Life, observed and examined. A cast of characters go about their [[DayInTheLife daily lives]], making [[SeinfeldianConversation observations]] and being themselves. [[WackyHomeroom School]] is perhaps the most common setting for these kinds of series, especially in animation. {{Coming of age|Story}} is often a major part of their stories. They may have DeathByNewberyMedal.

What separates slice of life as a genre from the literal meaning of the phrase (which would encompass nearly all fiction) is the emphasis on the very moment, with the intent of focusing the audience on that moment rather than using that moment as part of a narrative. For example, a story about hilarious roommate hi-jinx may depict the mundane life of roommates, but these mundane events are usually the set-ups and punchlines of jokes or part of the conflict between the characters, which takes away their slice-of-life-ness and cements them firmly in the realm of comedy or drama.

Slice of Life series don't usually have much of a plot or, if taken to extreme, even the {{omnipresent|Tropes}} {{Conflict}}, but they don't really need one, and many Slice of Life stories use a lack of conflict to serve peaceful {{escapism}} rather than realism. An example of this would be how in many slice of life school stories, parents are nearly non-existent. Most American newspaper comics that aren't simply gag a day strips are stories like this due to the simple fact that most people do not read newspapers every day and archives of comic strips are rare, so they need to be able to jump into the comic's world at any time and be able to appreciate it.

Slice of life also doesn't have to be set in the world as we know it. When it is, the TV industry in particular calls it "low concept" (in contrast to HighConcept). Several {{Webcomics}} are Slice of Life, while the ones labeled "RealLife" are usually not real life at all, but tend to fall into some brand of SpeculativeFiction, or at the least LifeEmbellished. Not to be confused with the JournalComic, although they may overlap. For a complete index, see SliceOfLifeWebcomics.

Surprisingly popular in Japan, so a lot of {{Anime}} fills this category. In longer-running action-based shows it is also becoming fairly common to incorporate SliceOfLife episodes to flesh out the characters by placing them in a more mundane setting. This often gets combined with a MoodWhiplash when the pace of the action picks up. See SchoolgirlSeries for a specific type of SliceOfLife. See also {{Iyashikei}}, which often overlaps with this trope. Compare and contrast with SoapOpera. Since [[ImprobablyFemaleCast the casts of such shows tend to be mostly if not entirely female]], English-speaking fans sometimes refer to them as "cute girls doing cute things".

For the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' blog and webcomic, [[Blog/SliceOfLife click here.]] For the episode of said show, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife click here.]]

* [[SliceOfLife/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[SliceOfLifeWebcomics Webcomics]]


