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What's Happening - The Complete Third Season
What's Happening - The Complete Third Season
Actors: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry, Shirley Hemphill
Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bill Foster, Bud Yorkin, Danny Simon, Dennis Steinmetz
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2005     9hr 2min

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 a...  more »

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Actors: Haywood Nelson, Ernest Thomas, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry, Shirley Hemphill
Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bill Foster, Bud Yorkin, Danny Simon, Dennis Steinmetz
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: The Program Exchange
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/23/2005
Original Release Date: 08/05/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 08/05/1976
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 9hr 2min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Reviewed on 9/4/2022...
Really fun and entertaining 80's sitcom!

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Season 3 got the highest in ratings
Metch | 06/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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.

Just stick with the first 2 seasons on dvd!
W. gallegos | 12/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I am a big fan of this show and own the first 2 seasons on dvd. Sadly,those are the only seasons on dvd that I will ever own. I have seen every episode on syndication and must say that the episodes from the final season were not all that. It could be one of many reasons why the show got canned following the 3rd season. Perhaps they got rid of their original writers and decided to go with the less expensive,amateur writers who just weren't as good? Perhaps it was the departure of Mabel King (Miss Thomas) that led to the downfall? Maybe it was the addition of Big and Little Earl to the cast that killed it? Or maybe,just maybe it was the young cast who were slowly converting from hilarious teenagers to somewhat maturing young adults? Let's see...Rerun went from a flunking highschooler to a responsible roommate working at ABC as a studio tour guide. Dwayne went from this young airhead kid with a big afro with his famous "hey,hey,hey" line to a more mature young adult just trying to act like an airhead. Roger was now renting an apartment with....can you believe,Rerun? And Dee went from a blackmailing brat to a young woman who just wasn't getting on her brother's or Rerun's nerves anymore. If I had a top ten list of my best What's happening episodes,I am afraid not one episode from the 3rd season would make the list. I just can't think of an episode from season 3 that compares to the episode when Rerun's brother-in-law loses 500 dollars in a football bet or when Rerun marries an illegal alien to keep her in the country or when the gang meets the legendary Doobie brothers. Overall,I will still give this show 3 out of 5 stars because of the love I have towards the series. Hey,hey,hey!!!!"
The Spark is Gone
RJ | Phoenix, AZ | 01/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"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."