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
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
metacritic icon 9.5/10
themoviedb icon 7.3/10
  • Release Date: 1996-09-19
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 43 min

Jon Gries

Broots

Don Harvey

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Andrea Parker

Miss Parker

Ryan Merriman

Young Jarod

James Denton

Mr. Lyle

Richard Marcus

Mr. Raines

Sam Ayers

Sam the Sweeper

Harve Presnell

Mr. Parker

Paul Dillon

Angelo

Pamela Gidley

Brigitte

Ashley Peldon

Young Miss Parker

James Hong

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Jon Polito

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Gregg Henry

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Alex Carter

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Bert Remsen

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Rex Linn

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Tobin Bell

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Brian Tee

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Jenny Gago

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Beth Grant

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Matt Clark

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Kyla Pratt

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John Fleck

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Lisa Lackey

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Susan Gibney

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Casey Sander

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Kevin Cooney

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Drake Bell

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Reggie Hayes

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Denis Arndt

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Kirk Fox

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Thom Barry

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Kim Myers

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Ray Laska

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David Proval

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Phill Lewis

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Tony Plana

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Justin Kirk

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Andrea Roth

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Tava Smiley

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Cyia Batten

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Lisa Howard

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Emile Hirsch

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Aisha Tyler

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Ron Yuan

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M.C. Gainey

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Joe Unger

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Tim DeKay

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Jake Lloyd

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Ricco Ross

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Brent Roam

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Joel Polis

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Connie Ray

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Jim Haynie

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Dan Martin

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Sal Landi

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Kate Hodge

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Ken Clark

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Jay Acovone

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Jay Karnes

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Jamie Luner

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Jeff Kober

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Judith Hoag

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Dean Norris

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Roxana Zal

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Kay E. Kuter

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Stuart Stone

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Sam McMurray

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Nancy O'Dell

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Rick Hoffman

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Chris Ellis

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Nigel Gibbs

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Leon Russom

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Tom Everett

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Sam Whipple

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Rena Riffel

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Clint Howard

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Matt Corboy

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James Tolkan

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Sean O'Bryan

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Terence Knox

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Ron Roggé

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Kiami Davael

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Marisa Ryan

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Aaron Lustig

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Paul Perri

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Lisa Rieffel

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Dann Florek

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Jesse Head

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Clare Carey

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Brock Peters

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John Diehl

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Michael Dorn

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Ally Walker

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Greg Serano

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Tamara Braun

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Tony Pierce

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Keene Curtis

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Peter Murnik

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Seth Adkins

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Gregory Cruz

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Kerrie Keane

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Wayne Newton

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Troy Winbush

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Alex Datcher

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David Denman

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Jason Brooks

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Steve Eastin

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Jeffrey Meek

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Felton Perry

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Larry Joshua

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Michael Yama

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Kara Zediker

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Joel Stoffer

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Paul Eiding

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Gary Farmer

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Jacob Vargas

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John Beasley

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Peter Holden

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Max Martini

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Kenneth Mars

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Masaya Kato

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Lise Simms

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Janet Hubert

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Channon Roe

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Zack Ward

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Travis Fine

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