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' was largely SliceOfLife, but had a rather incongruous thriller subplot involving a conspiracy to take over the government.
* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' by Los Bros Hernandez started off as grab-bag of surrealism, SliceOfLife and MagicalRealism. With time, the SliceOfLife elements predominate.
* ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'' combines the SliceOfLife and UsefulNotes/{{Furr|yFandom}}ies. Oh yeah, and [[{{Yiff}} explicit sex scenes]].
** ''Shanda the Panda'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Omaha'', has a similar tone, but confines the sex scenes to their own title.
* Most issues of ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' were actually SliceOfLife pieces, with the heroes and villains taking a back seat to the ordinary citizens just trying to keep their lives together in a world where superpowered beings attempt to save-and/or-destroy the world on a regular basis.
* ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor.''
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' superheroics become a background detail to Mary Jane's crush on the popular superhero Spider-Man.
* Some of Creator/RobertCrumb's autobiographical works, like ''Self Loathing Comics'' which was an autobiographical collaboration with him and his wife Aline.
* Roberta Gregory's ''Naughty Bits'', for the most part.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' follows a group of fifties-esque teenagers about their daily lives.
* ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]]'' was intended to be this by Creator/MarkWaid, the character's creator (ie. primarily SliceOfLife with a dash of superhero). It worked, at first - some very memorable moments include Bart [[ItAmusedMe not-so-indirectly starting a massive schoolfight]] in #3, and [[ this]] story from #6 - but along the way it somehow mutated into primarily superhero with a [[IncrediblyLamePun dash of life]].
* Swedish indie comic writer Coco Moodysson's autobiographic comic book ''Coco Platina Titan Total'': several slices of teenage and early-20s life.
* ''Film/GhostWorld'' follows around a graduating teenage girl in a summer as she tries to decide what she's going to do with her life. The subplot about her trying to act as a ManicPixieDreamGirl for a 40-something man is only one of the many things she tries.
* It can be argued that ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' both subverts and plays this straight. While the world they live in is clearly a weird video gamed based society where everyone at the least has the potential for super powers, in their world, that is considered the norm. The main plot is essentially the lives and dynamic between all of the characters. When they aren't fighting, everything is actually quite normal, and is almost like a Canadian hipster version of ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'':
** One issue was called "Jenny's Day", and was just that: it showed Jenny get up in the morning, go to school, and showed an ordinary day in her life. It was made interesting by seeing her thoughts and how much she hated her life and would rather be living on Zot's world.
** Later issues of ''Zot!'', titled "The Earth Stories" did this, focusing on just one minor character and showing a sample of their life.
* The ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' series by Keith Giffen and J. M. [=DeMatteis=] had plots that dealt with its superheroes in these situations in a comedic way, such as [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] and Ice having a date at an ice show or the team going to a French language school.
* ''The Alcoholic''
* ''ComicBook/SunnyvilleStories'' is basically about the daily adventures of its two protagonists, Rusty and Sam. They have many daily adventures in their CloseKnitCommunity that usually are quite mundane and related to everyday life.
* ''{{ComicBook/Circles}}'' is a Slice of life {{Dramedy}} FurryComic that focuses on the lives of six gay men living in the same residence and how their lives are individually and collectively affected throughout the seasons with each chapter being a season of the year. e.g. Spring 2001 ==> Summer 2001, etc.
* The Franco-Belgian comics imprint ''Bamboo Édition'' specializes in doing these. To wit, among many others:
** ''Les Pompiers'': Slice of firefighter life.
** ''Les Gendarmes '': Slice of policeman life.
** ''Les Toubibs'': Slice of medical doctor life.
** ''Les Profs'': Slice of schoolteacher life.
** ''Studio Danse'': Slice of ballerina life.
** ''Les Petits Mythos'': Slice of Greek mythology figure kid life ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, really]]).
** ''Les Cop's'': Slice of social media teen life.
** ''Les Musicos'' (AKA ''Rob, Web & C.''): Slice of up-and-coming rock band life.
** ''ComicBook/LesSisters'': Slice of, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you know]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'' begins and ends this way, hence the lengthy discourse on the [[SarcasmMode riveting]] subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
* Fanfic/{{Brainbent}} is slice of life in a psychiatric hospital for ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' characters.
* ''FanFic/PerfectCompanions'', a side story/sequel to ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', is much LighterAndSofter than the main fic, simply being a FramingDevice of Fluttershy taking care of her friends' pets while learning about how they got them.
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'' has a chapter near the end of the Jump City Arc showing how each of the Titans (and [[VillainProtagonist Midnight]]) go about their day-to-day lives. Though that said, it does tie into the main StoryArc through Robin preparing to become Red X [[spoiler: and is when we first find out Jinx is TheMole for [[TheConspiracy the White Glove]]]].
* Anything set in ''Fanfic/TheReactsverse''.
* ''FanFic/BetterOffNotKnowing'', when it comes right down to it, can be summarized as "a tween girl reads the newspaper as she waits for the school bus."
* ''[[ Kidfic]]'' mainly follows how [[VideoGames/TeamFortress2 Scout and Miss Pauling]] deal with an accidental pregnancy and subsequent parenthood as a married couple.

