A comedy focusing on three big-city black youths living at home with their single mom, What's Happening!! became the first African-American teen sitcom to break into the Nielsen Top Thirty shows in 1976. The show was loosely inspired by the movie Cooley High - lead characters Rerun, Dwayne and Roger contend with all manner of teenage shenanigans at school, at home and later in their own apartment. Picked to continue as a fall series after a successful summer debut, What's Happening!! ran for three seasons as a modest ratings success. The comedy found its biggest audience in local syndication - a success that brought a revival of the show in the 1980s.