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Seasons:
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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 »
User Reviews:
Hey Hey, What's Happening? 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the initial draft, the role that became the character "Rerun" was going to be a skinny white kid.See more »
Quotes:
[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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Hey Hey, What's Happening?, 15 November 2005
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

I have to say that I grew up on these reruns. I was surprised to see and remember how much I enjoyed the show during the recent TV Land marathon. The show was still groundbreaking too. I never understood why Mabel King who played Mama so beautifully left. I still remember Rerun, Dwayne, Raj, Dee, and Shirley as a happy group of people in working class Los Angeles, California. I'm not black but I can relate to the financial struggles that they held despite maintaining a happy suburban life. They provided many memorable moments for me over the weekend. It was nice to see Irene Cara in a guest appearance and Alice Ghostley and others too many to mention. The sitcom was probably criticized in its day but today, I can see it as a brilliant piece of realistic comedy touching on subjects tactfully and carefully like teenage pregnancy, marriage, divorce, single-parent home and of course, financial problems like all families share. I believe it was the first sitcom in my memory to feature divorce in a positive light rather than negative. Enjoy it!

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