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The Best Episodes of 12 Monkeys

Every episode of 12 Monkeys ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of 12 Monkeys!

The provocative story of Cole, a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDrama

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The best episode of "12 Monkeys" is "The Beginning (2)", rated 9.6/10 from 1969 user votes. It was directed by Terry Matalas and written by Terry Matalas. "The Beginning (2)" aired on 7/6/2018 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "One Minute More".

  • The Beginning (2)
    9.6/10 1,969 votes

    #1 - The Beginning (2)

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-07-06

    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.

    Director: Terry Matalas

    Writer: Terry Matalas

  • One Minute More
    9.4/10 1,216 votes

    #2 - One Minute More

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-06-29

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

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Kristen Reidel

  • The Beginning (1)
    9.4/10 1,291 votes

    #3 - The Beginning (1)

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-07-06

    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.

    Director: Terry Matalas

    Writer: Terry Matalas

  • Witness
    9.2/10 1,272 votes

    #4 - Witness

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-05-21

    The final battle with the Witness begins.

    Director: Grant Harvey

    Writer: Terry Matalas

  • Lullaby
    9.1/10 1,423 votes

    #5 - Lullaby

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-06-06

    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.

    Director: Steven A. Adelson

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Memory of Tomorrow
    9.1/10 1,359 votes

    #6 - Memory of Tomorrow

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-07-18

    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.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Terry Matalas

  • Thief
    9.1/10 1,115 votes

    #7 - Thief

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-05-21

    The reason why the Witness wants to destroy time and all reality is revealed.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Blood Washed Away
    9.0/10 1,232 votes

    #8 - Blood Washed Away

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-07-11

    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.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Demons
    8.9/10 868 votes

    #9 - Demons

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-06-29

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

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Resurrection
    8.8/10 1,186 votes

    #10 - Resurrection

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-06-27

    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.

    Director: Kevin Tancharoen

    Writer: Richard E. Robbins

  • Nurture
    8.8/10 894 votes

    #11 - Nurture

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-05-20

    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.

    Director: Steven A. Adelson

    Writer: N/A

  • After
    8.8/10 858 votes

    #12 - After

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-06-22

    A clue to breaking the cycle leads Cole and Cassie to the 1960s. Christopher Lloyd returns as Zalmon Shaw, a devoted follower of the Witness.

    Director: Sheree Folkson

    Writer: Oliver Grigsby

  • Die Glocke
    8.8/10 920 votes

    #13 - Die Glocke

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-06-22

    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.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Terry Matalas, Sean Tretta, Sarah C. Mueller

  • Brothers
    8.7/10 926 votes

    #14 - Brothers

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-05-19

    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.

    Director: Joe Menendez

    Writer: N/A

  • Causality
    8.6/10 928 votes

    #15 - Causality

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-05-20

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

    Director: David Greene

    Writer: Kristen Reidel

  • Paradox
    8.5/10 1,387 votes

    #16 - Paradox

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-04-03

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

    Director: Dennie Gordon

    Writer: Terry Matalas, Richard Robbins

  • Masks
    8.5/10 855 votes

    #17 - Masks

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-05-21

    Former friends, now enemies, race to find the Witness in 1904, who, at last, reveals his face.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: N/A

  • 45 RPM
    8.5/10 803 votes

    #18 - 45 RPM

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-06-15

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

    Director: Christopher J. Byrne

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Daughters
    8.5/10 818 votes

    #19 - Daughters

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-06-29

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

    Director: Mairzee Almas

    Writer: Christopher Monfette

  • Arms of Mine
    8.4/10 1,317 votes

    #20 - Arms of Mine

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-04-10

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

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett

  • Guardians
    8.4/10 849 votes

    #21 - Guardians

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-05-19

    While searching for Jennifer Goines in post-WWI France, Cole and Jones encounter a dangerous group of time- travelers - the Guardians.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Nature
    8.4/10 819 votes

    #22 - Nature

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-05-20

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

    Director: Kat Candler

    Writer: Ian Sobel, Matt Morgan

  • The Keys
    8.3/10 1,452 votes

    #23 - The Keys

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-02-27

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

    Director: John Badham

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Shonin
    8.3/10 1,316 votes

    #24 - Shonin

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-03-27

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

    Director: Mark Tonderai

    Writer: Sean Tretta

  • Emergence
    8.3/10 991 votes

    #25 - Emergence

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-05-09

    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.

    Director: David Grossman

    Writer: Richard Robbins