What’s Happening (1976-1979)

I think What’s Happening was a much more impactful show for me than the Cosby Show in terms of seeing African American people on TV in normal, everyday roles. It ran from 1976 to 1979 and I remember loving it as a kid, but I have no recollection of ever thinking "hey, these are black people".

People put The Cosby Show on a pedestal for being so groundbreaking – but it didn’t premier until 5 years later in 1984.

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