A type of {{Format|s}}, popular for animated shows (though there are examples for LiveActionTV).

The Quarter Hour Short was popular in the early days of television. It has occasionally fallen out of favor and been revived. There are both advantages and challenges with the format.
* The shows may be quicker/cheaper to produce, since a Quarter Hour Short is generally producing only 11 minutes of showtime (to allow for commercials). Might not need as many viewers to be renewed as a more expensive HalfHourComedy.
* Viewers will often appreciate a Quarter Hour Short for its lack of {{Filler}}. The writers only have 11 minutes, so they need to get right to the good stuff.
* Maybe it's a GagSeries so [[UpToEleven over the top]] that it's funny, but not palatable for more than 11 -15 minutes at a time.
* The Quarter Hour Short allows {{networks}} unique flexibility in their schedule (provided they have an even number of these shows at their disposal).
* It allows for a more time-consuming type of animation to hit the airwaves faster ({{Claymation}} and CGI).
* Conversely, it allows for a ''less'' time-consuming and cheaper type of animation to be more acceptable to the audience, probably for the same reason why a GagSeries is considered more palatable in such a short run-time.

The Quarter Hour Short is at least as Old as Television, but is currently experiencing a revival in WesternAnimation, where shows of this length are shown on animated-specific networks, the biggest one being Creator/AdultSwim. About one-third to half of Adult Swim's schedule on any given night will be Quarter Hour Shorts. But this format has been around in both {{Anime}} and WesternAnimation since the beginning.

Compare the ThreeShorts format, where three completely unrelated theatrical shorts are packaged into a 30-minute block for television, whereas a Quarter Hour Short is supporting one plot, concept or progression of sketches for the entire 15 minutes.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Anime/BDamanCrossfire''
* ''Anime/BeybladeZeroG''
** ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade 4D'' adopted this halfway through its Japanese run.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel''
* ''Anime/HenZemi''
* ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred''
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''LookAroundYou'' in the first season.
* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob''
** Similarly, its SpinOff, ''Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule''.
* ''ChildrensHospital''
** Similarly, its SpinOff, ''NationalTerrorismStrikeForceSanDiegoSportUtilityVehicle''.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Many Creator/AdultSwim series, including:
** ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' - Arguably the best example of a GagSeries not being palatable for more than 15 minutes, since the biggest complaint about TheMovie was that it was too long to stand watching the characters.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow''
** ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' For the first two seasons. The third was a brief switch to half hour shows, before switching back in season 4.
** ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''
** ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever''
** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' - An example of {{Claymation}} taking so long to produce for a half-hour show, that the Quarter Hour Short is more feasible.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' - The show used to be accompanied by an original ''Space Ghost'' cartoon to fill the half-hour, but two episodes were run back to back when there was enough for reruns.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor''
** ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse''
** ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'', and [[MindScrew thank]] [[DerangedAnimation God]].
* Numerous Creator/CartoonNetwork series made since ~2010, all of which have reruns aired as TwoShorts:
** ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' after the first few episodes, which were TwoShorts.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz''
** ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''
** ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''; like ''Gumball'' the first couple episodes were TwoShorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGaryColemanShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' (the first was always My Little Pony; the second rotated among Glo Friends, The Potato Head Kids and Moon Dreamers)
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did it once, as a half-length episode that was originally available only on the Postopia website. It has since been released on the ''Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo'' DVD.
* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces''
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey''
* Any show by BrittAllcroft.
* Several recent ''Creator/DisneyChannel'' cartoons:
** ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks''
** ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' was originally only aired as TwoShorts, but episodes past 2012 usually premiere with one short by itself with an opening and closing.
** ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''
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