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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'What's Happening' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'What's Happening':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

August 5, 1976: The Runaway
Season 1, episode 1
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Dennis Steinmetz

With Debbi Morgan (Diane), Helen Martin (Millie), James A. Watson Jr. (Ray Clemens), Teddy Wilson (Mr. Wilson), Tracee Lyles (Mrs. Wilson), Alycia Gardner (Girl), Lila Perry (Betty Wilson).
Debut of a contemporary comedy about three high school boys in a middle-class black neighborhood of a large American city. In the premiere episode, Raj may miss a party because he has to babysit for his little sister.

August 12, 1976: The Birthday Present
Season 1, episode 2
W: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein   D: Bud Yorkin

With Debbi Morgan (Diane), Joe Morton (Manager), Helen Martin (Millie), Rozelle Gayle (Guard), Eric Laneuville (Kid).
Roger and his pals set out to get a birthday present for Mrs. Thomas and get into a heap of ttrouble.

August 19, 1976: When Daddy Comes Marching Home
Season 1, episode 3
W: Dawn Aldredge, Marion Freeman   D: Jack Shea

With Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Dave Turner (Manager).
Roger's wayward father returns home for a visit with a scheme to get money from Mrs. Thomas.

August 26, 1976: My Three Tons
Season 1, episode 4
W: Jim Mulligan   D: Alan Rafkin

With Stu Gilliam (Gary), Wolfman Jack (Emcee), Danny Wells (Bert Frederick), Don Sherman (Sammy Persky), Jack Knight (Owner), Ronalda Douglas (Secretary), Oliver Givens (Dancer), Tim Pelt (Agent), Bobby Griffin (Frankie Taylor).
Rerun lands a job with a famous dance group, but Dwayne learns they really want to make him the butt of "fat jokes",

November 13, 1976: Saturday's Hero
Season 1, episode 5
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Rosanne Katon (Darlene), Taurean Blacque (Mr. Donovan), Renny Roker (Coach).
Rerun is given the chance to join the floundering football team and becomes an instant hero, which over-inflates his ego.

November 20, 1976: The Burger Queen
Season 1, episode 6
W: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein   D: Dick Harwood

With Dick Van Patten (Mr. Claxton), David White (Reynolds), Robbie Rist (John Stevens), Allison McKay (Mrs. Stevens).
Rerun's visions of greatness as the official "Bridge Burger Spokesman" are dampened when Dee steps in and appears to have the job in the bag.

November 27, 1976: Speak For Yourself, Dwayne
Season 1, episode 7
W: Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs   D: Hal Alexander

With Debbi Morgan (Diane), Ronalda Douglas (Nancy).
Dwayne has his eye on a new girl, but he's too shy to talk to her so he gets Raj to do it.

December 4, 1976: Shirley's Date
Season 1, episode 8
W: James R. Stein, Bob Illes   D: Anthony Chickey

With Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Janet MacLachlan (Mrs. Cavendish), Ralph Wilcox (Allan), Cinque Attucks (Dewey).
Rerun, Dwayne and Roger each secretly try to get a party date for Shirley to spare her the embarrassment of going alone.

December 11, 1976: Christmas
Season 1, episode 9
W: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein   D: Hal Alexander

With Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Shirley Hemphill (Shirley Wilson), Rosalind Cash (Loretta).
Thinking Mama is working on Christmas, Roger and Dee reluctantly decide to eat Christmas dinner with their father.

December 30, 1976: Puppy Love
Season 1, episode 10
W: Bill Richmond, Gene Perret   D: Mark Warren

With Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Shirley Hemphill (Shirley Wilson), Ta-Tanisha (Patrice Williams).
Mama misunderstands when Raj takes on a tutoring job in hopes of getting a pedigreed puppy, and calls on her ex-husband to talk to their "errant" son.

January 6, 1977: The Maid Did It
Season 1, episode 11
W: Marty Farrell   D: Mark Warren

With Teddy Wilson (Marty), Frank Aletter (Daniel Turner), Alice Ghostley (Mrs. Turner).
Mama tries to hide the pain when she is fired by her employer, who accuses her of stealing a diamond ring.

January 13, 1977: The Incomplete Shakespeare
Season 1, episode 12
W: Mort Scharfman   D: Dick Harwood

With Warren Berlinger (Ben Martin), Sheila Rogers (Madge), Catherine Von Furstenberg (Wanda), Allen Williams (Charlie).
Raj thinks that a TV producer has ripped off his story.

