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  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was dominated by the two-shorts format in its first season, but 22-minute stories gradually began to dominate as the series moved more toward adventure than pure comedy.
  • The Alvin Show followed ABCB; A was an Alvin and the Chipmunks short, B was a Chipmunks music video, and C was Clyde Crashcup.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long very rarely used the Two Shorts format.
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  • Angelo Rules used a three shorts format in the first season. Starting from season 2, it uses a two-shorts format.
  • 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.
  • Arthur uses the Two Shorts format, with short live-action fillers in between: "And now a word from us kids!" In some countries (such as the United Kingdom on Nickelodeon's run of the show), "A Word From Us Kids" was cut to make room for commercials.
    • In some of the newer episodes, "A Word from Us Kids" was replaced by "Postcards from You!".
  • Atomic Betty follows the Two Shorts format, with half-hour episodes being divided into a Part 1 and a Part 2. Season 3's retool changed it up a bit by shortening the second short to make room for a third super-quick comedic short featuring the characters in situations unattached to the main show.
  • Atomic Puppet uses a Two Shorts format. Like Atomic Betty, its half-hour episodes are divided into a Part 1 and a Part 2.
  • 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.
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  • Nearly every episode of Bump in the Night had three segments, two of them being ten-minute episodes and one consisting of one or more of the characters singing a song at the Karaoke Cafe. The only episodes that break this pattern are "Party Poopers" (a twenty-minute episode and a Karaoke Cafe segment) and the Christmas Episode "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy" (a single story that ran for one hour and four minutes).
  • 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).
  • Cartoon Network examples:
    • Cow and Chicken shared an AAB format with I Am Weasel, with two Cow and Chicken cartoons running back to back and a Weasel cartoon shown as the last segment at the end (save for "The Ugliest Weenie", which ran them in an ABA format to fit the episode's overall story). This lasted until I Am Weasel was spun off, though reruns after both shows ended would re-merge the two.
    • Dexter's Laboratory in its first two seasons, ABA with either Dial M for Monkey or The Justice Friends, along with shorter minute-long interludes between the main segments involving more of Dexter and Dee Dee's shenanigans or the TV Puppet Pals. The last two seasons followed a slightly different format, with two regular shorts framing a much quicker 4-minute one involving the same cast of characters as the regular show.
    • Done only occasionally in the early seasons of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
    • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy was initially aired as Grim & Evil, sharing an ABA structure with Evil Con Carne (though sometimes taking a BAB format for two-part Evil episodes) before the latter was spun off and then cancelled; both shows followed the two-short format on their own.
    • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi ran as three shorts, with little live action sketches intersperced featuring the titular band inbetween the cartoons.
    • The Powerpuff Girls: Some special episodes filled the whole 22 minutes, but most were of the Two Shorts format, outside of the fourth season which had only a single two-shorts episode.
    • Time Squad mostly had two shorts, 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.")
    • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? aired in a two-shorts format. However, when the original 7-minute pilot aired on the show with "Electric Boogaloo", a music video by The Lavender Fudge Experience filled up the remaining time.
    • Since 2010, most Cartoon Network shows have had episodes premiere as Quarter Hour Shorts or Two Shorts with one being new, then aired as Two Shorts for re-runs.
  • Cool McCool followed the ABA format with B being Harry McCool.
  • Danger Mouse but only when shown in the US,when Nickelodeon began airing episodes of the show they removed the elements of serialization with the cliffhangers and recaps and had a five part story air as one big block,running shy of 19 minutes to fill up time episodes of Bananaman were used to round out the program. In the UK Danger Mouse airs on its own one episode a week.
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood airs in the ABAB format, with the B segments being live-action segments about kids exploring the theme of the episode, in a similar manner to the "A Word From Us Kids" segments mentioned in the Arthur examples above. Most of the time, the episodes will have the same theme. "Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/Daniel Goes to the Potty" and "Thank You, Grandpere Tiger!/Neighborhood Thank You Day" are two examples of this.
  • Doug's Nickelodeon seasons were Two Shorts format, with the exception of the full-length series premiere and the Halloween and Christmas specials.
  • Dragon Tales uses the ABA format, with the "B" slot taken by Dragon Tunes. Unfortunately, because of legal issues involving the rights to the songs, they were taken out of the Netflix versions of the episodes.
  • DuckTales used the Two-Shorts format very rarely, too, only having "Magica's Magic Mirror/Take Me Out of the Ballgame".
  • Edgar & Ellen uses the Two Shorts format, with the addition of a closing super-short segment.
  • The Fairly OddParents uses the Two Shorts format, with the exception of specials.
  • 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.
