So when TNT said they wanted to get a TV show out of me, I said I wanted to do a throwback type of show. I don’t want to live in a dark world." The show's pilot was filmed on-location in Chicago, with the remainder of the first season set and filmed in Los Angeles.
For the second through fourth seasons, the show was primarily set in Boston, but filmed in Portland.
This formula is followed by every episode in seasons one, two, and three.
With the exception of the final season, each season ends with a two-part finale which involves a two-part, multi-stage con designed to bring down a major adversary, such as an international crime financier in season three, with an ending that advances the team's story into the new season.
As season 3 begins, Ford is in prison and the team attempts to free him, until a mysterious Italian woman blackmails them into bankrupting the untouchable criminal Damien Moreau.
At the season's end, Moreau is imprisoned in San Lorenzo, a fictional Latin American nation formerly under his control.
Devlin said of the show's creation: "I just wanted to do the type of show that I grew up with and loved.
I missed Mission: Impossible and The Rockford Files.
A flashback then reveals how a seeming complication was either anticipated by the Leverage team, or used in a clever improvisation.
Leverage was originally edited in Apple's Final Cut Studio Pro 7, but has used Final Cut Pro X in the later seasons.
Shooting was in 4096 x 2304 at 24 frame/s, though resolution was reduced in post-production to 1080p.
Each con, either as originally planned or as complications develop, typically requires the specialized skills of all the members of the group.
Towards the end of each episode, the villains seem to get the upper hand, only to be outwitted by the team.
The season's final episode, broadcast on Christmas Day 2012, also reveals drastic changes in the lives and dynamics of the team, but assures the audience of their continuity.