Loosely based on the 1975 film Cooley High, the urban sitcom What's Happening! debuted on ABC in 1976 and ran for three seasons. After its network cancellation, the series went into syndication in 1980 and became so popu... more »lar that the series was resurrected as What?s Happening Now! In the new series all the major cast members from the original show are depicted seven years later. Since the end of the original series, Raj and his friends have grown and their lives have changed. Roger "Raj" Thomas is an aspiring writer married to Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson), a social worker and civic organizer. They are foster parents to Carolyn (Reina King), who displays the sass of Raj?s younger sister Dee, who makes periodic visits home from college. Raj also purchased a half interest in his favorite high school hangout, Rob's Diner, which he now runs with feisty waitress Shirley. His dimwitted buddy Dwayne has become a computer programmer, Rerun is a used-car salesman and the two bachelors share an apartment.
22 episodes on 3 Discs, including: Raj Returns, Dee's Dilemma, Goodbye, Mr. Ripps, A Horse Is Not a Home, Aunt Shirley, Dee and Dwayne, The House Guest, Raj on the Run, Nadine's Boss, One Enchanted Evening, That Old Gang of Mine, Mr. First Nighter, Dueling Menus, The Challenge, Shirley's Pen Pal, Dwayne's Crush, Rags to Riches, The Wedding, The New Kid, Married or Not, The Bully , The Improbable Dream« less
"What's Happening Now!! is one of my favorite TV shows, with most of its original cast from the What's Happening!! show back in 1976-1979. What's Happining Now!! ran from September 7th, 1985 until September 3rd, 1988 for a total of Three seasons and 66 episodes (22 episodes for each season).
In this season Raj was newly married and trying to make it as a writer. Raj and Nadine, who were living in the house he had grown up in, took in a foster child named Caroline for a time. Rerun & Dwayne, now a used car salesman and a computer programmer, respectively, were sharing an apartment. Shirley and Raj were also partners running Rob's, and Dee (who only showed up occasionally) was in college.
The cast for this show were: -Reina King..........Carolyn(1985-1986) -Shirley Hemphill....Shirley Wilson -Martin Lawrence.....Maurice Warfield(1987-1988) -Ernest Thomas.......Roger"Raj"Thomas -Anne-Marie Johnson..Nadine Hudson Thomas -Ken Sagoes..........Darryl(1987-1988) -Fred Berry..........Freddie"Rerun"Stubbs(1985-1986) -Danielle Spencer....Dee Thomas
The first season consisted of 22 episodes and they are as follows: 01- Raj Returns 02- A Horse is Not a Home 03- Dwayne's Crush 04- The Houseguest 05- One Enchanted Evening 06- Aunt Shirley 07- The New Kid 08- The Bully 09- That Old Gang of Mine 10- Dueling Menus 11- Dee's Dilemma 12- Raj on the Run 13- The Challenge 14- Married or Not 15- The Improbable Dream 16- Rags to Riches 17- Goodbye, Mr. Ripps 18- Dee and Dwayne 19- Mr. First Nighter 20- Shirley's Pen Pal 21- Nadine's Boss 22- The Wedding
I hope that the following two seasons will be released shortly after this season.
Thanks for reading my review and have a nice day :) "
Even better than whats happening
LaKitty | Sugarcreek,Oh | 08/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was afraid at first that that this show might have gone downhill after What's Happening but I think with the exception of a few scenes that it is even better than before. It's so funny and it's wonderful seeing them again.Rogers wife is a great addition. Can't wait for the second and third season."
NeverSayNever | 06/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So happy that they decided to release "what's happening now!" I loved the original, but I loved the continuation as well! I too hope they release all three seasons of this series."
Nowhere near as good as the original.
Eric Kim | Hawaii | 09/07/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The original What's Happening! is definitely one of the funniest shows of all time but the new What's Happening Now! doesn't even come close to matching the original. To compare the two is like comparing the Washington Generals to the Harlem Globetrotters. Yes, there really IS that much of a disparity among the two shows.
One of the funniest aspects of the original was watching Rerun and Shirley make fun of each other and the comedy and wittiness of the dialogue between Raj, Rerun, and Dwayne hanging out at Rob's Place. Now the chemistry is gone and the dialogue is boring and dry. Even Fred "Rerun" Berry left the show after the first season because he said the writing was terrible and he was right. The only redeeming quality of the new series was to see Raj, Shirley, Rerun, etc again.
Great to see the gang back together again but lousy writing ruins the experience. They should have quit while they were ahead.... "
3 1/2 stars. This spin-off is weak compared to "What's Happe
Mikeisha Best | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 01/06/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
""What's Happening" is easily one of the best sitcoms to ever be shown on television. The episodes were funny and innovative, the cast had natural chemistry and once you saw it, you'd never forget it. "What's Happening Now" just doesn't compare. Many of the original cast members are not present and Raj, Dwayne and Rerun have grown up and that took many cool points away from the show. Sassy Dee shows up just a handful of times and even she forced me into extreme boredom. Mrs. Thomas doesn't show her face one time in "What's Happening Now"'s first season; what a pity.
Raj is now married to a counselor named Nadine. There is a degree of chemistry between them, but it truly looks scripted and even a bit forced. Shirley is still around; she and Raj have taken over Rob's Place. More than anyone, she is the exact same character that she was on "What's Happening", and she should be recognized for that. Rerun is a car salesman and has the odd alias, Swame. Dwayne is a computer programmer. The two men reside together and, naturally, they have their share of arguments and go running to Raj so that he can mediate. I mean come on, that is beyond predictable. Also, Raj and Nadine fall out a few times, then make up. It's the same old, recycled sitcom plots, honestly. A nice touch was the fact that a foster child was added. Raj is a father! He's a great father, too. But even that doesn't help this spin-off go up against its predecessor.
After reviewing all episodes of "What's Happening Now"'s first season, I'm disappointed. It's a decent way to pass the time, but it is very trite. "