The Pretender

The Pretender

1996 - 2000, Drama, Fantasy, SciFi
A genius assumes various identities to help others while eluding stalkers.

Episode Guide

  • The Pretender - The Inner Sense (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    The Inner Sense

    Jarod's investigation into an attack on his newly found sister (Marisa Parker) leads him to a man (Tyler Christopher) who plans to bomb a subway.

  • The Pretender - Corn Man (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Corn Man

    Jarod searches for a missing girl and her mother when he discovers footage of them on a camcorder he purchased at a pawn shop.

  • The Pretender - Meltdown (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:


    Jarod poses as a thief to find a child killer; Miss Parker receives a mysterious e-mail which gives a clue about her mother's death.

  • The Pretender - School Daze (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    School Daze

    Jarod assumes the identity of a schoolteacher to locate and protect a sixth-grade student who witnessed a murder.

  • The Pretender - Junk (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:


    Jarod infiltrates a rehabilitation clinic to help a young woman kick her drug habit so that she may regain custody of her son.

  • The Pretender - The Agent of Year Zero (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    The Agent of Year Zero

    Jarod assumes the role of a U.S. immigration officer to uncover the truth behind a Cambodian refugee thought to be responsible for the deaths of thousands.

  • The Pretender - Ghosts From the Past (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Ghosts From the Past

    Jarod infiltrates a white supremacist group that is planning to stop an African-American church's unity rally, unaware that the group's leader is a former nemesis.

  • The Pretender - Lifeline (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:


    Jarod learns that a federal agent may have had her cover blown by her partner during their investigation into a gun dealer's activities.

  • The Pretender - Cold Dick (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Cold Dick

    Jarod assumes the identity of a private eye to help a friend save a Las Vegas showgirl in trouble with the mob; Broots and Miss Parker stay in a hotel room together.

  • The Pretender - Spin Doctor (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Spin Doctor

    Jarod poses as a Secret Service agent to find out who killed a good friend who helped him escape from the perilous Centre.

  • The Pretender - 'Til Death Do Us Part (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    'Til Death Do Us Part

    One year after the murder of her boyfriend, Miss Parker receives a tip from Jarod that may lead to solving the crime.

  • The Pretender - Rules of Engagement (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Rules of Engagement

    Jarod becomes a hostage negotiator when an ex-convict takes prisoners at a Chicago hospital; Miss Parker's father surfaces.

  • The Pretender - Wild Child (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Wild Child

    Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) helps a child (guest star Lindsey Evenson) with animalistic behavior escape from her captors and return to her former lair.

  • The Pretender - Extreme (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    Jarod joins a group of thrill-seekers while investigating circumstances around a bungee-jumper's near-fatal fall.

  • The Pretender - Road Trip (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Road Trip

    Jarod grows infatuated with a young woman he joins on a road trip, but a terrible secret could destroy their future together.

  • The Pretender - Risque Business (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Risque Business

    Jarod impersonates a sex therapist to uncover why a colleague was attacked; Broots yearns to reveal his true feelings to Miss Parker.

  • The Pretender - Angel's Flight (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Angel's Flight

    The disappearance of a troubled teen leads Jarod to a nightclub where a magician holds court over a group of young followers.

  • The Pretender - Survival (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:


    Jarod becomes a military investigator to avenge the death of an Army officer undergoing POW training at a Texas camp.

  • The Pretender - The World's Changing (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    The World's Changing

    Jarod follows the trail of a man who may hold the key to the disappearance of husband-and-wife nuclear researchers.

  • The Pretender - Donoterase (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:


    After Jarod finds his father (George Lazenby), the two try to save a teen clone from the Centre's evil Triumvirate.

  • The Pretender - Qallupilluit (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:


    Jarod becomes a climatologist to infiltrate the Centre's Arctic Research Station where he believes he may find his long-missing father.

  • The Pretender - End Game (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    End Game

    Jarod helps FBI agent Samantha Waters (Ally Walker) find a teen who was kidnapped by a predator and reprogrammed. (Story concludes on "Profiler.")

  • The Pretender - Wake-Up (Season 3 Episode 18)
    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 Pretender - Ties That Bind (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Ties That Bind

    As an IRS agent, Jarod investigates a suicide victim's employers; Miss Parker tells her family that she is leaving the Centre for a new life with Thomas.

  • The Pretender - PTB (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:


    Jarod fills in when a radio talk-show host disappears after a threatening confrontation with a caller; Thomas asks Miss Parker to move to Oregon with him.

  • The Pretender - Countdown (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:


    While tracking the biological father of an injured boy, Jarod winds up at a Mexican prison with a ruthless felon.

  • The Pretender - At the Hour of Our Death (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    At the Hour of Our Death

    In near-death situations, Jarod and Miss Parker flash back to their youth when they befriended a dying girl at the Centre.

