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The Pretender

The Pretender

NBC 1996

Raised in a secret facility built for experimenting on children, Jarod is a genius who can master any profession and become anyone he has to be. When he realizes as an adult that he's actually a prisoner and his captors are not as benevolent as he's been told, he breaks out. While trying to find his real identity, Jarod helps those he encounters and tries to avoid the woman sent to retrieve him.

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The Pretender - S1E22

#1 - The Dragon House (2) (Season 1 - Episode 22)

UPSTATE NEW YORK - Jarod discovers more about his family through Harriet, and decides that he must return to The Centre to free his brother Kyle. Meanwhile, Miss Parker convinces Broots and Sydney in helping her find the answers to her mother's death and believes Kyle may be the key. Finally, Jarod gets the opportunity to reunite with his family, including his sister. But The Centre becomes aware of the rendezvous and intends to stop it.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 20 votes.

The Pretender - S2E22

#2 - Bloodlines (2) (Season 2 - Episode 22)

BLUE COVE, DELAWARE - Jarod, along with Angelo (Timmy), try to find a way to rescue the kidnapped child. Miss Parker confronts her father about her discovery that she has a twin. Sydney plots to finally have his revenge against Mr. Raines, but his plan backfires...

The episode was rated 7.94 from 32 votes.

The Pretender - S3E16

#3 - P.T.B. (Season 3 - Episode 16)

Jarod fills in for a radio talk show host who disappeared after a violent confrontation with a threatening caller; Thomas asks Miss Parker to relocate.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 30 votes.

The Pretender - S4E20

#4 - The Inner Sense (2) (Season 4 - Episode 20)

Jarod finally locates his sister Emily, just in time to see her nearly assassinated by The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker's search of the secrets behind her mother's death lead her and Jarod to the same place -- and a mysterious young man named Ethan.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 30 votes.

The Pretender - S3E22

#5 - Donoterase (2) (Season 3 - Episode 22)

Conclusion from part 1. Jarod and his father plan a rescue the clone created by the Centre's, while Miss Parker must face new truths from inside the Centre and more about her mother's murder.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 20 votes.

The Pretender - S3E15

#6 - Countdown (Season 3 - Episode 15)

Jarod races against time to locate the father of an injured boy with a rare blood disorder.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 39 votes.

The Pretender - S2E21

#7 - Bloodlines (1) (Season 2 - Episode 21)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Jarod recieves a letter from an anonymous source and believes The Centre is going to kidnap another boy-genius. Sydney creates a serum that allows Angelo to become a normal person again, provided he takes all the doses at the right time.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 52 votes.

The Pretender - S2E20

#8 - Bank (Season 2 - Episode 20)

DOVER, DELAWARE - Jarod tricks Miss Parker to meet him at a bank, where they come face to face with the mysterious Mr. Fenigor. But this arrangement gets complicated when there's a robbery the same day. When The Centre gets news that Jarod is trapped in this hostage situation, they close in and make sure he'll not slip through their fingers this time.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 48 votes.

The Pretender - S2E12

#9 - Toy Surprise (Season 2 - Episode 12)

TURNERS RIDGE, IDAHO - Jarod helps a troubled teenager by becoming an outdoor counselor. But back at The Centre, Miss Parker is grieving the anniversary of her mother's death. The day just gets worst when she's tipped off by Jarod that there's going to be an assassination attempt on her father. With only 2 hours to stop it and trapped in the Sub-levels, Miss Parker has to get to the tower before her father arrives by helicopter.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 58 votes.

The Pretender - S4E19

#10 - The Inner Sense (1) (Season 4 - Episode 19)

Jarod finally locates his sister Emily, just in time to see her nearly assassinated by The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker's search of the secrets behind her mother's death lead her and Jarod to the same place -- and a mysterious young man named Ethan.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S2E1
#11 - Back From The Dead Again
Season 2 - Episode 1

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - Jarod morns the death of his brother. He then takes on the identity of an anatomy professor trying to find a boy who has been missing since Halloween of the previous year. Meanwhile, Miss Parker is startled to find that her father has disappeared and has been replaced by a Mr. Lyle. With him comes Brigitte, a mysterious girl who is more thorough in finding Jarod than Miss Parker. And Sydney, at Jarod's request, researches why there's no DSA for the last three weeks of October prior to his escape.

