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  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • This show reveals Claire Temple is half-Latina from her mother's side, just like Rosario Dawson, whose mother is of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry.
    • Misty Knight, played by Detroit native Simone Missick, is a Pistons fan.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Pop is often mistakenly called "Pops," even by professional critics.
  • California Doubling:
    • Averted for the most part. While the series had the opportunity to film in other parts of New York, Coker thought it was important to film in Harlem since that is where the show is set. As he put it, "The opportunity to film it in Harlem was irresistible. I didn’t want us to talk about Harlem and then not film in Harlem." It also doesn't help that Harlem does have some distinct features that would make it pretty easy to tell what shots were Harlem and what weren't.
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    • Sometimes played straight. For instance, the exteriors of Harlem's Paradise are the exteriors of the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Crispus Attucks is represented by an abandoned jail in the Bronx.
    • Season 2 has some sections of Queens double for Harlem, like during the scene where Bushmaster's men are scouring the streets hunting Piranha.
    • A nice aversion in season 2 in that they actually did on-location filming in Jamaica for flashbacks to Bushmaster's childhood.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Misty Knight's basketball skills, with each shot filmed in a single take to make clear that Simone Missick can actually do it. She reportedly filmed ten shots, only missing two.
    • Budding pop singer Antonique Smith sings an excerpt from "And I'm Telling You" early in Season 2.
  • Creator Backlash: Very minor example, but during an interview with ESPN, Mike Colter seemed to imply that he agreed with the fan sentiment that it was a mistake to kill off Cottonmouth before the end of the first season to replace him with Diamondback.
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  • The Danza: The reporter from WKGU 8 News in "Manifest" is referred to by Mariah as Robyn, and is played by Robyn Payne.
  • Dawson Casting: Flashbacks in season 2 show that Mariah was a teenager in the mid 1980s, so she should be in her early 50s at the most during the time period when we meet her. Alfre Woodard was in her early to mid 60s when she played her, making her approximately 15 years older than Mariah. Cottonmouth is probably five to ten years older than Mahershala Ali, consequently.
  • Deleted Scene: According to an article, a scene was cut from the fifth episode that would've provided a more proper intro to Bailey, Misty's friend from the Crime Scene Unit.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Mike Colter put on twenty pounds of muscle for the role. Averted by Alfre Woodard, who did not become morbidly obese to play Black Mariah. This was forgivable due to the character's obscurity, however, not to mention the health issues you'd get.
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  • Executive Meddling: Attempted. Much dithering was apparently had over whether and how the show could use "nigga"/"nigger", which manifests in the rather awkward way the series uses the word.
  • Fake American:
    • Brit Deborah Ayorinde as Candace Miller.
    • An inversion: Soledad Temple is Cuban. Her actress, Sônia Braga, is Brazilian-American.
    • Another inversion: Bushmaster is a Brooklyn-born Jamaican who is played by Harlem native Mustafa Shakir.
    • While Alfre Woodard is American much like Mariah, she's actually from Oklahoma and uses a noticeable NYC accent for her role as the Harlem native.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Shing Ka is Chinese, but portraying a Korean.
    • Barnwell is Jamaican but his actor is African-American.
    • Castro is Cuban but Franky G is North American from Puerto Rican descent.
  • In Memoriam: Season 2 was dedicated to Reg E. Cathey, who passed away shortly after filming was completed.
  • The Other Darrin: Reg E. Cathey played Luke's father in Season 2, replacing the unnamed actor fleetingly seen in flashbacks in Season 1.
  • Posthumous Credit: Reg E. Cathey who plays James Lucas completed filming his role in Season 2 shortly before his sudden death at age 59.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Dontrell "Cockroach" Hamilton in season 2 is played by Simone Missick's real-life husband Dorian.
    • Nick Fury never appears in this series, but Mama Mabel is played by Samuel L. Jackson's wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson.
  • Star-Making Role: Season 1 was this for Simone Missick. Season 2 was this for Mustafa Shakir (Bushmaster).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lance Gross and Cleo Anthony screen-tested for the role of Luke Cage before Mike Colter was cast.
    • The crew hoped to get Prince as one of the acts in Cottonmouth's club, and even put in Pop's swear jar specifically to entice him, due to his own policy of fining fans who used profanity at his shows. Sadly, he died before they could approach him.
  • You Look Familiar: Alfre Woodard has a small role as Miriam Sharpe in Captain America: Civil War. Some viewers thought the accidental death of her son would be her reason for villany and Mariah Dillard would just be an alias, but it turns out Mariah is a completely separate character.

Alternative Title(s): Luke Cage

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