The BEST Episodes of What's Happening!!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The misadventures of three black teens, Roger, Dwayne and Rerun, in 1970s L.A.

The Maid Did It

#1 - The Maid Did It

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 1977

When Mama is fired after being accused of stealing a diamond ring, Roger seeks to set the record straight.

star 8.86
14 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Marty Farrell
Raj Goes to Press

#2 - Raj Goes to Press

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 1977

When his articles are rejected from the school newspaper, an outraged Roger starts an underground paper that lands him in hot water.

star 8.80
10 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: David Pollock
The Play's the Big Thing

#3 - The Play's the Big Thing

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 1977

Roger writes and directs a play that is to be performed with a TV executive in attendance, but casting Rerun as the lead threatens to doom Roger's big opportunity.

star 8.78
9 votes
Shirley's Date

#4 - Shirley's Date

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 1976

Roger and Rerun pay two men to date Shirley.

star 8.63
19 votes
Directors: Anthony Chickey
Writers: James Stein, Robert Illes
Dwayne's Dilemma

#5 - Dwayne's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 24, 1977

Dwayne must summon the courage to stand up to the tough and mean ex-boyfriend of his latest love interest.

star 8.58
12 votes
Directors: Dick Harwood
Writers: Jerry Ross
The Burger Queen

#6 - The Burger Queen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 1976

Dee is selected for a series of TV ads for a burger chain.

star 8.56
25 votes
Directors: Dick Harwood
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
The Tickets

#7 - The Tickets

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 3, 1977

When the guys try to scalp concert tickets, they wind up at the police station.

star 8.50
12 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Richard Baer
Give Me Odds

#8 - Give Me Odds

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 1977

Dwayne's wacky system for football betting causes Rerun's brother-in-law to lose a $500 vacation fund on a long shot.

star 8.50
10 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
Mama, the School Girl

#9 - Mama, the School Girl

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 24, 1977

Mama takes a night-school course, where she meets a man who toys with her affections in order to get her to write a paper for him.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Barbara Berkowitz
Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 1)

#10 - Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 1)

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 28, 1978

Rerun is offered free tickets to an upcoming Doobie Brothers concert at the high school if he agrees to secretly record the concert.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Sally Wade
Rerun Sees the Light

#11 - Rerun Sees the Light

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 11, 1978

Rerun joins a strange cult and it's up to Roger, Dwayne and Mama to expose the cult as a fraud.

star 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Thad Mumford
Going, Going, Gong

#12 - Going, Going, Gong

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 5, 1978

Raj manages a sibling song and dance act who makes it onto The Gong Show, but Rerun gets booked for the same episode.

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
If I'm Elected

#13 - If I'm Elected

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 1977

Dwayne's father, a candidate for city council, fires his campaign manager, which upsets Dwayne because the man is a longtime family friend.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Lee Bernhardi
Writers: Winston Moss
Bill Gets Married

#14 - Bill Gets Married

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 1977

Dee objects to her father's plans to remarry.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Dick Harwood
Writers: Carol Gary
The Landlady

#15 - The Landlady

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 16, 1978

Roger falls for the building's landlady, an attractive older woman.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Dee Caruso, Gerald Gardner
The Thomas Treasure

#16 - The Thomas Treasure

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 16, 1979

Roger discovers his mother's house may contain stolen bank money and leads a furious search to find it.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Joseph Scanlan
Writers: Bill Box, Dick Westerschulte
The Runaway

#17 - The Runaway

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 5, 1976

Raj hires a babysitter for Dee so he can join his friends at a party.

star 8.31
71 votes
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
Speak for Yourself, Dwayne

#18 - Speak for Yourself, Dwayne

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 27, 1976

When Roger talks to a new girl on Dwayne's behalf, he finds himself falling for her and at odds with his friend.

star 8.29
24 votes
Directors: Hal Alexander
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs
The Hospital Stay

#19 - The Hospital Stay

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 1977

With Roger in the hospital, Dee befriends his grouchy old roommate.

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz
The Apartment

#20 - The Apartment

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 1978

Roger and Rerun take an apartment together, but meddling Mama won't leave them alone.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Thad Mumford
The Birthday Present

#21 - The Birthday Present

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 12, 1976

To earn money to buy Mama a birthday present, Roger resorts to playing dice and is accused of shoplifting along with Dwayne and Rerun.

star 8.24
54 votes
Directors: Bud Yorkin
Writers: Bernie Orenstein, Saul Turteltaub
Nice Guys Finish Last

#22 - Nice Guys Finish Last

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 24, 1977

Dee's prison pen pal arrives, but she has escaped from jail.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Carol Gary
The Incomplete Shakespeare

#23 - The Incomplete Shakespeare

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 1977

Roger earns a chance to write for a black TV show, but its producers don't want to face the realities of ghetto life.

star 8.14
14 votes
Directors: Dick Harwood
Writers: Mort Scharfman
The Firing Squad

#24 - The Firing Squad

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 1977

When Shirley's bad attitude gets her fired, the guys plan to find her a new job.

star 8.14
14 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Rick Mittleman
Saturday's Hero

#25 - Saturday's Hero

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 1976

Rerun joins the high school football team and lets sudden success go to his head.

star 8.13
32 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz