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Three Shorts: Western Animation
  • Doug's Nickelodeon seasons were Two Shorts format.
  • 2 Stupid Dogs: ABA structure, with new Secret Squirrel episodes in the middle.
    • No Secret Squirrel cartoons appeared in the 1994-1995 Syndicated airings.
  • Zigzagged from "played straight" to "averted" with The Ren & Stimpy Show. Some episodes had two shorts, some had two shorts and a fake commercial, and a handful of episodes (like "Son of Stimpy" and "Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen") don't have this format.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Some special episodes filled the whole 22 minutes, but most were of the Two Shorts format.
    • Except the fourth season, which had only two of 13 episodes in this format.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was initially aired as Grim and Evil, sharing an ABA structure with Evil Con Carne before the latter was spun off and then cancelled. Both shows became two short format.
  • Cow and Chicken shared an ABA format with I Am Weasel until, as above, the second-string short was spun off. Neither show lasted very long.
  • Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, ABCA with "Wing Dings" and Magnificent Muttley. Later in the run the show went AABC.
  • Garfield and Friends, ABA with U.S. Acres, also known as Orson's Farm overseas and on the DVD cut. Originally aired in an hour-long form on Saturday morning, making it a Six Shorts format, but it was really two Three Shorts episodes grafted together.
    • In between the shorts most of the time would be "Quickies". There were three kinds: as mentioned above, there was a "Garfield Quickie" based on the Garfield strips, a "US Acres Quickie" based on the U.S. Acres strip, and a special kind named "Screaming with Binky", to inform viewers that the show wasn't over in the usual half hour, and starred Binky the Clown.
    • The first season was only aired for a half-hour. Starting with Season 2 onward, the show was aired for an hour.
  • Dexter's Laboratory, ABA with either Dial M for Monkey or The Justice Friends.
  • Rugrats is generally Two Shorts. In fact, between the 1991 premiere of Rugrats and the 1998 premiere of The Wild Thornberrys, every Nickelodeon cartoon was generally Two Shorts (with the exeption of KaBlam!!, which was an animated sketch comedy). These are still the majority.
  • Animaniacs, ABA with a rotating cast of B's, most notably Pinky and the Brain.
    • About a third of the episodes of the spinoff version of Pinky and the Brain used the Two Shorts format, occasionally with a quickie musical filler.
  • The "Treehouse of Horror" episodes of The Simpsons.
    • And the episode "Trilogy of Error," where the three seemingly irrelevant plots of Homer accidentally cutting a finger off, Lisa trying to get to a science fair, and Bart and Milhouse discovering a mafia's illegal fireworks ring are connected more and more throughout.
    • And other "Treehouse"-style non-Hallowe'en episodes, such as "Tales From The Public Domain", "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", and "Simpsons Tall Tales".
    • The studio executives actually planned originally for all the episodes to be in this format, but thankfully they were eventually convinced otherwise.
  • The original Birdman ran ABA with The Galaxy Trio, coming in on the heels of Space Ghost running ABA with Dino Boy.
  • Hey Arnold! generally did two 11-minute shorts, though some episodes did take up the whole 22 minutes (e.g. "Parent's Day" and "Helga on the Couch"), and "The Journal" took up two separate 22-minute blocks.
  • Cool McCool followed the ABA format with B being Harry McCool.
  • Ruby Gloom uses an unusual format, where one full-length episode is framed by two super-short segments.
  • Edgar & Ellen uses the Two Shorts format, with the addition of a closing super-short segment.
  • Arthur uses the Two Shorts format, with short live-action fillers in between: "And now a word from us kids!"
  • SpongeBob SquarePants generally uses the two 11-minute shorts format. A few episodes, including the pilot, used the three shorts format, and 22-minute episodes are considered specials.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle followed the ABCA format. The "Rocky" segments took up the beginning and the end, the B would be "Mr. Peabody" and C would either be "Fractured Fairy Tales," "Aesop and Son," or "Dudley Do-Right".
    • Another Jay Ward program, George of the Jungle, followed the ABC format, with the other two segments being "Tom Slick" and "Super Chicken."
  • The Super 6 also followed the ABC format with A being Super Bwoing, B being the Brothers Matzoriley while C would feature Elevator Man, Super Scuba, Granite Man, Magneto Man or Captain Zammo.
  • The Fairly OddParents does the Two Shorts format, except for specials.
  • Dragon Tales uses the ABA format, with the "B" slot taken by a Dragon Tales Tune.
  • The Pink Panther. ABA, with the B being either a short with The Inspector, or a less well-known DePatie-Freleng Enterprises cartoon like The Ant and the Aardvark or Misterjaw.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures often alternated between three shorts and full length episodes.
  • Done only occasionally in the early seasons of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • The second season of Captain N: The Game Master ran an ABA format, despite Captain N not technically being a short, with a 22-minute Captain N episode being framed by 11-minute Super Mario Bros. 3 episodes over the course of an hour. The last season was instead Two Shorts, with a Super Mario World cartoon and an 11-minute Captain N cartoon (usually one of the 22-minute episodes from the earlier seasons butchered into 11 minutes).