* Anything directed by Creator/YasujiroOzu can fit into this category quite well, like ''Film/GoodMorning'', a gentle satire of life in a sububan neighborhood where things like getting a television and collecting dues for the women's club are SeriousBusiness. ''Film/TokyoStory'', considered by most critics to be his masterpiece, is a slow, low-key consideration of the distance that grows between elderly parents and their children, as shown when an old couple take the train to Tokyo to visit their grown-up kids. ''Film/EquinoxFlower'' is about a father's discomfort when his daughter gets engaged without asking him first. Two different Ozu films, ''Film/LateSpring'' and ''Film/EarlySummer'', deal with a family worrying about getting a daughter in her late twenties married off [[ChristmasCake before she's too old to get a husband]].
* ''Film/{{Lonesome}}'' is a charming little romance about two lonely working-class people who, over the course of a single day, meet, fall in love, are briefly separated, and are finally reunited. That's the whole story.
* ''Film/{{Friday}}''
* ''Film/LindaLindaLinda''
* Many of the very earliest EarlyFilms are this: just moments of real life (or staged real life) presented for the camera. "Actuality films" was the genre designation used back then. Examples of actuality films include:
** ''Film/RoundhayGardenScene'', the first film ever
** Many of the Film/LumiereFilms
** Some of the early works of Creator/GeorgesMelies
* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'': One Christmas season in the 1940s as seen through the eyes of a young Midwestern boy who desperately wants a BB gun from Santa.
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}'': A day in the life of slackers who work at a convenience store and the video store next door.
* The Cameron Crowe film ''Film/{{Singles}}''
* ''Film/YiYi''
* ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''
* ''Film/MyBlueHeaven''
* ''Film/{{Amarcord}}'': The mundane details of a year in the life of villagers in a small town in UsefulNotes/FascistItaly.
* ''Film/OneFootInHeaven'' is about the life and struggles of a rural Protestant minister raising a family and tending to his flock in early 20th-century Iowa. There is no central plot or story arc, just an episodic portrait of the preacher, his family, and the townspeople as the years pass.
* ''Film/HappyGoLucky'': slice of [[AllLovingHero always cheerful]] [[GenkiGirl bubbly]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} CoolTeacher taking Driving Lessons life.
* ''Otoko wa Tsurai yo'' film series (literally, ''It's Tough Being a Man''). [[LongRunner From 1969 to 1995]], it had 48 different installments and held the title of "Longest Running Film Series". All of them are slice of life romantic comedies with nearly [[RecycledScript identical plots]].
* ''Film/SplendorInTheGrass'' is a character story about two teenage lovers in Kansas in TheTwenties, how they desperately want to consummate their relationship, how the rules of society won't let them (SexIsEvil!), and the damage that their inability to have sex causes.
* ''Film/AnnieHall''
* ''Film/TheSchoolgirlsDiary'' is about the life of a teenage girl who wishes her father would pay more attention to her and her family instead of spending his whole life at work. That's the whole story.
* Creator/RichardLinklater is quite fond of SliceOfLife movies, usually overlapping with the ComingOfAgeStory:
** ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' is a slice of life of one day on the last day of high school in 1976. The movie is about a group of seniors taking a freshman under their wing as they prepare for a WildTeenParty.
** ''Film/{{Boyhood}}'' chronicles an entire 12 years of this. The movie was filmed over twelve years and contains snippets of scenes from one day in each of those years, though some parts of the protagonist's life receive more attention than others.
** ''Film/EverybodyWantsSome''!! is a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' set in the 80s. It follows a college freshman as he moves into his new house and gets to know his housemates over the course of the weekend before classes start.
* ''[[Film/{{Wings 1966}} Wings]]'' is a quiet little character study about a middle-aged Russian woman who lived an exciting life as a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fighter pilot in her youth, but is now suffering a mid-life crisis, being stuck in a dull career as a school principal.
* ''Film/AnotherYear'' looks at the year of a HappilyMarried older couple living and working in North London and the people around them.
* ''Film/{{Dogtooth}}'' could be considered this. It's slice of isolated-from-the-world-and-living-in-a-walled-in-estate life, really.
* ''Film/FrancesHa'' is largely SliceOfLife. While there is definitely a story arc (primarily a character arc for the titular protagonist), much of the film consists of individual snippets of her life.
