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What's Happening!! 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Series (1976–1979)
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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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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5 August 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Что творится!!  »

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During production, Danielle Spencer was involved in a car accident which left her in a coma for a few days. When Spencer came back to work, she had to do most of her scenes sitting down to avoid physical exertion, and changed her hair style and bangs to cover up injuries on her forehead. See more »

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[From episode: From Here to Maternity]
Mama: You gonna feed it?
Dwayne Nelson: Uh-Huh.
Mama: And burp it?
Dwayne Nelson: Uh-Huh.
Mama: And change it?
Dwayne Nelson: NUH-HUH!
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Referenced in Lost: One of Them (2006) See more »

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Back In The Day
11 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

What's Happening was loosely based on the movie "Cooley High". It is sometime shown in reruns along with its vastly inferior sequel, What's Happening Now.

The heart of the show was the relationship among the three high school buddies, studious Roger, dim bulb Dwayne, and clownish Rerun. The late Shirley Hemphill got off some good zingers as the surly waitress of the malt shop the guys hung out in. Dee was the perfect snide and bratty kid sister to Roger, and Mama dished out discipline and love.

One of the best episodes was a two-parter that is seldom shown in reruns. Roger, Rerun and Dwayne were forced into illegally taping a Doobie Brothers concert (the rock group appeared as themselves) by some criminals. The tape recorder is discovered when it falls out from underneath Rerun's coat, and one of the musicians sees it. The Doobie Brothers then work with the three buddies to catch the criminals.


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