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The Pretender: Season 3: Episode 20 -- Jarod searches for his father at a remote arctic research station.
The Pretender: Season 3: Episode 21 -- Jarod's reunion with his father is marred by news of the Centre's latest project, a teenaged clone of Jarod himself. However, assassins from the Centre are hot on their trail.
The Pretender: Season 3: Episode 19 -- In this Pretender/Profiler cross-over episode, Jarod becomes an investigator to solve the abduction of a young chess expert.
The Pretender: Season 3: Episode 18 -- Jarod partners with Miss Parker to find clues to Thomas' murder.
The Pretender: Season 3: Episode 17 -- Jarod assists a boy whose father apparently committed suicide under mysterious circumstances.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
19 September 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He'll fight for justice anytime, anywhere. And as anyone. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
an enjoyable action series See more (62 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 78)

Michael T. Weiss ... Jarod (86 episodes, 1996-2000)

Andrea Parker ... Miss Parker / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)

Patrick Bauchau ... Sydney / ... (86 episodes, 1996-2000)

Jon Gries ... Broots (82 episodes, 1996-2000)

Ryan Merriman ... Young Jarod / ... (50 episodes, 1996-2000)
Richard Marcus ... Mr. Raines (44 episodes, 1996-2000)

Alex Wexo ... Young Sydney / ... (43 episodes, 1996-2000)

James Denton ... Mr. Lyle (36 episodes, 1997-2000)
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Series Directed by
Frederick King Keller (20 episodes, 1996-2000)
James Whitmore Jr. (8 episodes, 1996-1999)
Terrence O'Hara (7 episodes, 1997-1999)
Chuck Bowman (6 episodes, 1998-1999)
Rodney Charters (5 episodes, 1998-2000)
Steven Long Mitchell (5 episodes, 1998-2000)
Michael Lange (4 episodes, 1997-1999)
Scott Lautanen (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Michael Zinberg (3 episodes, 1996-2000)
Joe Napolitano (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ian Toynton (2 episodes, 1997)
Vern Gillum (2 episodes, 1998)
Krishna Rao (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Klick (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Writing credits
Steven Long Mitchell (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Craig W. Van Sickle (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Tommy Thompson (13 episodes, 1996-2000)
Juan Carlos Coto (13 episodes, 1996-1999)
Harry Dunn (7 episodes, 1997-2000)
Mark M. Dodson (7 episodes, 1998-2000)
Lawrence Meyers (6 episodes, 1996-2000)
Daniel Truly (6 episodes, 1998-2000)
Javier Grillo-Marxuach (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andrew Dettmann (5 episodes, 1998-2000)
Tony Blake (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Paul Jackson (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Eric Morris (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kimberly Costello (2 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tyler Bensinger (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Chris Ruppenthal (2 episodes, 1997)
Curt Johnson (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Ivan Tell (2 episodes, 1998)
Ethan Lawrence (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Marianne Canepa .... producer / supervising producer (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Steven Long Mitchell .... executive producer (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Tommy Thompson .... co-executive producer / executive producer (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Craig W. Van Sickle .... executive producer (58 episodes, 1996-2000)
Juan Carlos Coto .... co-producer / producer / ... (37 episodes, 1997-2000)
Jan DeWitt .... co-producer / producer (37 episodes, 1997-2000)
Johanna Persons .... co-executive producer (30 episodes, 1997-1999)
Frederick King Keller .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (24 episodes, 1998-2000)
Tony Blake .... consulting producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Paul Jackson .... consulting producer (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Harvey Frand .... producer (18 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andrew Dettmann .... producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1998-2000)
Daniel Truly .... producer / supervising producer (15 episodes, 1998-2000)
Ian Toynton .... co-executive producer (11 episodes, 1997)
Michael Klick .... co-producer / producer (10 episodes, 1998-2000)
Jim Behnke .... co-producer / associate producer (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Dave Alan Johnson .... co-executive producer (8 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kimberly Costello .... supervising producer (7 episodes, 1996)
Herb Adelman .... co-producer (6 episodes, 1997)
Paul Cajero .... associate producer / co-producer (4 episodes, 1996)
Tim Iacofano .... producer (3 episodes, 1996)
Mark M. Dodson .... co-producer (3 episodes, 2000)
Jon Koslowsky .... producer (3 episodes, 2000)

