10 Shows Like 'Leverage' to Watch Next

In honor of the 10th anniversary of 'Leverage's' series finale, here are 10 series like 'Leverage' to watch next, ranked by Metascore.
by Amy Amatangelo — 

The cast of 'Leverage: Redemption'

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On Leverage, Timothy Hutton stars as Nathan Ford, an insurance investigator whose life is upended when his son becomes gravely ill and his insurance company will not pay for his care. After his son dies, a devastated Nathan rounds up the very people he once investigated — computer wizard Hardison (Aldis Hodge), expert thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf), master grifter Sophie (Gina Bellman), and enforcer Eliot (Christian Kane) — to begin helping those who have exhausted all other options. They are modern day Robin Hoods.

In each episode, Nate and his team assume different identities to pull off elaborate capers and right some of the world's wrongs. Over the course of the series, romance blossoms between Parker and Hardison, and Sophie and Nathan. In the series finale on Dec. 25, 2012, Nathan and Sophie get engaged and decide to leave the con business behind. 

But you know that old saying — every time they think they're out, they are pulled back in. Nine years after the series ended, the team minus Nathan returned in the Freevee series Leverage: Redemption. Noah Wyle joined the cast as Harry Wilson, a lawyer looking to make amends for his past behavior. 

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Leverage's series finale, here are 10 series like Leverage to watch next, ranked by Metascore.


Lee Pace in 'Pushing Daisies'


Pushing Daisies

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of discovering a beloved cult classic
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Seasons: 2

Despite being critically acclaimed, Pushing Daisies ran for only two seasons on ABC before being canceled in 2009. The dramedy stars Lee Pace as Ned, a pie maker with a unique ability: He can bring the dead back to life — but only for a short time, namely just enough time to solve a murder. Ned teams up with his childhood sweetheart Chuck (Anna Friel) and private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) to solve crimes. Although more brightly colored and whimsical than Leverage, the hearts of the two series are similar. Just like Nathan and his crew, Ned, Chuck, and Emerson help those who cannot help themselves. In its inaugural season, the series received 12 Emmy nominations, winning three. In its second and final season, the series received five Emmy nominations, winning all but one.

"The facts, then, are these: Pushing Daisies isn't perfect, but there's no other dance on TV remotely like it." — Brian Lowry, Variety



Omar Sy in 'Lupin'



Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of international hits 
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

This French, BAFTA-nominated series, which is a global hit for Netflix, follows Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a janitor at the Louvre. Or is he? The series, which was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2022, kicks off with Assane planning an elaborate ruse to steal a famed diamond necklace worth millions. But, much like in Leverage, all is not what it seems. Assane is out to avenge the death of his father 25 years earlier and basing his exploits on Arsène Lupin, the literary character created by French writer Maurice Leblanc. Netflix has commissioned a third installment of the series which is slated to premiere in 2023.

"It is that rare and precious thing, an action blockbuster for grown-ups." — Judy Berman, Time



Matt Bomer in 'White Collar'


White Collar

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of watching Matt Bomer's big break
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Seasons: 6

Neal Caffrey (Bomer) is a skillful forger, an expert at securities fraud, a master thief and all around stellar con artist. He's like a one-man Leverage team. When Neal escapes from prison three months before his sentence is up, FBI Special Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) finds him and makes him a deal: Neal can stay out of prison if he becomes an informant for Peter. Like oil and water, Peter and Neal often clash but, over the course of the series, learn to appreciate each other. The USA series made Bomer, who had previously starred on Tru Calling and guest-starred onChuck, a star. 

"Indeed, watching Matt Bomer step up to stardom as Neal Caffrey, imprisoned-con-artist-turned-FBI-helpmate, is to be reminded of the symbiotic relationship that exists between TV stars and the shows that make them so." — Robert Bianco, USA Today



Traylor Howard and Tony Shalhoub in 'Monk'



Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of Tony Shalhoub
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Seasons: 8

Like Nate, Adrian Monk (Shalhoub) is dealing with an immense personal loss. His wife Trudy was murdered, leading Monk to have a nervous breakdown and lose his job as a police detective. More obsessive compulsive than ever, the former detective consults with the Santa Clara Police Department with his assistant Sharona (Bitty Schram), who helps him navigate the world, always at his side. Shalhoub won three Emmy Awards for his performance out of eight total nominations.

