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The Pretender 

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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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 »


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

19 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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The Pretender See more »

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Runtime:

| (86 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 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

Miss Parker: You mean a shrink, don't you? Thanks Syd, but I'll leave the mental masturbation to someone else.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

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Addictive
30 January 2002 | by BlizzySee all my reviews

I remember watching this show when it first started (I was in 7th grade) and completely loving it. Then, I stopped watching, I assume, because I couldn't fit it into my schedule. I got hooked again when I saw "Pretender: Island of the Haunted" last December, and now I watch the show everyday on TNT. I just can't get enough of it! Something about it makes you just seem glued to the TV. I don't know why this show was cancelled as it was so great (even its final season), but I am glad that they made a few movies. Hopefully that will continue! New and old Jarod fans appreciate it!!


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