Sascha Schneider .... producer (unknown episodes)
Susan J. Spohr .... staff associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Eric Hester (34 episodes, 1998-2000)
Velton Ray Bunch (10 episodes, 2000)
Charles Sydnor (4 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Cinematography by
Rodney Charters (3 episodes, 2000)

Tom Jewett (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Scott Boyd (21 episodes, 1996-1999)
Barbara Gerard (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jon Koslowsky (2 episodes, 2000)
Tanya M. Swerling (2 episodes, 2000)

Peter Basinski (unknown episodes)
Alicia Hirsch (unknown episodes)
Lance Luckey (unknown episodes)
David Strohmaier (unknown episodes)
Lynne Willingham (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
John A. Aiello (20 episodes, 1999-2000)

Sharon Bialy (unknown episodes)
Tory Herald (unknown episodes)
Sharon Klein (unknown episodes)
Patrick Rush (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Michael Paul Clausen (64 episodes, 1997-2000)

James Shanahan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Scott Meehan (3 episodes, 2000)

Jeremy Cassells (unknown episodes)
Sue Chan (unknown episodes)
Arlan Jay Vetter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton (58 episodes, 1998-2000)

Susan Degus (unknown episodes)
Bryan Thetford (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Michele Rede (3 episodes, 2000)

Barbara Scott (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Denise Paulson .... key makeup artist / makeup department head (83 episodes, 1996-2000)
Angela Nogaro .... makeup department head / key makeup artist (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa M. Cubero .... key hair stylist (3 episodes, 2000)

Daniel Curet .... hair stylist: Michael T. Weiss (unknown episodes)
Timothy Lasquade .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Lisa Layman .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Wes Irwin .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Jan DeWitt .... unit production manager (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Scott Schofield .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 2000)

Herb Adelman .... unit production manager (unknown episodes, 1997)
Jim Behnke .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Hayden .... second assistant director / first assistant director (51 episodes, 1996-2000)
Michael Klick .... first assistant director (25 episodes, 1996-1998)
Zia Iampietro .... second assistant director (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Richard W. Abramitis .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1997-2000)
Scott Laughlin .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1996-1997)
Doug Corring .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 1996)
Ted Leonard .... dga trainee (5 episodes, 1999)
Marla D. Saltzer .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
Tom Blank .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1997)

Nancy Blewer .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes, 1998-1999)
Peter Dress .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 1998)
Ime Etuk .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 2000)
Megan Banning .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Hans Berggren .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Michael Paul Clausen .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
David Coulter .... trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
José Clemente Hernandez .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Rusty Mahmood .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Michelle Parvin .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Karen Reinhart .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Gretchen Dalton .... assistant property master (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
James LaBarge .... lead man / leadman (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
Craig Binkley .... property master (36 episodes, 1997-2000)
Frank Escobedo .... property master (36 episodes, 1997-2000)
Donna Cihak .... set dresser (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Lynda Pribyl .... construction office coordinator (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Portia Perry .... paint foreman / foreman painter (9 episodes, 1996-1999)
Quinn Yarbrough .... set dresser (7 episodes, 1996-1997)
Tony Chavez .... propmaker (4 episodes, 1997)
Philip Stone .... construction coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)

Wayne Lindholm .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes, 1997-1998)
Ryan Blank .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Rick Chinelli .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Darrin Fletcher .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
Barry Franenberg .... property master (unknown episodes)
Antoinette J. Gordon .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Brian Jewell .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Christian Klump .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Kay Kropp .... lead painter (unknown episodes)
Louis Medrano .... painter (unknown episodes)
Mark Meloccaro .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Ken Milford .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Kenneth Milfred .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Andrew Moore .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
James Parks .... gang boss (unknown episodes)
Randy Severino .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Alexx Thompson .... painter (unknown episodes)
Mark Walbaum .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Rick Welden .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Jeff Erdmann .... boom operator / sound mixer: second unit (85 episodes, 1996-2000)
Michael J. White .... commentary mixer (9 episodes, 1998-2000)
David Barbee .... sound effects editor (7 episodes, 1999)
Thomas DeGorter .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 2000)
Robert Wald .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2000)

