- Starring: Michael T. Weiss, Jon Gries, Andrea Parker
The Pretender is the story of Jarod, a boy-genius taken from his family as a child. Jarod possesses the ability to quickly learn and impersonate different jobs and occupations. His abductors, a facility simply known as The Centre, tested his abilities through various simulations.
ButThe Pretender is the story of Jarod, a boy-genius taken from his family as a child. Jarod possesses the ability to quickly learn and impersonate different jobs and occupations. His abductors, a facility simply known as The Centre, tested his abilities through various simulations.
But after years of these performances, Jarod becomes wise to the fact that these simulations aren't being used to help people. The Centre sells the sims to the highest bidder to do with as they please, whether it is for good or evil purposes. Knowing this, he breaks free from his captors. Now, as an adult, Jarod sets out to find his family. Along the way, he befriends many people, righting any wrong by using his abilities to become anyone he wants to be.
But the Centre has a lot invested in Jarod, and they won't give him up easily. They recruit Sydney, his father-figure and trainer all through his time growing up in The Centre. Sydney is the only man who is close to Jarod, he knows how he thinks. Also in pursuit is Miss Parker, Jarod's childhood friend whose father runs The Centre. Both are aided by Broots, a nervous computer whiz who goes above and beyond the call of duty (whether he wants to or not).
The Pretender ran for four years on NBC. TNT co-produced two Pretender movies with Twentieth Century Fox TV. The Pretender 2001 premiered on TNT Monday, January 22, 2001 at 8PM. The second movie, The Pretender: Island of the Haunted, premiered on TNT Monday, December 10, 2001 at 8PM ET.
Seasons 1-4 and both TV movies are currently available on DVD.… Expand
- Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
- Season 1 premiere date: Sep 19, 1996
- Episode Length: 60
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Jan 5, 2016Season 1 of The Pretender is a season of discovery of the characters and also for the characters of Jarod, Miss Parker, and (to a lesserSeason 1 of The Pretender is a season of discovery of the characters and also for the characters of Jarod, Miss Parker, and (to a lesser extent) Sydney. The episodes are well-crafted and filled with action, adventure and comedy. Miss Parker has some of her best one-liners in these episodes. Season 1 is the season to become ensnared in the mythology of the genius child snatched from his parents and brought into a strange world where he can become everything he wants to be but does not know quite who he is, something which he longs to correct. The role of Jarod is played with perfect precision by Michael T. Weiss as if he was born for it. In Season one we also see Miss Parker's character unfolding as the episodes progress and in this role, Andrea Parker brilliantly portrays a strong woman whom you can't help but feel something for, despite what is her true mission, because there are many facets of her character revealed, starting in this season. Patrick Bauchau in the role of Sydney shines a different light on the action, through his psychiatrist's eyes and proves to be another perfect casting choice. Season one begins a journey that charms viewers and hooks them with the characters and the action so that they must return for more.… Expand