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What's Happening!! : Season 1

Ernest Thomas , Haywood Nelson , Alan Rafkin , Bill Foster    DVD
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Cool out and return to the days of tight pants, afro picks, and... empty wallets. What's Happening was the African American answer to Happy Days and featured a theme almost as catchy as Quincy Jones's bouncy number for Sanford and Son (this time by the great Henry Mancini). The popular L.A.-based sitcom premiered in 1976 during the height of the disco craze and the action centers around bespectacled teenager Raj (Ernest Thomas, the show's Richie Cunningham) and fun-lovin' pals Dwayne (Haywood Nelson) and Rerun ("'cause every summer he gotta go back to school to repeat what he did all winter"; played by Fred Berry). The boys are kept in check by Raj's hardworking single mother, Mrs. Thomas (Mabel King), bratty kid sister Dee (Danielle Spencer), and sassy waitress Shirley (Shirley Hemphill). (Sadly, King and Hemphill passed away in 1999; Berry in 2003.)

When not in school--and the show takes place largely outside the halls of academia--the gang hangs out at the soda shop, "bumps" to the latest grooves, and trades quips with local cuties, like Debbi Morgan's Diane. That's about it. Of course, the trio does get into (minor) trouble each week and learns a valuable lesson before the end of each episode, but What's Happening mostly revolves around the fun they would conjure up out of the tiniest of budgets. Consequently, money--or the lack of it--figures prominently throughout the series. If What's Happening wasn't as groundbreaking as Good Times or as acerbic as The Jefffersons, it was directed at a slightly younger, more innocent audience. Kids throughout the nation came to rely on Raj, Dwayne, and especially the beret-and-suspender-sporting Rerun for all the latest catch phrases (like "Hey, hey, hey!") and funky moves. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favorite! July 10 2004
I was eleven years old when What's Happening premeired on television and this was a show that my friends and I enjoyed watching. This show has a very good cast, Ernest Thomas as Roger (Raj), Danielle Spencer as Raj's kid sister Dee, Mabel King as their mother, Haywood Nelson as Dwayne, Fred Berry as Rerun and Shirley Hemphill as Shirley but I think my favorite character was Dee because Danielle Spencer the actress who played her is around the same as me and the character was just very funny. I highly recommend this DVD set!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey!!! Hey!!! Hey!!! July 3 2004
Absolutely hilarious!!!!!!! This show is one of my all time favorite. I love the character "Dee." The first season is a winner. You can't go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show July 1 2004
By Ed
I wasn't even born when this show was on tv, but let me tell you, it is one of the funniest sitcoms that i've seen. Once you get into the first few episodes and learn the characters, you will be addicted. The characters grow on you, personally Dee has to be my fav, she is just so funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING June 27 2004
This is one of my favorite all-time sit-coms, with Dee and her sarcasm that I love so much, with Shirley and her wits I also love, this has got to be one of those comedies that made me smile in my bluest moments. I was a teenager when this first aired and I thank God for shows like this one. I really hope this DVD sells and there will be Season 2 soon. Ahh, the wonderous memories. This was innocent fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun-Fun-FUNNY...NOT Filth-Filth-FILTHY! June 5 2004
This is one of the funnest shows ever to watch. I pre-ordered this as soon as I found out it was going to be released. The characters are people you'd like to have a neighbors. Wholesome and fun to be with (watch), my nephew just turned 13 and he loves to 'pop this in' to watch whenever he comes over. What's amazing is the light hearted humor that is 'timeless' and any youth (or adults) can connect with it even today. I also enjoy watching a sitcom that is not filthy dirty, there's WAY TOO MUCH of this in todays TV. To quote one of the greatest stand-up comedians of the past, Phyllis Diller once said, "In my day we HAD to be FUNNY and NOT FILTHY!" I think with all the money paid to these TV execs. and writers, you'd think they could emulate their predecessors a little better to produce wholesome funny family shows like 'What's Happening'(maybe the talent isn't there anymore) shows like this are a thing of the past. TOO BAD!! I rate this *****'s not because it was the best show ever on TV, but because it beats anything hands down that's on TV now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Was The Show Back Then!!!!!! May 19 2004
I Watched What's Happening back then when I was a child growing up in the 70's. TV shows back then were better shows. These Shows of today stinks Too High Heaven! Too much reality shows and shows that don't make any sense. I loved What's Happening back then and when I Saw that Time-Life music has the What's Happening: The complete first season on DVD I jumped up and brought the DVD. I looked at every episode on the DVD. This DVD is a Must!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Off da chain!!!!!!!!! May 10 2004
This purchase was one of the best sets that I've ever bought. It is hilarious and an absolute must-have for anyone's DVD collection. Dee had me cracking my side and you just gotta love Rerun. Off da chain!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hey Hey April 29 2004
By A Customer
I can't tell which is better - the show, or the memories they bring back. Excellent selection of episodes, all sure to make you laugh. I'm glad I bought it.
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