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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PaulMaringelli 1 day 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 4 days 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.

Runeshaper 8 days ago
86% similar
86% similar to the most popular responses

I liked many of these shows, but my favorites were easy to pick out, for the most part :)
coreycocoa 8 days ago
Please bring back Emergency to MeTV!
Jeff coreycocoa 4 days ago
Yeah. I would also like to see Adam 12--did MeTV ever show that one?
csaaphill 9 days ago
44% similar to the most popular responses just different I guess. Dad wouldn't watch Jeffersons or Sanford and Son, I'd wait till he passed out then turn the channel. But even at that, I didn't watch what most picked anyhow's.
BenHallums 11 days ago
THE 50 GRAND SLAM (NBC) along with STUMPERS. THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES Has Moved to 11:30AM-12 NOON to 10:30-11:00AM Eastern.

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SHANANA 11 days ago
Gemini Man....starring the elusive Robert Denby
BenSchockley 11 days ago
Starsky and Hutch up against Dirty Harry? Both were great!! Tough decision!!
robert 11 days ago
I would like to see batman back onmetvok
BenSchockley robert 11 days ago
Saturday mornings at 6:00 AM Central Time.
I'd settle for Batman cartoons at that hour.
Runeshaper robert 8 days ago
YES! That would be totally AWESOME!!!
JeffTanner 12 days ago
76% similar ----------76% similar to the most popular responses.
SheriHeffner 12 days ago
89% similar. Because I would have watched The Waltons.
Rickey 12 days ago
63% similar
63% similar to the most popular responses
RobCertSDSCascap 12 days ago
65%. Playing board games made watching a lot of these easier.
tcg RobCertSDSCascap 6 days ago
Wow -- I have the Bermuda Triangle game, too. I had totally forgotten about it until I saw your picture of it here.
RobCertSDSCascap tcg 6 days ago
Cool! Family board game nights were tons of fun.
BrittReid 12 days ago
89% similar...I doubt that. Streets of San Francisco, Fred G. Sanford and an edited for television Dirty Harry..UGH
LucyImHome1951 12 days ago
My all time favorite Welcome Back Kotter episode "The Museum" with special guest star John Astin.
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