    • The "Viewer Mail" episodes follow this format with three short episodes with plots taken from viewer ideas.
    • "High School English" featured three shorts based on three books often read in high school English classes.
    • "Three Directors" had three stories each "guest directed" by a Hollywood director.
    • "Grimm Job" did this with shorts based on fairy tales.
    • "Family Guy Through the Years" had Period Piece shorts imagining what the show would have been like if it were a live-action show airing in The '50s, The '60s, and The '70s.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum used Two Shorts.
  • 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. This was used as the setup for a Brick Joke for the Animated Actors of the other superheroes to show up and complain about not getting any more airtime.
  • Garfield and Friends, ABA with U.S. Acres, also known as Orson's Farm overseas and on the DVD cut. Starting with season 2, the show 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.
  • Hanna-Barbera examples:
  • Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats. The B was The Catillac Cats.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes follows the two-short format.
  • 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!
  • Kim Possible also very rarely used the Two Shorts format.
  • The King Kong Show was ABA, with King Kong as A and Tom of T.H.U.M.B. as B.
  • King Leonardo and His Short Subjects followed ABCA, with The King & Odie (2-parters) as A, The Hunter as B, and Tooter Turtle as C.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series very rarely used the Two Shorts format as well.
  • Maryoku Yummy does the two stories format.
  • Max and Ruby used three shorts for the first five seasons. By the sixth, it was shortened to the traditional two shorts.
  • The Mighty B! used Two Shorts for each 22-minute episode, except for specials.
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse on CBS was AABA. The A's were all Mighty Mouse cartoons with B being one-shot Terrytoons films. In 1966, it became Mighty Mouse & the Mighty Heroes and followed ABBA, with A being a two-parter Mighty Heroes story and B being two Mighty Mouse cartoons.
  • My Little Pony 'n 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.
  • The American VHS releases of Noddy's Toyland Adventures used the ABABA format, with songs based on the characters such as "Noddy the Little Nodding Man" and "I Have A House" being the B segment. This was different from the TV airings, which were part of a show called The Noddy Shop.
    • Make Way For Noddy aired as this in the United States in an ABABC format. The A segments were the main Noddy stories, while the B segments were Say It With Noddy, where Noddy and a robot named Whiz taught a vocabulary word in another language (which sometimes aired as a stand-alone show between other programs in the UK and Canada). The C segment was a music video. Oddly enough, in its first year on Sprout, this format was not used.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series used the Two Shorts format most of the time.
  • Pepper Ann mostly uses two shorts, but there are some episodes (like "Ziterella" and "The Environmentals") where it's just one episode.
  • 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. There have been points where the show ran in Quarter Hour Short format, mostly new shorts.
  • The Pink Panther. ABA, with the B being either a short with The Inspector, or a less well-known De Patie Freleng Enterprises cartoon like The Ant and the Aardvark or Misterjaw.
  • Ready Jet Go! uses the ABAB format, being a PBS Kids show and all. There are usually two 11-minute episodes with a-minute-and-a-half live action segments featuring Dr. Amy Mainzer sandwiched in between, although sometimes the second Amy segment will be cut in order to make room for promos.
  • Recess follows the two shorts format, with the exception of three episodes.
  • 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.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has a ABCDA format. The "Rocky" segments take up the beginning and the end; the B is either "Fractured Fairy Tales" or "Aesop and Son"; C (the shortest segment) is "Bullwinkle's Corner" or "Mister Know-it-all" or a Fan Club meeting; D is "Peabody's Improbable History" 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."
  • Ruby Gloom uses an unusual format, where one full-length episode is framed by two super-short segments.
  • 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 exception of KaBlam!, which was an animated sketch comedy). These are still the majority.
    • The first Christmas episode is a full-length episode, with the title screen popping up halfway through saying "Later That Day" and simply continuing the same episode later that same day.
  • A lot of specials and one-off episodes of The Simpsons are constructed like this:
    • The "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween Specials are the most obvious example.
    • The episode "Trilogy of Error" has its three seemingly irrelevant plots (Homer accidentally cutting a finger off; Lisa trying to get to a science fair; Bart and Milhouse discovering a mafia's illegal fireworks ring) become connected more and more throughout.
    • There are several episodes, such as "Tales from the Public Domain", "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase", and "Simpsons Tall Tales", which use either a Framing Device of characters telling each other stories with a Universal-Adaptor Cast, or simply Breaking the Fourth Wall, to connect them to the main continuity. Since Season 14, Simpsons writers do these instead of clip shows whenever they're low on of good ideas for a full episode.
  • Space Goofs also uses the two shorts format.
