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The Pretender

60 min | 60 min (86 episodes)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Mystery | Thriller
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1996-09-19
Filming Locations: City Hall - 200 N. Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner
The Pretender
Jeffrey Donovan
Jeffrey Donovan
The Pretender
Michael T. Weiss
Andrea Parker
Miss Parker
Patrick Bauchau
Jon Gries
Ryan Merriman
Young Jarod
Richard Marcus
Mr. Raines
Alex Wexo
Young Sydney
James Denton
Mr. Lyle
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Most of the main characters have only a first or last name with the other name either unknown or assumed.
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The Pretender was inspired by the life of Ferdinand Demara Jr., a genius with an eidetic memory, who could master any skill just by reading a book about it.
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Michael T Weiss appears in an episode of Burn Notice alongside lead Jeffrey Donovan, who played Jarods younger brother Kyle. The episode before this had a character played by Patrick Bauchau.
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In Season 2, episode 4, Jarod sends miss Parker a cardboard box containing a Viewmaster picture disc, and a live lobster with a note attached to it. Moments later, Mr. Lyle enters the room, and Broots, who is now holding the lobster, tries to hind it behind his back. However, when the camera pans around Broots from the back, the lobster we see is fully cooked, and hence red.
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In season 2 episode 19, the bumper sticker on Harper's car is "Support the Hayvenhurst School" (5 minutes into the program) and then "Support the Havenhurst School" (12 minutes into the program).
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Jarod: [about Kyle whose heart was transplanted into a young boy after his death] Good for you, little brother. Good for you.
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Jarod: I want to know who I am. And I'd rather die trying to find out than live not knowing.
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Miss Parker: You mean a shrink, don't you? Thanks Syd, but I'll leave the mental masturbation to someone else.
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Photos from cast
Bobby Edner Jennifer Garner Phyllis Applegate Jeffrey Donovan Isabel Glasser Kate Hodge Wendel Meldrum James Pickens Jr.