The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is
a television show that is heavily based on the video games
Super Mario Bros.
and Super Mario
Bros. 2. It was first produced by DiC and broadcast on Fox stations from
September 1989 to December 1989, and then became the subject of reruns until
1991. It was later picked up by multiple channels until it found a home on the
Family Channel, where it was aired until 1994.
Mario Bros. Plumbing
The show opened and closed with a
live-action segment where Mario was played by
Lou Albano and his
brother, Luigi, was played by
They were often the hosts of celebrity guest starts and utilized a set to
simulate a live audience. Some of the most famous people who appeared on the
show were Magic Johnson, Sgt. Slaughter, Nedra Volz, and Vanna White. When asked
about the filming experience, Lou Albano said that they were given a general
idea of the plot for the show, but usually improvised the majority of the actual
dialogue while they were filming.
In one particularly difficult guest appearance, Lou Albano, of WWE fame, must
come onto stage to play himself, making it so that he could not share the stage
with Mario. This came at the request of a fellow guest star, Cyndi Lauper, who
says that she wants to find the wrestler who is apparently missing. Mario goes
off stage to “buy some pizza”, leaving Luigi and Cyndi alone to meet Lou.
There are opening and closing scenes where Lou Albano and Danny Wells play
alternate versions of themselves, cousins of the Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.
The second part of the The Super
Mario Bros. Super Show! was a cartoon called Super Mario Bros. This segment of
the show was heavily influenced by the actual games, using music, situations,
and characters. In each episode the main cast, Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool,
and Toad has to fight the villainous King Koopa as he assaults the Mushroom
Kingdom. One of the best parts about King Koopa is that the show often made him
parody movies, resulting in interesting costume changes for him and his Koopas.
The origin story for the Super Mario Bros. Super Show! is related to the viewer
by the opening song. It says that the two brothers were working on a clogged
drain in New York when they were suddenly warped through and into the Mushroom
Kingdom. Here they made it their duty to rescue the princess and prevent Koopa
from conquering the kingdom. After this introduction song, Mario would begin the
day’s adventures by making notes into his “Plumber’s Log”, where he tracks all
of his adventures.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! aired four days each week, from Monday to
Friday when it was replaced by an episode from the Legend Of Zelda.
The Legend Of Zelda
Each Friday, instead of airing the
Mario show, the network would show The Legend of Zelda. This show starred the
heroes, Link and Princess Zelda, who had to fight against the nefarious Ganon.
During the weekday airings of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, some segments
of the previous episodes were shown, leading up to a sneak peek on the Thursday
episode of the Mario show. Originally, The Legend Of Zelda ran for thirteen
episodes and was ended after the cancellation of the original run of the Mario
After it was cancelled, many of the same voice actors for the main cast went on
to star in other cartoons such as Captain N: The Game Master, which was roughly
based on the second Zelda title: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. As fate would
have it, this show would eventually go on to be featured alongside the future
incarnation of the Mario Shows:
Super Mario World and
The Adventures of
Super Mario Bros 3.
The Mario Brothers Mario and Luigi are two plumbers from Brooklyn.
Out at work on one of their plumbing jobs they were unclogging a bath drainpipe, when suddenly without any warning the drain sucked the brothers in and warped them to the Mushroom Kingdom! On their arrival they managed to rescue Princess Toadstool and Toad from King Koopa and his army.
Luckily Princess Toadstool and Toad are now safe, however the Koopas still
haven't been caught! Things get worse as the warp zone leading to Brooklyn has been closed. It's now up to Mario and Luigi to free the Mushroom World from King Koopa and to find a way back to Brooklyn!
Lou Albano as Mario (left) and
Danny Wells as Luigi (right) in a live action segment/sketch of the Super Mario
Bros. Super Show
Lou Albano (Mario), Danny Wells (Luigi), Jeannie Elias (Princess Toadstool, Birdo, and Shy Guy), John Stocker (Toad, Koopa Troopa, Mouser, Beezo, and Flurry), Harvey Atkin (King Koopa, Tryclyde and Snifit).
A full list of episodes of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show are below including the air date, if you click on the title of the episode you will be taken to that episodes guide page including a synopsis, info about the guest stars and images from both the live action show and cartoon.
From 1989 to 1991, Kid Klassics released the following NTSC VHSs of the show:
Mario’s Magic Carpet
Mario Meets Koopzilla
King Mario of Cramalot
The Great Gladiator Gig
Butch Mario and the Luigi Kid
The Great BMX Race
The Bird! The Bird!
Koopa Klaus / Stars In Their Eyes / Too Hot to Handle
Count Koopula / Koopenstein / Robo Koopa
Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers / Rollin’ Down the River / Brooklyn Bound
Two Plumbers and a Baby / On Her Majesty’s Sewer Service / The Great Gold Coin Rush / Flatbush Koopa
Robo Koopa / Bad Rap / Karate Koopa / The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming!
Hooded Robin and His Mario Men / Plummers Academy / Quest For Pizza / Escape From Koopatraz
The Kid Klassics VHS video tapes (the ones that had one episode) always began with a commercial for NesQuik.
On the Kid Klassics VHS videos, the “Super Mario Bros.” theme wasn’t included before the cartoon segment. It was included on the Wonderful World of DiC videos released in 2002.
