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
William Sanderson
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Laura Cayouette
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Ricco Ross
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Geoffrey Blake
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Clint Howard
Clint Howard
Mike Starr
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Felton Perry
Felton Perry
Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan
Patrick Fischler
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Kevin Cooney
Kevin Cooney
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John Diehl
John Diehl
Ryan Merriman
Ryan Merriman
Young Jarod
Ron Yuan
Ron Yuan
Don Harvey
Don Harvey
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Matt Clark
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Steve Eastin
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Barbara Tyson
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Gary Farmer
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Gregory Itzin
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Terence Knox
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Emile Hirsch
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Jarod
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