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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Series cast summary:
 Jarod (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Miss Parker / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Sydney / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Broots (82 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Young Jarod / ... (52 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Mr. Raines (45 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Young Sydney / ... (46 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Mr. Lyle (36 episodes, 1997-2000)


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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Release Date:

19 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Kameleon  »

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The Pretender was partially inspired by the life of Ferdinand Demara Jr., a genius with an eidetic memory, who could master any skill just by reading a book about it. See more »


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 »


[to Broots' daughter Debbie]
Miss Parker: These are the house rules: no running, no playing, no feet on the furniture, and no noise, which includes crying and whining. Be invisible and we'll get along just fine.
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30 January 2002 | by (Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this show when it first started (I was in 7th grade) and completely loving it. Then, I stopped watching, I assume, because I couldn't fit it into my schedule. I got hooked again when I saw "Pretender: Island of the Haunted" last December, and now I watch the show everyday on TNT. I just can't get enough of it! Something about it makes you just seem glued to the TV. I don't know why this show was cancelled as it was so great (even its final season), but I am glad that they made a few movies. Hopefully that will continue! New and old Jarod fans appreciate it!!

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