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What's Happening!! 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Series (1976–1979)
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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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Complete series cast summary:
Ernest Thomas ...  Roger 'Raj' Thomas 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Haywood Nelson Haywood Nelson ...  Dwayne Nelson 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Danielle Spencer ...  Dee Thomas 65 episodes, 1976-1979
Fred Berry ...  Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs 64 episodes, 1976-1979
Shirley Hemphill ...  Shirley Wilson 60 episodes, 1976-1979
Mabel King ...  Mabel 'Mama' Thomas 42 episodes, 1976-1978


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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In the initial draft, the role that became the character "Rerun" was going to be a skinny white kid. See more »


Throughout the entire series, it is made very clear that neither Mama nor Raj have a car, as often indicated by Mama needing to ride the bus to work and Raj always needing rides from other people (or walking) to his many adventures and escapades. Yet, in the very first scene of the opening credits, Raj is seen exiting his house with two cars parked in the driveway. See more »


[Dwayne hangs Rerun's pants over his IV bag]
Fred 'Rerun' Stubbs: Dwayne, you hung my pants on my dinner.
[Dwayne looks confused but says nothing]
Roger Thomas: See this here tube, it goes straight down to Rerun's arm.
Dwayne Nelson: You mean they're feeding his arm? Does his mouth know about that?
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Alternate Versions

During its syndicated run, the tag sequences that were included in the original ABC network versions were removed. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Renée Zellweger/Eve (2001) See more »

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A Good Ol' Seventies Sitcom!!
6 November 2005 | by General_GSee all my reviews

What a great show! What's Happening is so funny! There isn't one character I don't like. Rerun is one crazy kid. He sure can dance though. He is one of those characters you'll always hear about because they were so funny, like Kramer from Seinfeld. Mama is funny too. I love her. She is you typical crazy tough seventies mother, loving to teach her kids a lesson with a belt to the butt. Sherley was an underrated character. She had an unusual attitude that was hilarious. Raj was always in some situation. He has to have one of the funniest dance moves out there. He reminds me a lot of comedian Vince Morris. They look a lot alike and act a lot alike. Dee is one pain in the butt sister. Hate to have her around. Finally there's Dwayne. He had one crazy afro especially in the earlier years. Its a surprise that this show didn't last very long. It was just as funny as The Jeffersons or Welcome Back Kotter. I'm glad TV Land shows the re-runs of this show show we can all watch Rerun again. Ha!

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5 August 1976 (USA) See more »

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