The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

1989 TV-Y7 2 seasons

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

1989 TV-Y7 2 seasons
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Mixing live action and animation, this classic series brought the beloved Super Mario Bros. video game characters to television screens everywhere. The show also features regular celebrity guest stars, from Vanna White to Cyndi Lauper.
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Summary of Season 1 (1989) - 4 discs

Beloved video game plumbers Mario and Luigi star in their very own series of animated adventures that also features live-action segments and celebrity guest stars, from Cyndi Lauper and Sgt. Slaughter to Danica McKellar and Magic Johnson.
Format
DVD Streaming
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
CC
No
Rating
TV-Y7 - This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Captain Lou Albano
  • Danny Wells
  • Jeannie Elias
  • John Stocker
  • Harvey Atkin
  • Robert Bockstael
  • Cynthia Preston
  • Jonathan Potts
  • Colin Fox
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Super Mario Bros. Super Show is a frenetic and rather tense animated series that has become a cult classic since airing between 1989 and 1991. Parents may object to the show's violence: brothers Luigi and Mario are often in mortal peril when opposing villain King Koopa, a scary reptile that may upset younger viewers. Luigi and Mario themselves are the subject of rampant Italian stereotypes, often shown eating pasta or pizza, or referring to same. Villain Koopa frequently refers to them using insulting language, often containing stereotypes: "Spaghetti saps!" The show's sole female character, Princess Toadstool, is usually depicted as passive and helpless; the need to rescue her from various picturesque locations usually drives the show's plot. Famous guest stars drop by on every show, some of whom may give parents pause, like the sultry horror host Elvira (and her heaving bosom). The show's quick pace, annoying synth game music, and "us against them" plots involving heroes and villains may also worry parents. However, the broad humor in both the live action and animated segments, and the show's pedigree (connected to a beloved video game franchise), may enthrall young viewers.

Sexual Content

Guest stars like Elvira occasionally show off major skin.

Violence

Pretty intense violence for a cartoon caper intended for young audiences: Mario and Luigi are often in mortal danger, i.e. perched on a cliff's edge or about to tumble into a waterfall. The brothers can also become "super," which means they can shoot gun-like bolts of lightning from their hands.

Language

No cursing, but a ton of insults, often quite rude, as when villain King Koopa calls some of his henchmen "powder puffs," or the brothers "faucet freaks."

Social Behavior

We are told Mario and Luigi are the "good guys," but their methods of conquering the "bad guys" (namely, force and trickery) are no different from the methods the villains use. The show also trades in Italian stereotypes, with nonstop references to spaghetti, pepperoni, and the like.

Consumerism

The show is based on a video game series that kids may want to play after watching; many episodes contain sneak peeks of The Legend of Zelda animated series, also based on a game.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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