This is a slice of television history that must be taken and passed among generations new and old to enjoy. What's Happening is classic humor that takes you back to the days when children could be children without all the stress and pressure that come with today's times.
You had the witty and intelligent Raj, with his nerdy style and those glasses, his outspoken and spunky sister, Dee, whose "OOH! I'ma tell Mama...U gon get it,Raj" had us all shaking our heads. Then their were his boys, Dwayne (Hey, hey, hey) and the butt of all the fat jokes, Rerun (man, that brotha could DANCE!) There will never be another like him. God rest his soul. The mother was an example of the love, strength and no nonsense attitude only a single parent can have. Mabel King was classy and added a taste of sophistication to What's Happening. God rest her soul. Shirley (Shirley Hemphill) was also a hit, with her sharp wit and that six inch fro. Her popular character definitely represented for the big sistas with her "take no mess" attitude. God rest her soul.
I was only 7 when this came out and recently purchased this DVD set to relive those memories of coming home, plopping down in front of the television and watching people that looked just like me going through trials and tribulations everyone can relate to. You could almost taste the orange sodas, burgers and shakes at the soda shop. Such innocence back then. Kids of today truly don't know what they're missing. They just don't make good-hearted shows like this anymore. I recommend getting this set and watching it with your own children.