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
Bryan Cranston
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Dean Norris
Dean Norris
Clint Howard
Clint Howard
Geoffrey Blake
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Max Martini
Max Martini
Judith Hoag
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Jeffrey Meek
Jeffrey Meek
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Dan Martin
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Jarod
Andrea Parker
Andrea Parker
Miss Parker
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Sydney
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Jon Gries
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Ryan Merriman
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