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi ran as three shorts.
  • Phineas and Ferb uses a Two Shorts format for most episodes. However, there have been several full 22-minute episodes, an extended-length Christmas episode, and two occasions were the second short takes place within the same time as the first short, often to show different points of view.
  • American Dragon Jake Long very rarely used the Two Shorts format.
  • Kim Possible also very rarely used the Two Shorts format.
  • The "Anthology of Interest" episodes of Futurama, as well as "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular", "Reincarnation" and "Saturday Morning Fun Pit".
  • Freakazoid! used this format for its first season, but it wasn't really ABA, or ABC, more like ABZ, DFA, or WTF, but switched to full 22-minutes episodes for its second season.
    • Which was the setup for a Brick Joke for the Animated Actors of the other superheroes to show up and complain about not getting any airtime.
  • The Alvin Show followed ABA, with the B being a short featuring Clyde Crashcup, a Bungling Inventor who invented things already in existence.
  • Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats. The B was The Catillac Cats.
  • The Beatles animated series was ABA, with A being the actual cartoons and B as a sing-a-long with two Beatles songs and introductions for each.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes follows the two-short format.
  • Spliced also follows the two-short format.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series used the Two Shorts format most of the time.
  • The Weekenders used the two shorts format.
  • Most of the early Hanna-Barbera comedy shows were ABC. The Huckleberry Hound Show, their first half-hour series, was the Trope Maker for the format.
  • Family Guy did this with a Halloween special, wherein they re-created three movies based on Stephen King novels with the Family Guy characters. They did Stand by Me, Misery, and The Shawshank Redemption. The surrounding material involved Peter introducing them, and reminding us all that Stephen King is the greatest author of all time.
  • Maryoku Yummy does the two stories format.
  • Since 2010, most Cartoon Network shows have had episode premiere as Quarter Hour Shorts or Two Shorts with one being new, then aired as Two Shorts for re-runs.
  • Recess follows the two shorts format, with the exception of three episodes.
  • Pepper Ann mostly uses two shorts, but there are some episodes (like "Ziterella" and "The Environmentals") where it's just one episode.
  • Time Squad mostly had two shorts (much like most other original Cartoon Network programming under the "Cartoon Cartoons" brand, save for Cow and Chicken, which had an I Am Weasel cartoon in between two Cow and Chicken cartoons until I Am Weasel was spun off to its own show), but the seventh episode of season one had three shorts ("If It's Wright, It's Wrong," "The Time Squad Recruitment Ad," and "Killing Time.")
  • My Little Pony And Friends aired in this format. First was My Little Pony, and then one of three other shows. My Little Pony was the only segment to get aired every week. The other properties, Glo Friends, Moondreamers, and The Potato Head Kids (yes, really), alternated each week.
  • Every show aired on Kideo TV, which included The Get Along Gang, Rainbow Brite, Ulysses 31, Lady Lovelylocks, and Popples. When the shows were re-run on their own and released on VHS, they each became two stories.
    • Popples is the only exception. Some tapes had up to six episodes!
  • The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show uses the A-B-A format. The B portion features Droopy's adventures, with Slick Wolf as the antagonist and other Tex Avery characters in supporting roles.
    • A later series, Tom And Jerry Kids, started off using the A-B-A format, with Tom and Jerry as the A and either Droopy or Spike and Tyke as the B. As it went on, however, the producers stopped using the format and just put together three shorts at random, though there was usually at least one Tom and Jerry short.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood airs in the two-shorts format. Most of the time, the episodes will have the same theme. "Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/Daniel Tiger Goes to the Potty" and "Thank You, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You Day" are two examples of this.
  • Jake And The Neverland Pirates aired in a three-shorts format, but unlike most shows, the B segment wasn't in the middle. Two Jake segments aired first, and the B-segment, a Neverland Pirate Band music video, aired last.
  • The All-New Popeye Hour (Hanna-Barbera, 1978) followed an AABCA pattern. A was a standard Popeye cartoon, B was "Popeye's Treasure Hunt" (later "Popeye's Sports Parade"), and C was "Dinky Dog".
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum used Two Shorts
  • The Mighty B! used Two Shorts for each 22-minute episode, except for specials.
  • Sanjay And Craig uses Two Shorts
  • Rabbids Invasion
  • The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour had Three Shorts as the first half of the program, with two episodes of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and one of Scrappy and Yabba-Doo, with all of the second half dedicated to Ruby-Spears' The Puppy's New Adventures.
  • Storytime With Thomas was ABA with The Magic Adventures Of Mumfie. Each episode would also have a Thomas song or a segment recorded at a Day Out With Thomas event at the beginning.
    • It's worth noting that Mumfie itself was aired in an ABA format in the USA on Fox Family and on Nick Jr. in the UK. The B segment was Mumfie Melodies, a song compliation. Only three of these segments were made.

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