The Pretender

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.

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  • TheTVDB.com Series ID 70704
  • Status Ended
  • First Aired September 19, 1996
  • Network NBC
  • Average Runtime 45 minutes
  • Genres Action Adventure Drama Mystery Science Fiction Suspense
  • Original Country United States of America
  • Original Language English
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  • Episode Screenshot Format 4:3 Screencap
  • Favorited This series has been favorited by 421 people.
  • Created February 4, 2008 by
    Cooper19
  • Modified August 24, 2022 by
    cintishortstop
Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials January 2001 December 2001 2
Season 1 September 1996 May 1997 22
Season 2 November 1997 May 1998 22
Season 3 October 1998 May 1999 22
Season 4 September 1999 May 2000 20
Unassigned Episodes 0
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Steven Long Mitchell 28 09/19/1996 - 01/22/2001
Fred Keller 20 11/16/1996 - 12/10/2001
James Whitmore Jr. 10 10/19/1996 - 09/25/1999
Terrence O'Hara 7 01/18/1997 - 11/06/1999
Chuck Bowman 6 01/10/1998 - 10/30/1999
Rodney Charters 5 02/07/1998 - 03/11/2000
Michael Lange 4 12/06/1997 - 02/06/1999
Scott Lautanen 4 04/11/1998 - 12/04/1999
Joe Napolitano 3 05/10/1997 - 04/04/1998
Craig W. Van Sickle 3 05/16/1998 - 01/15/2000
Michael Zinberg 3 09/28/1996 - 03/25/2000
Michael T. Weiss 2 02/26/2000
Ian Toynton 2 01/04/1997 - 02/15/1997
Fred K. Keller 2 05/16/1998
Michael J. Klick 2 05/01/1999 - 12/11/1999
Vern Gillum 2 01/03/1998 - 01/17/1998
Krishna Rao 2 04/03/1999 - 04/29/2000
Jon Gries 2 04/22/2000
Charles Siebert 1 03/22/1997
Jim Charleston 1 11/22/1997
David Jackson 1 10/24/1998
Rick Wallace 1 09/19/1996
Thomas J. Wright 1 12/14/1996
Anson Williams 1 01/11/1997
Jon Koslowsky 1 02/19/2000
Gabrielle Beaumont 1 11/02/1996
Jesús Salvador Treviño 1 10/26/1996
Oscar Costo 1 02/01/1997
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Craig Van Sickle 22 09/19/1996 - 12/10/2001
Juan Carlos Coto 16 10/19/1996 - 02/19/2000
Tommy Thompson 15 11/09/1996 - 03/11/2000
Mark Dodson 8 03/28/1998 - 05/06/2000
Harry Dunn 6 01/03/1998 - 03/25/2000
Andrew Dettmann 6 10/31/1998 - 04/22/2000
Daniel Truly 6 10/31/1998 - 04/22/2000
Javier Grillo-Marxuach 5 11/02/1996 - 04/26/1997
Lawrence Meyers 5 11/16/1996 - 10/17/1998
Tony Blake 3 11/15/1997 - 04/11/1998
Paul Jackson 3 11/15/1997 - 04/11/1998
Tyler Bensinger 2 11/22/1997 - 02/07/1998
Ethan Matthew Lawrence 2 01/08/2000 - 04/29/2000
Eric Morris 2 12/06/1997 - 01/31/1998
Kimberly Costello 2 10/26/1996 - 02/08/1997
Dave Alan Johnson 1 04/10/1999
Terri Treas 1 04/26/1997
Joel Metzger 1 12/11/1999
David Kemper 1 03/22/1997
Mitchell 1 12/10/2001
Ivan Tell 1 05/02/1998
Chris Ruppenthal 1 05/03/1997
Debra Pratt 1 05/10/1997
Steven Long 1 12/10/2001
Michael Zand 1 04/26/1997
Guy Zimmerman 1 12/12/1998
Denise Dobbs 1 04/04/1998

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