1996 - 2000

 

CAST: 

 

  • Michael T. Weiss         as Jarod
  • Andrea Parker           as Miss Parker/Catherine Elaine Jamison Parker
  • Patrick Bauchau         as Sydney/Jacob
  • Jon Gries                   as Broots
  • Ryan Merriman          as Young Jarod/Gemini
  • Alex Wexo                 as Young Sydney
  • Richard Marcus          as Mr. William Raines
  • James Denton            as Mr. Lyle
  • Harve Presnell           as Mr. Parker
  • Paul Dillon                 as Angelo
  • Pamela Gidley            as Brigitte Parker
  • Jason Brooks             as Thomas Gates
  • Jeffrey Donovan        as Kyle

 

   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. (e.g. a fireman, a doctor, etc.) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Following the show's cancellation on NBC, two television movies were aired on TNT. The plot of these movies picked up where the series left off. They were titled The Pretender 2001 and The Pretender: Island of the Haunted. In 2013, creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle began updating the story with a series of books and graphic novels. The first, The Pretender: Rebirth, was published on October 7, 2013.

 

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