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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was a children television series based on the NES video game Super Mario Bros. 2 and developed by DIC Entertainment. The show led with a "live-action" section for up to five minutes, moved onto an animated part of the show, and for the final five minutes, it reverts to the live-action filming, totaling about half an hour. The "live-action" segment was based on Mario and Luigi with problems that include, but not limited: plumbing, living in a basement, meeting celebrities and generally being fed up with Italian jobs. The animated segment insinuates them enjoying their time, fighting with each other and saving Princess Toadstool. In some episodes King Koopa would use an alter-ego and wear a costume to represent other villains from a movie, book or real-life historical event. The series ran for one season beginning on September 4th, 1989 and ended on December 1st, 1989.

The series was distributed by Viacom Enterprises and currently distributed by Paramount Home Video and NCircle Entertainment. Many stores had the home videos of this show. NCircle Entertainment also released them on DVD at GameStop along with Nintendo games. The NCircle Entertainment DVDs of the show were also sold at more stores.


Other voices

  • Robert Bockstael
  • Dorian Joe Clark
  • Rob Cowan
  • Denise Pidgeon
  • Paulina Gillis
  • Greg Morton
  • Joyce Gordon
  • Greg Swanson
  • Diane Fabian
  • Marilyn Lightstone
  • Marla Lukofsky

Episode list 

  1. The Bird! The Bird! / Neatness Counts
  2. King Mario of Cramalot / Day of the Orphan
  3. Butch Mario & the Luigi Kid / All Steamed Up
  4. Mario's Magic Carpet / Marianne and Luigeena
  5. Slime Busters
  6.  Rolling Down the River / The Mario Monster Mash
  7. The Great Gladiator Gig / Bonkers from Yonkers
  8. Mario and the Beanstalk / Bats in the Basement
  9. Love 'Em and Leave 'Em / Will the Real Elvis Please Shut Up!
  10. Magic's Magic
  11. The Great BMX Race / Mama Mia Mario
  12. Stars in Their Eyes / Alligator Dundee
  13. Jungle Fever / Dance
  14. Brooklyn Bound / Cher's Poochie
  15. The White Knight / Wild Thing
  16. Toad Warriors / E.C. The Extra Creepy
  17. The Fire of Hercufleas / The Marios Fight Back
  18. Count Koopula / Magician
  19. Pirates of Koopa / Do You Believe in Magic?
  20. Kiss 'N Tell / Mommies Curse
  21. Two Plumbers and a Baby / Lost Dog
  22. The Adventures of Sherlock Mario / Plumbers of the Years
  23. Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa...? / Mario Hillbillies
  24. The Pied Koopa / Super Plant
  25. Sing for the Unicorn / Fred Van Winkle
  26. Koopenstein / Baby Mario Love
  27. On Her Majesty's Sewer Service / 9001: A Mario Odyssey
  28. Mario and Joliet / Fake Bro
  29. Too Hot to Handle / Time Out Luigi
  30. That Sinking Feeling / Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario
  31. Hooded Robin and His Mario Men / Flower Power
  32. 20,000 Koopas Under the Sea / Vampire Until Ready
  33. Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold / Heart Throb
  34. Mario Meets Koop-zilla / Fortune Teller
  35. Doppelganger / The Magic Love
  36. Koopa Klaus / Little Marios
  37. Mario and the Red Baron Koopa / Gorilla My Dreams
  38. The Unzappables / George Washington Slept Here
  39. Bad Rap / Caught in a Draft
  40. Underworld Connections / Defective Gadgetry
  41. The Mark of Zero / Toupee
  42. The Ten Koopmandments / The Artist
  43. The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming! / Zenned Out Mario
  44. The Trojan Koopa / Texas Tea
  45. Stinging a Stinger / The Great Hereafter
  46. Quest for Pizza / The Painting
  47. The Great Gold Coin Rush / Game Show Host
  48. Elvin Lives / Home Radio
  49.  Plumber's Academy / Glasnuts
  50. Hitch in the Works / Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn
  51. Karate Koopa / Adee Don't
  52. Mario of the Apes / Chippie Chipmunks
  53. Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers / A Basement Divided
  54. Little Red Riding Princess / No Way to Treat a Queenie
  55. Fairies in the Spring / Pizza Crush
  56. The Provolone Ranger / Goodbye Mr. Fish
  57. Escape from Koopatraz / French
  58. Mario of the Deep / Two Bums from Brooklyn
  59. Flatbush Koopa / Opera
  60. The Missing Link / Tutti Frutti Mario
  61. Raiders of the Lost Mushroom / Cyrano de Mario
  62. Crocodile Mario / Rowdy Roddy's Rotten Pipes
  63. Star Koopa / Santa Claus Is Coming to Flatbush
  64. Robo Koopa / Captain Lou Is Missing
  65. The Moblins Are Revolting / The Ghoul of My Dreams


