The Pretender

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  • TV-14
  • 1996
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.5  (15,328)

The television series known as The Pretender is about an intelligent young man named Jarod who has the ability to effectively pretend to be whosoever he desires to be at a time and do so very well. Jarod was a young man who had terrible experiences growing up as a child during his childhood days. He was kidnapped and taken to a place known as The Centre where he grew up. While at the Centre he gets very close to a guy named Sydney who is very nice to him and teaches him so many things. He considers him as a mentor and the father he never had. One day Jarod finds out that the Centre is making use of data obtained from his activities he runs away. While on the run he comes across many criminals who were also suffering from emotional troubles like himself. However he starts experiencing the good things of life which he missed while growing up as a child at the Centre. While there he did not have access to sweets, ice creams, and other nice things he would have loved to have. Jarod then embarks on a search for his parents whom he had never known and also to find out everything about his past, the history about his life and family. He finds out that the Centre had hidden information about the truths about the lives of so many of them who had been confined there. He finds out his mother was dead and is devastated about the events surrounding her death. He is however consoled as he finds his father but swears to avenge his mother's death despite his father's plea for him not to do so. Miss parker whose father was the director was charged to find Jarod and take him back to the Centre. The main characters in the film included Michael Weiss as Jarold, Andrea Parker as Miss Parker, Patrick Bauchau as Sydney, Jon Gries as Broots. The series was created by Steven Mitchell and Craig Sickle and was broadcast on NBC.

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Seasons
The Inner Sense (2)
20. The Inner Sense (2)
May 13, 2000
Jarod's father tells him where he can find his sister, and Jarod discovers he may have another sibling he didn't know about.
Corn Man
18. Corn Man
May 6, 2000
Clues from a videotape help Jarod track down a kidnapped daughter and mother.
Meltdown
17. Meltdown
April 29, 2000
Jarod joins a collection of small time criminals to expose the murderer of a young girl.
School Daze
16. School Daze
April 22, 2000
Jarod seeks to thwart a murderer out to eliminate a boy who is part of the witness protection program.
Junk
15. Junk
March 25, 2000
Posing as a drug addict, Jarod infiltrates a disreputable drug rehabilitation center to rescue a young mother fighting for custody of her young son.
The Agent Of Year Zero
14. The Agent Of Year Zero
March 11, 2000
Jarod helps expose the true identify of a Cambodian colonel who Lyle plans to use as a pipeline for smuggling heroin into the United States.
Ghosts From The Past
13. Ghosts From The Past
February 26, 2000
Jarod becomes a private investigator to save a Las Vegas showgirl in trouble with the mob.
Lifeline
12. Lifeline
February 19, 2000
Jarod protects a female agent working undercover in a gun/money laundering operation.
Cold Dick
11. Cold Dick
February 12, 2000
A wannabe detective entangles Jarod in a web of intrigue involving a missing showgirl and a murdered nightclub owner.
Spin Doctor
10. Spin Doctor
February 5, 2000
Jarod investigates the suspicious suicide of a secret service agent who saved Jarod's life years before.
'Til Death Do Us Part
9. 'Til Death Do Us Part
January 15, 2000
Miss Parker attempts to identify Thomas' murderer on the anniversary of his death.
Rules of Engagement
8. Rules of Engagement
January 8, 2000
Jarod, acting as a FBI special agent, quells a hospital hostage situation.
Wild Child
7. Wild Child
December 11, 1999
Jarod rescues a "wild child" from a research scientist who uses the young girl for an experiment.
Extreme
6. Extreme
December 4, 1999
Jarod investigates the cause of a suspicious, bungled bungee jump that put a man into a coma.
Road Trip
5. Road Trip
November 13, 1999
Jarod becomes both a policeman and an aerospace engineer while befriending a woman on the run.
Risque Business
4. Risque Business
November 6, 1999
Jarod poses as a sex therapist to investigate a brutal attack on a young female psychologist.
Angel's Flight
3. Angel's Flight
October 30, 1999
Jarod searches for a missing teenage girl linked to a young magician.
Survival
2. Survival
October 2, 1999
Jarod sets a trap for Miss Parker and Lyle, leaving them in a shipping container. Jarod impersonates an officer of the Criminal Investigative Division in order to investigate the hanging suicide of an officer at the Army Special Forces Survival Training Grounds in Texas.
The World's Changing
1. The World's Changing
September 25, 1999
Jarod once again finds himself a prisoner at the Centre, although with help from Sydney he's soon free and helping a couple being targeted for extermination by Lyle and his Sweepers. Also, Sydney and Broots try to locate Miss Parker and Miss Parker tries to find her father and who she can trust.
Description

The television series known as The Pretender is about an intelligent young man named Jarod who has the ability to effectively pretend to be whosoever he desires to be at a time and do so very well. Jarod was a young man who had terrible experiences growing up as a child during his childhood days. He was kidnapped and taken to a place known as The Centre where he grew up. While at the Centre he gets very close to a guy named Sydney who is very nice to him and teaches him so many things. He considers him as a mentor and the father he never had.

One day Jarod finds out that the Centre is making use of data obtained from his activities he runs away. While on the run he comes across many criminals who were also suffering from emotional troubles like himself. However he starts experiencing the good things of life which he missed while growing up as a child at the Centre. While there he did not have access to sweets, ice creams, and other nice things he would have loved to have.

Jarod then embarks on a search for his parents whom he had never known and also to find out everything about his past, the history about his life and family. He finds out that the Centre had hidden information about the truths about the lives of so many of them who had been confined there. He finds out his mother was dead and is devastated about the events surrounding her death. He is however consoled as he finds his father but swears to avenge his mother's death despite his father's plea for him not to do so. Miss parker whose father was the director was charged to find Jarod and take him back to the Centre.

The main characters in the film included Michael Weiss as Jarold, Andrea Parker as Miss Parker, Patrick Bauchau as Sydney, Jon Gries as Broots. The series was created by Steven Mitchell and Craig Sickle and was broadcast on NBC.

The Pretender is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (85 episodes). The series first aired on September 19, 1996.

Where to Watch The Pretender

The Pretender is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Pretender on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 19, 1996
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (15,328)