  • Spliced also follows the two-short format.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures often alternated between three shorts and full-length episodes.
  • Underdog used the ABA format with A being a serialized Underdog story and B alternating between The Hunter and The Go-Go Gophers. When the show did a Channel Hop from NBC to CBS in 1966, B alternated between The Go-Go Gophers and Klondike Kat.
  • The Weekenders used the two shorts format.
  • The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show uses the ABA format. The B portion features Droopy's adventures, with Slick Wolf as the antagonist and other Tex Avery characters in supporting roles.
    • Indeed, most syndication runs of the show in the 1980s and 1990s did as well, with B being Droopy or another MGM cartoon.
    • A later series, Tom & Jerry Kids, started off using the ABA 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.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot used Two Shorts, excepting a few 22-minute segments and "Escape from Cluster Prime", which ran for 44 minutes.
  • Sanjay and Craig uses Two Shorts.
  • Ned's Newt also uses Two Shorts.
  • Rabbids Invasion.
  • Storytime With Thomas was ABA with 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.
  • Airings of Caillou on PBS Kids are Two Shorts. In episodes broadcast prior to 2006, there were puppet segments in between episodes, alongside songs sung by The Cailettes and short films.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears alternated between full 22 min. episodes and Two Shorts episodes.
  • ChalkZone had a three shorts formula most of the time in an AABC format (sometimes the order of the shorts were rearranged as BAAC or ABAC depending on the episode). One A segment would be an eleven-minute story, then the commercial break, the next A segment being a seven-minute story (during the first season, these were the original Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, save for the first two shorts from '98 which were written into the 11 minutes as flashbacks due to the first two shorts taking place two years prior to the events of the series and the 1999 shorts), the B segment being a three-minute short starring Snap (Rudy and Penny would not appear in these shorts, nor anything involved in the real world unless the title card showed a real world character erasing the chalk drawing on the chalk board title card), and then the C segment being a one-minute music video.
    • A few episodes did avert the usual formula: "Double Trouble" using an AC format (the episode was 24 minutes plus the music video), three episodes ("Rudy's First Adventure/Rudy's Story", "French Fry Falls/Gift Adrift", and "The Smooch/Power Play") used the AAC format (two 11-minute episodes and a music video), one episode used a ABAB format ("Mellow Drama Falls/Snapshots II: Wild ChalkZone!/The White Board/Doofus Penny")- one eleven-minute episode, a three-minute Snap short, a seven-minute story, and another three-minute Snap short (making it one of the few episodes without a music video), one episode used an AAB format without a music video due to the B segment being a minute longer than usual ("That Thing You Drew/That Sinking Feeling/Insect Aside"), and then the Christmas special "When Santas Collide" just aired a full 24-minutes without a music video.
  • Kick Buttowski typically had a two-shorts format, although two episodes were full 22-minute stories and the final episode (in production order) contained three seven-minute shorts.
  • The first season of Toonsylvania had an ABCD format. A was Frankenstein, B was either Night of the Living Fred or a B-horror movie parody, C was Igor's Science Minute and D was Melissa Screetch's Morbid Morals.
  • Mixels: Mixed Up Special was a nine-shorts special. Seven of them were shorts that aired earlier in Mixels' first season and the other two were five- to six-minute 'minisodes' that debuted with the special.
  • Toot & Puddle followed the ABA format when aired on television - a story, followed by the interstitial "Boomerang Song," followed by another story. The downloads offered on YouTube are presented as individual stories. When actually aired in the three shorts format, the rule was usually if not always that one story would be about Toot (and occasionally both Toot and Puddle) traveling the world, with the other story about an adventure at home in Pocket Hollow.
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show used the ABA three shorts format. The first and third shorts were about Woody while the second alternated between either new Chilly Willy cartoons or cartoons featuring Winnie Woodpecker or Woody's niece and nephew Splinter and Knothead. In the third season, only Chilly Willy cartoons were shown.
  • Wander over Yonder tends to use the two-shorts format, with the exception seven 22-minute episodes, three in season one, and four in season two.
  • Reruns of Teen Titans Go! used a Two Shorts format before July 30, 2016. Reruns shown after that date used the ABA format, with the B segment being Mighty Magiswords. Before that, DC Nation shorts would play in between segments.
  • PAW Patrol airs as this in North American airings (except for the few rare instances where Nick and TV Ontario show one segment as schedule filler, usually after a new episode of another show), though some episodes were 22 minutes long, and there was at least two instances of an Extra-Long Episode.
  • What About Mimi? is unusual in that it was retooled into a Two Shorts series in its final season, despite using a full half-hour format previously.


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