Series Review – Leverage

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I usually perform my happy dance any time I come across a good series that already has five or six seasons with a healthy number of episodes in each season. That is what I did when someone recommended Leverage. It is an amazing funny series about a group of cohorts that carry out elaborate schemes to help people that have been ripped off by rich corporations and people.

A former insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton), leads a team in staging meticulous cons for clients victimized by those holding wealth and influence to avoid legal reprisal. Nate loses his reputation and his job after the death of his son and becomes an alcoholic. In the first episode he is approached by a wealthy aerospace executive to steal aeronautical plans allegedly stolen from him by a competitor.

He is hired to lead the team of criminals in stealing the plans back and they carry out a successful heist. However, the rich executive withholds their payment and attempts to have them killed, which puts the team on a revenge mission against him. They carry out an exquisite ruse which ends up implicating the aerospace executive in fraud allegations and a whole host of other charges which leads to him losing lots of clients and getting arrested by the FBI.

Each episode focuses on an independent case where they practice deceptions to help civilians who cannot use the legal system to redress their grievances. Though they’re literally misfits, a successful heist encourages them to become an actual team, with Nate as their leader, Sophie Deveraux (Gina Bellman) an accomplished British art thief with a desire to become an actress, Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) the group hacker and computer specialist, Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) the team’s highly skilled martial artist, weapons expert and self-described retrieval specialist, and parker (Beth Riesgraf) an expert thief, safe cracker, cat burglar and is often referred to as “20 pounds of crazy in a five-pound bag” by Eliot.

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Each of these characters have their own back stories which make for excellent sub-plots and how their background affect them now; such as the romance between Parker and Alec and the very complex relationship between Sophie and Nate. They are all witty, cunning and too hilarious for life, definitely good enough to get someone out of their funk after an episode. The series aired from December 2008 to December 2012 and has 6 seasons out so no hustle or suspense waiting for the next episode.

It is a comedy-drama action thriller crime series that was created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, produced for TV by Paul Bernard and David Siegel. I have personally binge-watched it and I do not regret it one bit, you can try it today and tomorrow as we rest up before the new week. Happy Easter holidays!

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