Lorimar was a TV production house, founded in 1969 by producer Lee Rich and Vegas entrepreneur (and [[http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/03/tv-producer-merv-adelson-las-vegas-mob Mafia front man]]) Merv Adelson (the name comes from a combination of Adelson's ex-wife Lori and Palomar Airport). Its first big hit was ''Series/TheWaltons'' in 1972, but it's probably better remembered now for producing ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and its spin-off ''KnotsLanding''. Lorimar also produced the occasional MadeForTVMovie and owned a record label, and after buying Creator/AlliedArtists in 1980 they also dabbled in theatrical releases.

Lorimar merged with television syndicator Telepictures in 1986. By then, the studio was looking forward to competing with the majors. The combined Lorimar-Telepictures then acquired from Ted Turner the MetroGoldwynMayer lot, for which many of its shows were shot. After making a deal with sitcom producers Miller/Boyett, Lorimar ventured into that genre after the merger, with shows like ''Series/FullHouse'' becoming the bulk of their output. They also pushed hard into feature films, which unlike TV, was not their forte (aside from hits such as ''Film/{{Being There}}'', ''Film/{{SOB}}'' and ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman''); this led to a falling out between Adelson and Rich, with the latter leaving Lorimar in 1986 to become chairman/CEO of MGM. Lorimar ended up bleeding money, not helped by a disastrous move into self-distribution (1987-88). Finally, in 1988, Creator/WarnerBros bought L-T, eventually combining Lorimar itself with Warner Bros. Television in 1993 and keeping Telepictures on as a TalkShow production division. As for the MGM lot, Warners sold that to Creator/{{Sony}}, since Creator/ColumbiaPictures had been without a studio lot since 1972 and had been renting half of the Warner lot for all those years.

!Productions from Lorimar and Lorimar-Telepictures include:


[[folder: Dramas ]]

* ''Series/TheWaltons''
* ''Series/EightIsEnough''
* ''Series/{{Dallas}}''
* ''Series/KnotsLanding''
* ''Falcon Crest''
* ''Flamingo Road''
* ''Series/FreddysNightmares''
* ''[[Literature/{{It}} Stephen King's It]]''
* ''Series/TimeTrax'' (the final series to debut under the Lorimar name)


[[folder: Sitcoms ]]

* ''Series/MamasFamily'' (distribution of first-run syndie episodes, 198690)
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily''
* ''Series/PerfectStrangers''
* ''Series/FullHouse''
* ''Series/FamilyMatters''
* ''Series/HanginWithMrCooper'' (first season)
* ''Series/StepByStep''


[[folder: Game Shows ]]

* ''Series/TheOneMillionChanceOfALifetime''
* ''Series/CatchPhrase'' (the original, short-lived U.S. version; distributed by Telepictures, pre-Lorimar)
* ''[[Series/LetsMakeADeal The All-New Let's Make a Deal]]'' (198486 revival)
* ''Series/LoveConnection''
* ''Series/FunHouse'' (later passed on to Telepictures solo after WB buyout)


[[folder: Animated ]]

* Creator/RankinBassProductions (1980s)
** ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks''
** ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'' (1988)


[[folder: Feature Films ]]

* ''Film/BeingThere''
* ''Film/{{SOB}}''
* ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman''
* ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''
* ''Film/TheBoyWhoCouldFly''
* ''Film/DangerousLiaisons''
* ''Film/TheWitches'' (their final big-screen production)