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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Steve 5 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 5 months ago
Same here. Turned 18, graduated high school, and got a job working nights.
RachelR 5 months ago
They need a "none of the above" option.
RachelR 5 months ago
Wow...I'm only 60% similar. 😏
Snickers 9 months ago
63% similar. Wouldn't watch most of these shows.
SheriHeffner 10 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.
Dario 12 months ago
55% similar. 😁😁😁😁😁
DerekBird 12 months ago
65% similar
65% similar to the most popular responses
scwilson 21 months ago
The Six Million Dollar Man was big in the '70's.
Kelley1 22 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.
SheriHeffner Kelley1 10 months ago
Whiny wussie crybaby Michael Landon got on my last nerves.
RachelR SheriHeffner 5 months ago
I loved Charles Ingalls.
BrianMoore 34 months ago
60% similar and I wasn't even alive at this time.
DIGGER1 34 months ago
Pick: What would you watch on TV in 1976?
73% similar
73% similar to the most popular responses
PaulMaringelli 34 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 34 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.

SheriHeffner Jeff 10 months ago
I was thirteen in August of 76. I watched Land Of The Lost simply because I was in love with Wesley Eure.
Runeshaper 34 months 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 34 months ago
Please bring back Emergency to MeTV!
Jeff coreycocoa 34 months ago
Yeah. I would also like to see Adam 12--did MeTV ever show that one?
Moody coreycocoa 34 months ago
Both Emergency & Adam-12 are currently on Cozi Tv. I don't think METV can get the rights to them.
coreycocoa Moody 34 months ago
They had Emergency on before, like 2-3 years ago.
SheriHeffner Moody 10 months ago
Adam 12 comes on weekday afternoons from 5 until 6 Eastern.
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