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 'Raj' Thomas (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Haywood Nelson ...
 Dwayne Nelson (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Dee Thomas (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Fred Berry ...
 Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
Shirley Hemphill ...
 Shirley Wilson / ... (60 episodes, 1976-1979)
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 Mabel 'Mama' Thomas / ... (42 episodes, 1976-1978)
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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)  »

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Fred Berry and Ernest Thomas walked off the show during the second season, demanding more money and better dressing rooms. Their demands were met. After the third season, Berry and Thomas convinced Haywood Nelson to join them in another walkout demanding more money. Even though the show ranked 29th in the 1978-1979 season, ABC canceled it rather than deal with their demands. See more »

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Roger Thomas: [on phone] Hello, is this the Doobie Brothers? Which Doobie you be?
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Referenced in Family Feud: Family vs. What's Happening (1979) See more »

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One of the greatest shows of the late 70's
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's Happening!! was one of the greatest shows of the late 70's. What I really liked about the show was that every episode seemed to have a different plot line to it. I gave it a 9 and not a 10 because it was canceled and did not go out on top. The reason why I gave it a 9 was because it captured positive late 70's black culture. It did not have to use " black exploitation" to make it a great show. In the entire run of the show (3 seasons) their never was a violent scene and they never had to use the "N" word to make it funny. My favorite character of the show was Rerun (Fred Berry) because he seemed to play the personality of the "loveable loser" to perfection which made him a great actor. Also, I liked Dee (Danielle Spencer) a lot because she handled the role of childhood star with grace. After her childhood acting days ended she didn't use the money for bad reasons. She went on to become a veterinarian. Which can show people that you can be a childhood star and still live a normal adult life (contatary to popular belief).


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