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What's Happening: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)

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Ernest Thomas, Heywood Nelson, Fred Berry. Join Raj, Dwayne and of course, Rerun, as they hang out at Rob's Place, meet girls, find jobs and try to plan for the future-all to comic effect. A classic '70s sitcom in the style of Cooley High . 65 episodes on 9 DVDs. 1976-79/color/26 hrs., 52 min/NR/fullscreen.

Special Features

  • All 65 episodes from all 3 seasons on 9 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry, Shirley Hemphill
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bill Foster, Bud Yorkin, Danny Simon, Dennis Steinmetz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 1612 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MJ73W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What's Happening: The Complete Series (Slim Packaging)" on IMDb

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I really enjoyed watching this show as a child when it was in syndication years ago. I am so glad I have TV shows like this on DVD to watch whenever I want to, instead of the mindless, irritating reality shows of today. Excellent quality transfer, very entertaining, highly recommended. Just buy a CD book to put the DVD's in because they will get damaged the way they are packaged with all the discs stacked directly on top of each other.
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Hey, Hey, Hey, Whats Happening!!! is the way one always seems to be greeted when one walks through a door in this funfilled tv sitcom. Light(Raj),airy(Dwayne)and fun(re-Run)are three well suited words to discribe this fun packed sitcom and its cast. I thoroughly love the entire cast and the fun they always seem to have. It is hard to chose a favorite but if I had to pick, I would have to say "Dee" (Raj's little sister) and her tongue. She is the one who puts "Mouth" into "Mouthy" and "Zing" into "Zingers", she is truly a treat for all who loves sarcastic humor. It was fun to see the wholesome fun that people had from yesteryear. A life without computers, cell phones or texting did exist and they look to be having more fun then the sitcoms of "today". The packaging of this "complete series" is awesome. One box holding all 9 discs conserves space on ones self. I truly loved this "70's" sitcom that I started to collect "What's Happening Now".
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By Lovely on February 10, 2010
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Great for the price! However the box it came in was not usual DVD box. flat cardboard cut outs to seperate each indivdual DVD, not a sturdy and secure way to store so many dvds in same small container.
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I watched this back in the 70's and loved the series.It ran from August 1976 to April 1979.Dewayne,Rerun, Roger,Dee,Shirley and we can't forget MAMA. The show reflects the 70's in black culture.If you liked the Crosby show,then you will enjoy this series.SIDE NOTE: The series returned in 1985 and ran till 1988 under the title "What's Happening Now" with most of the 1970's cast in tow.Watchable,but not as good as the 70's version.
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Obviously if you're looking at this product, you already know about and like the actual show 'What's Happening', so this will be more a review about the packaging.

You cannot go wrong with this price for an entire series of a class sitcom!!! I saw that a few people were not liking the packaging that the show comes in, but it clearly states "slim packaging" and you are getting what you paid for...the show! This set contains all 65 episodes (three seasons) on 9 discs. The main cover/case opens up with a flap (like a book) and the "container" slides out where all the discs are stacked on a spool of sorts. My discs have not gotten scratched at all and play great. You're not really paying for the "fancy-shmancy" packaging, but rather the actual show. You can't go wrong here! Excellent show for a great price!
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I just love the tv show What's Happening. After all these years, I still enjoy watching
it. All the actors are great and are very funny in their roles.
This show really brings me back to the late 70's. I think the next tv show I will buy will be
Alice. That's a good one too!
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This DVD collection features all of the episodes from the three seasons on network television. The sitcom is inspired by Cooley High and I don't honestly know what that was or is. I do remember watching "What's Happening!" in syndication in the 1980s when local stations still reran sitcoms to fill the daytime slots. The show is set in urban Los Angeles, California with a gang of three best guy friends, Raj (Ernest Thomas); Dwayne (Haywood Nelson); and Rerun (Fred Berry). Raj has a younger bratty sister, Dee (Danielle Spencer) and their parents were divorced. Divorce was still a taboo topic until the 1980s in mainstream society. The series also featured the wonderful Mabel King (Navin's adopted mother in the film, "The Jerk) and Shirley Hemphill (waitress at Rob's Place where the gang hangs out).

The sitcom tackled serious issues even in it's day. Raj was an aspiring writer while going to high school and working at the supermarket. This sitcom had a mother figure in both Mabel King and Shirley Hemphill. I'll never understand why the producers allowed Mabel King to leave the show. Supposedly, she was like Esther Rolle (Florida from Good Times) who insisted that there was a father figure in the series. Even though with divorce, Mr. Thomas played a part and reunited with his estranged children.

What's Happening! lasted only three seasons. I would have liked to have been more but the producers had other ideas for the show. We never saw Rerun or Dwayne's parents on the series for example. We watched Rerun and Raj move into their own place and have their own adventures. Still, money was a subject of not having enough in hard times in the 1970s.
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Just happened to find whats happening dvd,I was fortunate to work as a page/usher in the mid 80s at the glendale studios where Whats happening was filmed. During the lunch break, I was fortunate to have lunch with the whole cast. Everybody in the show was so nice,especially Shirley.Those cast members were as nice in person as they were on the tv show. I hope this dvd does lots of sales.I can't wait to buy my copy.
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