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The Pretender (1996)
Yeah, the confessions Jarod extracts would never be accepted in a court of law. There are so many things that can cause one to say "That could/would never happen!". You can't tell yourself that when watching. The stories aren't about realism. They are about the people. They are about justice. Not justice in the Law & Order sense. Justice in that you get to see the bad guys get exactly what they deserve if you the viewer can't dispense it yourself.
Personally, I particularly enjoy Sydney's dignity. He carries himself very well. He's very polite. I would do very well to emulate his composure and civility.
Broots personifies my social ineptitude in authoritarian environments. He's a geek. That's me. The guy's like a jittery squirrel when he's around people that can fire him or kill him.
Miss Parker... I love her. She's such a ... you know, but I mean it as praise!
Jarod. I loved this show before the first episode premiered. I couldn't wait till the first episode because I felt it was about people like me. The character of Jarod, however, as he's written, does set the bar a little high, of course; I can't solve a Rubic's Cube during a brief conversation, but I taught myself to read at 4 by the next year I was reading at the 6th grade level before entering kindergarten. This show is about me, and others like me. We weren't isolated by evil corporations, but by a society that doesn't know what to people like us. Jarod was taught to use his gifts by people who understood his gifts. I've met none who could have ever done the same for me but myself. In one sense, it's too late as certain pathways have already set, but THIS SERIES has inspired me to set out and probe the boundaries of my own intellect ... I've yet to run into a wall.
I also recommend The Profiler, and Good Will Hunting.