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The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles timeline follows Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline and leads to the events in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It is created by the destruction of the Cyberdyne Building. Note there are at least three known future timelines as shown in the series:

Prior timelines[]

Original timeline[]

Main article: Original timeline/Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The Terminator / Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline[]

Main article: The Terminator / Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline
  • The T-800 arrived from the future to kill Sarah Connor. Its mission failed as Kyle Reese intervened and rescued Sarah successfully, but he was killed. Before his death, Kyle impregnated Sarah, who gave birth to John Connor nine months later. The Terminator
  • John Connor was born on 14 November.[1]
1997 [2]

Alternate Original timeline[]

Previous timeline: Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline timeline

After the event in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet's creation and Judgment Day was postponed.

  • For a brief period of time, John and Sarah Connor stay in the unincorporated community of Garberville in Humboldt County, CA.[5]
  • The Connors had settled down, believing they had averted Judgment Day. Meanwhile, Sarah remained on the FBI's most wanted list for having allegedly killed Miles Dyson; Agent James Ellison was in charge of her case.
  • Sarah met Charley Dixon in February; six months later they are engaged and living in West Fork, Nebraska.
  • On 24 August, Sarah and John left Charley and moved to Red Valley, New Mexico.
  • Andrew Goode began work on the computer system that would, in eight years, become the "Turk". "Queen's Gambit"
  • Skynet went online on 19 April.
  • Skynet initiate Judgment Day on 21 April.[6]
  • The Reese Brothers witnessed the launch of U.S. missiles while playing ball in their yard. Derek took Kyle underground for safety before the counterstrike. "What He Beheld"
Unknown point
2027 (Second Future Timeline)

The Sarah Chronicles timeline[]

  • Myron Stark murdered the primary opposition to its acquisition of the property at Pico Plaza, clearing the way for it to ensure construction of the tower where it will attempt to terminate Mark Wyman, the Governor of California, in 2010. "Self Made Man"

1999 to 2006[]

  • In February, Sarah Connor met and began a romance with Charley Dixon. "Pilot"
  • On 26 June, Cameron arrived from 2027 to protect John Connor. "Pilot"[13]
  • On 24 August, Sarah and John leave Charley Dixon and relocate. "Pilot"
  • On 6 September, John started school in Red Valley, New Mexico, where he met Cameron Phillips, who was posing as a classmate. "Pilot"
  • On 7 September, Cromartie impersonated a substitute teacher to infiltrate the school where John attended. During a class, Cromartie opened fire at John, who was protected by Cameron. "Pilot"
  • On 8 September, deciding to fight Skynet rather than run, John, Sarah, and Cameron began the drive to Los Angeles. "Pilot"
  • On 9 September, John, Sarah, and Cameron arrived at the home of Terissa Dyson seeking her help. They were attacked by Cromartie but escaped. "Pilot"
  • On 10 September, John, Sarah, and Cameron used Time Displacement Equipment in a bank vault to jump to the year 2007. Cromartie's head followed. "Pilot" "Gnothi Seauton"
Between 1999 to 2006


See also: 2007
10 September
13 September
14 September
15 September to 24 October
25 October
26 October to 13 November
14 November
15 November
16 November
18 November
19 November to 31 December


See also: 2008
"Complications" [23]
  • Jesse Flores kidnapped, interrogated, tortured, and killed Charles Fischer. Derek Reese assisted with the interrogation and torture, including that of the young Charlie Fischer.
  • Before his capture, Fischer installed a roving backdoor into primary military-industrial complex computer systems.
  • James Ellison dug up the buried body of Cromartie in Mexico and delivered it to Catherine Weaver.
"Strange Things Happen at the One Two Point"
"Self Made Man"
"Alpine Fields" [24]
"Earthlings Welcome Here"
"The Good Wound"
"Desert Cantos"
"Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep"
"Ourselves Alone"
  • Sarah Connor looked into Riley Dawson, while Riley realized Jesse Flores's plan for her.[26]
  • Riley was shot and killed by Jesse during a confrontation.
  • Cameron planted a small explosive in her skull and gave the detonation switch to John.
"Today Is The Day, Part 1" and "Today Is The Day, Part 2".
"To the Lighthouse"
  • The team moved to a new safehouse.
  • Sarah Connor got a medical examination for a lump on her breast, which was found to be a transmitter.
  • John Henry was compromised by an outside artificial intelligence.
  • The team was attacked under the direction of the same entity that compromised John Henry.
  • Charley Dixon was killed while defending John Connor from an attack by the Grays.


