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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was an American television show based on Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2. There were two segments to the show, a live-action sequence starring WWF/E Hall of Fame wrestler-turned-manager, the late Capt. Lou Albano as Mario and the late Danny Wells as Luigi. Then there was an animated sequence in which Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool would battle King Bowser Koopa representing an alter-ego in a parody of a book, movie or real-life historical event. Every fifth episode (which would air on a Friday) featured Link, Zelda, and Ganon in a Legend of Zelda animated adventure.

The show ran in 1989 from September 4 through December 1 with a total of 65 episodes. 52 of the episodes had Mario characters in the animated segments while the other 13 had Zelda characters. The live-action segments with Albano and Wells appeared in all 65 episodes.

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# Animated segment Live-action segment Air date
1 "The Bird! The Bird!" "Neatness Counts" September 4, 1989
  • Animated: Toad is kidnapped by Birdo who thinks he is her lost child.
  • Live action: Mario and Luigi get a surprise visit from actress Nicole Eggert before she goes to a party.
2 "King Mario of Cramalot" "Day of the Orphan" September 5, 1989
  • Animated: When Koopa takes over the land of Cramalot, Mario has to pull a plunger from the Sacred Sink to dethrone him.
  • Live action: A young runaway named Patty tricks the Mario Bros. into preparing a party for her.
3 "Butch Mario & the Luigi Kid" "All Steamed Up" September 6, 1989
  • Animated: Koopa is holding the Princess hostage in the Wild West, and he's put a price on Mario and Luigi's heads.
  • Live action: Mario gets stuck inside Sergeant Slaughter's Steam-O-Matic device.
4 "Mario's Magic Carpet" "Marianne and Luigeena" September 7, 1989
  • Animated: While in search of Aladdin's lamp, the group is taken hostage by the evil Sultan Pasbah.
  • Live action: Mario and Luigi's annoying cousins drop by for a visit at the same time as football player Lyle Alzado.
5 "The Ringer" "Slime Busters" September 8, 1989
  • Animated: A disguised Ganon enters a magicians' contest at Hyrule Castle so he can steal the Triforce.
  • Live action: In the closest we'll ever get to a Super Mario/Ghostbusters crossover, Ernie Hudson shows up to help the Mario Bros. get rid of a slime ghost that's haunting their apartment.
6 "Rolling Down the River" "The Mario Monster Mash" September 11, 1989
7 "The Great Gladiator Gig" "Bonkers from Yonkers" September 12, 1989
8 "Mario and the Beanstalk" "Bats in the Basement" September 13, 1989
9 "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" "Will the Real Elvis Please Shut Up!" September 14, 1989
10 "Cold Spells" "Magic's Magic" September 15, 1989
11 "The Great BMX Race" "Mama Mia Mario" September 18, 1989
12 "Stars in Their Eyes" "Alligator Dundee" September 19, 1989
13 "Jungle Fever" "Dance" September 20, 1989
14 "Brooklyn Bound" "Cher's Poochie" September 21, 1989
15 "The White Knight" "Wild Thing" September 22, 1989
16 "Toad Warriors" "E.C. The Extra Creepy" September 25, 1989
17 "The Fire of Hercufleas" "The Marios Fight Back" September 26, 1989
18 "Count Koopula" "Magician" September 27, 1989
19 "Pirates of Koopa" "Do You Believe in Magic?" September 28, 1989
20 "Kiss 'N Tell" "Mommies Curse" September 29, 1989
21 "Two Plumbers and a Baby" "Lost Dog" October 2, 1989
22 "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario" "Plumbers of the Year" October 3, 1989
23 "Do You, Princess Toadstool, Take This Koopa...?" "Mario Hillbillies" October 4, 1989
24 "The Pied Koopa" "Super Plant" October 5, 1989
25 "Sing for the Unicorn" "Fred Van Winkle" October 6, 1989
26 "Koopenstein" "Baby Mario Love" October 9, 1989
27 "On Her Majesty's Sewer Service" "9001: A Mario Odyssey" October 10, 1989
28 "Mario and Joliet" "Fake Bro" October 11, 1989
29 "Too Hot to Handle" "Time Out Luigi" October 12, 1989
30 "That Sinking Feeling" "Tutti Frutti, Oh Mario" October 13, 1989
31 "Hooded Robin and His Mario Men" "Flower Power" October 16, 1989
32 "20,000 Koopas Under the Sea" "Vampire Until Ready" October 17, 1989
33 "Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold" "Heart Throb" October 18, 1989
34 "Mario Meets Koop-zilla" "Fortune Teller" October 19, 1989
35 "Doppelganger" "The Magic Love" October 20, 1989
36 "Koopa Klaus" "Little Marios" October 23, 1989
37 "Mario and the Red Baron Koopa" "Gorilla My Dreams" October 24, 1989
38 "The Unzappables" "George Washington Slept Here" October 25, 1989
39 "Bad Rap" "Caught in a Draft" October 26, 1989
40 "Underworld Connections" "Defective Gadgetry" October 27, 1989
41 "The Mark of Zero" "Toupee" October 30, 1989
42 "The Ten Koopmandments" "The Artist" October 31, 1989
43 "The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming!" "Zenned Out Mario" November 1, 1989
44 "The Trojan Koopa" "Texas Tea" November 2, 1989
45 "Stinging a Stinger" "The Great Hereafter" November 3, 1989
46 "Quest for Pizza" "The Painting" November 6, 1989
47 "The Great Gold Coin Rush" "Game Show Host" November 7, 1989
48 "Elvin Lives" "Home Radio" November 8, 1989
49 "Plumbers Academy" "Glasnuts" November 9, 1989
50 "A Hitch in the Works" "Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn" November 10, 1989
51 "Karate Koopa" "Adee Don't" November 13, 1989
52 "Mario of the Apes" "Chippie Chipmunks" November 14, 1989
53 "Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Brothers" "A Basement Divided" November 15, 1989
54 "Little Red Riding Princess" "No Way to Treat a Queenie" November 16, 1989
55 "Fairies in the Spring" "Pizza Crush" November 17, 1989
56 "The Provolone Ranger" "Goodbye Mr. Fish" November 20, 1989
57 "Escape from Koopatraz" "French" November 21, 1989
58 "Mario of the Deep" "Two Bums from Brooklyn" November 22, 1989
59 "Flatbush Koopa" "Opera" November 23, 1989
60 "The Missing Link" "Tutti Frutti Mario" November 24, 1989
61 "Raiders of the Lost Mushroom" "Cyrano de Mario" November 27, 1989
62 "Crocodile Mario" "Rowdy Roddy's Rotten Pipes" November 28, 1989
63 "Star Koopa" "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" November 29, 1989
64 "Robo Koopa" "Captain Lou is Missing" November 30, 1989
65 "The Moblins are Revolting" "The Ghoul of My Dreams" December 1, 1989

