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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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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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He'll fight for justice anytime, anywhere. And as anyone. See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Claire: Jarod, if you ever wanta get together, pick each other's brains, little one-on-one...
Jarod: Careful Claire, don't cross a line you can't come back from.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Pretender (2016) 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 »

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Runtime:

| (86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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