What's Happening!!

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  • TV-PG
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1976
What's Happening!! is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976, to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the failure of several other shows on the network, What's Happening!!... read more

What's Happening!! is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976, to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the failure of several other shows on the network, What's Happening!! returned in November 1976 as a weekly series. It remained a weekly series until 1979; ratings were modest. What's Happening!! was loosely based on the Eric Monte-penned film Cooley High. From 1985 to 1988, a sequel series called What's Happening Now!! aired in first-run syndication, with most of the major cast members reprising their roles.

Original Release

08/05/1976 on ABC

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Cast

Haywood Nelson Dwayne Nelson
Ernest Thomas Roger 'Raj' Thomas
Fred Berry Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs
Danielle Spencer
Shirley Hemphill Shirley Wilson
Mabel King Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
Mabel King
David Hollander Earl 'Little Earl' Barnett Jr.
John Welsh Earl 'Big Earl' Barnett
Earl Billings Rob
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Disco Dollar Disaster Thursday, 21 September 1978
2 Shirley's Boyfriend Thursday, 28 September 1978
3 Basketball Brain Thursday, 12 October 1978
4 The Creep Detective Thursday, 02 November 1978
5 Shirley's Cookies Thursday, 09 November 1978
6 The Landlady Thursday, 16 November 1978
7 Charge Thursday, 23 November 1978
8 Raj Moves Out Thursday, 30 November 1978
9 No Clothes Make the Man Thursday, 14 December 1978
10 Positive Identification Thursday, 21 December 1978
11 Making Out Thursday, 11 January 1979
12 Dee, the Cheerleader Thursday, 25 January 1979
13 A Present for Dee Friday, 09 February 1979
14 Dwayne's Dream Friday, 16 February 1979
15 Shirley's Fired Friday, 23 February 1979
16 Food Poisoning Friday, 02 March 1979
17 The Eviction Friday, 09 March 1979
18 The Thomas Treasure Friday, 16 March 1979
19 The Last Page Saturday, 31 March 1979
20 First Class Coach Saturday, 07 April 1979
21 Dwayne's Debate Saturday, 21 April 1979
22 The Benefit Show Saturday, 28 April 1979
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Directors

Mark Warren, Lee Bernhardi, Dick Harwood, Hal Alexander, Mary Hardwick, Russ Petrano, Tony Csiki, Ron Richards, Joseph L. Scanlan, Bill Foster, Alan Rafkin, Danny Simon, Jack Shea, Dennis Steinmetz, Bud Yorkin

Writers

Eric Monte, Larry Mintz, Sally Wade, Alan Eisenstock, Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein, Rick Mittleman, Joanne Pagliaro, Ted Bergman, Jeremy Stevens, Tom Moore, Bill Richmond, James R. Stein, Thad Mumford, Carol Gary, Bob Illes, Gene Perret, Bill Box, Dick Westerschulte, Nicholas DeMarco, Joseph Neustein, Barbara Berkowitz, Barry Meadow, David Tyree, Deborah Pastoria, Cheryl Pelt, Winston Moss, Levi Taylor, Marty Brill, Eric Lee Bowers, Dawn Aldredge, Marion C. Freeman, Mort Scharfman, Ken Hecht, Philip John Taylor, Dee Caruso, Gerald Gardner, Gene Farmer, Fred S. Fox, Jim Mulligan, Bruce Howard, David Pollock, Seaman Jacobs, Bruce Kalish, William Bickley, Michael Warren, Marty Farrell, Richard Baer, Jerry Ross

Cast

Haywood Nelson Dwayne Nelson
Ernest Thomas Roger 'Raj' Thomas
Fred Berry Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs
Danielle Spencer
Shirley Hemphill Shirley Wilson
Mabel King Mabel 'Mama' Thomas
Mabel King
David Hollander Earl 'Little Earl' Barnett Jr.
John Welsh Earl 'Big Earl' Barnett
Earl Billings Rob
Thalmus Rasulala Bill Thomas
Fritzi Burr Miss Collins
Bryan O'Dell Marvin
Richard Couture Patron at Rob's Place
Leland Smith The Snake
Shirley Hemphill
Debbi Morgan Diane
Danielle Spencer Dee Thomas
Shirley Hemphill Shirley Wilson (credit only)
Mabel King Mabel 'Mama' Thomas (credit only)

Producers

Editors

Hal Collins, Danny White, Mario Di Mambro, Hal Williams, Marco Zappia

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