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The Pretender 

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A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret testing facility and travels the country taking on different jobs and helping strangers while hiding from his kidnappers.
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4   3   2   1  
2000   1999   1998   1997   1996  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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 / ... 52 episodes, 1996-2000
Richard Marcus ...  Mr. Raines 45 episodes, 1996-2000
Alex Wexo ...  Young Sydney / ... 46 episodes, 1996-2000
James Denton ...  Mr. Lyle 36 episodes, 1997-2000
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Storyline

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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Hero of a thousand faces. Man of a thousand lives. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Michael T. Weiss appeared in an episode of Burn "Notice" (2007), alongside lead Jeffrey Donovan, who played Jarod's younger brother Kyle. The episode before this had a character played by Patrick Bauchau. 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 hide 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

Jarod: [after asking the foreman about the sulfuric chloride] One more question.
Foreman: Shoot.
Jarod: Valentine's Day. Specifically cupid.
Foreman: Yeah.
Jarod: A corpulent infant, who happens to be an archer, goes around shooting arrows into people and suddenly they're in love?
Foreman: That's about it.
Jarod: And to show that they love, people buy each other chocolate and other sweets? Do they want to be fat, like the infant?
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Connections

Spin-off The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (2001) See more »

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There are re-runs among us...
14 July 2005 | by tattooedmunky75See all my reviews

I somehow missed this show in its original run in the mid/late 90's. But as luck would have it, I've recently discovered this show in re-runs and was so interested by it that I even bought the Season 1 DVD set. The show consists of a hero (Jarod) who is a genius capable of insinuating himself into any profession or situation. Kidnapped as a child and exploited by "The Centre", Jarod escapes and sets out to find his long-lost parents. During his search, Jarod uses his abilities to seek justice for strangers he reads about in newspaper articles. Part of what makes this series great is the relationship between Jarod and Centre psychologist/instructor Sydney who has raised Jarod from childhood and become the closest thing Jarod has ever known to a father. Additionally, Centre Hench-woman "Miss Parker" tracks Jarod relentlessly, while discovering more and more that the Centre has manipulated her own life almost as much as they have Jarod's. The only negative thing I have to say about this show is that it was canceled prior to its conclusion. An attempt at a TV Movie "Pretender 2001" was made to give us the answers about Jarod's family but I have yet to find a copy to see how it ends. It's too bad there aren't quality shows like this on today to save us from Reality-TV.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pretender See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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