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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:

All of them follow the Slice of Life 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:

And hundreds of other examples.

Shows that don't target preschool children include:

  • Early Funny Animal cartoons like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Flip the Frog and Mickey Mouse often featured the characters in everyday situations.
  • Beavis And Butthead, most of the time. An entire episode revolved around them waiting for a TV show to come on.
  • The Weekenders
  • ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
  • As Told by Ginger 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.
  • Harvey Street Kids
  • Home Movies, especially the early episodes which contained lots of improvisation.
  • Hey Arnold!
  • Teacher's Pet aside from the talking animals
  • Dan Vs.
  • Pepper Ann
  • Doug
  • Martha Speaks — A talking dog notwithstanding.
  • 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.
  • Daria, save The Musical and its Bizarro Episode.
  • King of the Hill
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
  • We Bare Bears — Bear siblings living in San Francisco—and a koala—notwithstanding.
  • Big City GreensFish out of Water Country Mouse family adjusts to life in the big city.
  • 6teen
  • Ruby Gloom
  • Maya & Miguel, the fact that Maya's hair bobbles light up when she gets an idea notwithstanding.
  • Clone High, 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.
  • Regular Show zig-zags the hell out of this trope, as it alternates between the ordinary and surreal at the drop of a hat.
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • While Steven Universe 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 each other), and the relationship between Steven and Connie.
  • Out There is like a slightly more risque and vulgar Regular Show without the fantasy elements.
  • 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.
  • Angry Birds Toons usually has this plot, even if it involves the Bad Piggies trying to steal the birds' eggs as usual.
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants — A superhero fighting crime in his underwear notwithstanding.
  • The Proud Family for the most part, especially prominent in the earlier episodes.
  • Family Guy during its first three seasons (1999-2002).
  • American Dad! qualifies as this, despite a few surreal elements, as does The Cleveland Show.
  • Phineas and Ferb 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.
  • 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.
  • Uncle Grandpa has a recurring segment called "Slice of Life with Pizza Steve", which involves the titular Pizza Steve in his everyday...which consists of annoying Mr. Gus and making himself look good, such as saying he has "thick, luxurious hair", which is really his pet rabbit.
  • The Loud House, 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.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball in its first season originally focused on the day-to-day life of a family in a surreal, Everything Talks world. Season 2 onwards pretty much went bonkers, moving it away from this. (It has episodes that still qualify as this, however.)
  • Braceface in the early seasons.
  • Bob's Burgers is usually pretty low-key, with the occasional more fantastic adventure like Bob and his family getting shanghaied by a cruise ship captain, or Gene befriending a high-tech talking toilet as part of a pastiche of ET The Extraterrestrial. Most of the conflicts are about more mundane things, like Tina's love life, Bob trying to drum up business for the restaurant, or Linda trying to get closer to her kids.
  • Ready Jet Go!: 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.
  • Total DramaRama
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
  • Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own, talking animals entering a magical portal notwithstanding.
  • The ZhuZhus, talking animals notwithstanding, is about the adventures of a young girl and her hamsters in their town with plots ranging from planning an anniversary to staying up for the New Years to treasure hunts.
  • Craig of the Creek is primarily concerned with the day-to-day misadventures of some kids who hang out in the woods every day after school.
  • Fatherhood
  • Wait Till Your Father Gets Home


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