  • The Pretender - Pool (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:


    Jarod tries to best a murderous pool hustler (Tim Dekay) in order to link him to a racially motivated killing.

  • The Pretender - Unsinkable (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Jarod becomes embroiled in a turf war between two Atlantic City loan sharks when he tries to help a friend pay off a debt.

  • The Pretender - The Assassin (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    The Assassin

    Jarod helps a former CIA computer analyst, who must assassinate a senator in order to free her two children from a mysterious kidnapper.

  • The Pretender - Mr. Lee (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Mr. Lee

    A mysterious blind Chinese man (James Hong) creates a personality profile of Jarod in order to locate and capture him.

  • The Pretender - Murder 101 (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Murder 101

    After a professor's murder, Jarod takes over his criminal psychology class where he finds three possible suspects.

  • The Pretender - Flesh & Blood (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Flesh & Blood

    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 Pretender - Homefront (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    In Venezuela, Jarod poses as an arms dealer to make contact with a weapons merchant who kidnapped his young children away from their mother.

  • The Pretender - Parole (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:


    Posing as a tattooed parolee, Jarod helps an ex-con's widow; Sydney learns a secret from the son of his longtime love.

  • The Pretender - Betrayal (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    A lone witness to a shooting teams up with Jarod to stop the cuplrit from launching a terrorist attack.

  • The Pretender - Someone to Trust (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Someone to Trust

    Jarod poses as a professional arsonist to expose a corrupt lawyer, only to find himself falling for the lawyer's wife (Julia Campbell).

  • The Pretender - Once in a Blue Moon (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Once in a Blue Moon

    As a criminal behaviorist, Jarod tries to catch a copycat killer before he sacrifices his next victim.

  • The Pretender - Hope and Prey (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Hope and Prey

    Bounty-hunter Jarod tracks down an American Indian activist who knew Jarod's father; Miss Parker learns more about her mother's death.

  • The Pretender - Crazy (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:


    Miss Parker and Jarod survive the bombing; Jarod goes undercover as a mental patient to expose a murderer; Miss Parker learns her twin brother's identity.

  • The Pretender - Bloodlines (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:


    Jarod is determined to prevent another kidnapping; Miss Parker discovers she has a twin; Jarod returns to the Centre with explosive results.

  • The Pretender - Bloodlines (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:


    Jarod is determined to prevent another kidnapping; Miss Parker discovers she has a twin; Jarod returns to the Centre with explosive results.

  • The Pretender - Bank (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:


    Jarod and Miss Parker meet a stranger with a key to their pasts, who is then shot in an attempted bank robbery.

  • The Pretender - Red Rock Jarod (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Red Rock Jarod

    Both Jarod and Miss Parker are trapped by Mr. Lyle after arriving in the Arizona desert; Jarod finds assistance from someone he thought was dead.

  • The Pretender - Stolen (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:


    Jarod has flashbacks to his childhood abduction by the Centre when he poses as a comatose billionaire whose son has been kidnapped.

  • The Pretender - Crash (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    Probing an airline crash, Jarod uncovers information that could drive the surviving pilot to suicide.

  • The Pretender - Silence (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:


    Jarod poses as a psychologist to help a boy (Seth Adkins) who became mute after witnessing a gangland murder.

  • The Pretender - Bulletproof (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:


    Jarod joins a SWAT team to expose certain team members who are tipping off gangsters before police raids.

  • The Pretender - Unforgotten (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:


    Jarod has amnesia, and a hustler seeks a ransom for him; a secret tribunal summons Parker, Sydney and Broots.

  • The Pretender - A Stand Up Guy (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    A Stand Up Guy

    Jarod becomes a counterfeiter and an undercover policeman in order to crack a Chicago crime syndicate; Miss Parker receives a difficult order.

  • The Pretender - Toy Surprise (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Toy Surprise

    Miss Parker must escape from the center to prevent her father's assassination; Jarod becomes an outdoor instructor to help a teen face fears.

  • The Pretender - Gigolo Jarod (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Gigolo Jarod

    High-priced escort Jarod woos a wealthy developer (Salli Richardson) who plans to destroy a building housing the poor; Jarod helps a neglected housewife.

  • The Pretender - Indy Show (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Indy Show

    Driver Jarod investigates the sabotage of a race car which seriously injured the son of the team owner.

  • The Pretender - F/X (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:


    Jarod rigs special effects for a Super Bowl TV commercial while probing a recent accident that severely injured another technician.

  • The Pretender - Hazards (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    Jarod tries to vindicate a chemical engineer who believes he caused an accident killing three co-workers.

  • The Pretender - Collateral Damage (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Collateral Damage

    Jarod joins the Army Rangers to help a young woman clear her father, who died in Vietnam branded as a traitor.