* ''Film/TheLongVoyageHome'', about a merchant ship in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, has some plot elements, like the ship's dangerous voyage through the U-boat infested Atlantic and Smitty the sailor's dark past, but there's no overarching story, just a portrait of a bunch of sailors trying to survive.
* ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'' is about a restless AntiHero trying to live up to his responsibilities to his family and his pregnant girlfriend, and failing. It simply follows along with the protagonist for a while, before the film ends.
* The plot of ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre'' revolves around a conversation between two guys who haven't talked in a while. They go to a fancy restaurant, order their meals and talk. That's it. For 2 hours. Not even flashbacks to the things they're talking about. Just talking.
* ''Film/TwelveOClockHigh'' is about the men of the 918th Bomber Group of the Eighth Air Force in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, how they deal with the stress of combat that involves very high casualty rates, and how their new commander has to raise their morale and motivate them to fight on. Unlike most war movies there isn't a specific battle to be fought or objective to be gained. At a certain point, after the commander has won the loyalty of his men but suffered a breakdown in the process, the film ends.
* Many scenes in ''Film/CodeUnknown'' focus on day-to-day activities like going shopping, ironing clothes, giving drumming lessons or doing farm work.
* ''Film/MonOncleAntoine'' lacks a traditional three-act structure with conflict and climax. It is instead a portrayal of the everyday life of the people of a rural Quebec mining town, shortly before the [[ social]] [[ upheavals]] that would change their life forever.
* Creator/MartinScorsese's ''Film/MeanStreets'' is a crime film with no obvious narrative. Instead, it simply portrays the lives of a few low-ranking mobsters in [[TheSeventies 1970s]] New York over a few days, although the lead character's attempts to stop his best friend from screwing up can be said to form a loose theme.
* ''Film/TheIntern'' spends most of its running time showing the day-to-day lives of Ben and the rest of the workers in Jules's office. There isn't much of a plot, and it's more about Jules and Ben's growing friendship.
* ''Film/RickiAndTheFlash'' is a look into the life of an ageing wannabe rock star who's estranged from her family. Although she reconnects with her children, it's not the bulk of the film - and more emphasis is on Ricki's own lifestyle.
* The Disney version of ''Film/{{Pollyanna|1960}}'' is a little closer to this than the original book. An orphan girl goes to live with her aunt in a rather miserable town. Most of the movie is just spent with Pollyanna getting to know the various townspeople. It all acts as build-up for [[spoiler:her eventual accident that cripples her, and the townspeople coming to her rescue]].
* ''Film/TheSecretOfRoanInish'' is essentially ninety minutes of two children in 1950s Ireland deciding to fix up their families' old cottages on the island where they used to live - while also exploring the mythology of SelkiesAndWereseals.
* ''Film/MyGirl'' merges this with ThatNostalgiaShow to show the life of a suburban preteen girl in the summer of 1971. The story is not driven by plot, and is mostly a look at what Vada does that summer. Oh and she lives in a funeral parlor.
* ''Film/TheSpectacularNow'', appropriately for its title, is this kind of story. The protagonist - a teen called Sutter - goes around trying to teach his friends to live "in the now" and appreciate life. Although there is a romance with a geek girl called Aimee involved, it's not the crux of the story.
* ''Film/TheWeek'' chronicles a man coping with a sudden divorce during the week of his anniversary.
* The first ''Film/MagicMike'' film doesn't have much of a plot and just examines Mike's lifestyle as a stripper - and eventually showing how empty it really is.
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' spends more time getting to know its two protagonists. The titular gimmick - of two sisters running a business cleaning up after crime scenes - is more of a set up to watch Rose and Norah try to improve their lives.
* ''Film/{{Dodeskaden}}'' is a largely plotless story examining the lives of the desperately poor people living in a Japanese garbage dump.
* ''Film/KillerOfSheep'': There's no unifying plot, simply a series of scenes portraying Stan's life and the lives of the urban poor in the late 1970s in the Watts ghetto. Stan tries to buy a car engine. Stan cashes a check only to have the lady store owner make a pass at him. Stan can't sleep. Stan wants to go to the racetrack. Stuff happens.
* ''Film/TheTreeOfWoodenClogs'' is about tenant farmers in rural Lombardy at the end of the 19th century, and the mundane details of their lives in poverty: slaughtering pigs, getting married, walking six kilometers to school.

