Whats Happening-Complete 3rd Season

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The funny funky late-'70s comedy classic featuring pals raj, dwayne and rerun, raj's bratty little sister dee and sassy shirley has arrived on DVD.


Studio Sony
SKU 40717385
UPC 043396096035
UPC 14 00043396096035
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Rating NR
African American Culture
Black Comedy
High School Experiences
High School Students
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
Note One of a spate of urban sitcoms to emerge in the 1970s, WHAT'S HAPPENING was based on the 1975 film COOLEY HIGH, and followed three black teens into early adulthood. Roger "Raj" Thomas (Ernest Thomas) was a studious young man with a bratty sister, Dee (Danielle Spencer); the siblings lived with their mother Mabel "Mama" Thomas (Mabel King), in a lower-middle class Chicago home. Raj was most often hanging out with his friends Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs (Fred Berry)--so dubbed for his propensity to repeat classes--and Dwayne Nelson (Haywood Nelson), a somewhat dim young man with a nonetheless active imagination. The three were forever executing ill-advised schemes to either get rich, have fun, or some combination of the two, while little Dee was forever telling on them. The third and final season sees an end to Mama's character, and Shirley, the waitress at the boys' hangout, Rob's Place, has moved into the Thomas household. Meanwhile, Raj and Rerun have graduated high school and moved into an apartment of their own. Over the course of the season, Raj gets a job as a nude artist's model, the boys try to navigate the myriad challenges of living together, and Dee is accused of shoplifting.
Danielle Spencer
Ernest Thomas
Haywood Nelson
Fred Berry
Cast & Crew
Danielle Spencer - Actor
Ernest Thomas - Actor
Fred Berry - Actor
Haywood Nelson - Actor
Mabel King - Actor
Shirley Hemphill - Actor
Bob Illes - Producer
David Hollander - Actor
Earl Billings - Actor
Henry Mancini - Original Music By
Mark Warren, et. al. - Director
Sally Wade, et. al. - Writer
Saul Turteltaub - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 09603
UPC 00043396096035
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 542 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Patrick Naugle, DVD Verdict If you feel like taking a nostalgic trip back to the 1970s, What's Happening!! may be the perfect ride.
Scott Weinberg, DVD Talk ...a lot like Happy Days -- only with black goofballs instead of white ones...and it's always amusing to hear Dwayne say "HeyHeyHey!"

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