  • The Pretender - Past Sim (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Past Sim

    Jarod fears a Japanese gangster used one of his past simulations to kidnap a murder witness; center politics ensnare Miss Parker.

  • The Pretender - Nip and Tuck (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Nip and Tuck

    Jarod poses as a Beverly Hills specialist to avenge the scarring of a young woman (Saadia Persad) by an unscrupulous plastic surgeon (Katie Mitchell).

  • The Pretender - Exposed (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Jarod works as a fashion photographer to uncover the identity of a celebrity stalker suspected of killing a young model.

  • The Pretender - Over the Edge (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Over the Edge

    Jarod joins an urban search-and-rescue team to probe the suspicious fall that put a fellow rescuer in a coma.

  • The Pretender - Scott Free (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Scott Free

    In the role of a single-armed safecracker, Jarod takes up with a vicious gang bent on a high-stakes diamond heist.

  • The Pretender - Back From the Dead Again (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Back From the Dead Again

    Jarod becomes an anatomy professor to investigate grave-robbing linked to medical research and a resuscitation drug.

  • The Pretender - The Dragon House (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    The Dragon House

    Jarod tries to help a fellow "pretender" (Jeffrey Donovan) now held by evil Mr. Raines (Richard Marcus).

  • The Pretender - The Dragon House (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    The Dragon House

    Jarod tries to help a fellow "pretender" (Jeffrey Donovan) now held by evil Mr. Raines (Richard Marcus).

  • The Pretender - Baby Love (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Baby Love

    Jarod's search for the mother (Lisa Rieffel) of an abandoned infant leads to a rogue cop and a district attorney who want to dispose of the boy.

  • The Pretender - Jarod's Honor (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Jarod's Honor

    Intervening to stop a killing, Jarod becomes a hired gun in New Orleans as he continues his quest for his parents.

  • The Pretender - Unhappy Landings (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Unhappy Landings

    As a U.S. marshal, Jarod tries to protect a government witness from a drug cartel and corrupt fellow marshals.

  • The Pretender - Keys (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:


    Jarod investigates Haitian refugees' deaths until Miss Parker takes him hostage as a hurricane approaches off the Florida coast; guest Harve Presnell.

  • The Pretender - Under the Reds (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Under the Reds

    Jarod suspects a medic induced the coma of a graduate student, and the parents must decide about life support.

  • The Pretender - Jaroldo! (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:


    Jarod becomes a TV news photographer to investigate a staged gang shootout that badly injured another cameraman.

  • The Pretender - Ranger Jarod (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Ranger Jarod

    Jarod joins a search-and-rescue team to find a young camper lost in the mountains; Jarod shares a romantic night with a fellow rescuer.

  • The Pretender - Bazooka Jarod (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Bazooka Jarod

    A fellow officer (Carol Huston) is suspicious of Navy man Jarod's probe into the accidental drowning of a ship's engineer.

  • The Pretender - Prison Story (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Prison Story

    Jarod takes an interest in a falsely accused convict (David Proval) when he works as a prison guard on death row.

  • The Pretender - Bomb Squad (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Bomb Squad

    Jarod infiltrates a bomb squad to investigate a glory seeker who may be responsible for a series of blasts.

  • The Pretender - The Better Part of Valor (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    The Better Part of Valor

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

  • The Pretender - Mirage (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:


    Jarod becomes a sky diving instructor to find out why a survivalist died; Miss Parker receives a birthday gift from Jarod.

  • The Pretender - Not Even a Mouse (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Not Even a Mouse

    As a medical examiner, Jarod looks into the mysterious death of a homeless man who helped runaways at a city shelter.

  • The Pretender - A Virus Among Us (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    A Virus Among Us

    Virologist Jarod searches for a missing researcher who threatened to expose a doctor's dangerous experiments.

  • The Pretender - To Serve and Protect (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    To Serve and Protect

    Motorcycle policeman Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) investigates a security guard's murder possibly linked to rogue cops moonlighting as jewel thieves.

  • The Pretender - The Paper Clock (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Paper Clock

    Jarod becomes a lawyer for a slow-witted man wrongly accused of murder; Jarod negotiates with Sydney for news about his family.

  • The Pretender - Curious Jarod (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Curious Jarod

    Jarod becomes the head of security at a Las Vegas casino to investigate a showgirl's murder and help out an aging Elvis impersonator.

  • The Pretender - Flyer (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:


    Jarod becomes a test pilot to prove a top-gun pilot's crash was caused by a defense contractor's new computer system; guest Terence Knox.

  • The Pretender - Every Picture Tells a Story (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Every Picture Tells a Story

    Jarod joins the Coast Guard to expose a pair of rogue officers responsible for a fisherman's death; Miss Parker tries tapping Jarod's phone lines to locate him.

  • The Pretender - The Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Pilot

    Exploited as a child, a genius assumes various identities to help others while eluding his brutal stalkers.