January 20, 1977: The Hospital Stay
Season 1, episode 13
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Mel Stewart (Spike Gibbs), Judy Pace (Nurse Jennings), Hope Clarke (Elizabeth Duncan).
Raj, hospitalized with a knee injury, meets a grouchy old baseball player who has not talked to his daughter for 12 years because she married a white man.

January 27, 1977: Sunday Father
Season 1, episode 14
W: James R. Stein, Bob Illes   D: Mark Warren

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Rosalind Cash (Loretta).
Raj tries to avoid telling his mother that he's been expelled by conning his father into going to the principal with him, and he thinks he's home free. But Mama finds out that things have been happening behind her back.

February 10, 1977: The Firing Squad
Season 1, episode 15
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Mark Warren

With Earl Billings (Rob), Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Fred Pinkard (Mr. Grayson), David Downing (Mr. Barnes), Lark Hackshaw (Velma).
The boys are upset when Shirley, the waitress at their favorite hangout, is fired, but they don't know what they can do.

February 17, 1977: The Boarder
Season 1, episode 16
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), James Wheaton (Mr. Simmons), Ray Vitte (Dean).
Mama develops a crush on her ex-husband when she allows him to move in as a boarder.

February 24, 1977: Dwayne's Dilemma
Season 1, episode 17
W: Jerry Ross   D: Dick Harwood

With Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Bob Harcum (Darryl), Ren Woods (Brenda), Rose Marie Cooper (Angela).
Dwayne is warned away from his new girlfriend by her ex-boyfriend.

March 3, 1977: The Tickets
Season 1, episode 18
W: Richard Baer   D: Mark Warren

With Ray Vitte (Gene), Danny Wells (Plainclothesman), B.J. Jordan (Tina), Tom Holiday (Guard).
Raj finds the gift of two very expensive tickets to a Stevie Wonder concert is a very mixed blessing when he has to decide which of his two best friends, Dwayne or Rerun, will go with him.

March 10, 1977: What's Wrong With Raj?
Season 1, episode 19
W: Gene Farmer   D: Mark Warren

With Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Tanya Boyd (Julie Clark), Ray Vitte (Gene).
Mama and Raj discover that Dee is breaking into Raj's bureau drawer to read his diary.

March 24, 1977: Nice Guys Finish Last
Season 1, episode 20
W: Carol Gary   D: Mark Warren

With Vernee Watson (Judy Crane), Harold Sylvester (Lew Bonner), Freeman King (Police Officer).
Mama agrees to let Dee's ex-convict pen pal stay as a houseguest, not knowing that the girl has escaped from prison.

March 31, 1977: From Here To Maternity
Season 1, episode 21
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Mark Warren

With Chip Hurd (Norma), Bobby F. Ellerbee (Don).
Shirley's pregnant sister decides to offer her baby for adoption when her boyfriend says he is not coming to California because he doesn't want to marry her.





September 22, 1977: Rerun Gets Married
Season 2, episode 1
W: Bruce Howard   D: Mark Warren

With Debbi Morgan (Diane), Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Irene Cara (Maria), Earl Boen (Judge Barnes).
Season premiere. The new girl in school infatuates Raj and Dwayne, but Rerun suddenly finds himself a reluctant bridegroom when she asks him to marry her.

September 29, 1977: It's All In Your Head
Season 2, episode 2
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Tim Reid (Dr. Claymore), Adrienne Alexander (Robin Mitchell).
When Dee seeks advice from the school psychologist for a friend, everyone assumes she's having emotional problems.

October 6, 1977: Trial And Error
Season 2, episode 3
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Lee Bernhardi

With Tom Moses (Baliff), Olive Dunbar (Judge Lubash), Bill Henderson (Charles Hopkins).
Raj is afraid to tell the grocery market owner that a new delivery bicycle he bought for Raj has been smashed by a car.

October 13, 1977: Raj Goes To Press
Season 2, episode 4
W: David Pollock   D: Mark Warren

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Davis Roberts (Principal Bradley).
When Raj's articles for the school paper are censored by his teacher, he starts an underground paper telling when her next surprise test is going to occur.

October 20, 1977: Nothing Personnel
Season 2, episode 5
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Earl Billings (Rob), Barbara Mallory (Helen), Charles Siebert (Mr. Ramsey), Ellen Travolta (Lily), Earl Montgomery (Mr. Davis).
Shirley lands a new job, but is dismayed to learn she was not employed for her proudly acquired secretarial skills, but rather for the color of her skin.