Michael Babcock .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Bergren .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Christopher Briles .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Charles Bruce .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Dominique Decaudain .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Andrew Ellerd .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Mark D. Fleming .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Tiffany S. Griffith .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Shawn Holden .... sound mixer: second unit (unknown episodes)
Bill Jackson .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Mark Kamps .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Bradley C. Katona .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Dennis Kirk .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Gary Krause .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
David Melhase .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
William Munroe .... boom operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
Patricia Nedd .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Elmo Ponsdomenech .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Dov Schwarz .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Warren Smith .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Michael Stern .... additional recording mixer (unknown episodes)
James A. Williams .... adr editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kimball Willard .... special effects technician (6 episodes, 1996-1997)
Greg Curtis .... special effects coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)

Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Michael Clausen .... mechanical department: XFX Inc. (unknown episodes)
George Deveau .... special effects (unknown episodes)
G. Bruno Stempel .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Morreale .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2000)

Steward Burris .... computer graphic artist: North West Imaging & FX (unknown episodes)
Bob Lloyd .... digital effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
William Powloski .... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Mark Robben .... compositor (unknown episodes)
Wayne A. Shepherd .... compositor (unknown episodes)
Keri Young .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt coordinator (21 episodes, 1996-1997)
Andy Gill .... stunts (10 episodes, 1998-2000)
Mike Gunther .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1998-2000)
Craig Baxley Jr. .... stunts (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jennifer Badger .... stunt performer / stunts (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Tom McComas .... stunts (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
Pete Turner .... stunt double (4 episodes, 1998)
Edward Conna .... stunts (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Roger Stoneburner .... stunt double (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)
Dan Lemieux .... stunts (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2000)

Richard Bucher .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Marla Casey .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mark Chadwick .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ken Clark .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Debbie Evans .... driving and motorcycle stunts (unknown episodes)
Gerry Fiorini .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Charles Grisham .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ray Lykins .... assistant stunt coordinator / stunts (unknown episodes)
Brad Martin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jean-Luc Martin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chris Palermo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Denney Pierce .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tim Rigby .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Allen Robinson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Stephen W. Schriver .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Kevin Scott .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit (65 episodes, 1997-1999)
Robert Chinello .... best boy grip (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
Samuel Buddy Fries .... camera operator: "a" camera (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Paul Gonsoulin .... second assistant camera (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Kevin Caine .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip (16 episodes, 1996-1997)
Michael L. Lewin .... grip (9 episodes, 1997)
Alicia Brauns .... second assistant camera (8 episodes, 1996)
Jay Herron .... camera operator: "b" camera (4 episodes, 1998-1999)
William H. Molina .... director of photography: second unit (3 episodes, 1999)
Stephen M. Foss .... key grip (3 episodes, 2000)
David St. Onge .... chief lighting technician (3 episodes, 2000)

Keith Morgan .... gaffer: insert unit (unknown episodes, 1999)
Pasquale Attanasio .... grip (unknown episodes)
Gregory Cohen .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Dennis Grow .... assistant chief lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey G. Hunt .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Wayne Kosky .... grip (unknown episodes)
Patrick Maxwell .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant Steadicam (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Sharpe .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Ken Sylvester .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Mark E. Trembath .... chief lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Chris Trillo .... grip / underwater key grip: Local 80 Divers Association (unknown episodes)
Gary A. Williams .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
David Yellin .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Sharon Bialy .... original casting (3 episodes, 2000)
Wendy J. Gigler .... casting associate (3 episodes, 2000)

Scott Musgrove .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Barbara Stordahl .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Jessica Targum .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jozi Conte .... wardrobe truck supervisor (unknown episodes)
Amy Dodson .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
George Carlston .... dailies colorist (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Terrell Clegg .... post-production coordinator (14 episodes, 1998)
Jon Koslowsky .... supervising editor (3 episodes, 2000)
Barbara Gerard .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2000)
Scott J. Wallace .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2000)

Alicia Hirsch .... executive in charge of post-production (unknown episodes)
Christopher J. Ray .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Cindy Azada Whitman .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Velton Ray Bunch .... composer: main title theme (3 episodes, 2000)
Mark Leggett .... composer: main title theme (3 episodes, 2000)
Barry Moran .... music editor (3 episodes, 2000)

Rick Patterson .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes, 1998)
John Debney .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Brian Kay .... production van driver (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Gina August .... driver (8 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)

