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 7.2/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 43
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Os...
Taylor Negron
Taylor Negron
Ashley Peldon
Ashley Peldon
Young Miss Parker
Terence Knox
Terence Knox
Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn
George Buck Flower
George Buck F...
Motel Manager
James Tolkan
James Tolkan
Mike Starr
Mike Starr
Aaron Lustig
Aaron Lustig
Jake Lloyd
Jake Lloyd
Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Salli Richard...
Cynthia Sloan
Tobin Bell
Tobin Bell
James Hong
James Hong
Marisa Petroro
Marisa Petror...
Patrick Fischler
Patrick Fisch...
Kay E. Kuter
Kay E. Kuter
Kerrie Keane
Kerrie Keane
Leigh Taylor-Young
Leigh Taylor-...
Lois Nettleton
Lois Nettleto...
Cliff DeYoung
Cliff DeYoung
Scott William Winters
Scott William...
M.C. Gainey
M.C. Gainey
Rex Linn
Rex Linn
Dean Norris
Dean Norris
Zack Ward
Zack Ward
Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobol...
Howard Hesseman
Howard Hessem...
William Lucking
William Lucki...
Miguel Sandoval
Miguel Sandov...
Tamara Braun
Tamara Braun
Steve Eastin
Steve Eastin
Justin Kirk
Justin Kirk
Ally Walker
Ally Walker
Gregg Henry
Gregg Henry
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Phil Fondacar...
Louis Ferreira
Louis Ferreir...
Kevin Weisman
Kevin Weisman
Channon Roe
Channon Roe
Pamela Gidley
Pamela Gidley
Brigitte
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garn...
Jon Gries
Jon Gries
Broots
Geoffrey Blake
Geoffrey Blak...
Michael T. Weiss
Michael T. We...
Jarod
Andrea Parker
Andrea Parker
Miss Parker
Patrick Bauchau
Patrick Bauch...
Sydney
Ryan Merriman
Ryan Merriman
Young Jarod
James Denton
James Denton
Mr. Lyle
Richard Marcus
Richard Marcu...
Mr. Raines
Sam Ayers
Sam Ayers
Sam the Sweeper
Harve Presnell
Harve Presnel...
Mr. Parker
Paul Dillon
Paul Dillon
Angelo
Connie Ray
Connie Ray
Michael Welch
Michael Welch
Jon Polito
Jon Polito
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Christopher M...
Joe Unger
Joe Unger
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Robert Carrad...
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David Proval
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Melora Hardin
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Dana Ashbrook
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Peter Murnik
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Jeff Kober
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David Denman
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Susan Gibney
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Emile Hirsch
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Tom Everett
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Jenny Gago
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Nigel Gibbs
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Kevin Cooney
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Marisa Ryan
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Robert Peters
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Max Martini
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