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The Pretender

The Pretender

NBC 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.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Pretender

The Pretender - S4E11

#1 - Cold Dick

7.08

Season 4 - Episode 11

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - After being contacted by Argyle, Jarod becomes a Las Vegas private investigator to save a showgirl in trouble with with the mob. Meanwhile, Broots and Miss Parker try to outwit Jarod by posing as a newlywed couple and checking into the honeymoon suite. But come sunrise, they find they've gotten more involved with each other then they ever have chasing Jarod...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Pretender from 39 votes.

The Pretender - S2E16

#2 - Silence

7.20

Season 2 - Episode 16

EL PASO, TEXAS - Jarod becomes a child psychologist to help a little boy, who witnessed the murder of a DEA agent, break out of his wall of silence. Back at the Centre, Mr. Raines is under tower review, thanks to Miss Parker. Things get worst for him when an old patient / project comes back to haunt him.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Pretender from 41 votes.

The Pretender - S4E7

#3 - Wild Child

7.24

Season 4 - Episode 7

Jarod Pretends to be a psychologist to help a young girl found living alone in the wilderness. Meanwhile. Miss Parker finds out a Centre contract has been taken out on her father's life, leading her to look more closely at Mr. Cox.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Pretender from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S3E10

#4 - Mr. Lee

7.26

Season 3 - Episode 10

A blind man and his assistant piece together Jarod's personality so they can kidnap him.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Pretender from 39 votes.

The Pretender - S4E4

#5 - Risque Business

7.26

Season 4 - Episode 4

Jarod pretends to be a sex therapist to investigate a brutal assault on a doctor. Meanwhile, Broots tries to summon up the courage to reveal his feelings to Miss Parker.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Pretender from 34 votes.

The Pretender - S1E16

#6 - Under The Reds

7.27

Season 1 - Episode 16

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Jarod checks into a fellow paramedic whom he believes is responsible for a graduate student's coma. But he first has to outsmart a pushy, investigative tax official who won't stop digging up everything on Jarod. After their follow-up to a lead on Jarod, Sydney disappears from the Centre. He holes himself up with his twin brother Jacob using a technique Jarod discovered in an attempt to bring him out of his coma. Miss Parker is put in charge of finding Syd and when she does, to make matters worst, Mr. Raines commands her to do eliminate Jacob.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Pretender from 64 votes.

The Pretender - S3E11

#7 - The Assassin

7.28

Season 3 - Episode 11

Jarod helps a former CIA computer analyst who must assassinate a U.S. senator to free her children from a kidnapper; Miss Parker meets her new neighbor.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Pretender from 43 votes.

The Pretender - S2E14

#8 - Unforgotten

7.30

Season 2 - Episode 14

LOCATION UNKNOWN - During the intervention of his current pretend, Jarod is caught off guard and beaten, resulting in the loss of his memory. Jarod is then rescued by Argyle, a smooth-talking con-artist. But his savior soon starts to wonder how this situation could benefit him. Meanwhile, back at The Centre; Miss Parker, Sydney, & Broots are put before a T-Board. There, they are interrogated to see just how dedicated they are in their search for Jarod.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Pretender from 44 votes.

The Pretender - S4E2

#9 - Survival

7.30

Season 4 - Episode 2

Jarod joins the Army CID to investigate the suicide of a soldier in POW survival training. Meanwhile, he gives Mr. Lyle and Miss Parker a taste of that training by trapping them together in a shipping container.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Pretender from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S4E13

#10 - Ghosts From The Past

7.31

Season 4 - Episode 13

Jarod infiltrates a white supremacist group to stop the bombing of a Unity event. Meanwhile, Angelo fights his way through Jarod's past to find the old enemy currently threatening Jarod's life.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Pretender from 36 votes.

The Pretender - S4E1
#11 - The World's Changing
7.31
Season 4 - Episode 1

Once again a prisoner of the Centre, Jarod discovers a plot to murder a team of nuclear researchers, giving him even more motivation to escape. Meanwhile, Sydney and Broots try to find Miss Parker and Miss Parker tries to find her father -- and figure out who to trust.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Pretender from 35 votes.

The Pretender - S1E15
#12 - Jaroldo
7.32
Season 1 - Episode 15

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Jarod becomes a TV news cameraman to investigate a gang shoot-out that badly injured another cameraman. Jarod also befriends a man who lost his job and his family. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker get trapped in a condemned building.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Pretender from 66 votes.

The Pretender - S4E6
#13 - Extreme
7.32
Season 4 - Episode 6

Jarod Pretends to be an extreme sports enthusiast in order to learn what happened to a comatose young man. Meanwhile, Miss Parker, Sydney, and Broots follow Jarod's "game show" clues, and find themselves investigating Mr. Lyle.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Pretender from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S3E8
#14 - Flesh and Blood
7.34
Season 3 - Episode 8

Jarod takes on the role of a tracking expert to help find four teachers, including Sydney's son, Nicholas, who are taken hostage in the Appalachian hills.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Pretender from 41 votes.

The Pretender - S4E12
#15 - Lifeline
7.35
Season 4 - Episode 12

Jarod becomes a bodyguard to reunite an undercover ATF agent and her daughter. Meanwhile. Miss Parker sets out to prove Raines' religious 'conversion' is nothing of the kind.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Pretender from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S3E7
#16 - Homefront
7.36
Season 3 - Episode 7

Jarod steals millions from the Centre, then poses as an arms dealer selling missile launchers to a weapons merchant in Venezuela.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Pretender from 44 votes.

The Pretender - S3E18
#17 - Wake Up
7.37
Season 3 - Episode 18

Thomas is brutally murdered in Miss Parker's home by an unknown assailant; Jarod finds clues leading to a drug addict who later dies of an overdose.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Pretender from 30 votes.

The Pretender - S4E8
#18 - Rules of Engagement
7.38
Season 4 - Episode 8

Jarod tries to stop a hostage situation in a hospital. Miss Parker is confused by an encounter with her father.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Pretender from 37 votes.

The Pretender - S2E18
#19 - Stolen
7.39
Season 2 - Episode 18

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA - After taking down a corrupt doctor, Jarod unexpectedly gets involved in a kidnapping when the father of the kidnapped ends up in the hospital. Back at The Centre, Miss Parker sides with Mr. Raines on the fact that Sydney is becoming too attached to Jarod. To the point, even, that it's complicating the search for him.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Pretender from 46 votes.

The Pretender - S4E10
#20 - Spin Doctor (1)
7.39
Season 4 - Episode 10

Jarod tries to track down the killer of a man who helped him escape from The Centre. Meanwhile, Miss Parker tries to help Sydney deal with his past. (Clean Sweep (2) aired on Profiler, season 4, episode 10.)

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Pretender from 38 votes.

Last updated: jan 24, 2021

Comments

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

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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.

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Oh yeah I forgot how quotable Miss P was.

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