J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (unknown episodes)
Darrell Gibson .... driver (unknown episodes)
Buster Kohloff .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jody Kreinbrink .... transportation coordinator: picture cars (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
Chris Hanson .... medical technical advisor (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
Anne Melville .... script supervisor (86 episodes, 1996-2000)
John Bocchicchio .... set medic (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
Jon Cohoe .... key production accountant (64 episodes, 1997-2000)
Andrew R. Gardiner .... key assistant location manager (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Darrin Lipscomb .... location manager (21 episodes, 1998-2000)
Steven Long Mitchell .... series created by (3 episodes, 2000)
Phil Rodak .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2000)
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)
Erika Schleich .... script coordinator (3 episodes, 2000)
Craig W. Van Sickle .... series created by (3 episodes, 2000)
Steve Grantowitz .... assistant to director (2 episodes, 1996-1998)
Seth Harris .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1997)
Joel Mendoza .... assistant to director (2 episodes, 1998)

Stephen V. Weissberger .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes, 1998-1999)
Michael C. Watkins .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes, 1999-2000)
Jim Amerian .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Juan Carlos Coto .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Hope Diamond .... series publicist (unknown episodes)
Harry Dunn .... executive story editor (unknown episodes)
Claudia Eastman .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Javier Grillo-Marxuach .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Leslie N. Johnson .... assistant to executive producer (unknown episodes)
Tiffany Noel Kinder .... key assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Carrie L.A. .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Shari LaFranchi Blakney .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bruce Margolis .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Chad McQuay .... accounting clerk (unknown episodes)
Lawrence Meyers .... executive story editor (unknown episodes)
Chris Ruppenthal .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot (unknown episodes)
Scott Schofield .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Wally Uchida .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Trish Vengoechea .... payroll accountant (unknown episodes)
Rick Wallace .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
60 min | 60 min (86 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (some episodes)

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Trivia:
Most of the main characters have only a first or last name with the other name either unknown or assumed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Miss Parker:Why did you save my life?
Jarod:Because I still remember the little girl who gave me my first kiss.
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41 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
an enjoyable action series, 12 April 2002
Author: MichaelM24 from California

There's been many shows over the years featuring a nomadic character who helps people as he goes about his journey, but THE PRETENDER is probably my favorite of the bunch. Whereas in other shows the character was always the same, this series added a twist: he was a genius with the ability to assume any profession he chose, from park ranger to FBI special agent. I'm surprised he never posed as an astronaut and went into space. Michael T. Weiss was terrific as the title character, Jarod, who helps right wrongs as he attempts to find the parents he was taken from as a child and continually eludes those chasing him from the mysterious organization from where he's escaped. Because of his ability, each episode was like an individual little movie, because he was someone different each week. And one of the things I liked was the way he would get revenge. Rather than just go for the person, he would slowly toy with them, taking his plan one step at a time. It was really fun to watch him play around with the person.

Sexy Andrea Parker played Miss. Parker (an amusing coincidence that she herself said was one main reasons she took the role), who was filled with utter determination to capture Jarod and return him to the Centre, despite the times he helped save her own life and was someone she knew as a child growing up in the Centre. He even got her to start questioning the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her mother, whose killer has remained a mystery through four seasons and two TV movies. Patrick Bauchau was Sydney, one of the few people Jarod ever felt that he could trust, and a father figure to him. Sydney often seemed happy for Jarod that he was free of the Centre and able to experience life, and their phone conversations (when Jarod would call for advice or just to talk) were always very nice. The good supporting cast included Richard Marcus (appropriately evil as the nefarious Mr. Raines), Jon Gries as scardy cat computer whiz Broots, Jamie Denton as Parker's brother, Harve Presnell as Parker's father (though that later became debatable following events in the first TV movie), and one-time James Bond himself George Lazenby as Jarod's father, who disappeared from the show as mysteriously as he had appeared.

For three seasons, THE PRETENDER maintained a high quality of entertaining adventures and stories, with a good balance between the Jarod "pretending" stories and the Centre mythology sub-plots. But with the forth season, the show made the same mistake THE X-FILES made: it got too involved with itself. There was more and more focus on the internal conspiracies of the Centre instead of a focus on Jarod and his exploits. The show's mythology began to take over, and it seemed each week there was a new revelation about someone, like the writers couldn't make up their minds as to what they wanted to do. Thanks to this and a heavy dose of pre-emps, PRETENDER began to sag and was cancelled at the end of the season (just so NBC could carry XFL, and look how well that paid off).

But thankfully, some loose ends were tied up by TNT, who picked up the show for reruns and gave us two movies. The first three seasons were the best, and I hope some day the show is made available on DVD.

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