What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,481 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 5 critic

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.

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 20 Jul 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Oct 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 30 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

What's Happening!! (1976–1979) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What's Happening!!.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1979   1978   1977   1976  
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Good Times (1974–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A poor Afro-American family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis
The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
227 (1985–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
That's My Mama (1974–1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange
Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller
What's Happening Now! (1985–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"What's Happening Now!" is a sequel to "What's Happening!," a TV series about the adult main characters (Raj, Dwayne, Rerun, Shirley, and Dee) as teenagers/children.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Anne-Marie Johnson, Haywood Nelson
All in the Family (1971–1979)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
The Facts of Life (1979–1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of girls attending a boarding school experience the joys and the trials of adolescence under the guiding hand of housemother Edna Garrett. Later in the series, Mrs. Garrett is ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
One Day at a Time (1975–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This sitcom follows recently divorced mother (Ann Romano) and her two teenage daughters (Barbara and Julie) as they start a new life together in Indianapolis, They are befriended by the ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.
Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids.

Stars: Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta
Amen (1986–1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. His new assistant, Rev. Reuben Gregory, however, has some ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Haywood Nelson ...
 Dwayne Nelson (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ernest Thomas ...
 Roger 'Raj' Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
...
 Dee Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
Fred Berry ...
 Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs (62 episodes, 1976-1979)
Shirley Hemphill ...
 Shirley Wilson / ... (59 episodes, 1976-1979)
...
 Mabel 'Mama' Thomas (38 episodes, 1976-1978)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 August 1976 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(79 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

If you count "Dee" as a nickname for "Danielle", every actor either shared a first or last name with their character. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psycho Sisters (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"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"!


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
SO many fat jokes angelsoul68
Anyone know that extra in many episodes..... heberald26
Any connection b/n What's Happening + Sanford + Son? fubleduck
Is it just me... actorschmactor2000
Ever notice... ? mkd825
I liked this show, still do.... heberald26
Discuss What's Happening!! (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page