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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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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


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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According to writer Eric Monte, ABC had originally planned to do a TV version of Cooley High (1975). After a poorly received pilot, ABC retooled it completely, and this show was the result. See more »


Throughout the entire series, it is made very clear that neither Mama nor Raj have a car, as often indicated by Mama needing to ride the bus to work and Raj always needing rides from other people (or walking) to his many adventures and escapades. Yet, in the very first scene of the opening credits, Raj is seen exiting his house with two cars parked in the driveway. See more »


[Raj is pretending to be ill with memory loss for a practical joke on Dee]
Roger Thomas: I'm just going to go feed the cat...
Dee Thomas: We don't have a cat.
Roger Thomas: We don't? But what happened to the cat?
Dee Thomas: We never *had* a cat!
Roger Thomas: Then what's that playing in the bathtub with the pony?
Dee Thomas: Oh, *Raj*.
Roger Thomas: I'm going to go turn in.
Dee Thomas: Okay, say hi to the pony for me.
Roger Thomas: I will. You're such a nice little boy.
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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 »


Referenced in The King of Queens: Dire Strayts (1999) 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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5 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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