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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#4 - Shirley's Date
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 1976
Roger and Rerun pay two men to date Shirley.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#14 - Bill Gets Married
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 1977
Dee objects to her father's plans to remarry.
#15 - The Landlady
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 16, 1978
Roger falls for the building's landlady, an attractive older woman.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#19 - The Hospital Stay
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 1977
With Roger in the hospital, Dee befriends his grouchy old roommate.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.