1. It’s a smart premise. A cross between To Catch a Thief and Ocean’s Eleven, Leverage is a Robin Hoodesque show about a former insurance investigator Nathan Ford (played brilliantly by Timothy Hutton) and a band of thieves that have decided to steal from the “big guy” and give back to the “little guys” who have been wronged.
3. It has cool gadgets. A lot of the cons/heists are setup with the latest and greatest in techno toys. Somehow, they make believable the hacking of an airplane computer from 3000 miles away to avoid crashing into the Florida Keys.
4. It’s well cast. Beyond Timothy Hutton, the Leverage team includes Sophie Deveareaux (Gina Bellman), a grifter who uses her acting skills to corner her marks; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), a "retrieval specialist" with UFC-type fighting skills; Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge), a gadget and technology wizard who keeps the team connected and informed; and Parker (Beth Riesgraft), a quirky but talented thief adept at rappelling off buildings, cracking safes and appearing out of nowhere.
Check it out and tell me what you think. Is there a TV show you love?