October 27, 1977: If I'm Elected
Season 2, episode 6
W: Winston Moss   D: Lee Bernhardi

With Bryan O'Dell (Marvin), Debbi Morgan (Diane), Greg Morris (Lawrence Nelson), Rose Fonseca (Connie), Hank Rolike (Ted Howard), Gerry Black (Ron).
Dwayne is crushed when he thinks that his politician father, whom he idolizes, is a liar and an opportunist of the worst sort.

November 3, 1977: The Play's The Big Thing
Season 2, episode 7
W: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein   D: Ron Richards

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Debbi Morgan (Diane), Gail Hirsch (Teresa), Craig Richard Nelson (Ron Michaels), Donald Blackwell (Johnson), Gail Hirsch (Teresa).
When Rerun admits he'll fail theater arts because he hasn't prepared a project, Raj gives him the lead in the play he's written.

November 10, 1977: Give Me Odds
Season 2, episode 8
W: Alan Eisenstock, Larry Mintz   D: Mark Warren

With Nathaniel Taylor (Ike), Chip Hurd (Donna), Lion-L (Big Al).
Rerun gets his tough brother-in-law to bet his Hawaiian vacation money according to Dwayne's foolproof system, then discovers the plan is no better than tossing a coin.

November 17, 1977: Bill Gets Married
Season 2, episode 9
W: Carol Gary   D: Dick Harwood

With Thalmus Rasulala (Bill Thomas), Lee Chamberlin (Lee), Bill Walker (Reverend Burke).
Best man Raj falls prey to overenthusiasm when Bill announces plans to be married in a ceremony at Mama's house.

November 24, 1977: Mama, The School Girl
Season 2, episode 10
W: Barbara Berkowitz   D: Mark Warren

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Percy Rodrigues (Todd Miller), Casey Brown (Sis).
Mama returns to high school to get her diploma, and to the dismay of her children falls for a sweet-talking classmate they suspect is a big phony.

December 8, 1977: One Strike And You're Out
Season 2, episode 11
W: Rick Mittleman   D: Mark Warren

With Thomas Carter (Bobby), Neil J. Schwartz (Harold), Minnie Summers Lindsey (Irene), Renee Brown (Louise), Simeon Holloway (Pronson).
Raj organizes a strike at the supermarket where he works, then learns Mama is sick and is counting on the money he won't be earning.

December 15, 1977: The Testimonial
Season 2, episode 12
W: Nicholas DeMarco   D: Mark Warren

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Richard Couture (Student), Warren Munson (Mr. Collins).
Raj, Dwayne and Rerun become frantic second story men when they change their minds about giving Mrs. Collins an empty package for her 25th anniversary as a teacher.

December 22, 1977: Black And White Blues
Season 2, episode 13
W: William Bickley, Michael Warren   D: Mark Warren

With Nick LaTour (Reverend Bailey).
Raj, Rerun and Dwayne panic when they break a new color TV set they had "borrowed" from their church.

January 5, 1978: Going, Going, Gong
Season 2, episode 14
W: Larry Mintz, Alan Eisenstock   D: Mark Warren

With Wolfman Jack, Barbara Rhoades, Kene Holliday, Sandy Kenyon (Davidson), Howard Itzkowitz (Ventriloquist), The Givens Family.
Raj's friendship with Rerun becomes a show business casualty when Rerun threatens to interfere with Raj's dream of becoming a super talent agent.

January 21, 1978: Dee's First Date
Season 2, episode 15
W: Joe Neustein   D: Mark Warren

With Fay Hauser (Melanie), Noniece Williams (Robin), Erin Blunt (Luther).
Dee embarks on her first date with Luther Lassiter, hampered only by older brother Raj, who has flipped over Luther's sister Melanie.

January 28, 1978: Doobie Or Not Doobie (1)
Season 2, episode 16
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Marty Barris (Manager), Alonzo Brown Jr. (Bruno), Teddy Wilson (Al Dunbar), The Doobie Brothers.
When the Doobie Brothers schedule a benefit concert at the high school, Rerun botches the job of getting tickets, and gets himself, Raj and Dwayne mixed up in an illegal tape pirating ring.

February 4, 1978: Doobie Or Not Doobie (2)
Season 2, episode 17
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Alonzo Brown Jr. (Bruno), Teddy Wilson (Al Dunbar), The Doobie Brothers.
Raj, Dwayne and Rerun are caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. If they tape the Doobie Brothers concert at their school, they'll get arrested; if they don't, they'll get hurt.

