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What's Happening!! 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Series (1976–1979)
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A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.
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1979   1978   1977   1976  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ernest Thomas ...  Roger 'Raj' Thomas 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Haywood Nelson ...  Dwayne Nelson 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Danielle Spencer ...  Dee Thomas 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Fred Berry ...  Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs 64 episodes, 1976-1979
Shirley Hemphill ...  Shirley Wilson 60 episodes, 1976-1979
Mabel King ...  Mabel 'Mama' Thomas 42 episodes, 1976-1978
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Storyline

Roger, Rerun and Dwayne are three buddies growing up in Los Angeles. The three of them always have a penchant for getting into mischief and trying to find ways of getting rich quick. Almost always the trio's schemes wind up getting them into trouble and it is up to Roger's mother to get them out of it. Also, half of the time, the boys get into trouble because of Roger's bratty sister Dee. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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What's Happening!! See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(79 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The character 'Dee Thomas' was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (27 March 2005 issue). See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits for the second season, both Dee and Mama are added, with Dee shown running out of her house and Mama ordering her back inside. However, the house Dee exits does not appear to be the same one (although it is similar) to the house Raj is shown exiting since the opening credits of the first season. See more »

Quotes

[From episode: From Here to Maternity]
Mama: You gonna feed it?
Dwayne Nelson: Uh-Huh.
Mama: And burp it?
Dwayne Nelson: Uh-Huh.
Mama: And change it?
Dwayne Nelson: NUH-HUH!
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Alternate Versions

During its syndicated run, the tag sequences that were included in the original ABC network versions were removed. See more »

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Hey Hey, What's Happening?
15 November 2005 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I have to say that I grew up on these reruns. I was surprised to see and remember how much I enjoyed the show during the recent TV Land marathon. The show was still groundbreaking too. I never understood why Mabel King who played Mama so beautifully left. I still remember Rerun, Dwayne, Raj, Dee, and Shirley as a happy group of people in working class Los Angeles, California. I'm not black but I can relate to the financial struggles that they held despite maintaining a happy suburban life. They provided many memorable moments for me over the weekend. It was nice to see Irene Cara in a guest appearance and Alice Ghostley and others too many to mention. The sitcom was probably criticized in its day but today, I can see it as a brilliant piece of realistic comedy touching on subjects tactfully and carefully like teenage pregnancy, marriage, divorce, single-parent home and of course, financial problems like all families share. I believe it was the first sitcom in my memory to feature divorce in a positive light rather than negative. Enjoy it!


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