The episode was rated from 68 votes.
The Pretender - S3E1
#12 - Crazy
Season 3 - Episode 1

PLEASENT WOOD INSTITUTE, MARYLAND - Jarod becomes a mental patient to uncover the truth behind the mysterious murder of another patient. Miss Parker researches the identity of her twin.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
The Pretender - S2E19
#13 - Red Rock Jarod
Season 2 - Episode 19

DRY RIVER, ARIZONA - Responding to an email he believes was sent to him by Sydney, Jarod finds himself in the hands of someone he once thought dead. Jarod also meets a boy who is in need of a heart transplant. Meanwhile, Miss Parker closes in on Jarod. But she's in for a surprise when she meets his captor

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
The Pretender - S2E7
#14 - Collateral Damage
Season 2 - Episode 7

LOST HILLS, VIRGINIA - Jarod becomes a Special Forces soldier to help the daughter of a Vietnam veteran get her father's name added to the War Memorial. Back at The Centre, Miss Parker reluctantly babysits Debbie while Broots is in Florida on an assignment.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
The Pretender - S1E21
#15 - The Dragon House (1)
Season 1 - Episode 21

FORT REXFORD, NEW YORK - Jarod becomes aware that Kyle, another pretender from The Centre, is on the run from the law. Eager to find him, he becomes an F.B.I. agent to aid the investigation. But he discovers that Kyle may have something to do with his mother. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and Sydney recruit Angelo to go through all of Jarod's red notebooks. They figure he can become Jarod and thus aiding in his capture.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
The Pretender - S4E5
#16 - Road Trip
Season 4 - Episode 5

Jarod finds himself on a road trip to help a mysterious young woman, whom he falls for. Meanwhile, he tells Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots to 'follow the yellow brick road'.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.
The Pretender - S1E1
#17 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Miss Parker and Sydney find they had just missed Jarod helping a tanker ship in Alaska. Jarod is now posing as a doctor to uncover the truth behind an operation that resulted in a boy becoming paraplegic. Jarod also befriends a sicilian woman who has trouble with (ahem) bowel movements.

The episode was rated from 187 votes.
The Pretender - S1E10
#18 - Better Part Of Valor
Season 1 - Episode 10

PITTSBURGH, PA - Jarod works as a firefighter while investigating the murder of another smoke-eater; Miss Parker tries to seduce a married man.

The episode was rated from 73 votes.
The Pretender - S1E6
#19 - To Protect and Serve
Season 1 - Episode 6

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - Jarod, suspecting corruption in a police department, becomes an officer himself to solve the death of a boy who had recently been reunited with his father. He also befriends an aging lady who's young at heart, but is afraid of losing her wildside due to her fading eyesight. Meanwhile, Miss Parker is spending time in jail for violating criminal code 369.7 - Unlawful Carrying and Possession of Concealed Weapon, thanks to a tip from Jarod. With her in jail, Jarod uses that window of opportunity to hire a private investigator to aid in finding information about his mother.

The episode was rated from 105 votes.
The Pretender - S1E20
#20 - Baby Love
Season 1 - Episode 20

WYOMING(?) - After a close call with getting caught by Miss Parker, Jarod stumbles upon a baby who was thrown into a dumpster. Jarod takes the child and nurses it until he can find his parents while avoiding sinister authorities. At the same time, Miss Parker, Sydney and Broots all follow clues that Jarod has dug up in reference to the meaning of SL-27.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

Last updated: oct 24, 2022



I miss this show. Miss Parker will always be my favorite character.


Really loved The Pretender,still do. I think this was one of the best shows. Sadly they blew the chance to end the plot properly with the movies.


Oh yeah I forgot how quotable Miss P was.


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