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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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
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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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At one point in the series, Miss Parker and Broots stand trapped in an elevator of The Centre, where Broots realizes about some shot holes in the rooftop, made when Miss Parker's mother was assassinated many years ago. It is based on the failed coup d'etat that happened in February 23, 1981, in Spain (commonly known as "23F"), when Antonio Tejero, in those times, Lieutenant Colonel of the Civil Guard, attempted to topple King Juan Carlos I, to cancel the democracy, and return the country to the dictatorship (missed after General Franco's death in 1975). Tejero shot several times against the rooftop of the Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies), where the coup d'etat happened. The bullets remained there, on purpose,, as a remember of the event until September 11, 2013, when a renovation accidentally removed them. See more »

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In spite of its flaws, I wish I could have seen the rest of the episodes.
15 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

"I'm chasing the Pretender," Andrea Parker assured us the viewers in an advertisement for Sky's new shows some years ago. "I'm going to catch him on Sky One."

Unfortunately for fans of "The Pretender," she never did - Sky ended up dropping it before the fourth and final season (and forget the TV movies), and it's unlikely some other station will get it a la "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Late Night With David Letterman" or other shows binned in favour of "Kirsty's Home Videos" or "Fear Factor." Curses.

Anyway, though this series could be formulaic - this show used to be run back-to-back with "Early Edition," and it always amazed me that the latter could get more inventive plotlines out of its own equally constrictive premise - the show avoided being dire because of its characters and performers. As Jarod, Michael T. Weiss projected a smugness that was off-putting but appropriate for someone who could pretend to be anybody (the air of self-satisfation was in tune with someone who knew he was brighter than just about everyone else), and his mentor Sydney and chief pursuer Miss Parker - what WAS her first name? - were refreshingly free of black-and-white characterisations; this made the show more interesting than it otherwise might have been, though the writing was decent all round.

Thanks to other comments for filling in a few of the blanks (they'll do until I manage to see the final season and the movies). And to Andrea Parker for giving us a character simultaneously ice-cold and red-hot; apologies to Catherine Bell fans, but she was Harm's sexiest partner (too bad she was only in the "JAG" pilot and one other episode).


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