Leverage

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining heist series has a Robin Hood twist.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nathan and his team are thieves, and the show's entire point is watching them plan and pull off daring heists. In many ways, the show glorifies their crimes -- but the writers take pains to show why the team's victims deserve to be ripped off. As such, the criminals are portrayed as modern-day Robin Hoods, stealing from the rich and unscrupulous.

Violence

Some martial arts fighting, but no blood, gore, or explicit violence. The action is quick and seems relatively painless.

Sex

There's some heavy flirting between Nathan and Sophie, who seem to have a history. Some brief flashes of nudity as characters change clothes, though no sensitive body parts are visible.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series follows a gang of thieves and con artists as they plan and execute daring heists. The show portrays their victims as unscrupulous people who use their wealth and power to prey on others -- and paints main character Nathan and his colleagues as modern-day Robin Hoods. Still, the show does glamorizes crime, since the entire point of the series is to root for the thieves to succeed. Expect some social drinking and fairly mild violence of the fistfight variety.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Veteran insurance investigator Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) quits in disgust when his employer refuses to cover his son's medical claims and the boy dies. Out of work, Ford realizes that the same skills he developed to track down stolen property can be put to use taking down rich, powerful people who abuse their authority and exploit the less fortunate. So he recruits some of the same criminals he used to pursue -- including Sophie (Gina Bellman), a skilled grifter; hacker extraordinaire Alec (Aldis Hodge); "retrieval specialist" Eric (Christian Kane) and Parker (Beth Riesgraf), a slightly unstable but very talented burglar. The result is a dream team of thieves, con artists, and computer experts that pulls off one exciting and elaborate sting after another.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The thrill of watching LEVERAGE comes from watching Ford and his colleagues plan and execute their daring heists. The team members have a range of impressive skills, and the jobs blend elements of the best scams, the most nerve-wracking computer crimes, and the most brazen burglaries. They may be criminals, but they're pros, and it's always fun to see experts showing off their skills.

This satisfying and engrossing heist series also adds a layer of altruism. Ford and his team aren't just in it for the money; they target the rich and powerful who take advantage of the less fortunate. Yes, they're breaking the law, but their victims pretty much deserve what they get. It's like Mission: Impossible without the fancy disguises.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about crime. Ford and his team try to justify their crimes by saying they're helping people who need assistance. Is this kind of vigilante justice acceptable? Do you believe that helping others is their only motive, or are they in it for the money, too? Is it OK to steal under certain conditions? Why do you think the producers felt it was necessary to give the characters this Robin Hood-esque motivation? Would viewers (or network executives) be uncomfortable with a show that promoted crime if they couldn't paint the criminals as essentially good people?

TV details

Cast:Christian Kane, Gina Bellman, Timothy Hutton
Network:TNT
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

This review of Leverage was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 8 year old Written byrachel4missions November 11, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Amazing.

This is a phenomenal series. I think the messages are overall very positive. And vigilante justice? Give me a break! Do we also need to discuss with kids how Batman and Superman are wrong for breaking the law? I think so long as you instill a healthy sense of awareness between fact and fiction into your children, this should not be any more of a problem than your average superhero television show. There is some punching and kicking, but I don't think it's worse than Walker: Texas Ranger. It's considerably less gorey than a lot of the prime time shows teens and tweens might want to watch! The heists are usually ingenious, and it makes you feel warm and happy on the inside to watch it. Sometimes things will come up that more sheltered children may not be familiar with or ready to handle. In one episode, we hear a couple having a very noisy love-making session, and Sophie has to explain that to Parker that they were having sex. Additionally, Nate Ford is an alcoholic. He tries to recover in season two, but lapses again in season three. Most of these "tough issues" are handled tactfully, however, and I don't think even young children would be upset or overwhelmed by them. The humour on the show is fantastic; I would say it rivals Firefly at times. Speaking of which, fans of Firefly/Serenity will appreciate the team's interactions and personalities, as well as their heists! Overall, give it a watch for yourself and decide if it's appropriate for the younger members of your family. Even if you think they need to wait a few years, chances are you'll really enjoy the show yourself!
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bypen7777 August 4, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Really entertaining!

This show is great for parents and teens! My mom and I love to watch this show together. Funny and dramatic at the same time.
Adult Written byParranormalHour May 19, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Almost better than Robin Hood

I love this show! I mean criminals all with their own pasts fighting unethical companies or just people. I can't even explain it, just watch it!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools