The Pretender (1996–2000)

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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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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 Young Sydney / ... (46 episodes, 1996-2000)
Richard Marcus ...
 Mr. Raines (45 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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When asked in an interview what it was like working with Michael T. Wiess, Andrea Parker was forced to admit that she barely knew him. Due to the premise of the series, Miss Parker chasing Jarod and Jarod always being one step ahead of her, their adult characters only appear in a scene together once - in The Pretender: Curious Jarod (1996) - besides as children In flashback sequences. See more »

Goofs

In Season 2, episode 4, Jarod sends miss Parker a cardboard box containing a Viewmaster picture disc, and a live lobster with a note attached to it. Moments later, Mr. Lyle enters the room, and Broots, who is now holding the lobster, tries to hind it behind his back. However, when the camera pans around Broots from the back, the lobster we see is fully cooked, and hence red. See more »

Quotes

Kyle: Ive been angry for so long, so filled with rage and revenge, Ive forgotten what it was like to care about someone.
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Referenced in Burn Notice: Army of One (2011) See more »

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excellent!!
13 June 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A great series that was axed too soon (though the fourth season was rather weak). Jarod was the type of character we all wish we could be: super-intelligent and the kind who gets the bad guys all the time and does hilarious things to them in order to them to confess to just how bad they are. Man - I wish I could do stuff like that. Too bad Pretender's aren't real (or are they?). We could sure use some of them in the real world (doing good, of course). Let's hope TNT decides to pick up the series and continue it. One of the best shows of the 90s.


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