See also: 2009
"Adam Raised a Cain" [27]
"Born to Run"

Alternate Future[]

Unknown date
  • Sarah Connor was originally fated to die of cancer in 2005, six years after 1999. If she is not able to avoid this fate, she can expect to die six years after 2007 (presuming, of course, other events such as Judgment Day itself do not alter this scenario).
Circa 2027


  • Kyle Reese in The Terminator reveals to Sarah that he came from the year 2029. However, as shown in Derek Reese's flash forward/flash in "Dungeons & Dragons", it is revealed that Kyle was sent back in the year 2027, two years before what the movie The Terminator states. The differences in the dates may be explained a few different ways: Either the timeline was altered due to the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and/or "Pilot", or the writers of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles failed to take into account the two years that Kyle spent in Recon/Security directly under John Connor (2027-2029), after his tenure with Justin Perry (2021-2027).
  • Events in "What He Beheld" establish a different birth date for Kyle Reese from that as presumed for Reese in T1 as 2008. As shown in Derek's flash-forward to the SCC Judgment Day placing him at age 8, and stating in the SCC "present" he is age 5, the revised birth date must be in 2002.
  • The film T1 clearly takes place in May 1984, with John's birth happening in early 1985 (28 February 1985 is the birth date given in T2). Dates given in "Automatic for the People" show that John would have been 16 on November 14, 1999, making his date of birth November 14, 1983, moving The Terminator back to taking place in likely February of 1983.
  • Dialog in the TSCC pilot episode (1999, John said that "it's been almost two years") and in "The Turk" (2007 being the 10th anniversary of Miles Dyson's death) make the event of T2 occur in 1997.
  • TSCC states that John is 15 years old during the start of the series. Since it starts in 1999 (before they leap to 2007), John would have to have been about 13 years old (going on 14) during the events of T2. This actually worked with opening monologue of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which states that John was 13 years old during that period. Both of which go against the 1985 birth date as seen on screen in T2, making him a rather foul mouthed 10-year-old.
  • Derek Reese is Kyle Reese's brother in TSCC timeline. However, Derek does not appear in the films, nor other Terminator fiction.
  • From character statements made in the episodes "Goodbye to All That" and "Complications", it can be deduced that the events of the former episode occurred in early-December 2007, and those of the latter episode in early-January 2008. The exact dates of the episodes in between are unknown, though they are listed above as occurring in 2007. Some of these events may have actually occurred in 2008.


  1. John Connor's FBI file as shown in the pilot episode gives John's age as 15 on 1999-08-24. The season finale "What He Beheld" gives John's age by then as 16. Together this places his birth day on 14 November 1983.
  2. John Henry stated that "Miles Dyson died in 1997 in an explosion at Cyberdyne Systems." "To the Lighthouse"
  3. Sarah told John the date of the video in a discussion in "The Demon Hand".
  4. Per dialog in "The Demon Hand" stating that Sarah escaped from Pescadero on June 8.
  5. "Today Is The Day, Part 2"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot episode
  7. Allison stated that her birthday was July 22nd while being questioned by Cameron. "Allison from Palmdale"
  8. "Allison from Palmdale"
  9. Myron Stark went back in time to terminate Wyman during this speech, but was stopped by Cameron in 2008. "Self Made Man"
  10. In "What He Beheld" Derek stated: "I celebrated your thirtieth (birthday) with you."
  11. 11.0 11.1 John Connor's 16th birthday as specified by the series, contradicting the cannon in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  12. This was presumably where Derek met Cameron, or a model like her.
  13. "Pilot" Cameron says on 7 September that she has been looking for John for 73 days. Subtracting 73 days from 7 September gives 26 June, which is presumably the day that she arrived in 1999.
  14. "What He Beheld" Kyle Reese is said to be 5 in 2007 and 8 in 2010.
  15. The are two references to the crash occurring "two years ago" - By Catherine Weaver in late-2007 "Allison from Palmdale", and by Detective Crayton in early-2009. "Adam Raised a Cain"
  16. "Automatic for the People" Kacy Corbin is 7-months pregnant at this time, making her due date about mid-January 2008.
  17. "Allison from Palmdale" This episode's sequence in the timeline suggests late-2007; however, Claire's stage of pregnancy would indicate a time closer to mid-2008.
  18. "Allison from Palmdale" James Ellison accepted the job at Zeira Corp. prior to the end of his 6-week leave from the FBI, assuring this episode occurs in 2007.
  19. "Goodbye to All That" James Ellison referred to the Serrano Point meltdown as "a few weeks back", making it early-December 2007.
  20. "Brothers of Nablus" Kacy Corbin is still pregnant, so we are no later than January 2008.
  21. "Brothers of Nablus" Jesse Flores said that sunset is 5:47, which, for the City of Los Angeles, would make the date 26 February. This is inconsistent other dates in the timeline.
  22. "Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today" John and Riley arrived in Dejalo, Mexico for the start of Dia de los Muertis, which is typically November 1st. This date is inconsistent with the timeline of other events occuring at this time.
  23. "Complications" Dr. Sherman stated that is has been about a month since he last saw the Connors, making this the earliest episode confirmed to occur in 2008.
  24. "Alpine Fields" Derek began a phone conversation with "217" which is likely a verification code that could mean 21 July. This would then make the events of six months earlier taking place in January 2008.
  25. Sarah's alias birthday was shown to be February 4, 1974 and she was 34 years old, according to the clinic file. This confirms the events of this episode take place between February 4, 2008 and February 3, 2009.
  26. Riley was still wearing bandages from her suicide attempt in "Earthlings Welcome Here". In response to Sarah saying, "I was wondering when we'd see you again," Riley said, "They make you rest a couple days," indicating it had only been "days" since the events of "Earthlings Welcome Here".
  27. "Adam Raised a Cain" Derek's cremated remains were buried alongside a gravestone marked with the year 2009, thus his death and the events of this episode occurred in 2009.