* ''Literature/TheBookThief'' is surprisingly slice of life, considering where [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany it takes place]].
* Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer''. Not so much the {{Sequel}} ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'': A slice of life cooked so rare the blood is still pumping.
* ''Literature/TheNo1LadiesDetectiveAgency'' series of books and also the ''Scotland Street'' series, both by Alexander [=McCall=] Smith, use this.
* A '''lot''' of children's books are like this. They may have titles like ''Literature/ThePlantThatAteDirtySocks'' or ''Ten Ways To Make Your Sister Disappear'', but in the end, they're mostly stories about everyday life happenings, with whatever the title is about in the background as a recurring element, but not necessarily the dominant one.
** For example, ''Literature/TenWaysToMakeYourSisterDisappear'' is really about the everyday life of a girl who happens to have a bratty older sister. Some chapters don't mention the older sister at all, though she's still the main conflict in the story, just not the only one.
** ''Literature/OperationDumpTheChump'' is about a boy who wants to get rid of his younger brother by pulling schemes like trying to convince a neighbor to adopt him, and things like that. Most of the story is really just about his life and plays out like a series of anecdotes that happen to involve him and his brother.
** ''Literature/NothingsFairInFifthGrade'' has the underlying plot of a morbidly obese girl who wants to be accepted, and the main character, who gradually comes to accept her, and tries to get others to do the same. But the book is just as much about everyday fifth-grade life portrayed realistically and in a fun way, with the totally random hitchhiking scene out of nowhere.
* Paula Danziger's fiction.
** The ''Literature/AmberBrown'' books are the day-to-day adventures of a young girl who goes to school and has to deal with family, friend and general life problems, which include her parents' divorce, her best friend moving away, and having trouble with school standardized testing.
* ''Literature/AdrianMole'': slice of British early-teen-to-forties life.
* ''Nilda'' by Nicholasa Mohr is about a Puerto Rican preteen, the eponymous Nilda, living in Manhattan during World War II.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' stars two children and their made-of-imagination kingdom and the trials and tribulations of daily schoolkid life.
* The ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series is a [[OlderThanTelevision classical]] example: a slice of the life of a woman with writing ambitions (and, in later books, also those of her children and acquaintances) in the late 19th and early 20th century.
* ''Literature/RamonaQuimby'' is slice of elementary school life. The books take place in different years in grade school, from kindergarten to fourth, but all capture that year of life excellently while being very light-hearted.
* Despite the horrific murder that kicks of the plot, ''Literature/BoysLife'' is mainly about Cory's life in his hometown of Zephyr.
* ''Naive Super'' is a pretty purebred example.
* Subverted in Creator/PGWodehouse short story ''A Slice of Life''. The narrator tells a story about his brother's experiences (an adventure including a DamselInDistress, a DastardlyWhiplash, and a dash of MadScience) to show that such tropes occur a lot more commonly in daily life than people think.
* Creator/TamoraPierce's ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Protector of the Small]]'' quartet. Despite the fact that it's about a girl becoming a knight in a fantasy medieval world, there's essentially no overarching plot except for in the final book of the series.
* ''Literature/{{Stuck}}'' juxtaposes this together with the oddities rampant within Tre's life in Greyson City, which provides a lot of the humor in the first and second episodes.
* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid.''
* ''Literature/ThisIsAllThePillowBookOfCordeliaKenn''
* ''Saturday'' by Ian [=McEwan=].
* ''Literature/TheBabysittersClub'': Slice of babysitters' life.
* Creator/EnidBlyton's ''Literature/TheChildrenOfCherryTreeFarm.''
* R.H. Barlow's ''Literature/TheNightOcean'' is a slice-of-life story set in Creator/HPLovecraft's uncaring cosmos.
* The ''Literature/MillyMollyMandy'' stories.
* ''Literature/BrownsPineRidgeStories'': In this particular case, a slice of life of a boy/young man growing up in rural southern Georgia during TheFifties and TheSixties.
* Creator/EnidBlyton's [[WesternAnimation/NoddysToyLandAdventures Noddy books]] follows the life of a wooden boy who lives in Toy Town.
* Any of the BusyTown books by Creator/RichardScarry
* ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' is a rare science fiction example, concerned more than anything else with everyday life in its setting, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Amish}} Pennsylvania Dutch]] community some centuries in TheFuture.
* The ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'' series is the day-to-day adventures of a third-grade girl named Clementine who deals with issues such as a spat with her best friend, getting sent to the principal's office, losing her kitten and worrying about bossy fourth graders during a school field trip.
* Anna Dewdney's ''Literature/LlamaLlama'' books and the AnimatedAdaptation are about day-to-day issues of childhood, such as separation anxiety during a first day of school, dealing with a bully, or struggling with sharing toys.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AndiMack''. This makes it an exception among modern Live Action [[Main/KidCom Kid Coms]]
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. Life in Mayberry.
* Season 6 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' dealt with the Scoobies' day-to-day foray into grown up life.
* Season one of ''Series/{{Community}}'' had alot of this.
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'' (A slice of 1960's life)
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'', a Slice of Life in New York, as lived by a group of friends who became as tight as a family. The first couple of seasons were closer to this, before it became DenserAndWackier in the third season. By the fifth, it had evolved into a more straightforward sitcom.
* ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' is a {{toku}}satsu superhero show with elements of SliceOfLife. The heroes fight monsters, but they and their allies also go about their daily lives. Any drama (to the extent that it is present at all) is very ordinary and everyday-like, in contrast to the more fantastic and more contrived drama seen in many {{tokusatsu}} shows.
* The British version of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'' fits this model, being the mockumentary of an unexceptional office in a dreary little suburb. The American version continues with the basic premise but increasingly inserts more outlandish sitcom situations.
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''. Only Lindsay has a really pronounced character arc by the time the series ends.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}},'' which might as well be the TropeMaker for {{SitCom}}s.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' is the trope maker for the DomCom. All previous ones were of the ''Series/ILoveLucy'' variety where the comedy revolves around an out of the ordinary circumstance, event, or scheme.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Frequently an episode will be centered entirely around a conversation sprinkled with flashbacks to random events in the character's lives.
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''
* ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}''.
* ''Series/MyPlace'' is this for children's HistoricalFiction. The series as a whole stretches from 2008 to past 1788. Some episodes are about big, life changing events, but many are basically about kids getting up to all sorts of fairly harmless shenanigans, and all focus on the kids' daily lives.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' deals with common problems faced by teens in middle school. Jealousy, tests, parties, etc.
* ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is really about the minor adventures of how socially awkward geniuses go about in activities they are unfamiliar with. Especially in earlier seasons, you see them playing games or hobbies with no other plot than just to see them having fun (the ''VideoGame/{{World of Warcraft}}'' episode opener being a standout).
* ''Series/That70sShow.''
* ''Series/HappyDays.''
* ''Series/MySoCalledLife.''
* The Norwegian {{julekalender}} ''Series/JulISkomakergata'', which is about an old shoemaker who is visited by friends and townspeople that need their shoes repaired before Christmas.
* ''Series/SamsonEnGert''
* ''Series/KabouterPlop''
* ''Series/VeranoAzul'' is basically a ComingOfAgeStory set in a bunch of kids' summer vacation in Spain's ''Costa del Sol'' (Sun Coast)

