A sitcom reuniting characters from `What's Happening!!' (1976-79).

What's Happening Now! - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1985-09-02

What's Happening Now! - What's Happening Now!! - Netflix

What's Happening Now!! is an American sitcom sequel to the original ABC 1976–79 sitcom What's Happening!! focusing on its main characters as adults. It aired in first-run broadcast syndication from September 7, 1985, to March 26, 1988, and, like the previous series, What's Happening Now!! is loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High (written by Eric Monte and directed by Michael Schultz).

What's Happening Now! - Second season - Netflix

By the second season, both Fred Berry and Reina King left the series. The writers wrote Carolyn out of the series by saying she had moved in with an aunt she didn't know she had. Berry's departure, however, was more acrimonious. After the first season, Berry went to the producers and asked for a significant raise. Due to the popularity of his character, Berry believed he was the only reason viewers tuned in every week and that it should be reflected in his salary. Berry quit the series when the producers would not acede to his demands, and in retaliation the writers removed Rerun from the series continuity altogether (a practice referred to as “Chuck Cunningham syndrome”, where a character is dropped from a series and then treated as if he/she never existed). Berry's widow, Essie Berry, told Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University that their unwillingness to pay Fred Berry his due in both shows led to their early cancellations.

What's Happening Now! - References - Netflix