What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

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What's Happening is loosely based on the 1975 movie Cooley High written by Eric Monte. Monte created What's Happening and was also a co-creator and writer for the TV series Good Times.

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Complete series cast summary:
Haywood Nelson ...
 Dwayne Nelson (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ernest Thomas ...
 Roger 'Raj' Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Dee Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
Fred Berry ...
 Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs (62 episodes, 1976-1979)
Shirley Hemphill ...
 Shirley Wilson / ... (59 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Mabel 'Mama' Thomas (38 episodes, 1976-1978)
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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. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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In the initial draft, the role that became the character "Rerun" was going to be a skinny white kid. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Family Guy: The Courtship of Stewie's Father (2005) See more »

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"Hey Hey Hey" Why isn't this in syndication?
20 October 2003 | by (los angeles, california) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite tv shows growing up! as other users commented, it was the first thing i would turn on after school! it was not only the funniest show, but it dealt with a single parent home, and i was raised in a single parent home, so i related to it. i miss seeing Raj make a fool out of himself, by being so nerdy and Dee, with all the sarcasm, you never stopped laughing....and Shirley, anything she said, made you laugh. i think if more people posted their comments, than maybe it will impact someone to syndicate the show! as you can see, the cast of the show never really made it, perhaps this could help their careers, so bring us RERUNS of "What's Happening"! we miss Rerun and all his dance moves...."Hey Hey Hey"!


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