The BEST episodes of What's Happening!!

Every episode of What's Happening!! ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of What's Happening!!!

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

Last Updated: 12/24/2022Network:ABC (US)
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The Maid Did It
star
8.77
13 votes

#1 - The Maid Did It

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/6/1977

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

Directors: Mark Warren
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The Play's the Big Thing
star
8.63
8 votes

#2 - The Play's the Big Thing

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/1977

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.

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The Burger Queen
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8.55
22 votes

#3 - The Burger Queen

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/20/1976

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

Directors: Dick Harwood
Raj Goes to Press
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8.50
10 votes

#4 - Raj Goes to Press

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/1977

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

Directors: Mark Warren
Give Me Odds
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8.50
10 votes

#5 - Give Me Odds

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/1977

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

Directors: Mark Warren
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Rerun Sees the Light
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8.44
9 votes

#6 - Rerun Sees the Light

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/11/1978

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

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Thad Mumford
If I'm Elected
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8.43
7 votes

#7 - If I'm Elected

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1977

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

Directors: Lee Bernhardi
Writer: Winston Moss
Mama, the School Girl
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8.43
7 votes

#8 - Mama, the School Girl

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/24/1977

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.

Directors: Mark Warren
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Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 1)
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8.43
7 votes

#9 - Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 1)

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/28/1978

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

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Sally Wade
Shirley's Date
star
8.35
17 votes

#10 - Shirley's Date

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/4/1976

Roger and Rerun pay two men to date Shirley.

Directors: Anthony Chickey
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Dwayne's Dilemma
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8.33
12 votes

#11 - Dwayne's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/24/1977

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

Directors: Dick Harwood
Writer: Jerry Ross
Bill Gets Married
star
8.33
6 votes

#12 - Bill Gets Married

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/1977

Dee objects to her father's plans to remarry.

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

#13 - The Landlady

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/16/1978

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

Directors: Mark Warren
The Thomas Treasure
star
8.33
3 votes

#14 - The Thomas Treasure

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/16/1979

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

Directors: Joseph Scanlan
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Speak for Yourself, Dwayne
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8.32
22 votes

#15 - Speak for Yourself, Dwayne

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/27/1976

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

Directors: Hal Alexander
The Birthday Present
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8.28
50 votes

#16 - The Birthday Present

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/12/1976

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

Directors: Bud Yorkin
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The Apartment
star
8.25
4 votes

#17 - The Apartment

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/11/1978

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

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Thad Mumford
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The Runaway
star
8.21
63 votes

#18 - The Runaway

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/5/1976

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

Directors: Dennis Steinmetz
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The Tickets
star
8.15
13 votes

#19 - The Tickets

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/3/1977

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

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Richard Baer
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When Daddy Comes Marching Home
star
8.14
28 votes

#20 - When Daddy Comes Marching Home

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/19/1976

Mama's shifty ex-husband comes back into the picture and plays with her feelings to score some cash.

Directors: Jack Shea
Rerun Gets Married
star
8.14
14 votes

#21 - Rerun Gets Married

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/22/1977

Rerun plans to marry a new girl from school so that she may stay in the country.

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Bruce Howard
Going, Going, Gong
star
8.14
7 votes

#22 - Going, Going, Gong

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/5/1978

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

Directors: Mark Warren
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Dee's First Date
star
8.14
7 votes

#23 - Dee's First Date

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/21/1978

Dee's first date is a chance for Raj to get closer to her date's older sister.

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Joe Neustein
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Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 2)
star
8.11
9 votes

#24 - Doobie or Not Doobie (Part 2)

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/4/1978

While Rerun is secretly taping the Doobie Brothers' concert, the recorder falls from his coat in full view of the band.

Directors: Mark Warren
Writer: Sally Wade
The Hospital Stay
star
8.10
10 votes

#25 - The Hospital Stay

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/20/1977

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

Directors: Mark Warren
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