What do you get when you meld together the con-job genre of an Oceans 11 or The Sting with a high-tech Mission Impossible ensemble team? Mix in some Get Smart campiness and a touch of do-goodness of Robin Hood and his band of merry men (and women) and you have Leverage.
Leverage is an American television drama series that first premiered on December 7, 2008 on the TNT network. It follows a team of five members that is led by a former insurance investigator who use their skills to turn around injustices to common people put on by organizations like corporations, government entities, and organized criminal elements.
The organizer of the group is Nathan Ford who is played by Timothy Hutton. Ford had been an insurance fraud investigator who had a seriously ill son. The insurance company he worked for refused experimental treatment and when his son died Ford began drinking. He was eventually fired from his job. By the start of the first series, Ford was an alcoholic man who has been divorced by his wife and is ready to get back at those who take advantage of others. Now we are in the third season.
The other main characters in Leverage consist of Sophie Devereaux, who is played by Gina Bellman. She is a grifter and accomplished art thief. She tries to be an actress in real life, but is only able to be convincing when she is pulling a con job. She acts is a buffer between Nate and the team when there are problems and assists in antagonizing Nate at times especially about her real name. It is evident that she and Ford have had feelings for each other. Outside of cameo roles, she missed episodes 9 - 15 during season two. She is now back.
Eliot Spencer, as played by Christian Kane, is a highly skilled martial artist, weapons expert and an expert in retrieval. While he has distaste for guns, he is proficient in their use and knowledgeable about them. He also has other abilities such as a profound skill as a culinary chef.