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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Mabel King wanted the Thomas family to have a mother and a father (on the air Roger and Dee's parents were divorced, and their father remarried in 1977 and was not seen again). The producers' refusal contributed to her decision to quit her role in 1978. King was also unhappy with her reduced role in the series. See more »

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Dwayne Nelson: Hey HEY, hey!
Fred 'Rerun' Stubbs: What's Happening!
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Referenced in Married with Children: Crimes Against Obesity (1996) See more »

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Back In The Day
11 December 2000 | by (Chicago, USA) – 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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