- Actors: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry, Shirley Hemphill
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: MillCreek
- Release Date: Oct. 7 2014
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B00LMKKYBM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,046 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
What's Happening!! -Season 2
All of your favorite characters are back for more - best friends Raj, Rerun and Dwayne; Raj's smart-mouthed little sister, Dee; Shirley, the waitress at the local soda shop; and of course, Raj and Dee's mama. All 22 episodes from the show's second season are here, with guest stars including Irene Cara, Tim Reid and the Doobie Brothers. Bust a gut as Rerun joins a lettuce-worshipping cult, Raj tries to impress a model, and Dee wrangles a chocolate cake and new skates from her sympathetic family... and don't miss Dwayne's hilariously bad performance of "Handyman" as part of a school project! The '70s are back and funnier than ever! All the laughs you remember - and some you probably forgot - are here in this outrageous old school classic.
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Just look at all the things that happen in Season Two: Rerun gets married - almost - to a pretty little foreigner played by Irene Cara; Tim Reid shows up to counsel Dee about "her friend's problem." Raj ends up in small claims court (with Dwayne as his key witness) when he wrecks his delivery bike; Raj almost gets expelled when he starts an underground school newspaper; Dwayne's dad gets elected to the city council; Raj's and Dee's father gets married - in their house; Mama goes back to school; Raj organizes (then tries to disorganize) a strike at the market where he works; Raj wins a spot on The Gong Show for a quartet of singers in Dee's class; Dee goes on her first date; Rerun messes up big-time and finds himself illegally taping a Doobie Brothers concert; Rerun joins a cult that worships a head of lettuce called Ralph (one of the stupidest but funniest TV episodes ever); and Rerun finally - finally - graduates from high school.
The characters of Dee and Shirley (my two favorites) really grow during this second season of the show. We watch Shirley take a secretarial job, only to learn she was only hired because she was black, then later see her take on a motherly role with Raj and Dee. Dee's mouth is bigger than ever (is there a better, funnier smart aleck to be found in television land?), but we actually see a little bit of Dee's soft side emerge late in the season.
Several other reviewers have mentioned Dwayne's "Handyman" song and dance as, going and away, the funniest scene of the whole season. I wholeheartedly agree - that performance is one of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. All of the episodes are hilarious, though - every single one of them. You spend your hard-earned money on a lot of DVD season sets and never watch the episodes a second time; with What's Happening!! you can watch the same old DVDs over and over again because the comedy never grows old. It would have been nice to see some extra features included here, but this is a true bargain at any price. If you have great memories of this show, get this DVD and rediscover the good old days spent with Raj, Rerun, and Dwayne. If you've never seen this show, you have no idea what you're missing - they don't make shows like this anymore.
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I tended to like the women of the show more. Momma, Dee and Shirley were the funniest of the bunch to me. Everything they said makes me laugh. Especially when Rerun cuts on Shirley and runs out of the soda shop, the other laugh and Shirley says "you hear sumpin funny, huh, you hear sumpin funny?" and it shuts everyone up immediately. Mommas well-timed zingers like when Dee once asked her "Are you gonna to work today Momma?" and Momma said "You wanna eat tomorrow?" And of course the little kid sister from hell, Dee Thomas. She was THEE main reason I watched this show as a child and now.
Watching the 1st and 2nd seasons on DVD now saddens me a little knowing that so many of the characters died and so young too. Its also ironic how each of the actors who died were very overweight. It makes it particularly heartbreaking to watch a scene from the Christmas episode. Her boss let her have the night off to be with the kids but they made plans to be at their dads house. She calls her boss to ask to work that night and finds she isn't needed. Man thats a sad scene. It makes me think of how tragic Mabel King's life was after she left the show.
The DVDs are packaged nicely and are contain easy-to-understand on-screen menu options. Each DVD lets you skip forward or rewind scene-by-scene, which is always a plus to me. The episodes are clear and crisp. I pop the dvds in while getting ready for work so I can laugh before heading out the door.
Whats Happenin was definitely good, clean comedy without being too slapstick-ish or too buffoonish (though Rerun definitely comes close). I also think its short run makes it even more of a classic, because it didn't go on for years and years and become dreadful to watch. Though unfortunately it did kinda lose its steam in Season 3. But if the powers that be decide to release Season 3, you can best believe I'll buy it.
Unfortunately Mabel King ("Mama" Mabel Thomas) would pass on two decades later as well as Shirley Hemphill (Shirley) and Fred Berry (Rerun). Thankfully the series is on DVD to help keep their memories alive as well as reminiscing of a time when television could be clean and funny at the same time.
My title refers to the classic episode where Rerun joins a ridiculous cult where he worships a head of lettuce named "ralph." Lots of laughs before he sees the light. (Sadly, this came out shortly before the infamous Jim Jones murders). This also includes a great knee-slapper where Dwayne does a HORRENDOUS version of "Handyman"(Unnnhhh-Get back!). You will fall down on the floor with this one. Then there of course is the Givens Kids, who not only do "Bubbling Brown Sugar" (as most of the posters mention),but also a stirring rendition of "God Bless The Child."
WH was not great art, but it certainly made a lot of families able to sit down together and get some good hearty laughs, minus the embarrassment of the UPN, Def Comedy Jam, and "Soul Plane" trash of recent times.
They are gone but they are not forgotten their legacy will live forever. I liked this show it was so wonderful and in this second season it contains that gong show episode when Dee and Raj manages this kiddie group I used to love to see them perform that song "Bubbly Brown Sugar" I love it and those kids were the cutest and they could really sing I wonder if the girl is famous and if she has a singing career she should have because she and thos boys were very talented. I liked when Wolfman Jack had called them "Little Gladys Knight and the Pips" I thought that was so cute . I especially enjoyed their performance at the talent show when they were singing the boys chanted" (BE BEEP, BE BEEP)!!!! and the little girl sings a little verse of Billie Holiday Papa May Have, Mama May Have and God Bless the Child" it was all of that I love this episode. I love this show but this is one of my favorite "What's Happening episodes. I just love this show and everything about it I loved all of the actors and actresses on this show they did a fine job with their acting it was wondeeful . I was too young to enjoy it when it had came on T.V. I had caught it in reruns...
So, if you enjoyed what's happening on t.v or in rerunds then you woul definitely enjoy this dvd so therefore, I would reccommend that you buy this dvd you would definitely enjoy it!!!!!