A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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