* A large number of CountryMusic songs can fit under this trope. A good example is "Just Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Vassar.
* [[Music/PinkFloyd "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast"]] is simply a collage of a roadie having breakfast and reminiscing.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', although the slice got more and more [[{{narm}} overcooked]] as time went on.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' loved this. Of course, the lives we see slices of are weird beyond belief. This ''is'' Gary Larson.
* ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley''
* ''ComicStrip/OneBigHappy'' is about the life of 6 year old Ruthie. Unlike in other comics, the kids in this comic mostly act and speak their age.
* Charles Schulz's ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', in both comic and cartoon versions, was the story of a small group of friends walking around and dealing with each other's problems. Except with canine fighter pilots.
* Requested by ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} in [[ this strip:]]
-->Jon: I'll have the spaghetti, Irma\\
Irma: Do you want that on a plate?\\
Jon: Of course I do!\\
Irma: '''Well excuse me, mister picky'''!\\
Jon: '''Is it too much to be accorded the same amenities others get?! I'm a person too, you know!!'''\\
Garfield: I'll just have a small slice of life, thank you

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'' is based around playing characters like sun goddesses, mad scientists, ghost-witches and the like in a slice-of-life setting.
* In ''TabletopGame/GoldenSkyStories'' the player characters are magical animals in a quiet town, helping the residents solve their everyday problems.

* ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'': Slice of life gathering at a San Francisco dive.
* ''Theatre/{{Company}}'': Slice of New York City life, with a bachelor, his three girlfriends and a number of married acquaintances.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''
* ''VideoGame/CVCastingVoice''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Delicious}}'' series. Since ''Delicious 2'' to be exact.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''
** And conversely ''VideoGame/RuneFactory''
** ''VideoGame/HometownStory'' as well, where the farm is replaced by a shop
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange''
** This includes the prequel ''LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}''
* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/TheSims''
* ''VideoGame/SummerLesson''
** Most sim/construction games in general, fantastic disasters like UFO or monster attacks notwithstanding.
* ''VideoGame/{{Photopia}}'' is mainly this, though it interlaces the everyday events of the characters' lives with a children's sci-fi [[ShowWithinTheShow story within the story]].
* ''VideoGame/LocoRoco 2'' had extra cutscenes which included mostly that and described as "view of everyday life of the planet".
* ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' puts a lot of emphasis on this, despite its [[LowFantasy fantastic setting]].
* Most "Tycoon" games tend to be this since your goal is to be a [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou successful businessman]] and the only thing holding you back is your own incompetence.
** ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon'': Trying to make a successful zoo.
** ''VideoGame/FishTycoon'': Trying to be successful fish breeder and salesman.
** ''VideoGame/SeaWorldTycoon'': Trying to create a successful Sea World theme park.
** ''VideoGame/RollercoasterTycoon'': Trying to create a successful Rollercoaster theme park.
** and many more...
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}}'' and ''Fist Alpha'' are pretty much about the everyday life of a [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Green Beret]] in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is set up like this... [[SurpriseCreepy until the horror elements begin showing up and it more or less drops the pretense by Kai.]]
* The first part of ''VisualNovel/KiraKira'' with the second part dealing with the casts struggle as a band and the third part being a bit darker.
* Shizune's route of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has elements of this, which the route's detractors frequently cite as shortcomings. It makes sense, though, as Shizune is said to compartmentalize events of her life and live in the moment, thus not realizing the implications [[spoiler:her rejecting Misha's LoveConfession has on their relationship, or how her developing relationship with Hisao might exacerbate the problem]].
* Many Moege's can feel like this during the common route when it usually is just the protagonist, potential love interests and other friends messing around with the plot only picking up during the character routes. Examples include ''VisualNovel/MyGirlFriendIsThePresident'', the ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' series and ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvExtra''.
* As a series of mini-novels that tell an overarching story, ''VisualNovel/HarvestDecember'' plays this straight for the most part. The primary exception is August's story when the major cast ends up [[spoiler:dealing with a veritable ZombieApocalypse on the island they're vacationing on.]]
* ''VisualNovel/PurinoParty'' has this style. It's set in present-day Japan and the main character is trying to find a cute girlfriend.
* ''VisualNovel/ExtracurricularActivities'' has the protagonist going through university classes and dating one of his tennis teammates ([[LikesOlderMen or coach]]).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The web animation ''WebAnimation/{{Brewstew}}'' is a series of videos detailing Tyler's childhood life, but in comedic form.
* Literature/DreamHighSchool focuses on connecting with other students and learning about the school. Though because it's a variation on the ChooseYourOwnAdventure, it's possible that someday it won't be a Slice of Life anymore.
* ''WebVideo/WithTheAngels'' is mostly about the protagonist making observations about the people she meets during her stay in California.
* ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' is a ''very'' detailed and [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] first-person story about college life in a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]''-like setting.
* The original ''[[WebAnimation/RatboyGenius Ratboy's Kingdom]]'' centered around the title character's fairly peaceful life.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
This trope is commonly invoked when it's an educational book/TV series targeting little kids and is well loved among children book writers and children show producers alike. For example, take Jumbo Pictures'/Cartoon Pizza's show lineup:

* ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus JoJo's Circus]]''
* ''Pinky Dinky Doo''
* ''Series/AllegrasWindow''

All of them follow the SliceOfLife format almost to a T (and may make use of gratuitous amounts of Imagination Sequence scenes).

Other educational book/TV series that uses this format:
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps]]''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BerenstainBears The Berenstain Bears]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog'' -- Excluding ''[[ChristmasSpecial Spot's Magical Christmas]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'' and its ''Clifford's Puppy Days'' prequel series -- Yes, there's a breakage in that there's a big red dog and AmazingTechnicolorWildlife, but even the dogs face human problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood''
* ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'' - toys brought to life by a magic stethoscope notwithstanding.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' -- Dragons and magic notwithstanding.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'' -- Again excluding the ChristmasSpecial, ''Franklin's Magic Christmas''. And oh, the VerySpecialEpisode, or Special Movie in this case, ''Franklin and The Turtle Lake Treasure''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HollyHobbieAndFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Humf}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/KatieAndOrbie''- A little girl befriends an alien who left his planet due to pollution and is adopted by her family. Think of it as a LighterAndSofter version of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', which it actually precedes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}}'' -- Well, there are a a dozen or so episodes excluded.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3''
* Most pre-season 2 episodes of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Season 2 started slipping in more adventure elements, and Slice of Life have taken a backseat to Adventure starting with Season 3. Still, Slice of Life is the show's main formula, considering the program's main focus are its characters and how they grow with each new experience. This includes the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife eponymous episode]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'' -- The fact that they are cats in the 18th century notwithstanding.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pocoyo}}'' -- Most of the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' -- The 2003 and 2009 series, with certain episodes excluded.
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears''-- Most of the ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' episodes fits this trope and it's often true of the followup ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' and ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAndCousins'' as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld
* ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround'' -- The series itself is built around the ImagineSpot.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCentsables'': As a Episodic EdutainmentShow focusing on banking taking the time to explore the {{Animal Superhero}}es day to day jobs as clerks, financial advisors, guards, et cetera is much more important than establishing a central conflict.
* WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool -- Based on Creator/RosemaryWells's "Timothy Goes To School" and "Yoko & Friends". The show follows the life of a raccoon named Timothy and sometimes his other school friends.
* WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby: The second animated series based on Creator/RosemaryWells's Max And Ruby series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'' is about as slice of life as it gets. Basic conflicts includes deciding on which costume to wear on Halloween, how to prevent animals from destroying your crops, and geographical facts on the world presented in a child-friendly manner.
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkaliciousAndPeterrific'' -- Fairies, plants that grow by singing, and assorted fantasy elements notwithstanding.

