Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1976?

Columbo, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore… what a groovy year!

It's time once again to pick up our magic remote control and head back in time!

We are traveling to the year 1976, a peak era for variety shows and sitcoms. Prepare to jump around the days and months of that big Bicentennial year, as we explore the wonderful television on offer.

There's one catch — you can only watch one show at a time. No VCRs, no DVRs. 

So, what will you watch? See how your picks compare to other viewers!

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  1. We arrive on a Sunday, January 11. It is was bitter winter, so what better excuse to stay in and watch TV! What will it be at 7PM?
  2. We leap forward to another Sunday, November 28, at 8PM. What'll it be?
  3. Zap! We now skip to Monday, November 22, at 8PM. Here are the choices.
  4. Hopping back to September 21, a Tuesday. It is 8PM and the networks are offering…
  5. Boo! We jump forward to Halloween week. It's another Tuesday, October 26, 9PM. Pick a treat.
  6. A day later, Wednesday, October 27. The time is 8PM. What'll you watch?
  7. Let's stay in the week. It's now Thursday, October 28. Select an option at 8PM.
  8. Later that same evening, at 10pm…
  9. A small skip forward to Friday, November 5, at 8PM.
  10. Wait, we missed Halloween weekend. Go back to October 30. You're having a Saturday evening party. Turn the TV on at 8PM to…
  11. Back a week to Saturday, October 23. This is the selection at 9PM.
  12. Oh, we forgot Saturday morning cartoons! Good thing we have a time machine. Pick a cartoon at 9:30AM.
  13. There were live-action shows on Saturday morning, too. Like all of these at 11am!

Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1976?

Your Result...

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68 Comments

Senese53 4 months ago
some of these shows i watched in reruns more the original time
Hoonit 4 months ago
I scored 66%. There should have been a fourth choice "Turned off the TV and went outside/read a book.
Steve 13 months ago
Umph. No wonder that was the year I cut way back on my TV watching. Things really took a nose dive in the late 70s, didn't they?
ruswilinc Steve 13 months ago
Same here. Turned 18, graduated high school, and got a job working nights.
RachelR 13 months ago
They need a "none of the above" option.
RachelR 13 months ago
Wow...I'm only 60% similar. 😏
Snickers 17 months ago
63% similar. Wouldn't watch most of these shows.
17 months ago
I was in love with Donny Ismond and the cute brown haired guy from Emergency so I watched those and I never missed an episode of The Waltons.
SheriHeffner 17 months ago
Osmond
Dario 20 months ago
55% similar. 😁😁😁😁😁
DerekBird 20 months ago
65% similar
65% similar to the most popular responses
scwilson 29 months ago
The Six Million Dollar Man was big in the '70's.
Kelley1 29 months ago
I would like to see Me TV get any of the Pink Panther cartoons. I believe Little House is overdone, but that may be because it has made the rounds on cable and we cut that cord last year.
Kelley1 17 months ago
Whiny wussie crybaby Michael Landon got on my last nerves.
RachelR SheriHeffner 13 months ago
I loved Charles Ingalls.
BrianMoore 41 months ago
60% similar and I wasn't even alive at this time.
DIGGER1 41 months ago
Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1976?
73% similar
73% similar to the most popular responses
PaulMaringelli 41 months ago
I'm sure many of the takers of this quiz were kids in 1976. But in 1976 I was already an adult in my mid-twenties, so my tastes were more adult than the little kids. or a little more off-the wall than most family-friendly shows. Dick Van Dyke with Andy Kaufman, Rich Man Poor Man, 60 minutes were the shows I, and the people I knew, watched.
Jeff 42 months ago
Only 29%. I answered most of these according to my current tastes in TV. But on the last two, I would still go with what 1976 me (turned 8 that year) would have watched. That Tarzan cartoon was one of my favorites at the time and I also liked Ark II. That Kroft show was too corny even for 8 year-old me.

Jeff 17 months ago
I was thirteen in August of 76. I watched Land Of The Lost simply because I was in love with Wesley Eure.
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