February 11, 1978: Rerun Sees The Light
Season 2, episode 18
W: Thad Mumford   D: Mark Warren

With Earl Billings (Rob), Jonelle Allen (Life-Is-Love), Oscar DeGruy (High Priest).
Rerun's friends worry when he falls in love with the beautiful priestess of a new cult that worships a head of lettuce.

February 18, 1978: Raj And The Older Woman
Season 2, episode 19
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Lavonne Dancy (Jeannie Wilson), Sip Culler (Mr. Johnson), Bob Harcum (Darryl Wayburn).
In order to impress a beautiful model. Raj lies about his age and claims that he's a movie star.

February 25, 1978: Diplomatic Immunity
Season 2, episode 20
W: Ted Bergman   D: Mark Warren

With Malachi Throne (Consul), Jeff Corey (Hassan), Tony Plana (Amid), Bernard Fox (Britisher).
Without permission, Rerun borrows his brother-in-law's car to take Raj and Dwayne to a sports event and finds himself dealing with a foreign consulate when the auto is sideswiped by a hit-and-run Rolls Royce.

April 13, 1978: Shirley Takes Over
Season 2, episode 21
W: Saul Turteltaub, Bernie Orenstein   D: Mark Warren

With Fritzi Burr (Mrs. Collins), Henry Robinson (Customer).
After seven years of high school, Rerun is undecided if he wants to graduate, and Raj's determination that Rerun will leads to trouble that Shirley must resolve.

May 11, 1978: The Apartment
Season 2, episode 22
W: Thad Mumford   D: Mark Warren

With Raymond Allen (Mr. Stone), Kutee (Angela), Rana Ford (Delores).
Raj and Rerun's plans for a party in their new apartment are interrupted by constant visits from Mama.





September 21, 1978: Disco Dollar Disaster
Season 3, episode 1
W: Deborah Pastoria   D: Mark Warren

With Earl Billings (Rob), Candy Mobley (Girl #2), Ralph Wilcox (Danny Domino), Henry Robinson (Leon), Franchesska Berry (Charlene), Rochelle Runnells (Girl #1), John Witherspoon (M.C.), Sarina C. Grant (Sign-Up Girl), Andre Edwards (James).
Season premiere. Rerun enters a disco contest and raises the money he needs by selling a percentage of his winnings to "investors", but then gets carried away and sells too many shares of himself.

September 28, 1978: Shirley's Boyfriend
Season 3, episode 2
W: Jeremy Stevens, Tom Moore   D: Mark Warren

With Ed Bernard (Ed Roberts).
Raj, Rerun and Dwayne are in a dither about Shirley's romance with a handsome truck driver who, unknown to her, is already married.

October 12, 1978: Basketball Brain
Season 3, episode 3
W: Ted Bergman   D: Mark Warren

With Leland Smith (The Snake), Sorrell Booke (Mr. Finley).
Raj is hired to tutor a basketball star, but finds himself in trouble when he has little time to do his own studying.

November 2, 1978: The Creep Detective
Season 3, episode 4
W: Ted Bergman   D: Mark Warren

With David Hollander (Earl Barnett Jr.), John Welsh (Earl Barnett Sr.), Carol Arthur (Mrs. Lawrence), Ric Mancini (Mr. Lawrence).
Dee finally meets her match in a bright boy, Little Earl, who becomes a new neighbor of Raj and Rerun.

November 9, 1978: Shirley's Cookies
Season 3, episode 5
W: Ken Hecht   D: Mark Warren

With John Welsh (Earl Barnett Sr.), David Hollander (Earl Barnett Jr.), Leland Smith (The Snake), Earl Billings (Rob), Adam Wade (Marty Slade), Larry Gilman (Sylvester).
A shady promoter signs Shirley to a contract to bake cookies 24 hours a day for only pennies.

November 16, 1978: The Landlady
Season 3, episode 6
W: Gerald Gardner, Dee Caruso   D: Mark Warren

With Hope Clarke (May Watson), David Pendleton (John), LaNette Hardiman (Delores).
Raj falls in love with his landlady and becomes too "mature" for his teenage friends.

November 23, 1978: Charge
Season 3, episode 7
W: Eric Bowers   D: Mark Warren

With Roger Bowen (Robert Glover), Randy Martin (Customer).
Rerun's credit cards cause him to soar to great heights of financial irresponsibility.

November 30, 1978: Raj Moves Out
Season 3, episode 8
W: Marty Brill, Barry Meadow   D: Mark Warren

With Bianca Ferguson (Jean), Kael Blackwood (Suchart), Karin Mani (Bina), Victor Fisher (Roy).
Raj moves out of his apartment with Rerun and into one with a beautiful woman.

