There were a lot of great television shows which aired during the 1976-1977 television season, with many of the top ten shows still in syndication today. Let’s jump into our 1976 AMC Pacer time machine and look at the top 10 television shows and their theme songs this season.
#1 – Happy Days
Happy Days first hit the air on January 14, 1974 and ran through May 8, 1984, created by Gary Marshall and took place in the mid-50’s through mid-60’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show aired on ABC and had an estimated audience of 22,428,000 during the 1976-1977 season.
#2 – Laverne & Shirley
Originally called Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeny when first airing on January 26, 1975, Laverne & Shirley ran for eight seasons through May 10, 1983 on ABC. The show was a situational comedy between two roommates living in Milwaukee and working in a brewery and was a spin-off from Happy Days and took place beginning in the year 1959. The opening theme begins with the duo reciting a Yiddish-American hopscotch chant. Beginning with season six, the show took place in Hollywood with a different opening theme. This season the show had approximately 22,000,800 viewers.
#3 – ABC Monday Night Movie
The ABC Monday Night Movie was an extension of the ABC Sunday Night Movie and had an estimated audience this season of 18,512,000.
#4 – M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H was adapted from the 1970 film MASH and 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, aired on CBS from September 17, 1971 through February 28, 1982. This season the show had an estimated 18,440,800 viewers.
#5 – Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels was one of the first shows to depict women in roles normally played by men and was about three women who worked for a private investigation agency. Airing on ABC, the show ran from 1976 to 1981. This season the show had an estimated audience of 18,369,600.
#6 – The Big Event
The Big Event on NBC was modeled after ABC’s “Wide World Of Entertainment” which sometimes aired movies and featured other types of shows. The estimated audience for this season was 17,372,800.
#7 – The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man was about an astronaut with bionic implants who worked for the Office of Scientific Intelligence) and was based on the novel Cyborg. The show aired on ABC from 1974 to 1978 and this season had an estimated audience of 17,230,400. To watch the theme song, click on the player above.
#8 – ABC Sunday Night Movie
Originally airing with the title Hollywood Special in 1962, changed its name to the ABC Sunday Night Movie in 1964 and ran with the same title until 1988 on ABC. This season the estimated audience was 16,660,800.
#9 – Baretta
A show about a detective, short lived Baretta only ran from January 17, 1975 through May 18, 1978 on ABC. The estimated audience for this season was 16,660,800 people.
#10 – One Day At A Time
This sitcom comedy ran on CBS from December 16, 1975 through May 28, 1984 and tied for number 10 this season with an estimated audience of 16,660,800.