"It's more layered and idiosyncratic than many other shows on TV." — Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle



Jeffrey Donovan in 'Burn Notice'


Burn Notice

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of watching the good guys win
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Seasons: 7

This dramedy from Matt Nix follows Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), a spy who is suddenly cut off from everything — his money, his handlers, his resources. Someone has put a "burn notice" on him and he doesn't know why. While he tries to figure out who is behind his abrupt abandonment, he teams up with his ex-girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and his friend Sam (Bruce Campbell) to help those who need his assistance. Like Leverage, every episode finds Michael and his cohorts using their spy antics to solve a problem for a new client. The show picked up four Emmy nominations across its seven seasons but did not win any.

"Mr. Donovan is likeably lighthearted and cool as a smart-mouthed loner; his character is a watered-down version of the kind of wiseguy once played by Michael Keaton."Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times



Rob Heaps in 'Imposters'



Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans who like some humor with their drama
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 2

Think of this Bravo series as a bizarro Leverage because this group of skilled con artists is up to no good. Ezra Bloom (Rob Heaps) thinks he and his beautiful wife Maddie (Inbar Lavi) have the perfect life. Ezra is so in love with his new bride that he gives her a new gift every day. On their 29th day anniversary, Ezra discovers that Maddie has maxed out his credit cards, taken out a second mortgage on his home, and drained his bank accounts, but Ezra soon discovers he isn't Maddie's only victim. Working with Max (Brian Benben) and Sally (Katherine LaNasa), Maddie has also conned Richard Evans (Parker Young) and Jules Langmore (Marianne Rendón). When Max, Sally, and Ezra team up to find Maddie and get revenge, she's already moved on to her next mark. Like Leverage, the show has a light, breezy, humorous tone despite its rather dark premise.

"For a show about a con artist specializing in heartbreak, Imposters is surprisingly funny." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety



Simon Baker in 'The Mentalist'


The Mentalist

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of CBS crime procedurals
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Seasons: 7

Another series with a protagonist driven by extreme grief, The Mentalist is centered on con man Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who made a successful career out of pretending to be a psychic for years. But when a serial killer kills his wife and daughter, Patrick gives up his fraudulent career and becomes a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigations. His boss Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) is grateful for his help when she's not totally exasperated with him. In the CBS series' first season, Baker received an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy nomination, the only Emmy nom the show received throughout its seven-season run.

"Baker has a sly, cagey, scruffy demeanor that can really grow on you, and in about a minute. Naturally Patrick Jane is a maverick — every TV cop, just like almost every presidential candidate, claims to be mavericky — but beneath that hip, flippant, sometimes caustic exterior beats the heart of a determined crime-fighter and wrong-righter." — Tom Shales, The Washington Post



From left to right Dulé Hill and James Roday in 'Psych'



Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of the Blue Sky era on USA 
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Seasons: 8 and a few movies

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) grew up learning to be observant — maybe too observant. He's able to solve crimes just by watching the local news, which doesn't sit well with Detective Lassister (Timothy Omundson) who suspects Shawn of committing the crimes himself. So, Shawn says that he's psychic, something that's easier for people to believe. Shawn teams up with his childhood best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) to open up a private detective agency. Like Leverage, Psych has had a few lives: Since the series ended in 2014, there have been three Psych movies, the most recent being Psych 3: This is Gus, which premiered on Peacock in 2021. The series picked up one Emmy nom, for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in 2010.

"The writers deploy the savant protagonist's gift so cleverly in moving the plot along, we wonder why they can't lend more nuance to the characters." — Amy Finnerty, The Wall Street Journal 



Mireille Enos in 'The Catch'


The Catch

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of Shonda Rhimes TV shows
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Seasons: 2

This series from Rhimes premiered in 2016 and ran for two seasons on ABC. Mireille Enos stars as Alice Vaughn, the head of a private investigative firm that specializes in taking down master thieves. The only problem? Alice herself has been conned. Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause), the man she was about to marry, is not who he seemed. As on Leverage, Ben works with a team of people — including Sonya Walger's Margot and Alimi Ballard's Reggie — to pull off his elaborate schemes. 

"The first episode sets up a storyline with limited long-term potential, but it's entertaining and stylish enough to be worth following to see where it leads." — Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly 



Queen Latifah in 'The Equalizer'


The Equalizer

Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of female action heroes
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Seasons: 3 (so far)

In this CBS drama, Queen Latifah stars as Robyn McCall, a former CIA agent. Like Nate, Robyn works with a team including former sniper Mel (Liza Lapira) and Mel's husband Harry (Adam Goldberg), who hasn't met a computer he couldn't hack, to help those who have nowhere else to turn. The series is a remake of the CBS series which ran from 1985-1989. There have also been three Equalizer movies starring Denzel Washington

"But the character isn't all that's changed, as the show adopts more of a team concept than the original's loner, even if the basic template — a pretty fun one — still involves a shadowy savior of those in need." — Brian Lowry, CNN