What's Happening!!

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  • 1976
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.9  (3,392)

What's Happening!! is a situation comedy that aired in the late 1970s on the American network ABC. The show was filmed before a live studio audience. What's Happening!! is the story of three working-class, African American teenagers who live in a neighborhood of Los Angeles known as Watts. The main focus is on Roger Thomas, played by Ernest Thomas. Known to friends and family as Raj, he lives in a house with his mother Mabel, portrayed by Mabel King, and his sarcastic little sister Dee, played by Danielle Spencer. Raj's best friends are Dwayne Nelson (Heywood Nelson) and Freddy Stubbs (Fred Berry), who is known around the neighborhood as Rerun. Both of these teens have their own unique idiosyncrasies. For Dwayne, it's his repeated greeting of Hey, Hey, Hey to everyone he sees. Rerun, commonly adorned in a beret and suspenders, is a skilled dancer. All three friends routinely hang out at Rob's Place, where they're waited on by server Shirley Wilson (Shirley Hempill). Most of What's Happening!! deals with the adventures of Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun in the pursuit of their dreams. Raj's goal is to become a successful writer while Rerun competes in dancing competitions to attain success. Being the youngest of the three, Dwayne's goals are simpler - hook up with one of the girls in school and try to avoid the bullies. When they end up getting in trouble, Dee tends to find out, responding that she'll tell Raj's mother what happened. The first two seasons of What's Happening!! feature all three friends in high school. By the third season, focus shifted away from Raj's family as he began college and shared an apartment with Rerun. Raj's mother Mabel was reduced to a minor role as well, being mentioned by name rather than being seen. To replace her adult presence, Shirley moved into the Thomas home as a boarder, becoming the caretaker of little sister Dee. What's Happening!! premiered in the summer of 1976 on ABC. It ended its run in April of 1979.

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Seasons
The Benefit Show
22. The Benefit Show
April 28, 1979
A benefit variety show is staged to save the community teen center.
Dwayne's Debate
21. Dwayne's Debate
April 21, 1979
Dwayne runs for class president.
First Class Coach
20. First Class Coach
April 7, 1979
Dwayne acts as substitute coach for a basketball team.
The Last Page
19. The Last Page
March 31, 1979
Rerun imagines what it would be like to be the star of his own show.
The Thomas Treasure
18. The Thomas Treasure
March 16, 1979
Raj believes robbers stashed their loot in his mother's house.
The Eviction
17. The Eviction
March 9, 1979
Raj and Rerun protest the rundown condition of their apartment.
Food Poisoning
16. Food Poisoning
March 2, 1979
Rerun suffers food poisoning and a lawyer wants him to sue Rob's Place.
Shirley's Fired
15. Shirley's Fired
February 23, 1979
Shirley gets fired from Rob's Place.
Dwayne's Dream
14. Dwayne's Dream
February 16, 1979
Dwayne's new job has him thinking of leaving school.
A Present for Dee
13. A Present for Dee
February 9, 1979
Dee gets a stolen necklace for her birthday.
Dee, the Cheerleader
12. Dee, the Cheerleader
January 25, 1979
Dee tries out for the cheerleading squad.
Making Out
11. Making Out
January 11, 1979
Raj and Rerun compete in the dating department.
Positive Identification
10. Positive Identification
December 21, 1978
Raj and Rerun discover their apartment robbed.
No Clothes Make the Man
9. No Clothes Make the Man
December 14, 1978
Needing money, Raj becomes an artist's model.
Raj Moves Out
8. Raj Moves Out
November 30, 1978
Raj moves in with a co-ed.
Charge
7. Charge
November 23, 1978
Rerun gets into trouble with his new credit cards.
The Landlady
6. The Landlady
November 16, 1978
Raj believes his landlady is in love with him.
Shirley's Cookies
5. Shirley's Cookies
November 9, 1978
Shirley's cookies are sold at Rob's Place.
The Creep Detective
4. The Creep Detective
November 2, 1978
Rerun unwittingly stores a box of stolen goods for his neighbors.
Basketball Brain
3. Basketball Brain
October 12, 1978
Raj tutors a college basketball star.
Shirley's Boyfriend
2. Shirley's Boyfriend
September 28, 1978
Raj plays matchmaker for Shirley.
Disco Dollar Disaster
1. Disco Dollar Disaster
September 21, 1978
Rerun needs $25 to enter a dance contest.
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What's Happening: Clip 5

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What's Happening: Clip 1

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What's Happening
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What's Happening!! is a situation comedy that aired in the late 1970s on the American network ABC. The show was filmed before a live studio audience. What's Happening!! is the story of three working-class, African American teenagers who live in a neighborhood of Los Angeles known as Watts. The main focus is on Roger Thomas, played by Ernest Thomas. Known to friends and family as Raj, he lives in a house with his mother Mabel, portrayed by Mabel King, and his sarcastic little sister Dee, played by Danielle Spencer.

Raj's best friends are Dwayne Nelson (Heywood Nelson) and Freddy Stubbs (Fred Berry), who is known around the neighborhood as Rerun. Both of these teens have their own unique idiosyncrasies. For Dwayne, it's his repeated greeting of Hey, Hey, Hey to everyone he sees. Rerun, commonly adorned in a beret and suspenders, is a skilled dancer. All three friends routinely hang out at Rob's Place, where they're waited on by server Shirley Wilson (Shirley Hempill).

Most of What's Happening!! deals with the adventures of Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun in the pursuit of their dreams. Raj's goal is to become a successful writer while Rerun competes in dancing competitions to attain success. Being the youngest of the three, Dwayne's goals are simpler - hook up with one of the girls in school and try to avoid the bullies. When they end up getting in trouble, Dee tends to find out, responding that she'll tell Raj's mother what happened.

The first two seasons of What's Happening!! feature all three friends in high school. By the third season, focus shifted away from Raj's family as he began college and shared an apartment with Rerun. Raj's mother Mabel was reduced to a minor role as well, being mentioned by name rather than being seen. To replace her adult presence, Shirley moved into the Thomas home as a boarder, becoming the caretaker of little sister Dee.

What's Happening!! premiered in the summer of 1976 on ABC. It ended its run in April of 1979.

  • Premiere Date
    August 5, 1976
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (3,392)