And hundreds of other examples.

Non-little-children-targeting examples include:
* Early FunnyAnimal cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'', ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' and ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' often featured the characters in everyday situations.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', most of the time. An entire episode revolved around them waiting for a tv show to come on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''
* ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is notably rather plot-lite, where most of the episodes just show Ginger and friends dealing with a certain aspect of preteen life. Even more impressive for the cartoon was the characters being subtly aged and continuity being kept.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', especially the early episodes which contained lots of improvisation.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' aside from the talking animals
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' initially in its first season, where the focus of one episode would usually be the babies getting taken somewhere and exploring the place. Later seasons would introduce adventures coming from the babies' imaginations but there would still be a few slice of life episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', save TheMusical and its BizarroEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', though rather on and off in its depiction of teen life. It could show an earnest depictions of teenage struggles one minute, and be the zany, surrealistic parody it's known as the next.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' zig-zags the hell out of this trope, as it alternates between the ordinary and surreal at the drop of a hat.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''
* While ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is ''really'' plot-heavy, it also spends a lot of its episodes exploring the family-dynamic between Steven and the Crystal Gems, the relationships Steven has with the residents of Beach City (and the relationships they have with eachother), and the relationship between Steven and Connie.
* ''WesternAnimation/OutThere'' is like A slightly more risque and vulgar Regular Show without the fantasy elements.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}'' is a pretty straight example of a five-member bird family, focusing mainly on the middle child (a 10-year-old bird named Eddie) and his adventures both in school and out.
* ''WesternAnimation/AngryBirdsToons'' usually has this plot, even if it involves the Bad Piggies trying to steal the birds' eggs as usual.
* WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily for the most part, especially prominent in the earlier episodes.
* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy during its first three seasons (1999-2002).
* WesternAnimation/AmericanDad qualifies as this, despite a few surreal elements as does WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow.
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb was this mostly in its first season. By the second season, it became this mixed with surreal concepts, and by the third season, became even less of this and more comedy focused.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' Most plots deal with trivial things like going to the supermarket, school or hanging out with friends, although surreal episodes in the style of other Cartoon Network series are also common, and most surreal moments come from the title character's overactive imagination.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has a recurring segment called "Slice of Life with Pizza Steve", which involves the titular Pizza Steve in his everyday...which consists of annoyin Mr. Gus and making himself look good, such as saying he has "thick, luxurious hair", which is really his pet rabbit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'', about the simple adventures and misadventures of a boy and his large family of ten sisters. One mini-comic, adapted to an animated short, is actually titled as the trope, as it involves the siblings getting into a fight for the last slice of pizza.
* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'', fantastic elements notwithstanding, is a slice of life show whose main conflict stems from disputes between the group of friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordParty'', fantastic robots notwithstanding, is also slice of life and whose conflicts stem from the character not knowing the word to something.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' in its first season originally focused on the day-to-day life of a family in a surreal, EverythingTalks world. Season 2 onwards pretty much [[DenserAndWackier went bonkers,]] moving it away from this. (It has episodes that still qualify as this, however.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' in the early seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''
* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'': Heavy science fiction elements notwithstanding. The episodes that don't have the kids going into space have them hanging around their small suburban neighborhood facing everyday problems.
* ''WesternAnimation/CraigOfTheCreek''