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A format which has not been widely used for some time. See Dramatic Hour Long, except shorter.

This format was fairly common in the fifties and sixties, particularly for Soap Operas, but has fallen out of use in favor for the Dramatic Hour Long. In the seventies most soaps in the United States switched to an hour-long format. The format was more common in the United Kingdom, and still is to a degree.

Among the only live-action half hour dramatic shows remaining on air in North America today are the Soap Opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Discovery Kids' Flight 29 Down, and Degrassi: The Next Generation (which is increasingly shying away from this).

Examples of Dramatic Half Hour include:

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