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The Pretender
Production Information
Created by: Craig W. Van Sickle
Steven Long Mitchell
Starring: See Cast (below)
Broadcast Information
Country of origin: United States
Original Networks: NBC
Series Premiere: September 19, 1996
Series Finale: May 13, 2000
Number of seasons: 4
Number of episodes: 86
Number of TV Movies: 2 (both in 2001)

The Pretender is an American drama television series that premiered in the United States on September 19, 1996 and ended on May 13, 2000.

Two television movies were made by Turner Network Television after the series was cancelled and they both aired in 2001.

The Pretender was conceived by writers and producers, Craig W. Van Sickle and Steven Long Mitchell


The Pretender deals with a man named Jarod who was kidnapped and raised by a think tank called The Centre. After living at the Centre for some 30 years or so, he escaped after discovering the truth.


Main Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Opening Intro[]


The Pretender opening sequence

There are pretenders among us, geniuses with the ability to become anyone they want to be... In 1963, a Corporation known as the Centre, isolated a young pretender named Jarod, and exploited his genius for their research. Then one day, their pretender ran away..

The Pretender Opening Video[]

The first intro video (In German):


Pretender (Intro)

The first intro, in German.

List of episodes and movies[]

US ratings[]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Rank Viewers


1 22 September 19, 1996 May 17, 1997 #89 7.2
2 22 November 1, 1997 May 16, 1998 #59 11.4
3 22 October 17, 1998 May 22, 1999 #71 10.0
4 20 September 25, 1999 May 13, 2000 #75 8.73


The Pretender Novels
Book Title Release date
1 The Pretender: Rebirth October 7, 2013
2 The Pretender: Saving Luke May 12, 2014


Main article: The Pretender - Awards and Nominations

Notes and references[]

External links[]

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