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:
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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English

Release Date:

19 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Kameleon See more »

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Runtime:

| (86 episodes)

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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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When asked in an interview what it was like working with Michael T. Wiess, Andrea Parker was forced to admit that she barely knew him. Due to the premise of the series, Miss Parker chasing Jarod, and Jarod always being one step ahead of her, their adult characters only appear in scenes together in eight episodes, besides as children In flashback sequences. Their characters later appear together in scenes in both the movies. See more »

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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 hind 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: Sydney, step back. I wouldn't want you to get brain matter all over your new suit.
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Keeps you glued to the tube
10 June 2001 | by Op_PrimeSee 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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