A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret agency and travels the country taking on a different jobs and helping strangers.
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 Jarod (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Miss Parker / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Sydney / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Broots (82 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Young Jarod / ... (52 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Mr. Raines (45 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Young Sydney / ... (46 episodes, 1996-2000)
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 Mr. Lyle (36 episodes, 1997-2000)
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Jarod is a pretender, a very intelligent person with the ability to slide into somebody else's personality. For that purpose, he has been taken from his family as a child in order to work for a secret agency called The Centre. But recently, he escaped. Jarod's new mission in life is to help people in need with his gift, and to find out what really happened to his allegedly dead parents. Only, Miss Parker and her team are out to get him... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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He'll fight for justice anytime, anywhere. And as anyone. See more »


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19 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Jon Gries guest starred as Broots, for over sixty episodes, before becoming a regular in season four. See more »

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In season 2 episode 19, the bumper sticker on Harper's car is "Support the Hayvenhurst School" (5 minutes into the program) and then "Support the Havenhurst School" (12 minutes into the program). See more »

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Sydney: You believe someone stole your mother's body?
Miss Parker: Except for this Scotch-induced earthquake rattling between my ears, I'm not sure exactly what to believe anymore.
Broots: Let's face it, Sydney. Catherine Parker's body being gone fits in with all the other bizarre happenings around here. The reappearance of Edna Raines, who, after 30 years, everyone thought was dead...
Miss Parker: And now who really is dead, thanks to the Bald Butcher she called hubby.
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Keeps you glued to the tube
10 June 2001 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

The Pretender is brilliance, sheer brilliance. Without a doubt one of my favorite shows, The Pretender had a great premise and excellent actors / characters to match. The series is filled with all kinds of questions regarding Jarod's past or whatever else there might be. But each time one question is answered, more are always brought up. That's the really cool thing about this show, it always keeps you guessing.

Taking all this into account, it makes me wonder why NBC canceled it. Ratings weren't to bad, considering the time slot it was in. Oh well, at least TNT picked up the reruns and produced a follow up television movie.


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