Series: What's Happening!!
is a sitcom that aired in the 1970's. It centered on a young African-American High School student named Roger "Raj" Thomas. It's VERY loosely based on the movie Cooley High.
The series is available on DVD.
- After Show: What's Happening Now!!
- Altar the Speed: Rerun
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Raj's sister Dee.
- Back to School: Mrs. Thomas
- The Big Guy: Rerun. Also...
Rerun: I can't help being fat, it runs in my family!
Dee: Nobody runs in your family, they all waddle!
- Black and Nerdy: Raj.
- Celebrity Star: The Doobie Brothers
- Cult: Rerun joins one on "Rerun Sees the Light." They worship Ralph, a head of lettuce.
Raj: "You worship a head of lettuce?"
- Credit Card Plot: Rerun
- Deadpan Snarker: Dee.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Raj's sister Dee, in fact she codifies this trope practically.
- Dom Com
- Excited Show Title!: With not one, but two exclamation points!!
- High School: Raj, Rerun, and Dwayne attend Thomas Jefferson High School.
- In with the In Crowd: Rerun
- Local Hangout: Rob's Place. in the Spinoff, it's changed to Rob's Diner and Shirley and Raj own it.
- Nice Hat: Rerun's signature red beret.
- Power Trio: Raj(Ego) Rerun(Id) Dwayne(Superego)
- Pro Wrestling Episode: What's Happening Now!!'s "The Challenge."
- Put on a Bus: Much like Esther Rolle on Good Times, Mabel King did not like the direction in which the show was going and left after the second season.
- Recycled Script : An In-Universe example. Raj wrote a spec script to send in to a TV station involved the teenagers on a show finding a bag of jewels in a garbage can. When an episode featuring the same plot aired, Raj called the station and accused them of plagiarizing him. The TV executive showed him the script from the episode, along with two previously-aired scripts with exactly the same plot.
- Sassy Black Woman: Shirley and Dee (in a younger version of the trope) Mrs. Thomas when necessary.
- Spinoff:What's Happening Now!!: Raj is a successful author and married, Rerun is a used car salesman, Dwayne is a computer programmer, and Dee is in college. Ran for 3 seasons in the late 1980's.
- Stern Teacher: Miss Collins, the history teacher.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Dee loves her peanut butter. Rerun loves everything.
- Very Special Episode: The two-parter where Sweet Daddy Williams forces the gang to illegally record a Doobie Brothers concert.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: Raj and Dee's father shows up in a few episodes