This is a list of American television-related events in 1976.
- January 1—NBC replaced the peacock logo with a modern N made up of two trapezoids, similar to the Nebraska Educational Television's one.
- January 17—The Blues Brothers made their debut on NBC's Saturday Night Live singing Slim Harpo's song "I'm a King Bee" in their Killer Bees costumes. Their first appearance as The Blues Brother proper occurred in 1978.
- April 24—Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels made an on-air offer to pay The Beatles $3,000 to reunite on the show. Lennon and McCartney were apparently watching the show together in New York and considered walking down to the studio to accept the check.
- May 22—Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels raised his previous offer to The Beatles from $3,000 to $3,200.
- July 1—Showtime was launched.
- November 7—Beginning tonight, NBC aired the movie Gone with the Wind on TV over two nights due to its length. The event was the highest-rated television event of the season - for a while, anyway.
- November 9—The Museum of Broadcasting was opened, located on the first three floors of the Paley Foundation building in New York City. The museum would later be renamed the Museum of Television and Radio.
- US television game show Match Game was the #1 rated game show on television for the fourth consecutive year.
- January 11 - 12 - Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann were "Eleanor and Franklin" in a two-part ABC special.
- February 1 - The first installment of the 12-hour miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" aired on ABC, making Nick Nolte a star.
- February 2 - Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney were reunited in an ABC special, "The Honeymooners - The Second Honeymoon".
- June 7 - David Brinkley joined John Chancellor as co-anchor of NBC Nightly News, an attempt by the network to bolster ratings against Walter Cronkite and to hark back to the good old days of the Huntley-Brinkley Report.
- September 6 - In an experiment, New York station WOR-TV (now WWOR in Secaucus, N. J.) replaced its usual programming for five nights with exclusively British shows from Thames Television.
- October 4 - Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner as co-anchor of ABC's evening newscast. The two did not get along, and ratings did not improve.
- February 29 - The movie "The Sound of Music" was televised for the first time, on ABC.
- October 11 - Jane Pauley showed up for her first day of work on the Today show.
- July 11 - KEVN signed on in Rapid City, South Dakota, ending the problem of CBS duplication in western Nebraska.
- December 17 - At 1:00 p.m. (ET), WTCG-TV of Atlanta (now WPCH-TV) began satellite transmission of its regular programming to four cable systems, thus becoming the first superstation.
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