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What's Happening!!: Season 3 (1976)

Ernest Thomas , Haywood Nelson , Alan Rafkin , Bill Foster  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bill Foster, Bud Yorkin, Danny Simon, Dennis Steinmetz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 542 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7BF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What's Happening!!: Season 3" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Get ready to laugh yourself crazy with the third and final season of "WHAT'S HAPPENING!!", the coolest comedy of the '70s. Raj, Rerun, Dwayne, Shirley and Dee are back in 22 outrageous episodes. Raj and Rerun are sharing an apartment this year, with more chances for wacky situations. Don't miss Rerun dreaming he's the Fonz, Raj's attempts to play it cool and impress an older woman, Dee's cheerleading tryout, Shirley's chance at true love, and Dwayne in drag as Suzanne Somers! Along for the ride are Raj's college buddy Snake, cop Big Earl and his son Little Earl (who has a crush on Dee). Is there money hidden in the house? Will Shirley's cookies mean big bucks? Can Rerun win the big disco contest? How hard can you laugh? Get all the answers in this collection of one of TV's greatest hits.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EARLY END TO A GREAT SERIES September 9, 2005
Although the third season of What's Happening had a couple of minor changes (minus the mother Mable King, and the addition of Big Earl and Little Earl) in direction, it was a fresh change of pace for the show's characters. I really enjoyed the storylines surrounding Rerun and Raj being roommates, especially the episode when they compete to see who can score with the ladies and stretched the truth!!!

However, I must admit that the evolution of Dee's character was somewhat a disappointment. First of all it seemed like the producers were not sure if they wanted to grow her up by having her go back and forth wearing her hair in those stupid ponytails. Then it seemed like she just read her lines without the zest she had in the first 2 seasons. I am happy to say that storylines surrounding Shirley's character were even funnier when the producers made her presence stronger in the Thomas family home.

All in all it was a great season but was cancelled way too soon! I'm just glad that all three seasons were released on dvd for fans old and new to enjoy!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Spark is Gone January 11, 2006
Season Three of "What's Happening" no longer had the magic that the first two seasons did.

With Mama no longer a cast member (though mentioned as if she was still around) the majority of the action happened at Raj's and Rerun's new apartment. Two new cast members are added in the form of their upstairs neighbors, "Big" Earl and his son, "Little" Earl. Shirley is now renting Raj's old room. And Dee, in the show's effort to include her character, starts spending more time at the soda shop and Raj's apartment.

As you watch season three, you start realizing the fat jokes aimed at Shirley and Rerun begin to get redundant. Dee, now that she has grown up, is more annoying than cute and her bad acting really starts to grate. The fact that the three seasons have now been released and there were no extras included in any of the box sets is really disappointing.

Still, it is fun to watch Raj, Dwayne, and Rerun together and the season does have some highlights such as "Making Out" where Raj and Rerun both embellish how well they do on their dates and "The Last Page" where Rerun imagines he's "The Fonz" and "Mork."

Overall, if you're a fan of the show, you'll want to get all three seasons (I did) but if you're like me, you'll spend more time on seasons one and two.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 3 got the highest in ratings June 21, 2005
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Just for the information, Season Three (September 1978 - April 1979) was the highest in it's rating reaching 28th by oudience size out of the best 30 TV shows.

In 1978 Raj and Rerun graduated from High School and moved into a shared apartment nearby. While Raj Entered College and rerun went to work. Their new neighbors were Big Earl (Police Detective) and his son Little Earl.

Six years after the 3rd season the show returned with a new name "What's Happening now" with most of the original cast.

I hope they will release "WHAT'S HAPPINING NOW" show so we can have all of the 1980's seasons too. Thanks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still likeable but not as good. November 19, 2005
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Mabel King left the show after the second season and it went downhill from there. Rerun, Dwayne and Raj are still the same funny, likeable guys they always were and Dee shows a lot of maturity but the formula with Raj and Rerun as roommates just doesn't feel the same. The interaction with "Mama' Thomas was just as much a part of the show as the interaction with the guys, especially with Dee's "Imma tell mama!" threats and Raj giving her money to shut her up. The addition of Big and Little Earl Barnett did absolutely nothing for the show. Except for maybe the purpose of "whitening" things up a little, I really don't know why they were there.

All isn't that bad though. Season Three still had a few decent episodes such as the one where Rerun went credit card crazy and got everything in the apartment repossessed. Anyone who enjoyed watching Rerun dance should get a kick out of the episode where he entered the dance contest after promising everyone who contributed to the entry fee double on their investment. Nothing else, however, was very memorable or compelling. Some say that the series was cancelled too early but given the direction it was going, it was probably about time. All of the starring cast, except for Mabel King, would come back a few years later in the "What's Happening Now" series.

"What's Happening" however, remains one of my favorite sitcoms of all time and the characters are all unforgettable. I would still recommend all three seasons if, for nothing else, to complete the collection and to have a piece of television history in your DVD collection. Don't expect nearly as much out of Season Three as the first two though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mable King, exit stage left November 23, 2007
The third season of "What's Happening!" was an overall entertaining and interesting season. I own all three seasons, and, while many reviewers have expressed that this season was not as good as seasons one and two, I feel that it was. Yes, Mabel King is no longer on the show, and Big Earl and Little Earl join the cast, but they were very funny and meshed well with the other cast members. Of course, I missed the presence of Mabel King, but the show was still amusing and contained creative subject matter regardless.

Raj and Rerun move into their apartment. Raj is a student and Rerun holds down a steady job. Dwayne is still in school (and gets more attractive every season!) Dee has matured a great deal physically, and by this season, she becomes even more drab, but less sarcastic. She's not quite as effective as she was in the previous seasons. Because Mabel King is no longer on the show during this season, the writers make Shirley a more valued member of the cast. She takes on more of a motherly role; she moves into the Thomas house and acts as a guardian to teenaged Dee. Some of my favorite episodes include when Dwayne stands in for Big Earl as a coach, and the children end up favoring him over Big Earl, and he has to decide if he wants to take his job, when Shirley gets fired from the soda shop and when Raj tutors Snake.

I highly recommend "What's Happening!", season three because I feel that it can easily entertain any audience. It's, for the most part, suitable for children, so don't even allow that to be a concern.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have been enjoying it.
Published 2 months ago by Sherrise
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley was the best!!!
Season 3 was the last and it was going down hill with weak plots and scripts. As always, Shirley is very funny and Haywood Nelson (Dwayne) is a fox, but the show needed more to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Miss those days
I collect the DVD's for the some of the shows that I grew up viewing. This DVD was brand new and there were no issues and I believe I watched all discs.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs.J
5.0 out of 5 stars reminicing about the old times!!!!!!!!!!
I was so shocked that amazon even had this item. I was reminiscing about old tv shows that I use to watch. I have the first season, which somebody gave to me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by latasha hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Show ever
Absolutely enjoyed adding the 3rd and final season to my collection. Arrived in good condition and was brand new as listed.
Published 20 months ago by Amare
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
I love this show! Was scared that I wouldn't find the third season and I got it very inexpensively and in perfect condition!
Published 21 months ago by HeadTurner
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era
It was weird seeing them grow up and move out and graduate but I still loved it. Wish it could have been on longer.
Published 22 months ago by Alia
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened the third season
I really enjoyed the DVD of What's happened the third season sorry about being so unpatient about my order please forgive me.
Published 22 months ago by Alisa Sprouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I bought this because I remembered watching it as I was growing up and I loved it. I wasn't born in the 70's I am an 80's baby so I got to watch the reruns during my day. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ashleigh
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