In 1996, “Koopa Klaus”, along with SMW’s “The Night Before Cave Christmas”, was released on a VHS titled “Super Mario Bros. Super Christmas Adventures!”
On February 26th, 2002, DiC released two new SMB Super Show VHS tapes: “Mario’s Action Adventures” (which consisted of “Robo Koopa”, “Toad Warriors”, “Raiders of the Lost Mushroom”, and the Zelda episode “Kiss ‘n Tell”) and “Mario’s Monster Madness” (which included “Count Koopula”, “Mario Meets Koopzilla”, “Koopenstein”, and Zelda’s “The Missing Link”). Both tapes were packed into a single DVD titled “Mario’s Greatest Movie Moments”, with “The Adventures of Sherlock Mario” as a bonus episode.
“Do You Princess Toadstool Take This Koopa…?” is a bonus on the “Sonic Underground” DVD “Dr. Robotnik’s Revenge”.
“Two Plumbers and a Baby” was aired without an intro on television.
There was a Viewmaster three-reel set based on the show (but labeled as “Super Mario Bros. 2”). The A reel showed various scenes from the live-action segments, while the B and C reels were an adaptation of “The Bird! The Bird!” Oddly, although the picture descriptions say “King Koopa”, the villain featured in reels B and C is clearly Wart
DVD / VHS
There have been lots of mixed
compilations featuring episodes from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show on both
DVD and VHS releases.
Many single disc DVD's have been
released featuring episodes from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show by lots of
different companies including: Sterling Productions, NCircle Entertainment,
Maximum Entertainment (UK), Trimark, Shout! Factory and finally by Beyond Home
Between 1989 and 1991 Kids Klassics
released many mixed episode compilations of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show on
home video/VHS. The very first videos only included one animated episode
accompanied by two live action sketches. The latter released videos however
would include up to 3 animated episodes and only one live action sketch and in
the case of the very last few released in this period, no live action sketch at
all and four episodes of the animated cartoons.
Bloopers & Errors in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show
Text error on the DVD Mario's Greatest Movie moments
In the Trivia quiz game on this DVD the fifth question asks you about the episode "Count Koopula" but the question is worded "What's room number that the Mario Bros. were put into in Koopula's Castle?" and should have been worded "What's THE room number that the Mario Bros. were put into in Koopula's Castle?"
Episode 8 - Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
During the scene where the Princess is talking about getting another love potion the spots on Toad's head change briefly to back, and then back to red again.
Episode 13 - Toad Warriors
While driving to the rebel fort; Mario, Toad & Luigi's seatbelts disappear for half of the trip.
During the drive to the rebel fort Toad tells Mario to look out of the cars rear-view mirror, but there isn't one.
When the Bob-omb is lit and Toad screams & runs - the car, Mario, and Luigi have all disappeared
When the Mario brothers speed up their car on the way to the rebel fort in one shot Mario has both hands on the steering wheel while in the next he has one hand on the wheel and one hand on some kind of lever for making the car go faster to the right of the wheel.
At the beginning of this episode a Koopa's state troopa pulls over the Mario's car and they are both in the middle of the road, in the next scene they are at the side of it.
When Mario, Luigi and Toad say goodbye to the Princess, Toad is standing at the front of their car, Luigi in the middle, and Mario at the back. Two shots later, the order changes to Mario at the front, then Toad, and Luigi at the back of the car.
When the Mario's say goodbye to Princess, Mario is at the front of the car, with Toad next to him and Luigi at the back. Luigi and Mario then swap places for the rest of the scene.
Koopa sends Mouser to hunt the Mario's once he realises they've escaped. The binoculars he was holding then disappear.
The Thunderbirdo is pink, yet when it first appears, and just before it explodes it shows at green.
On the drive to the rebel fort the wing mirrors of their car appears and disappears.
In order to stop the Mario's reaching the rebel fort the Koopa army park a truck in the middle of the road - but there's no one driving it.
Episode 17 - Two Plumbers & A Baby
There is a scene in this episode where Luigi has the same colour hat as Mario and when Luigi opens his mouth to talk we hear the voice of Mario.
Lookin' a little short and fat
Episode 49 - Raiders of the Lost Mushroom
As Koopa escapes through the warp pipe at the end of the episode Mario and Luigi briefly switch colours.
There are parts of this episode where Mario's mouth is moving as if he was talking, but he isn't saying anything.
Episode 52 - Robo Koopa
Towards the end of this episode at the time Koopa is tricked into pushing the ejector seat button Bunsun disappears at the side of Dr. Nerdnik
Towards the end of this story for no apparent reason Robo Koopa sets down Dr. Nerdnik after previously holding him hostage - there is no reason for this.
The force fields holding Princess and Toad captive disappear when Koopa starts chasing Mario, Luigi, Bunsun and Dr. Nerdnik.
When Luigi says "Koopa was scary enough when he was a reptile" Mario has disappeared
There is a scene where the Mario brothers are running from Koopa, they run over a hole in the ground, though no one falls into it..
Gallery - Images from the Super Mario Bros. Super Show
A collection of still images from various episodes of the Super Mario Bros.
Super Show. If you want pictures from a specific episode, check out the episode
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