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Jarod is a Pretender - a genius whose exceptional intelligence allows him to assume various identities at will, be it doctor, test pilot or lawyer. Taken from his parents at an early age, Jarod was brought up in the Centre, a think-tank facility where he believed his computer-like mind was being used to benefit mankind. But when he learned the simulations he solved were being sold to the highest-bidder no matter what their intent, Jarod escaped. Now on the run, Jarod embarks on a search for his true identity while also attempting to balance out any wrong his simulations have caused by helping people who are as powerless as he once was.

Genres: Drama | Mystery | Adventure
Station: NBC (US)
Rating: 7/10 from 3 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1996-09-19

The Pretender Season 1 Air Dates


S01E01 - Pilot Air Date: 19 September 1996 21:00 -

Jarod poses as a doctor to help a boy whose spinal cord was severed.


S01E02 - Every Picture Tells a Story Air Date: 28 September 1996 21:00 -

To help the widow and daughter of a drowned fisherman, Jarod joins the Coast Guard.


S01E03 - Flyer Air Date: 19 October 1996 21:00 -

While posing as a test pilot, Jarod tries to find out the circumstances surrounding the death of an Air Force lieutenant killed in a crash.


S01E04 - Curious Jarod Air Date: 26 October 1996 21:00 -

In Las Vegas, Jarod uncovers a casino's cash leak, becomes security chief and tries to learn the facts behind a showgirl's assault.


S01E05 - The Paper Clock Air Date: 02 November 1996 21:00 -

Jarod poses as a lawyer in order to help a wrongly convicted, mentally challenged janitor who's serving time.


S01E06 - To Serve and Protect Air Date: 09 November 1996 21:00 -

To solve the killing of a security guard in a robbery, Jarod poses as a policeman.


S01E07 - A Virus Among Us Air Date: 16 November 1996 21:00 -

In the guise of a virologist, Jarod tries to find a missing scientist.


S01E08 - Not Even a Mouse Air Date: 14 December 1996 21:00 -

Posing as a medical examiner, Jarod tries to solve the murder of a homeless person.


S01E09 - Mirage Air Date: 04 January 1997 21:00 -

While posing as a sky-diving instructor, Jarod investigates the death of the company's co-owner.


S01E10 - The Better Part of Valor Air Date: 11 January 1997 21:00 -

Jarod poses as a fireman to uncover an arson plot and the true circumstances surrounding a firefighter's death.


S01E11 - Bomb Squad Air Date: 18 January 1997 21:00 -

As a member of a bomb squad, Jarod attempts to piece together clues to identify the "fax bomber."


S01E12 - Prison Story Air Date: 01 February 1997 21:00 -

Jarod poses as a penitentiary guard in order to try to prove the innocence of a prisoner scheduled to be executed for killing another inmate.


S01E13 - Bazooka Jarod Air Date: 08 February 1997 21:00 -

Lt. Cdr. Jarod goes to Long Beach, where he investigates a petty officer's death aboard a destroyer.


S01E14 - Ranger Jarod Air Date: 15 February 1997 21:00 -

Posing as a forest ranger, Jarod joins the search for a missing ornithology student and also finds himself falling in love for the first time.


S01E15 - Jaroldo! Air Date: 08 March 1997 21:00 -

While posing as a TV-news cameraman, Jarod discovers the true details of a shooting that left his predecessor incapacitated.


S01E16 - Under the Reds Air Date: 22 March 1997 21:00 -

In Atlanta, Jarod is an ambulance attendant who uncovers an insurance scam between a driver and a doctor.


S01E17 - Keys Air Date: 05 April 1997 21:00 -

Miss Parker catches up to Jarod in Florida---during a hurricane---and winds up involved in his efforts to thwart a corrupt marine-patrol officer and tend to an orphaned girl with a high fever.


S01E18 - Unhappy Landings Air Date: 26 April 1997 21:00 -

Jarod is a U.S. Marshal trying to ensure the safety of a witness in a drug case.


S01E19 - Jarod's Honor Air Date: 03 May 1997 21:00 -

Posing as a hit man, Jarod is hired to kill a jazz-club owner and his wife. Meanwhile, Sydney and Miss Parker attend a twins convention.


S01E20 - Baby Love Air Date: 10 May 1997 21:00 -

After finding a baby in a dumpster, Jarod cares for the child while trying to determine why he was left there.


S01E21 - The Dragon House (1) Air Date: 17 May 1997 21:00 -

Jarod poses as a Federal agent to help his childhood friend, Kyle, who's now a fugitive.


S01E22 - The Dragon House (2) Air Date: 17 May 1997 22:00 -

While helping an old friend, Jarod finds a link to his mother and discovers that he's not an only child.

The Pretender Actors

Jon Gries(Broots)

Ryan Merriman(Young Jarod)

Andrea Parker(Miss Parker)

Michael T. Weiss(Jarod)

Patrick Bauchau(Sydney)

Harve Presnell(Mr. Parker)

James Denton(Mr. Lyle)

Willie Gault(Willie the Sweeper)



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