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  • Critical Research Failure: At the end of part 2, a card pops up on the screen, mentioning the first recorded rap song and how it used a band, presumably as a follow up to the band vs DJ argument throughout part 2. (The issue, of course, is because DJs use pre-existing music and mix it together for a backing beat. Sampling laws didn't exist at the time and the odds of an artist allowing use of their songs was unlikely at best.) What it doesn't mention is the fact that the writers of said song were threatened with a lawsuit for copyright infringement due to the song's use of Chic's "Good Times".
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Thor only appears in a few scenes, but he's become quite popular thanks to his adorable relationship with Dizzee and his role in making Mylene's record a hit.
  • Evil Is Sexy: YMMV, but a good chunk of the fandom believes this for Cadillac.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Some fans have "tried" to create this with Stranger Things, which they view as competition due to that being another Netflix series which debuted only a month earlier, but achieved massively more mainstream success. However, there's still a fair amount of crossover between the two fandoms.
    • It's not any better, especially when Stranger Things received nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, while The Get Down received zero nominations.
    • Fans were even more pissed off when Stranger Things were listed on Rolling Stones' 50 Best Albums of 2016, despite not having any original songs.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Get Down fandom and the Luke Cage (2016) fandom. It's mostly because both shows have a mostly black and hispanic cast and are set in the same city; in addition, for a short time both shows were overshadowed by Stranger Things. Also, they're both Netflix shows that premiered around the same time.
    • Fans of the Marvel, DC, and Star Wars franchises also enjoy The Get Down due to its casual shoutouts.
    • Hamilton fans enjoy The Get Down due to a number of Hamilton cast mates (Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry) making cameos on the show.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Fans were floored by Jaden Smith's stellar performance of Dizzee Kipling.
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    • Justice Smith's acting in episode 1 deserves some recognition. Zeke's poem about his dead parents is the hugest tear jerker in the series.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the penultimate episode, Ramón records his last thoughts before committing suicide on a cassette tape, which his daughter Mylene ends up hearing on her walkman, like the Posthumous Character of the show Netflix released exactly the week before The Get Down Season 1b, 13 Reasons Why and its male lead.
    • Shao jumping from roof to roof in the first episode turned into this after he voiced Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where his character does the exact same thing. His mockery of Ra-Ra's suggestion of superpowers also falls into this.
  • LGBT Fanbase: With the romantic subtext that Shao and Zeke display in almost every episode, Shao possibly being in love with Zeke, and Dizzee being possibly bi, it's not a surprise.
    • Dizzee was confirmed bi (with a preference for men, namely Thor), thanks to Word of Gay.
    • Also, the Gay Bar Reveal in Episode 6 is worth mentioning. Not only is it a pivotal moment for Dizzee, but it provides a vivid, beautiful depiction of gender-nonconforming and trans people and the ballroom scene, both things which are often depicted as somehow seedy or worthless.
    • Fans speculate Yolanda Kipling to be a lesbian, which may be true.
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  • Most Wonderful Sound: Mylene's voice. In the first episode after Adult!Books' introduction to the show, you're listening to a soulful voice inside a church. Yeah, that's her.
  • Narm:
    • Zeke's legendary "My Heart Got Shot Out!" line.
    • When Mylene went up to Zeke to tell him about her day at the studio, we're welcomed with this line:
    Mylene: You don't look okay.
    Zeke: Yeah, well, it's dark.
    • "You smoked weed with someone else?" It's so funny that no one in the fandom takes it seriously. People are definitely used to Zeke being extra emotional and hammy almost all the time.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • When you realize that Shaolin is being sexually abused by Fat Annie for money.
    • Cadillac touching his groin upon seeing Mylene at Les Inferno isn't pleasant to watch either.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Renee Elise Goldsberry as Misty Holloway. She appears briefly in "Gamble Everything", performs an amazing cover of "Back Stabbers" aimed at Asheton, tears Mylene apart verbally to the crowd and vanishes. She's frequently heralded as one of the best parts of the episode.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Averted with Shao/Zeke and Mylene/Zeke. Fans of the show mostly like both pairings, even pairing all three of them in an OT3.
  • The Un-Twist: Really, though, who was actually surprised when it turned out Francisco was actually Mylene's father instead of Ramon?
  • What the Hell, Costuming Department?: Averted, so much. All of the fashion on this show is completely period-appropriate.

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