What's Happening Now!!

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  • TV-G
  • 1985
  • 3 Seasons
  • 6.2  (1,225)

What's Happening Now!! is a television sitcom that aired from 1985 to 1988. It is a continuation of the popular show What's Happening!! which ran from 1976 to 1979. The show follows the lives of three lifelong friends who grew up in the same neighborhood: Raj, Rerun, and Dwayne.

Raj (Ernest Lee Thomas) is now a successful writer who has moved back to Los Angeles after living in New York for several years. He is more mature and responsible than he used to be but still has a sense of humor and loves to have fun. Rerun (Fred Berry) is a struggling actor who hasn't had much success in show business. He is always looking for a quick way to make money and has a habit of getting into trouble. Dwayne (Haywood Nelson) is still a student, studying to become a veterinarian. He is very smart and level-headed but can be a bit naive at times.

The show also features several other characters, including Shirley (Shirley Hemphill), Raj's no-nonsense landlady, and Dee (Danielle Spencer), Dwayne's little sister who is now a teenager. There is also a new character named Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson), who becomes Raj's love interest. Later on in the series, Reina King joins the cast as Rerun's sister, Shirley.

What's Happening Now!! follows the familiar sitcom formula of a group of friends getting into various comical situations. The show tackles topics such as relationships, career struggles, and family dynamics. It also addresses social issues like drug use and gang violence in a lighthearted way.

The cast of What's Happening Now!! is talented and brings a lot of energy to the show. Ernest Lee Thomas is particularly impressive, delivering witty one-liners with ease. Haywood Nelson is also great as the straight man to Rerun's antics. Fred Berry provides plenty of laughs with his physical comedy, and Shirley Hemphill is a force to be reckoned with.

One notable addition to the show in its later seasons is Martin Lawrence, who plays Maurice, a recurring character. Lawrence was still relatively unknown at the time, but his talent was evident, and he went on to become a major star in his own right.

What's Happening Now!! is a fun and entertaining show that is well worth watching. It is not as well-known as some other sitcoms from the era, but it has a devoted fan base and is fondly remembered by those who watched it when it originally aired.

In conclusion, What's Happening Now!! is a classic sitcom that features a talented cast, funny writing, and plenty of laughs. It may not be as well-known as some of its contemporaries, but it is definitely worth checking out for fans of classic TV comedy.

What's Happening Now!! is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (66 episodes). The series first aired on September 7, 1985.

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Adventures of Kangaroo Kincaide
22. Adventures of Kangaroo Kincaide
March 27, 1988
A plan to fake a bear attack on Raj while on a camping trip backfires when a real life bear invades the campsite.
Members Only
21. Members Only
March 20, 1988
Nadine sets out to prove her suspicions that the exclusive club Raj is attempting to join discriminates against women, submitting her application and winning acceptance as a ""man"" after being rejected as herself.
Man in Motion
20. Man in Motion
March 13, 1988
Dee falls in love with a stand-up comic in a wheelchair and plans to quit school and go on the road with him.
Shirley's Debt
19. Shirley's Debt
March 6, 1988
Shirley moonlights as a salesperson dressed as a clown in order to pay Raj the money she owes him and ends up winning a trip to Hawaii.
The Fabulous Fortunes
18. The Fabulous Fortunes
February 27, 1988
Shirley teaches a young boy with ""two left feet"" how to dance.
Happy Face
17. Happy Face
February 20, 1988
The diner is threatened when Shirley decides to deed over her half to a con man.
The Older Woman
16. The Older Woman
Raj tells Dwayne that age is irrelevant until he sees him at a restaurant with his girlfriend's grandmother and jumps to the wrong conclusion.
Run, Shirley, Run
15. Run, Shirley, Run
January 23, 1988
Thanks to Shirley, a councilman straightens up his act when he realizes that he had forgotten why he was elected to office in the first place.
I Gotta Be Raj
14. I Gotta Be Raj
December 26, 1987
When a bump on the head causes Dwayne to lose his memory, Nadine loses her mind because Dwayne now thinks he's her husband!
Daddy's Back
13. Daddy's Back
December 19, 1987
Shirley's truck driving father comes to town but is too busy to attend the banquet when Shirley is named ""Business Woman of the Year.""
Teacher's Threat
12. Teacher's Threat
December 12, 1987
Maurice gets more than he bargained for when he takes his teacher's daughter out dancing.
The Pad
11. The Pad
December 5, 1988
Maurice and Daryl enjoy an evening in a swinging bachelor pad with two sisters from UCLA...until the girls' father shows up.
Nadine's Wood-Be Father
10. Nadine's Wood-Be Father
November 28, 1987
Nadine feels like a real dummy when her mother brings home her ventriloquist fiancée and she kicks them out of her house.
Runnin' Scared
9. Runnin' Scared
November 21, 1987
A little friendly competition becomes survival of the fittest when Raj and Dwayne enter a 10K run for charity.
Family Life
8. Family Life
November 14, 1987
With her biological clock ticking, Shirley is desperate to find the perfect man and tries everything to find him.
The Candidate
7. The Candidate
November 7, 1987
When Maurice runs for class president, he risks his friendship with Daryl by becoming a political puppet to a manipulative campaign manager.
Girls' Night Out
6. Girls' Night Out
October 31, 1987
Raj and Dwayne literally get caught with their pants down when they try to rescue Dee from a police raid on a male strip club on Dee's 21st birthday.
Dwayne's Big Step
5. Dwayne's Big Step
October 24, 1987
After being fired from his job and failing at a series of attempts to try a new line of work, Dwayne decides to become his own boss and buys a magic shop.
The Hat Comes Back
4. The Hat Comes Back
October 17, 1987
Shirley uses her friendship with an old school friend to obtain an auction item for charity from a visiting singing star.
The New Employee
3. The New Employee
October 10, 1987
Shirley's new employee Maurice turns the diner into a nighttime teen club to impress a girl.
The Boxer
2. The Boxer
October 3, 1987
Raj goes down for the count when Nadine discovers that he has invested in a professional boxer.
Ask Al
1. Ask Al
September 26, 1987
Shirley eats her words when she takes a job as an undercover advice columnist and inadvertently causes Dwayne and his new girlfriend to break up.
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What's Happening Now!! is available for streaming on the Sony website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch What's Happening Now!! on demand at Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    September 7, 1985
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (1,225)