1976 in Australian television
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This is a list of Australian television-related events in 1976.
- 1 January – Australian children's television series The Lost Islands screens on The 0-10 Network. Co-produced by The 0-10 Network and Paramount Pictures and distributed by CBS Television, the series had a modest following in Australia, but was sold well to oversea markets such as the UK, Canada, USA, France, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, West Germany, Italy, Sri Lanka and various parts of Europe like The Netherlands.
- 9 February – Australian game show The Celebrity Game returns to The 0-10 Network with a brand new revamped version. Original host of the series Bert Newton has now been replaced by English actor and singer Mike Preston.
- July – ABC, Seven Network and Nine Network have combined forces to provide the coverage of the Olympic Games from Montreal, Quebec. The opening and closing ceremonies are telecast live, with highlights packages screening each evening.
- 12 July – Australian wildlife series In the Wild presented by Harry Butler debts on ABC.
- 2 August – A brand new Australian youth pop program called Flashez hosted by Ray Burgess and Mike Meade premieres on ABC.
- 2 August – Australian police drama Bluey debuts on Seven Network.
- 13 August – Australian sitcom Alvin Purple based on the two sex movies premieres on ABC.
- 5 November – Chopper Squad an Australian drama series premieres on The 0-10 Network.
- 8 November – A brand new Australia hospital drama from Grundy Organisation The Young Doctors screens on Nine Network. It was later broadcast in various different countries such as the UK, USA, France, Spain and Ireland.
- 15 November – Crawford Productions's brand new WWII Australian drama television series The Sullivans premieres on Nine Network.
- 25 November – Final episode of the Australian sitcom Alvin Purple is broadcast on the ABC.
- 26 November – A brand regional television channel part of the WIN Television network called RTS5A is launched and beginning to serve Loxton, Renmark and the Riverland in South Australia.
- November – Mike Walsh has announced that he will be moving his own daytime show from The 0-10 Network to Nine Network starting from early 1977.
- 1 December – Final episode of the Australian television series for the children The Lost Islands airs on The 0-10 Network.
- The 0-10 Network airs the final episode of its Australian television police drama series Matlock Police.
|The Lost Islands||The 0-10 Network||1 January|
|The Celebrity Game||The 0-10 Network||9 February|
|Tandarra||Seven Network||10 February|
|Luke's Kingdom||Nine Network||7 April|
|In the Wild||ABC||12 July|
|The Inventors||ABC||28 July|
|Bluey||Seven Network||2 August|
|Alvin Purple||ABC||13 August|
|The Bluestone Boys||The 0-10 Network||3 September|
|Chopper Squad||The 0-10 Network||5 November|
|The Young Doctors||Nine Network||8 November|
|Solo One||Seven Network||8 November|
|The Outsiders||ABC||9 November|
|The Sullivans||Nine Network||15 November|
|Ask the Leyland Brothers||Nine Network||1976|
|The Daryl and Ossie Cartoon Show||Nine Network||1976|
New International Programming
- 9 February – The Invisible Man (1975) (Nine Network)
- 9 February – Starsky and Hutch (Nine Network)
- 17 February – Switch (The 0-10 Network)
- 15 April – Welcome Back, Kotter (Seven Network)
- 15 April – Barney Miller (Seven Network)
- 17 May – Doctor on the Go (Seven Network)
- 22 June – The Dumplings (The 0-10 Network)
- 22 June – The Bob Crane Show (The 0-10 Network)
- 2 August – Lorne Greene's Last of the Wild (ABC)
- 3 August – Microbes and Men (ABC)
- 8 September – The Liver Birds (ABC)
- 4 November – I Didn't Know You Cared (ABC)
- 7 November – Fay (Nine Network)
- 7 November – Three for the Road (The 0-10 Network)
- 9 November – Space: 1999 (Seven Network)
- 9 November – Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (Seven Network)
- 10 November – Carry on Laughing (Seven Network)
- 10 November – Father Brown (Seven Network)
- 20 December – Days of Hope (ABC)
- 29 December – The Lotus Eaters (ABC)
- The New Scooby-Doo Movies (Nine Network)
- Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999).
- Super Flying Fun Show (1970–1979).
- Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999, 2009–2010).
- Young Talent Time (1971–1988).
- Matlock Police (1971–1976).
- Spyforce (1971–1976).
- A Current Affair (1971–1978).
- Countdown (1974–1987).
- Rush (1974–1976).
- The Last of the Australians (1975–1976).
- The Don Lane Show (1975–1983).
- This Is Your Life (1975–1980).
- The Lost Islands (1976).
- Flashez (1976–1977).
- In the Wild (1976–1981).
- The Celebrity Game (1976–1977).
- Alvin Purple (1976).
- Bluey (1976–1977).
Ending this year
|4 February||Shannon's Mob||Nine Network||27 October 1975|
|21 September||Spyforce||Nine Network||8 August 1971|
|25 November||Alvin Purple||ABC||13 August 1976|
|1 December||The Lost Islands||The 0-10 Network||1 January 1976|
|1976||Certain Women||ABC||14 February 1973|
|1976||The Last of the Australians||Nine Network||1975|
|1976||Matlock Police||The 0-10 Network||1971|