This television series is the first American animated television show created from the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 video games on the first Nintendo platform. The show was run in syndication by DIC Entertainment from September 4 – December 1, 1989 and was televised by CBS (originally called Viacom).
Each Super Mario Bros. episode opened and closed with live action characters Mario (played by Lou Albano) and Luigi (played by Danny Wells), who lived in Brooklyn. The pair got frequent visits from celebrity guest stars such as Vanna White, Roddy Piper and Magic Johnson.
Each episode, the second half contained a thirteen minute cartoon depiction of the adventures of the Mario Bros. heroes such as Princess Peach, Toad and Yoshi as they battled to bring the evil King Koopa (also known as Bowser) and his minions to justice.
Mario and Luigi were plumbers who were transported into Mushroom Land after accidentally getting sucked into a pipe and the story depicts their attempt to back to their home in Brooklyn with the help of Princess Peach and company.