List of 1976 TV Shows
Browse the full list of 1976 TV shows streaming online, including services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO and more. Sort by Reelgood, IMDB rating, popularity and more to find something to watch!
1. I, Claudius
What it's about: Acclaimed blackly comic historical drama series. Set amidst a web of power, corruption and lies, it chronicles the reigns of the Roman emperors - Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and finally Claudius.
Where to Watch: 12 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & Hoopla). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).
2. Charlie's Angels
What it's about: Beautiful, intelligent, and ultra-sophisticated, Charlie's Angels are everything a man could dream of... and way more than they could ever handle! Receiving their orders via speaker phone from their never seen boss, Charlie, the Angels employ their incomparable sleuthing and combat skills, as well as their lethal feminine charm, to crack even the most seemingly insurmountable of cases.
Where to Watch: 46 episodes (39%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle). 111 episodes (94%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).
3. The Bionic Woman
What it's about: After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.
Where to Watch: 57 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 15 episodes (25%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).
4. Rich Man, Poor Man
What it's about: Based on the best-selling 1969 novel by Irwin Shaw, the series follows the divergent career courses of the impoverished German American Jordache brothers.
Where to Watch: 12 episodes (35%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Starz).
5. What's Happening!!
What it's about: What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the failure of several other shows on the network, What's Happening!! returned in November 1976 as a weekly series. It remained a regular show until 1979; ratings were modest. What's Happening!! was loosely based on the motion picture Cooley High, also written by Eric Monte.
Where to Watch: 65 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle).
What it's about: Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin in the title role, a widow who moves with her young son to start her life over again, and finds a job working at a roadside diner on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the episodes revolve around events at Mel's Diner.
Where to Watch: 202 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).
7. Laverne & Shirley
What it's about: Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, single roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a fictitious Milwaukee brewery called "Shotz Brewery."The show was a spin-off from Happy Days, as the two lead characters were originally introduced on that series as acquaintances of Fonzie. Set in roughly the same time period, the timeline started in approximately 1958, when the series began, through 1967, when the series ended. As with Happy Days, it was made by Paramount Television, created by Garry Marshall, and executive produced by Garry Marshall, Edward K. Milkis, and Thomas L. Miller.
Where to Watch: 2 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).
8. The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour
What it's about: The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour is a 60-minute package show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1976 for ABC Saturday mornings. It marked the first new installments of the cowardly canine since 1973, and contained the following segments: The Scooby-Doo Show and Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.
Where to Watch: 40 episodes (42%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 89 episodes (94%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).
9. How the West Was Won
What it's about: The Macahans, a family from Virginia headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West.
Where to Watch: 29 episodes (73%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).
10. The Duchess of Duke Street
What it's about: The Duchess Of Duke Street is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, the former producer of the highly successful ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton/Trotter, the eponymous "Duchess" who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. James's, in London. The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis, the "Duchess of Jermyn Street", who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London. When the show first aired, there were many people who still remembered her, as she lived until 1952. According to census returns, she was born in Leyton, Essex, to a watchmaker. In the series, Louisa's family name is Leyton, and her father is a clock-maker.The programme lasted for two series totalling 31 episodes, shown between 1976 and 1977. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series in 1980. The theme music was composed by Alexander Faris.
Where to Watch: 31 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).
11. Ripping Yarns
What it's about: Ripping Yarns is a British television comedy series. It was written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. It was transmitted on BBC 2. Following an initial pilot episode in January 1976, it ran for two subsequent series of five and three episodes in October 1977 and October 1979 respectively. Each episode had a different setting and characters, each looking at a different aspect of British culture and parodying pre-World War II literature aimed at schoolboys. In the title, "ripping" is a chiefly British slang meaning "excellent" or "fine", and "yarns" is a colloquialism for exaggerated stories.
Where to Watch: 9 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).
12. The Gong Show
What it's about: The Gong Show is an amateur talent contest franchised by Sony Pictures Television to many countries. It was broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976 through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. The show was produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as host for the NBC run and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication. The show is best remembered for its absurdist humor and style, often awarding participants ridiculous and worthless prizes.
Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).
13. Live from Lincoln Center
What it's about: Live From Lincoln Center is an ongoing series of musical performances produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with Thirteen/WNET in New York City. A series of concerts, ballets, operas, and recitals telecast, as the title says, live from Lincoln Center, it was created and developed by Executive Producer John Goberman and premiered on January 30, 1976 with a concert featuring André Previn and Van Cliburn. It is aired by PBS stations nationwide periodically rather than on a regular schedule. It has presented historic performances by such artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Sir James Galway, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Audra McDonald, the New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the American Ballet Theatre, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Opera to millions of home viewers. It has won thirteen Emmy Awards and fifty-three Emmy Award nominations, as well as two George Foster Peabody Awards. Two recordings made from concerts presented on the show have won Grammy awards.Announcer Martin Bookspan was with the program from its premiere in 1976 until his 2006 retirement, when Fred Child, announcer for NPR's Performance Today, took over. Several personalities, among them Dick Cavett, Hugh Downs, Sam Waterston, Garrick Utley, Canadian broadcaster Patrick Watson, and Beverly Sills, have served as host for the series, with Downs staying the longest. Ms. Sills was the host from 2000 until two months before her death in 2007. In recent years the host position has been filled by artists such as Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Lesley Stahl. The program was principally directed by Kirk Browning from its inception in 1976 until 2008. Since 2008 Alan Skog has been primary director.
Where to Watch: 8 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 2 episodes (3%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).
14. Paddington Bear
What it's about: Paddington Bear is a series of British animated shorts based on the Paddington Bear book series by Michael Bond produced by FilmFair. This was the first television series based on the popular children's book Paddington Bear. In the United States it was usually shown on pay television as filler in between programs. Its narrator was actor Michael Hordern. It was one of the few television programmes to combine a puppet show with cartoon - Paddington himself was a puppet, but other characters in the series were depicted as cartoon characters.The series has a very distinctive art style. Paddington himself is a stop-motion animated puppet who moves within a 3-dimensional space and interacts with 2-dimensional animated drawings of the human characters, buildings, etc.The series, along with all other FilmFair productions is currently owned by DHX Media of Canada.
Where to Watch: 31 episodes (31%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).