The Pretender

The WORST episodes of The Pretender

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 4/16/2022Network: NBC
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Flesh and Blood
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6.86
103 votes

#1 - Flesh and Blood

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/2/1999

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.

Directors: Rodney Charters
Survival
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6.87
104 votes

#2 - Survival

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/1999

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.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
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Unforgotten
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6.92
140 votes

#3 - Unforgotten

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/21/1998

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.

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Stolen
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6.94
112 votes

#4 - Stolen

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/2/1998

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.

Directors: Scott Lautanen
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Parole
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6.99
111 votes

#5 - Parole

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/21/1998

Jarod portrays a paroled convict to aid a widow; Sydney learns startling news while consoling an old lover whose husband is dying.

Directors: Fred Keller
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The Inner Sense (2)
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7.02
65 votes

#6 - The Inner Sense (2)

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/13/2000

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.

Directors: Fred Keller
The Inner Sense (1)
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7.05
133 votes

#7 - The Inner Sense (1)

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/13/2000

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.

Directors: Fred Keller
Wild Child
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7.10
197 votes

#8 - Wild Child

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/11/1999

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.

Directors: Michael J. Klick
Ghosts From The Past
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7.10
134 votes

#9 - Ghosts From The Past

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/26/2000

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.

Directors: Michael T. Weiss
Lifeline
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7.12
164 votes

#10 - Lifeline

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/19/2000

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.

Directors: Jon Koslowsky
Risque Business
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7.12
129 votes

#11 - Risque Business

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/6/1999

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.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Meltdown
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7.12
129 votes

#12 - Meltdown

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/29/2000

Jarod infiltrates a gang of burglars to discover which of them killed a little girl. Meanwhile, an email that isn't there leads Miss Parker to someone who might have answers about her mother's death.

Directors: Krishna Rao
School Daze
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7.12
160 votes

#13 - School Daze

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/22/2000

Jarod poses as an elementary school teacher to protect a young witness in a murder trial. Meanwhile, Miss Parker encounters a ghost from the past.

Directors: Jon Gries
Corn Man A Comin'
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7.12
157 votes

#14 - Corn Man A Comin'

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/6/2000

Jarod follows the trail of a kidnapping, documented by a camcorder he finds in a pawn shop. Meanwhile, Miss Parker continues her search for Edna Raines, with Jarod's help.

Rules of Engagement
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7.12
165 votes

#15 - Rules of Engagement

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/8/2000

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

Directors: Rodney Charters
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Extreme
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7.12
164 votes

#16 - Extreme

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/4/1999

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.

Directors: Scott Lautanen
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Homefront
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7.14
109 votes

#17 - Homefront

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/12/1998

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

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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The World's Changing
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7.14
101 votes

#18 - The World's Changing

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/1999

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.

Junk
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7.14
129 votes

#19 - Junk

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 3/25/2000

Jarod goes undercover as a junkie in a rehab clinic to help a woman regain custody of her son. Meanwhile, Miss Parker and company find Jarod's connection to the woman through her father and the Centre.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Mr. Lee
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7.14
105 votes

#20 - Mr. Lee

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/6/1999

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

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Wake Up
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7.15
95 votes

#21 - Wake Up

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/1/1999

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.

Directors: Michael J. Klick
The Agent of Year Zero
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7.15
162 votes

#22 - The Agent of Year Zero

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/11/2000

Jarod tries to help a Cambodian woman avenge the death of her family at the hands of a war criminal -- who is also an ally of Mr. Lyle. Meanwhile, Miss Parker tracks that connection from the Centre.

Directors: Rodney Charters
The Assassin
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7.15
107 votes

#23 - The Assassin

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/6/1999

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.

Directors: Michael Lange
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'Til Death Do Us Part
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7.15
165 votes

#24 - 'Til Death Do Us Part

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/15/2000

On the anniversary of Thomas' death, Jarod challenges a haunted Miss Parker to resume her hunt for his killer. But the search leads back to her father and Brigitte, who is close to giving birth.

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Someone to Trust
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7.17
137 votes

#25 - Someone to Trust

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/7/1998

Jarod poses as an arsonist to expose a corrupt attorney, but faces unexpected accusations when the attorney is found dead.

Directors: Fred Keller