The Pretender (1996)

The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series starred Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with the ability to become anyone he wants to be, i.e., to flawlessly impersonate anyone in virtually any line of work. Patrick Bauchau and Andrea Parker co-starred as Sydney, Jarod's childhood teacher and mentor, and Miss Parker, a childhood friend. They are both operatives for a mysterious organization called "The Centre", which took Jarod from his parents as a child and developed his special talents with the intention of making him one of their agents, while also using his brilliant intellect for their own evil purposes. After escaping from their custody, Jarod begins traveling the country, searching for clues to his true identity while posing as a doctor, police officer, attorney, or some other character who helps those in trouble. The Centre's directors are determined to return Jarod to The Centre to further their mysterious plan. A team of operatives, led by Miss Parker, attempts to find and capture The Pretender. Jarod's extreme intelligence combined with his childlike innocence create a memorable and endearing character that was popular with viewers.

Writing:
  • Craig W. Van Sickle
  • Steven Long Mitchell

Stars:
Release Date: 1996-09-19
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
metacritic icon 9.5/10
themoviedb icon 7.3/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 43
Melora Hardin
Melora Hardin
Jay Harrington
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Ricco Ross
Ricco Ross
Kevin Cooney
Kevin Cooney
Danny Woodburn
Danny Woodbur...
Drake Bell
Drake Bell
Max Martini
Max Martini
Kate Hodge
Kate Hodge
Orlando Brown
Orlando Brown
James Pickens Jr.
James Pickens...
James Denton
James Denton
Mr. Lyle
Don Harvey
Don Harvey
John Fleck
John Fleck
Sam Whipple
Sam Whipple
Andrea Roth
Andrea Roth
Dendrie Taylor
Dendrie Taylo...
Felton Perry
Felton Perry
Andrea Parker
Andrea Parker
Miss Parker
Caitlin Wachs
Caitlin Wachs
Kirsten Nelson
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Dennis Keiffer
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Lauren Vélez
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Joe Unger
Joe Unger
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Kevin Weisman
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Peter Holden
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Paul Eiding
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Matt Clark
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Kay E. Kuter
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James Tolkan
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Jamie Luner
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Jarod
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Sydney
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Jon Gries
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