Examples:The granddaddy of this trope, Western Animation, has so many examples that it got its own page.
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- Some anime air (in Japan) in a form like this, notably Risky Safety, Folktales From Japan and Oruchuban Ebichu, although the series they aired with are less notable. More common are the half-length episodes (about 13 minutes) which air back to back in a half-hour timeslot.
- Anpanman follows the two story format in nearly every episode, with the exception of a few half-hour special episodes. Because of the amount of characters in the franchise, the episodes are simply created by pairing up two characters (or a defined group and a seperate character) and have them work off each other based on their personalities.
- Azumanga Daioh was broadcast as one five-minute episode per weekday, which were then stitched together into a half-hour Five Shorts form on Saturday.
- Crayon Shin-chan usually runs the three episode format.
- Doraemon uses the ABA format, with a mini segment in between each episode. Most dubs cut these mini segments out, making it Two Shorts, and some episodes are full length.
- Final Approach and W~Wish aired together in this manner.
- Most of the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu episodes were made up of two different stories.
- Galaxy Angel after its first season (26 thirteen-minute individual episodes) had a 2 shorts format.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, being a tribute to Western cartoons in many ways, follows this format.
- It sometimes deviates from it, like with the full-length episode 6.
- Episodes two and onward of (Zoku) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei follow this format.
- As does Goku (the OVA) and, so far, Zan (the third series).
- Sazaesan does the three shorts format.
- School Rumble is a subversion. While the episodes are divided into three shorter ones (each with their own title, except for the season finales), they are all linked together in one overarching plot.
- The anime version of Sgt. Frog usually followed a Two Shorts format.
- Shima Shima Tora No Shimajiro does the ABA format, with a live action segment featuring a costume Shimajiro being the B.
- Shinryaku! Ika Musume
- Shizuku-chan does two stories per episode.
- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru anime adaption features two thematically linked chapters of the manga per episode.
- The 2009 Tamagotchi anime has two stories per episode.
- Thriller Restaurant
- Motto To Love-Ru
- Urusei Yatsura began as a Two Shorts format, sometimes leading to confusion about how many episodes there are since the shows from this period may be counted as either one or two.
- Yo-Kai Watch has up to four segments an episode.
- The Three Stooges (2012 movie) follows this format, with three half hour shorts in the spirit of the original series.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide has two 11-minute shorts per episode, with the second sometimes continuing where the first left off. Unless Nickelodeon only shows one to even out the time slots after running interstitials.
- Season 14 of Barney & Friends has two stories per episode. But really, it's two longer episodes from Seasons 10 and 11 shortened and strung together. A few episodes from a few years back followed this format, too.
- Night Gallery. How many segments per episode varied, but was usually two or three. In series two, the segments were often followed by brief comedic skits. The formula was dropped for series three, where the series took on a more conventional format of each episode consisting of one half hour story.
- Early episodes of The Goon Show (none of which still exist) had three plots separated by musical interludes. Much later the show partly returned to the format with "The Million Pound Penny", in which the mystery set up in act one is solved during the musical break, with acts two and three forming the title story.