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(2008–2012)

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The episodes Leverage: The Boys' Night Out Job (2011) and Leverage: The Girls' Night Out Job (2011) were shot simultaneously.
The number 42 is often used - a nod to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" franchise.
Hardison always using the name Lucille for his vans is an homage to blues great BB King, who always calls his guitars Lucille.
The same gold colored Buick Sedan can be seen throughout the series. It's missing the front passenger side hubcap.
In Season 1, The Juror #6 Job, the actor Brent Spiner who played the defendant, wore yellow-tinted glasses. A nod to his character Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), who had yellow eyes.
Though seasons 2 through 4 were set in Boston, filming was actually done in Portland, Oregon. In The Three Strikes Job when Eliot is impersonating a baseball player he makes a reference to having played in Portland. Moreover, the ballpark they are stealing, PGE Park, and the Beavers are in fact Portland's baseball team. In season five, the Leverage team finally makes their move to Portland in the show as they film there anyway.
Christian Kane, who plays Eliot Spencer, played Lindsey McDonald in Angel (1999). Sam Anderson, who played his boss in Angel, plays Henry Retzing, one of their marks, in the episode "The Snow Job." Kane and Anderson say that they exchanged a wink on camera as a reference to this in one scene.
Mark Sheppard, who plays Jim Sterling, has also starred in two episodes of Dr. Who ("The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon").
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Parker is named after the famous fictional conman Parker, created by Donald Westlake under the pen name Richard Stark. Just as in the novels, Parker is only ever referred to as "Parker". No first (or possibly last) name is ever given, though both the Leverage character and the one from the novels is known by many aliases.
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At the beginning of the Two Live Crew Job, when Nate and Sophie are masquerading as two police detectives, they introduce themselves as Marlowe and Archer. These are the last names of two well known fictional detectives, Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe and Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer.
Both Aldis Hodge and Christian Kane played roles in versions of Friday Night Lights. Christian Kane played Brian in the movie, while Aldis had a small role in the TV series for six episodes as Ray "Voodoo" Tatum.
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The first season was aired out of chronological order. The correct order, as presented on the DVD set, is as follows: Leverage: The Nigerian Job (2008), Leverage: The Homecoming Job (2008), Leverage: The Wedding Job (2009), Leverage: The Snow Job (2009), Leverage: The Mile High Job (2009), Leverage: The Miracle Job (2008), Leverage: The Two-Horse Job (2008), Leverage: The Bank Shot Job (2008), Leverage: The Stork Job (2009), Leverage: The Juror #6 Job (2009), Leverage: The 12-Step Job (2009), Leverage: The First David Job (2009), Leverage: The Second David Job (2009).
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Richard Chamberlain is in two episodes as the character Archie Leach. That is also the name of the character played by John Cleese in "A Fish Called Wanda." Cary Grant's birth name was Archibald Alexander Leach.
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While the Parker in Leverage is a tribute to the Donald Westlake character, somewhat more faithful versions of Parker have been played by Lee Marvin (Walker in Point Blank), Mel Gibson (Porter in Payback) and Jason Statham (Parker in Parker), among others.
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While running the wire in The Bottle Job (Season 2) the announcer refers to one of the basketball players as Arnie Risen. There is a real Arnie Risen, who played for the Celtics in the 1950s. He was a center, and is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the "Two Live Crew" episode, Sophie was buried by one of her aliases, "Katherine". At the end the headstone shows " Sophie Devereaux"
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Sophie Devereaux's "soul-searching" absence from the team for the second half of season two was written in to give Gina Bellman maternity leave, as she was pregnant with her daughter at that time.
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