- 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 Half Hour Comedy.
- 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 Gag Series so 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 Gag Series is considered more palatable in such a short run-time.
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Live Action TV
- Look Around You in the first season.
- Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
- Childrens Hospital
- Similarly, its Spin-Off, National Terrorism Strike Force San Diego Sport Utility Vehicle.
- Season 1 of Punky Brewster did this with shows 2, 3 and 4.
- Many [adult swim] series, including:
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force - Arguably the best example of a Gag Series not being palatable for more than 15 minutes, since the biggest complaint about The Movie was that it was too long to stand watching the characters.
- The Brak Show
- Frisky Dingo
- Metalocalypse For the first two seasons. The third was a brief switch to half hour shows, before switching back in season 4.
- Moral Orel
- Perfect Hair Forever
- Robot Chicken - An example of Claymation taking so long to produce for a half-hour show, that the Quarter Hour Short is more feasible.
- Sealab 2021
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast - 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.
- Tom Goes to the Mayor
- 12 oz. Mouse
- Xavier: Renegade Angel, and thank God.
- Numerous Cartoon Network series made since ~2010, all of which have most reruns aired as Two Shorts:
- The Gary Coleman Show
- My Little Pony 'n Friends (the first was always My Little Pony; the second rotated among Glo Friends, The Potato Head Kids and Moon Dreamers)
- Teen Titans 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.
- Wacky Races
- Hong Kong Phooey
- Any show by Britt Allcroft.
- Several Disney Channel cartoons:
- Fish Hooks
- Phineas and Ferb was originally only aired as Two Shorts, but episodes past 2012 usually premiered with one short by itself with an opening and closing.
- Wander over Yonder, although episodes often premiere as Two Shorts as well.
- This has been used for Star vs. the Forces of Evil episodes, which are normally Two Shorts.
- The 2015 Inspector Gadget cartoon does this.
- The animated Punky Brewster.
- Series 1, 5, 6 and 8 of Danger Mouse were formatted like this for American television when Nickelodeon aired it.
- Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats was divided into two shorts: A Heathcliff cartoon followed by a Catillac Cats cartoon.
- Two Breather Episodes of Sonic SatAM aired as such in its second season: "Fed Up With Antoine"/"Ghost Busted" and "The Odd Couple/Robo-Becca".