December 14, 1978: No Clothes Make The Man
Season 3, episode 9
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Aixa Clemente (Student #2), Norma Donaldson (Mrs. Miller), Nancy Morgan (Mrs. Peterson), Harry Basch (Mr. Evans).
Raj's clothes are stolen while he is working as a nude model.

December 21, 1978: Positive Identification
Season 3, episode 10
W: Dick Westerschulte, Bill Box   D: Bill Foster

With Stu Gilliam (Willie Spencer), Wendell Wright (Sergeant), Dathan Tyrone Jones (Reverend Morgan).
Raj and Rerun unwittingly help a burglar steal all their valuables, including their Christmas gifts.

January 11, 1979: Making Out
Season 3, episode 11
W: Joanne Pagliaro   D: Mark Warren

With Ronalda Douglas (April), Candy Brown Houston (Cindy).
Raj and Rerun swap girlfriends in search of the elusive and coveted title of "ladies man".

January 25, 1979: Dee, The Cheerleader
Season 3, episode 12
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Davis Roberts (Principal Bradley), Lauren Dana Adams (Julie).
Dee is bumped from the cheerleading squad because of a quota system.

February 9, 1979: A Present For Dee
Season 3, episode 13
W: Sally Wade   D: Lee Bernhardi

With Jimmy Bridges (Ricardo), Richard Deacon (Mr. Bradford).
Dee is held for theft by a department store manager when she tries to exchange a birthday present.

February 16, 1979: Dwayne's Dream
Season 3, episode 14
W: Joanne Pagliaro   D: Mark Warren

Dwayne has a dream in which Raj, Dee and Rerun are successful adults and he is still a nobody.

February 23, 1979: Shirley's Fired
Season 3, episode 15
W: Levi Taylor, David Tyree   D: Danny Simon

With Luke Walker (Jim), Freeman King (Man #1), Judy Pace (Liz).
Rob fires Shirley when she demands a raise after he hires a beautiful but inept waitress.

March 2, 1979: Food Poisoning
Season 3, episode 16
W: Jeremy Stevens, Tom Moore   D: Mark Warren

With Earl Billings (Rob), Alan Oppenheimer (Mr. Sloan), Richard Couture (Mr. Flynn), Richard Stahl (Doctor), Chip Hurd (Donna), Nathaniel Taylor (Ike).
Rerun is convinced by a shifty lawyer that an illness was due to food poisoning gotten from eating at Rob's Place.

March 9, 1979: The Eviction
Season 3, episode 17
W: Joanne Pagliaro   D: Lee Bernhardi

With Hal Williams (Sam Logan), Nelson Welch (Old Man), Richard Lee Sung (Mr. Wing).
Shirley and Dee opt for drastic measures after Raj and Rerun move in with them.

March 16, 1979: The Thomas Treasure
Season 3, episode 18
W: Dick Westerschulte, Bill Box   D: Joseph Scanlan

With Hank Rolike (Barney Dunn), Benny Rubin (Duke Morgan), Slim Gaillard (Al), Charles Wagenheim (Lefty), Hal K. Dawson (Louie).
The gang practically demolishes the Thomas house after learning that stolen money may be stashed there.

March 31, 1979: The Last Page
Season 3, episode 19
W: Sally Wade   D: Mary Hardwick

With Mark Warren (Killer), Ralph Steadman (Guard).
Rerun's fantasies run wild when he dreams that he is three popular television characters.

April 7, 1979: First Class Coach
Season 3, episode 20
W: Jeremy Stevens, Tom Moore   D: Lee Bernhardi

With Earl Billings (Rob), Sparky Marcus (Danny), De'voreaux White (Eddie), Justin Dana (Bobby), Nyles Harris (Nyles).
Big Earl's coaching career hits the skids when his team decides they would rather have Dwayne as their coach.

April 21, 1979: Dwayne's Debate
Season 3, episode 21
W: Sally Wade   D: Mark Warren

With Greg Morris (Lawrence Nelson), Douglas Grant (Lester Williams), Betty A. Bridges (Mrs. Nelson), LaNette Hardiman (Lisa), Elaine Hobson (Cindy).
Dwayne is pressured by friends and family to enter the presidential race at Jefferson High.

April 28, 1979: The Benefit Show
Season 3, episode 22
W: Joanne Pagliaro   D: Mark Warren

With Diane Sommerfield (Ginger), Marlene Clark (Secretary), Helen Martin (Mrs. Lloyd).
Rerun promises that Sammy Davis Jr. will appear at a variety show to save the teen center.


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