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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Jon Gries guest starred as Broots, for over sixty episodes, before becoming a regular in season four. See more »

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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 »

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Jarod: Trust your inner sense, Miss Parker. I do.
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Spin-off The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (2001) See more »

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Keeps you glued to the tube
10 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Pretender is brilliance, sheer brilliance. Without a doubt one of my favorite shows, The Pretender had a great premise and excellent actors / characters to match. The series is filled with all kinds of questions regarding Jarod's past or whatever else there might be. But each time one question is answered, more are always brought up. That's the really cool thing about this show, it always keeps you guessing.

Taking all this into account, it makes me wonder why NBC canceled it. Ratings weren't to bad, considering the time slot it was in. Oh well, at least TNT picked up the reruns and produced a follow up television movie.


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