The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Season 1: Ughhhh! This is Painful!


The Facts are These:

The series follows the two Italian plumbers Mario and Luigi as they travel between their store in Brooklyn (Live-Action Segment) and the Mushroom Kingdom (Animated Segment). Together they solve the problems of the people of Brooklyn as well as the problems of the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom.


This series feels old and tired. I am a fan of animation in general, I collect series of shows that I find interesting, but this show was a regrettable buy. This show stinks of the 90’s and I am a 90’s kid. The show is stagnant and not something that can be completely understood by all ages. What I found the most interesting thing about this show was the live action segment. You do not see that nowadays, and it is cool to see it again.

The Main cast of Luigi, Toad, Peach and Mario all share my pain for this show.

The Main cast of Luigi, Toad, Peach and Mario all share my pain for this show.

Behind the Scenes:

The show is based off of the game of the same name, distributed by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Shigeru Miyamoto’s other works include Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda. The series was produced by DIC Entertainment and was distributed by Viacom Enterprises. The series was later distributed by SHOUT! Factory, until 2012 when their deal with Cookie Jar Entertainment (They merged with DHX and DIC to become DHX Cookie Jar Inc.) expired.

Here is the intro of the show for you to enjoy…


A Brief View of the World:

The show takes place in two places, Brooklyn New York and the Mushroom Kingdom. Brooklyn New York, is different from the one you may know because in this Brooklyn celebrities from Hollywood visit regularly to a New York Plumbing Service. The Mushroom Kingdom is a magical place ruled by the Princess Toadstool. The Kingdom is constantly under attack by the evil King Koopa.

The live action segements were an interesting thing to watch because you do not see that often anymore.

The live action segements were an interesting thing to watch because you do not see that often anymore.


This series is dated and feels old, though that is part of the charm. It is not as timeless as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Not saying it is timeless, just less then this show), but it is an interesting piece of TV history and a part of peoples childhoods.






Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – For a another slice of the 80’s that I fondly enjoy.


Animaniacs – For an interesting and quirky cartoon that is extremely fresh.



I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Nintendo and DIC Entertainment.


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18 Responses to The Super Mario Bros. Super Show Season 1: Ughhhh! This is Painful!

  1. modres says:

    Great review – thanks! πŸ˜€

  2. Denny Sinnoh says:

    It a goofy show. When my son was six, he loved this, so I would see it through his eyes.

  3. mreynolds3 says:

    I tried revisiting this when the good Captain passed away. This, Captain N and the Legend of Zelda cartoons.

    You’re correct. This series did not age well at all. They got some very interesting guest stars on there, like Sgt. Slaughter and Cindi Lauper.

    • dandylion13 says:

      I honestly think that the live action segments were some of the most interesting parts because they were just different. It is sad that the good Captain is gone though, he was entertaining.

  4. amarawilde says:

    I loved this show! How could you hate it? My childhood where have you gone?

    • dandylion13 says:

      When I watched it as a kid of course it is going to be good, but watching it as an adult and knowing how good other shows were and still stood up it is hard to see it as good. It will always hold a nostalgic place in my heart, but it didn’t stand the test of time.

  5. animated says:

    This brought back some childhood memories! πŸ˜€

  6. Ray says:

    Aw, I used to love the Mario Brothers show! Too bad it hasn’t aged well, sometimes our fond memories betray us.

    Animaniacs was brilliant however and will always be so.

  7. Haha this sounds very painful but hilariously foul, too! I watched the first 8 or so episodes of the Legend of Zelda series and OMG it is a laughable memory for my siblings and I! Great review, reminded me of seeing the Mario advertisement on the Zelda trailers.

  8. says:

    That brought back some memories.

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