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Industry Television and film production, syndication, home video, television broadcasting
Fate Purchased by Warner Communications
Founded April 21, 1986
Defunct January 11, 1989

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.


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 shows 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
  • ALF (1986–1989) (Currently distributed by Debmar-Mercury)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks (1986–1989)
  • Animalympics
  • Blood & Orchids
  • Chiller
  • The Comic Strip
  • Dallas (1986–1989)
  • A Death in California
  • Falcon Crest (1986–1989)
  • Full House (1987–1989)
  • Fun House (technically Lorimar Television, Telepictures & Warner Bros. in 1990)
  • Ghost of a Chance
  • Gumby (1986-1989)
  • Hard Choices (theatrical film)
  • Here's Lucy
  • The Hogan Family (1986–1989)
  • Hunter (1986–1989) (Sony Pictures Television is the US TV distributor)
  • It's A Living (1986-1989)
  • Jack Frost
  • Jake's Journey (1988-1989 pilots for CBS starring Graham Chapman)
  • Knots Landing (1986–1989)
  • Legendary Ladies of Rock & Roll
  • Max Headroom (not the original pilot by Chrysalis Visual Programming for Channel Four UK)
  • Love Connection (1986-1989)
  • Made in Heaven
  • Mama's Family
  • "Master Harold"...and the Boys
  • Our House
  • The People's Court
  • Perfect Match
  • Perfect Strangers (1986–1989)
  • Polyester
  • Mayberry R.F.D.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • Second Serve
  • Shattered Innocence°
  • SilverHawks
  • Summer Girl
  • Superior Court
  • ThunderCats
  • The Waltons


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

City of License / Market Station Channel TV (RF) Sold To Current Ownership Status
Chico - Redding KNVN 24 (24) Goltrin Communicactions
NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media Holdings
(Operated through a LMA by GOCOM Media, LLC)
Springfield - Branson KSPR 33 (19) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Perkin Media, LLC
(Operated through a LMA by Schurz Communications)
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53 (43) Renaissance Broadcasting
Fox affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Midland - Odessa KMID 2 (26) Goltrin Communications
ABC affiliate owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group
San Juan - Caguas -
Ponce - Mayagüez
WLII 11 (11) Malrite Communications
Univision Owned & Operated (O&O)
(Simulcasts on locally-owned WORA-TV 5 in Mayagüez)
WSUR-TV 9 (9)

The success of this broadcast division was non-existent resulting in the sale of each of these stations by 1991.

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