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Lorimar Telepictures

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11 January 1989

21 April 1986

Parent organization
Warner Communications

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Television and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting

Purchased by Warner Communications

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Lorimar-Telepictures was an entertainment company established on April 21, 1986 with the merger of Lorimar and Telepictures. Its assets included television production and syndication (which operated under the Lorimar-Telepictures name), feature films, home video, and broadcasting.


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The merger of Lorimar-Telepictures was announced on October 7, 1985, by Merv Adelson. On April 21, 1986, the merger was complete. Lee Rich, one of the founders of Lorimar, sold his shares in 1986 and left the company. On January 11, 1989, Warner Communications acquired Lorimar-Telepictures after shaking off the hostile takeover of the company.

List of programs produced/distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures

Note: All series listed here are now owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Television with a few exceptions.

  • The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
  • Aaron's Way (1988)
  • ALF (1986–1989)
  • ALF: The Animated Series (1987–1989)
  • ALF Tales (1988–1989)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks (1988–1989; Syndication only)
  • Animalympics
  • Apple's Way
  • Behind the Screen
  • Berrenger's
  • The Best Times
  • Big Shamus, Little Shamus
  • Blood & Orchids
  • The Blue Knight
  • Boone
  • Bridges to Cross
  • Catchphrase
  • Chiller
  • The Comic Strip
  • Dallas (1986–1989)
  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
  • A Death in California
  • Detective in the House
  • Doc Elliot
  • Eight Is Enough
  • Falcon Crest (1986–1989)
  • Flamingo Road
  • Flatbash
  • Freddy's Nightmares (1988-1989) (with New Line Television and Stone Television)
  • Full House (1987–1989)
  • Fun House (with Stone Television; technically Lorimar Television, Telepictures, and Warner Bros. in 1990)
  • Games People Play
  • Ghost of a Chance
  • Gumby (1986-1989)
  • Hard Choices (theatrical film)
  • Here's Lucy
  • The Hogan Family (1986–1989)
  • Hunter (1986–1989)
  • It's A Living (1986-1989)
  • Jack Frost
  • Jake's Journey (1988-1989 pilots for CBS starring Graham Chapman)
  • Just Our Luck
  • Kaz
  • Knots Landing (1986–1989)
  • Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll
  • Love Connection (1986-1989)
  • Made in Heaven
  • Maggie Briggs
  • Mama's Family
  • "Master Harold"...and the Boys
  • Max Headroom (not the original pilot by Chrysalis Visual Programming for Channel Four UK)
  • Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Midnight Caller (1988–1989)
  • My Favorite Martian
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show
  • One Big Family (1986-1987)
  • Our House
  • The People's Court
  • Perfect Match
  • Perfect Strangers (1986–1989)
  • Real People
  • The Redd Foxx Show (1986)
  • Rituals
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • Second Serve
  • Shattered Innocence
  • She's the Sheriff (1987-1989)
  • SilverHawks
  • Skag
  • Spies (1987)
  • Summer Girl
  • Superior Court
  • ThunderCats (1986–1989)
  • Two Marriages
  • The Waltons
  • The Waverly Wonders
  • Lorimar-Telepictures also distributed most pre-1990 DIC Entertainment and Saban Productions series in international markets; most of the DIC series are currently distributed by DHX Media, and most of the Saban series are currently distributed by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.


    In the mid-1980s, Lorimar-Telepictures went into the broadcasting business by acquiring six television stations, which were as follows:

    The success of this broadcast division was non-existent (including a failed attempt to buy WTVJ in Miami) resulting in the sale of each of these stations by 1991.


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