For all "Mario" raps click here: Plumber Raps

  • The Plumber Rap 1 (opening theme)
  • The Plumber Rap 2 (opening theme)
  • Do the Mario (ending theme)


  • 4 WWF (now known as the WWE) Hall of Famers performed, the late Capt. Lou Albano, the late "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Cyndi Lauper and Sgt. Slaughter.
  • Mario wears a blue shirt and red overalls from his first appearance in Donkey Kong and the first two Super Mario Bros. games and Luigi wears a blue shirt and green overalls from Super Mario Bros. 2 in the cartoon and they both have black hair instead of brown, while Mario's eyes are still blue and Luigi's eyes are green instead of blue. Also, Bowser is referred as King Koopa and has green skin instead of orange and wears two spiked collars instead of five and wears a gold crown instead of having the usual red hair, resembling his sprite from Super Mario Bros., Peach is referred as Princess Toadstool and has red hair instead of blonde and she has no white gloves and wears a plain gold crown resembling her sprite from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 and her eyes and jewelry are all green rather than blue and Toad's appearance is based on his sprite from Super Mario Bros. in which his vest is red instead of blue and his shoes were purple instead of brown. However, in the first three episodes, Toad's color scheme is reversed having a red hat with white spots and white vest with red pants and white shoes, although this old color scheme would later be reused for Toad's super form in "The Fires of Herculfleas".
  • Mario and Luigi's super forms are based on their fire form sprites from Super Mario Bros., though Luigi's shirt in his super form is green instead of red. Their super form colors resemble the colors of their modern fire forms in the Mario games, beginning with Super Mario World, but with colors reversed.
  • The blue shirt and red overalls that Mario wears in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! would later be used as an alternate costume for Mario in the first three Super Smash Bros. games and an alternate costume for Wario in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well as Ice Mario's outfit in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U and as the Classic Suit in Super Mario Odyssey and the blue shirt and green overalls that Luigi wears would later be used as Ice Luigi's outfit in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U. Additionally, King Koopa's color scheme is later used as an alternate costume for Bowser in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Princess Toadstool's design is used as an alternate costume for Daisy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • During Mario's transformation into a Super Mario, his color scheme from the Japanese cover and North American cabinet of Mario Bros. is seen.
  • The cover songs from the original airings were edited out and replaced with instrumental songs from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World in the later TV airings and the DVD releases.
  • This is the only Mario cartoon to start and end with a live-action segment.
  • This is also the only Mario cartoon to not feature the Koopalings.
  • There were two episodes where King Koopa didn’t appear at all, although Sargeant Kooperman of the Plumbing Academy had the same voice actor.
  • The Plumber's Log in every episode except for "Koopa Klaus" is a reference to Captain's Log from Star Trek.
  • Luigi's Italian food-based outbursts is very similar to Robin's "Holy's" from the 1966 live-action Batman TV series.
  • The late Avery Schreiber was the original choice for the role of Mario before the late Capt. Lou Albano was cast.[citation needed]

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