself on the threshold of destiny.

star 8.22
1,626 votes
Directors: Grant Harvey
Writers: Terry Matalas
One Minute More

#4 - One Minute More

Season 4 - Episode 9

The beginning of the end approaches as Cole and Cassie embark on their final mission.

star 8.18
910 votes
Memory of Tomorrow

#5 - Memory of Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 13

Cole and Railly have finally found peace living in the past. When a mysterious woman with apocalyptic visions of the future tells Cole it's not over, he must do the unthinkable to save the world... and the woman he loves.

star 8.17
2,116 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Terry Matalas
Blood Washed Away

#6 - Blood Washed Away

Season 2 - Episode 12

Cole and Railly attempt to stop the final paradox in the past while Ramse, Jennifer and Deacon struggle to survive the apocalypse in a last ditch effort to find the Witness.

star 8.05
2,078 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Sean Tretta

#7 - Thief

Season 3 - Episode 9

Cole and Railly finally learn the heart-breaking life story of the man who calls himself The Witness, the reason why he wants to destroy time and all reality is revealed.

star 8.04
1,659 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Sean Tretta

#8 - Resurrection

Season 2 - Episode 11

With the temporal facility on the verge of destruction, Cole and Jones find themselves in the middle of a coup. After a violent encounter ends in an unexpected tragedy, Cole is sent back to 1957 in a last-ditch effort to save humanity while the rest embark on a caravan across the apocalypse to find Titan -- the stronghold of the Witness.

star 7.98
2,057 votes
Writers: Richard E. Robbins

#9 - Demons

Season 4 - Episode 8

Everything changes when the team finally climbs the steps and rings the bell in the Middle Ages.

star 7.97
896 votes

#10 - Lullaby

Season 2 - Episode 8

Jones comes to the disheartening realization that time travel is humanity's true enemy and that as its architect she needs to be stopped, and so she sends Railly back to the year 2020 with orders to undo all of it.

star 7.97
2,114 votes
Writers: Sean Tretta

#11 - Nurture

Season 3 - Episode 7

Cole and Railly find themselves at opposite ends of an unspeakable decision. Jones grows suspicious while Railly turns to an emotional ally for advice. All hell breaks loose during a massive fire-fight.

star 7.94
1,662 votes
Writers: Adam Sussman, Christopher Monfette
Die Glocke

#12 - Die Glocke

Season 4 - Episode 6

The team infiltrates a Nazi gala to steal an artifact known as "Die Glocke"; their operation comes undone when French Resistance interferes and an unexpected guest arrives.

star 7.92
911 votes

#13 - Brothers

Season 3 - Episode 4

Ramse and Cole splinter to 2007 expecting either a trap - or a final chance to kill The Witness. But when Cole discovers a heartbreaking truth, he’ll discover that the mission was both.

star 7.91
1,752 votes
Directors: Joe Menendez
Writers: Travis Fickett, Kristen Reidel
Arms of Mine

#14 - Arms of Mine

Season 1 - Episode 13

Cole and Railly attempt a final confrontation with their closest enemies, while Jones faces a new threat to all that she's accomplished.

star 7.87
2,160 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett

#15 - After

Season 4 - Episode 5

A clue to breaking the cycle leads Cole and Cassie to the 1960s.

star 7.87
924 votes
One Hundred Years

#16 - One Hundred Years

Season 2 - Episode 3

Despite the growing tension between them, Cole and Cassie time travel to New York during World War II to track down a dangerous member of the Twelve.

star 7.83
2,286 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Michael Sussman
The Keys

#17 - The Keys

Season 1 - Episode 7

Cole, Dr. Railly and Aaron strive to stop the virus from being deployed as a bio-weapon in Chechnya.

star 7.82
2,086 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Sean Tretta

#18 - Masks

Season 3 - Episode 8

Friends and enemies converge in Victorian London to await the arrival of The Witness. Cole and Railly lead their pursuers on a manhunt through time.

star 7.82
1,598 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Tony Elliott, Sean Tretta

#19 - Daughters

Season 4 - Episode 7

Jones sends Hannah back in time to 2007 on a personal mission that could be the key to everything.

star 7.82
912 votes
45 RPM

#20 - 45 RPM

Season 4 - Episode 3

Cassie travels back in time to confront a younger Olivia while Cole helps Jennifer find the meaning behind her final Primary vision.

star 7.81
941 votes

#21 - Causality

Season 3 - Episode 5

Out of time and in need of answers, Jennifer and Deacon are sent to 1989 to steal a sacred document. Can Railly and Cole get to the Word first before it reveals the one secret they want kept?

star 7.81
1,727 votes
Directors: David Greene
Writers: Kristen Reidel

#22 - Paradox

Season 1 - Episode 12

With Cole dying from the effects of time-travel, Railly must find the one person who can save him.

star 7.81
2,141 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Richard E. Robbins, Terry Matalas

#23 - Nature

Season 3 - Episode 6

In 1953, Cole and Railly reunite with Agent Gale at the birth of the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

star 7.79
1,675 votes
Directors: Kat Candler
Writers: Ian Sobel, Matt Morgan

#24 - Shonin

Season 1 - Episode 11

Cole splinters to Tokyo, 1987 in a last chance effort to stop the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

star 7.79
2,174 votes
Directors: Mark Tonderai
Writers: Sean Tretta

#25 - Emergence

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Cole and Cassie are stranded in 1944, Jones must turn to the person she trusts the least to bring them home -- Ramse. For Ramse, this mission will give him a chance to atone for his sins -- but can he mend the broken relations between Cole and Railly? Meanwhile, Jones visits Old Jennifer Goines to explore the true nature of Time - and the Twelve’s method to destroy it.

star 7.78
2,239 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Richard E. Robbins