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The Pretenders (AR)

All Episodes 2002 - 2004

  • Ended
  • Telefe
  • 2002-03-22T03:00:00+01:00
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 0 mins
  • Argentina
  • Spanish; Castilian
  • Comedy, Drama, Action, Adventure
The Pretenders consists of a team of four associates who run a "simulation" business, solving the problems and the needs of their clients by staging simulacros (simulations). The simulations are aimed at confusing whoever is giving their clients a problem (bosses, criminals, husbands, wives, unscrupulous businessmen, etc), thus helping the client come on top of the situation. The underlying philosophy used by the team was that sometimes what's legal is not fair, and sometimes what's fair is not legal.

24 episodes

1x01 Christmas Card

  • Series Premiere

    2002-03-22T03:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

A man named Galvan is devastated when his wife Claudia moves out and intends to divorce him. Noticing his situation, his neightbor gives him the number of "Los Simuladores" ("The Pretenders"), a group of people who solve people's problems with quite unorthodox methods.

1x02 Rectoscopic Diagnosis

  • 2002-03-29T03:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

A man is greatly indebted with a loan shark by the name of Laguzzi, who threatens to murder his family unless he pays him fully by the end of the month. Unable to come up with that amount of money, he turns The Pretenders to protect his family.

1x03 Unemployment Insurance

  • 2002-04-05T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The Pretenders must help an elderly man named Jose, who his new boss wants to fire due to his old age.

1x04 The Spanish Witness

  • 2002-04-12T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The Pretenders are tasked with protecting Alice, a happily married suburban mom, who's being stalked by an ex-lover.

1x05 The Young Pretender

  • 2002-04-19T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

A teenage boy named Mathias is about to flunk high school after skipping most of his classes to take care of his terminally ill mother. His father contacts The Pretenders to help his boy with the upcmonig exams.

1x06 The Big Man's Small Problem

  • 2002-04-26T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Helena, the country's first lady, hires The Pretenders to assist her in a delicate matter regarding her husband the president.

1x07 Out of Calculations

  • 2002-05-03T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The Pretenders are to perform a minor job in a local bank. However, things soon turn complicated when the bank their job is happening is robbed, and the thieves take Santos and Lamponne as hostages.

2x01 The Remarkable Four

  • Season Premiere

    2003-05-27T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

To help the family of an ailing man, the team tries to convince an HMO doctor-turned-businessman that he has been nominated to the Nobel Prize for an old idealistic paper he wrote in his youth.

2x02 Z 9000

  • 2003-06-03T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The team convinces an abusive husband that he has a murderous clone stalking him.

2x03 The Necklace of the Four Seasons

  • 2003-06-10T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The team is contacted by a man that can't stop cheating on the woman he loves; however, they pretend to refuse the case and he becomes part of the simulation.

2x04 The Motul Clan

  • 2003-06-17T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Simulating a vampires story, the team saves a retirement house from being sold.

2x05 The Child Avenger

  • 2003-06-24T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The team helps a young comic-book lover to gain self-esteem and resist a bully.

2x06 The Mixed Marriage

  • 2003-07-01T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

A Jewish boy and a catholic girl hire the team to convince their respective parents that a mixed marriage is not a bad idea.

2x07 The Big Challenge

  • 2003-07-08T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

U.S. agents capture the members of the B-Team after taking them for terrorists -which they were pretending to be for the purposes of a simulation-, leading the original team to try to infiltrate the FBI itself to free them.

2x08 Holiday Weekend

  • 2003-07-15T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Taking a small vacation, the team unmasks a crime being committed by a couple, the Sherlock Holmes way.

2x09 The Social Debilitator

  • 2003-07-22T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The team simulates a trial against a model manager that encourages the girls into unhealthy eating habits, charging him for "pre-crimes against Humanity".

2x10 The Ring of Solomon

  • 2003-08-05T04:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

A famous orchestra conductor hires the team to get rid of an obnoxious classical music fan.

2x11 Final Episode

  • 2004-01-06T03:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

A two-part episode. The victim from the ninth chapter of the first season comes back from the jungle seeking to kill the team for having tricked him and stolen from him almost one million pesos (at that time, almost USD200,000). The team then makes a simulation to make him believe that it was a test, and then train him to kill Osama Bin Laden. The team also works to convince an ambitious corporate employee to return home and help his father and sister with the family business. This is the team's final job, as they decide to quit for some time and go their separate ways.