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What's Happening (1976-1979)



What's Happening

(1976-1979)

30 minutes

Comedy / Sitcom

Created By Eric Monte

Cast:
 
Ernest Thomas as Roger 'Raj' Thomas
Fred Berry as Fred 'Rerun' Stubbs
Haywood Nelson as Dwayne Nelson
Mabel King as Mama
Danielle Spencer as Dee Thomas
Shirley Hemphill as Shirley Wilson
Leland Smith as The Snake
David Hollander as Little Earl
John Welsh as Big Earl Babcock

What's Happening was an American sitcom television show that aired on ABC for three seasons and from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979 and a total run of sixty five episodes each 22-24 minutes in length.  The show was loosely based on the motion picture, "Cooley High" written by Eric Monte.

This show centered around three young black men, Raj, Rerun and Dwayne and what it was like growing up in the inner-city of Los Angeles, California.  Plots center around their trying to get rich quick fast schemes and the trouble they constantly get into and how normally their mother has to get them out of each situation they get in to.  

Episodes:

Season One
 
1.      The Runaway 8/5/1976

2.      The Birthday Present 8/12/1976

3.      When Daddy Comes Marching Home 8/19/1976

4.      My Three Tons 8/26/1976

5.      Saturday's Hero 11/13/1976

6.      The Burger Queen 11/20/1976

7.      Speak for Yourself, Dwayne 11/27/1976

8.      Shirley's Date 12/4/1976

9.      Christmas 12/11/1976

10.     Puppy Love 12/30/1976

11.     The Maid Did It 1/6/1977

12.     The Incomplete Shakespeare 1/13/1977

13.     The Hospital Stay 1/20/1977

14.     The Sunday Father 1/27/1977

15.     The Firing Squad 2/10/1977

16.     The Boarder 2/17/1977

17.     Dwayne's Dilemma 2/24/1977

18.     The Tickets 3/3/1977

19.     What's Wrong With Raj? 3/10/1977

20.     Nice Guys Finish Last 3/24/1977

21.     From Here to Maternity 3/31/1977 


 
Season Two
 
22.     Rerun Gets Married 9/22/1977

23.     It's All in Your Head 9/29/1977

24.     Trial and Error 10/6/1977

25.     Raj Goes to Press 10/13/1977

26.     Nothing Personal 10/20/1977

27.     If I'm Elected 10/27/1977

28.     The Play's the Big Thing 11/3/1977

29.     Give Me Odds 11/10/1977

30.     Bill Gets Married 11/17/1977

31.     Mama, the School Girl 11/24/1977

32.     One Strike and You're Out 12/8/1977

33.     The Testimonial 12/15/1977

34.     Black and White Blues 12/22/1977

35.     Going, Going, Gong 1/5/1978

36.     Dee's First Date 1/21/1978

37.     Doobie or Not Doobie (1) 1/28/1978

38.     Doobie or Not Doobie (2) 2/4/1978

39.     Rerun Sees the Light 2/11/1978

40.     Raj and the Older Woman 2/18/1978

41.     Diplomatic Immunity 2/25/1978

42.     Shirley is a Mother 4/13/1978

43.     The Apartment 5/11/1978

Season Three
 
44.     Disco Dollar Disaster 9/21/1978

45.     Shirley's Boyfriend 9/28/1978

46.     Basketball Brain 10/12/1978

47.     The Creep Detective 11/2/1978

48.     Shirley's Cookies 11/9/1978

49.     The Landlady 11/16/1978

50.     Charge 11/23/1978

51.     Raj Moves Out 11/30/1978

52.     No Clothes Make the Man 12/14/1978

53.     Positive Identification 12/21/1978

54.     Making Out 1/11/1979

55.     Dee, the Cheerleader 1/25/1979

56.     A Present for Dee 2/9/1979

57.     Dwayne's Dream 2/16/1979

58.     Shirley's Fired 2/23/1979

59.     Food Poisoning 3/2/1979

60.     The Eviction 3/9/1979

61.     The Thomas Treasure 3/16/1979

62.     The Last Page 3/31/1979

63.     First Class Coach 4/7/1979

64.     Dwayne's Debate 4/21/1979

65.     The Benefit Show 4/28/1979 




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