Leverage

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Entertaining heist series has a Robin Hood twist.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byrachel4missions November 11, 2010

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 ho... Continue reading
Adult Written byRebecca C. August 21, 2018

Exciting, funny, and unexpectedly deep

I could praise this show on many levels, but like some other reviewers, I want to specifically address CSM's assertion that this show lacks positive messag... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byXinaTurtle July 26, 2015

Such a good show!

Our family watches this show together all the time (one kid age 10, one age 13) and it is so good!! Their are one or two scenes every season we have to skip as... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2012

One of the best shows I've ever seen

This show is funny and entertaining. I assure you that you will find yourself tapping your foot in impatience while the next episode comes. Each thief had his o... Continue reading

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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