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  • In the first three episodes, Toad has a different color scheme (red hat with white spots [which resembles the modern colors of the Super Mushroom], white vest, red pants, white shoes) than what is used in all later episodes and the intro sequences (white hat with red spots, red vest, white pants, purple shoes). His first color scheme later made a reappearance as his Super Toad form in "The Fire of Hercufleas".
  • King Koopa's appearance is based on Bowser's sprite from Super Mario Bros., he has green skin, two armbands, no hair and wears a gold crown, resembling Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Princess Toadstool's appearance is based on her sprite from the original Super Mario Bros., she is depicted as a redhead instead of a blonde and lacks gloves or jewels on her crown, resembling her sprite from Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • Mario uses his original outfit from his debut in the original Donkey Kong and on the international cover of Super Mario Bros. as well as his appearance in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and his artwork on the cover of Super Mario Bros. 2, sporting a blue shirt with red overalls, which resembles his sprite from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros.. Luigi uses the same outfit from Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels and his Super Mario Bros. 2 artwork, wearing a blue shirt with green overalls (later used for his sprites in the Super Mario All-Stars and Deluxe versions of Super Mario Bros.). Also, Mario and Luigi both have black hair rather than brown and Luigi has green eyes instead of blue while Mario's eyes are still blue.
  • Mario and Luigi's super forms are based on Fire Mario's sprites and Luigi's regular sprites from Super Mario Bros. This resembles their current fire form color schemes from Super Mario World onward, but with the shirt and overall colors reversed, which resembles their fire form sprites from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros.
  • Mario's color scheme in the show later appears as an alternate costume for Wario in Mario Golf, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and as the Classic Suit for Mario in Super Mario Odyssey as well as the skins pack for Mario and Luigi in the Mario Bros. Tour of Mario Kart Tour and Luigi's color scheme in the show also later appears as the skins pack for Mario and Luigi in the Mario Bros. Tour of Mario Kart Tour. Additionally, King Koopa's color scheme also appears as an alternate costume for Bowser in Mario Golf, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Princess Toadstool's design in the show also appears as an alternate costume for Daisy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • When Mario transforms into Super Mario, his color scheme from his artwork in Mario Bros. can be seen during the transformation.
  • When Luigi transforms into a Super Luigi, a green shirt and blue overalls (which would later become his current color scheme, starting with Super Mario Bros. 3) can be seen during the transformation.
  • A series of View-Master reels based on the episode "The Bird! The Bird!" were produced, which depicted scenes from the episode recreated using stock artwork from the games, including Wart appearing in place of King Koopa, despite the captions still referring to the latter character.
  • When the series was shown on the Family Channel, the episodes all had the Legend of Zelda preview segments removed, and they were slowed down to bring them back to their original length, and the commercial breaks typically came at different points in the animated segments rather than where they were originally placed. For whatever reason (likely due to the episode's original master having gone missing), the Family Channel cut of the episode "King Mario of Cramalot" has been used on all subsequent DVD, digital, and streaming releases as well as later digital and streaming releases.
  • In July 1990, the show was retooled as Club Mario, where the Mario and Luigi live-action segments were replaced by two Mario-crazy teen fans named Co M.C. and Tommy Treehugger. It is often stated that, due to negative reception, the Club Mario tapes were destroyed after 1991. However, the iTunes and Amazon Instant Video releases of the episode "The Unzappables", for some reason, have its live-action segment, "George Washington Slept Here", inexplicably replaced with a Club Mario segment, making it the only Club Mario episode to be commercially available. It is unknown what happened to the master copy of "George Washington Slept Here".
  • The plumber's log in every episode except for "Koopa Klaus" is a reference to the Captain's log in Star Trek.
  • Luigi's Italian food-based outbursts is a reference to Robin's Holy's from the 1966 Live-Action Batman TV series.
  • This is the only Mario cartoon to have a live-action section and it is also the only Mario cartoon to not feature the Koopalings.


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