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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
5 August 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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One of the best sitcoms of the 1970's See more (17 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 45)
Haywood Nelson ... Dwayne Nelson (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ernest Thomas ... Roger 'Raj' Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)

Danielle Spencer ... Dee Thomas (64 episodes, 1976-1979)
Fred Berry ... Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs (62 episodes, 1976-1979)
Shirley Hemphill ... Shirley Wilson / ... (59 episodes, 1976-1979)

Mabel King ... Mabel 'Mama' Thomas (38 episodes, 1976-1978)
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Series Directed by
Mark Warren (44 episodes, 1976-1979)
Lee Bernhardi (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
Dick Harwood (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Hal Alexander (2 episodes, 1976)
Tony Csiki (1 episode, 1976)
Alan Rafkin (1 episode, 1976)
Jack Shea (1 episode, 1976)
Dennis Steinmetz (1 episode, 1976)
Bud Yorkin (1 episode, 1976)
Bill Foster (1 episode, 1978)
Mary Hardwick (1 episode, 1979)
Joseph L. Scanlan (1 episode, 1979)
Danny Simon (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Eric Monte (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Alan Eisenstock (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Larry Mintz (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Sally Wade (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bernie Orenstein (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Saul Turteltaub (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Rick Mittleman (4 episodes, 1977)
Joanne Pagliaro (4 episodes, 1979)
Tom Moore (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jeremy Stevens (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ted Bergmann (3 episodes, 1978)
Bob Illes (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gene Perret (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bill Richmond (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
James R. Stein (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Carol Gary (2 episodes, 1977)
Bill Box (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Westerschulte (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Thad Mumford (2 episodes, 1978)

Series Produced by
Bernie Orenstein .... executive producer (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Saul Turteltaub .... executive producer (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Bud Yorkin .... executive producer (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sue Nevens .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Norman C. Hopps .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1976-1979)
William Bickley .... producer (11 episodes, 1977)
Michael Warren .... producer (11 episodes, 1977)
Dee Caruso .... producer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gerald Gardner .... producer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Si Rose .... producer (2 episodes, 1979)

Bob Illes .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Henry Mancini (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
Hal Collins (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
Chip Brooks (54 episodes, 1976-1979)
Danny White (7 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mario Di Mambro (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Rose (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Casting by
Jane Murray (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Edward Stephenson (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lee Smith (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Pharren .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 1977-1979)
Billie Jordan .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jim Kail .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
 
Series Production Management
Buddy Arnold .... post-production supervisor (44 episodes, 1977-1979)
Steve McPeek .... unit manager (15 episodes, 1976-1979)
Tom Bruehl .... unit manager (14 episodes, 1977-1978)
Brett Crutcher .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1978)
Jim Zrake .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1978)

Cassius Weathersby .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Hardwick .... associate director (26 episodes, 1977-1979)
Elly Graf .... associate director / assistant director (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Rick Gough .... assistant director / associate director (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Dick Sarter .... audio (19 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ken Turner .... audio (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jerry Pattison .... audio (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Burns .... audio (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Glover .... lighting director / lighting (33 episodes, 1976-1979)
Reg Leffler .... lighting director (25 episodes, 1977-1979)
Robert A. Bowen .... camera operator (21 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tom Weber .... video (16 episodes, 1977-1979)
Richard Hissong .... video (5 episodes, 1977)
Chuck Lofthouse .... lighting consultant (4 episodes, 1977)
David Andress .... lighting (3 episodes, 1977)
Larry Brotzler .... video (3 episodes, 1977)
Don McCuaig .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1977)
Roy White .... video (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: theme music (65 episodes, 1976-1979)
 
Series Other crew
Alan Eisenstock .... executive story consultant / story consultant (32 episodes, 1976-1978)
Larry Mintz .... executive story consultant / story consultant (32 episodes, 1976-1978)
Mattie Caruthers .... script supervisor (29 episodes, 1976-1979)
Rob Oberbillig .... technical director (27 episodes, 1977-1979)
Tom Moore .... story editor / script supervisor (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Keith Hopkins .... stage manager (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Thad Mumford .... story editor (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Adrienne Pettijohn .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producers (13 episodes, 1977-1978)
Joan Boyer .... assistant to producers (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Katy Dowdalls .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sue Nevens .... production coordinator (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Arlando Smith .... stage manager (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Milt Hoffman .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 1977)
Dick Jacobsen .... technical director (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sharyn E. Burg .... assistant to producer (7 episodes, 1977)
Rick Mittleman .... script consultant (7 episodes, 1977)
Tony Singletary .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1977)
Craig Factor .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Joanne Pagliaro .... program consultant (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jeremy Stevens .... script supervisor / story editor (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Marty Farrell .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
William Bickley .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1977)
Michael Warren .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1977)
Bill Box .... story editor (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick Westerschulte .... story editor (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Cathy Clark Wortman .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producer (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Illes .... story editor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Emmitt-Leon O'Neill .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
James R. Stein .... story editor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Vicki Sherer .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1977)
Len Uslaner .... technical director (2 episodes, 1977)
Ted Bergmann .... executive story consultant / script supervisor (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mitch Markowitz .... program consultant (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (79 episodes)
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Trivia:
According to Haywood Nelson, he was in a relationship with Debbi Morgan, who played the recurring role of Diane. But Nelson said that he was not mature enough at the time to commit to their relationship.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the best sitcoms of the 1970's, 8 June 2000
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

One day,bored out of my mind with shopping,I was sitting in an outlet store watching TV,and behold!!!! This was one of my fondest memories of childhood back in the day,coming home after school and watching the antics of Roger,Dewayne,and Rerun getting into all sorts of trouble only to get Roger's smart-mouth sister Dee and Roger's mother get them out of unsuspected situations. Interesting note on "What's Happening!!",though.....it got the idea from a 1975 film "Cooley High"(on which the show was based)about three Chicago kids who were having fun and getting into all sorts of trouble......The show(getting back to "What's Happening"!!) was based in the residental section of Los Angeles where the mom was the single parent with two children in the household. The show itself was side-splitting hilarious indeed catching the gang down at the soda stop coming up with some crazy scheme or another,and catching Rerun and Shirley(the waitress) battling it out,or getting some girl to go out with them. The show was a major top ten hit for the ABC network(which started off as a trial run,but returned in the fall as a weekly series). The theme score to the show was done by the great Henry Mancini,and its a classic. Some of the cast members reunited for a spinoff called "What's Happening Now!!",with Roger getting married off,and Rerun and Dewayne having a business of their own,and the waitress Shirley who brought Rob's Place and is the owner. Rumor has it that two of the cast members of that show Dewayne,(played by Haywood Nelson),and Dee(played by Danielle Spencer) are living in North Carolina now,and Roger(played by Ernest Thomas)is doing feature films(notably seen in Denzel Washington's movie "The Hurricane") nowadays. Great show,but its a crying shame that is not on any of the cable channels. Worth watching though. Classic.

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