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This article is about references to the Mario games in live-action television. For shows based on the Mario games, see List of television series and films.

The following a list of cameos, references or strong allusions to the Mario franchise appearing in live-action television programs that are not officially related to Mario. For a list of television shows officially starring Mario characters, see TV & Movies.

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1 vs. 100[edit]

One of the questions in this game show was "Based on their profession, which item in the house would the Super Mario Bros. best be able to fix?". The possible answers were the microwave, the furnace, or the toilet. The correct answer was the toilet; the contestant got it right, but four people from his mob got it wrong.

30 Rock[edit]

In the episode "Mamma Mia," television writer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) makes an allusion to the arcade game Donkey Kong and Mario's Italian heritage when talking to Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), her boss (who is of Irish descent). She says to him, "Really? You're going to do the repressed Irish thing? Be Italian for like one second." She then, in a faux Italian accent, begins to mock Jack: "I'm-a Jack. I don't know who my father is. I'm-a so emotional. I'm gonna smash these barrels!"

In another episode, "Brooklyn Without Limits," Liz walks up to Jack wearing blue and white striped "shorteralls," which Jack responds to by making a remark about the Mario Brothers.

100 Latinos Dijeron[edit]

In one of the episodes, one of the contestants from the Super Team is named Super Mario. Also, one of the questions on the October 12, 2015 episode is about the tools the Mario Bros. use when they are working at a construction site.

100 Things to Do Before High School[edit]

Crispo dressed like Mario.

In the episode "Have the Best Halloween School Day Ever," Crispo dresses up as Mario except with a C on his cap. Also Mindy dresses up as Princess Peach.

Adam Ruins Everything[edit]

In the episode "Adam Ruins Malls", when host Adam Conover insults the clerk of the supplements store by calling him an ape (which the clerk then starts acting like), the show turns into an 8-Bit spoof of Donkey Kong. The clerk acts as Donkey Kong and rolls barrels toward Adam, his guest Emily, and another customer.

Al Derecho y al Derbez[edit]

In one of the program sketches, two frozen boys can be seen playing Super Mario Bros. They are in World 1-1 near the flagpole.

Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste[edit]

In the WOW! segment from the May 20, 2011 edition, there are cakes based on Mario and his friends. Some of them include: Bowser, a 1-Up Mushroom, and more. Maria also said that the cakes are based on the world of Mario (or in this case, the Mushroom Kingdom).

American Housewife[edit]

In the episode “The Mom Switch”, a box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Mario and Cappy on it is seen in the background of the department store.

America's Funniest Home Videos[edit]

In a specific episode, a kid is seen playing an underground level from Super Mario Bros. In another, a kid can be seen getting Super Mario Bros. 2. In yet another episode, some boys are playing with barrels and the host, Tom Bergeron warns them that Donkey Kong was never meant to be played in real life. In another video, a cat swats at Mario while its owner uses the Check Mii Out channel, prompting Tom to comment "Super Mario, meet super cute."

Angel[edit]

The episode "You're Welcome" has Spike playing a game heavy implied to be Donkey Kong ("Gorilla with barrels! Stupid plumber!") on an Xbox.

A.N.T. Farm[edit]

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At the beginning of the episode "ReplicANT," Fletcher plays what seems to sound like a Super Mario Bros. beat on his trumpet. Later in the episode, Darryl challenges Olive and Cameron at the arcade to see who can get the highest score on the game "Donkey King" (a parody of Donkey Kong). Near the end of this episode, Wacky (in a donkey costume) is at the top of a stairway and throws barrels at Olive. She jumps over them and climbs a ladder, where she finds a hammer. She then uses it to hit Wacky's head.

Are We There Yet?[edit]

On the TBS sitcom based on the Ice Cube movie of the same name, in one episode the family is playing a boxing game (most likely Wii Sports) on the Wii. After an argument after the mother defeats his son, the family decides to have a card game night. The son responds with "It's on like Donkey Kong!"

Asian Games 2010[edit]

During the fourth quarter of the match between South Korea and China on November 25, 2010, a Level Clear sound from Super Mario Bros. was heard.

Austin & Ally[edit]

In the episode, "Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath", a Donkey Kong plush can be seen at a carnival.

Australia's Funniest Home Videos[edit]

At one point in the July 23rd, 2011 episode, a young boy is seen playing a Playstation 2. The announcer's voice implies that the kid's favourite game is "Super Mario Over Excitement 5000." The boy then starts screaming in excitement.

Australia's Got Talent[edit]

In the 2011 series final, host Grant Denyer said it was "on like Donkey Kong."

Australian Ninja Warrior[edit]

2017 contestant Alex Matthews had the "Ninja name" of "Super Mario".[1]

Beakman's World[edit]

Mario and Princess Toadstool are mentioned in the episode explaining how video games work.

Big Time Rush[edit]

Carlos & James dressed as Mario & Luigi respectively.

In the episode "Big Time Songwriters," Gustavo hires two new songwriters, who get in a huge fight and are injured. As they are taken away on stretchers, they argue about which hospital to go to. The hospitals they mention are "St. Mario's" and "St. Luigi's", a reference to the Mario Brothers.

In the episode "Big Time Rocker," Carlos and James dress up in Mario and Luigi costumes.

Bones[edit]

The episode, "The Gamer in the Grease," features a fictitious arcade game entitled Punky Pong where the player plays an explorer battling a Donkey Kong-inspired giant gorilla.

The Book of Jeremiah[edit]

In one of the episodes, Jeremiah's guardian is using Super Mario Bros. to teach a lesson.

Boy Meets World[edit]

In the episode "Quiz Show", Mr. Feeny talks about how technology is wasted and mentions how it is used to play Super Mario Bros., namely to beat Bowser (or, more accurately, "King Koopa") and rescue the Princess.

In the episode "Torn Between Two Lovers", Feeny and Shaun mention something called "Donkey Kong King".

BrainSurge[edit]

In one of the episodes, Jeff tells a story about his family; he says that his aunt has a bigger mustache than that of a video game plumber. The aunt is then portrayed with an outfit that is similar to Mario's (one notable difference being a "V" being on the cap as opposed to Mario's "M"), with purple mushrooms in the background.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]

The episode "Doomed" has Buffy ask "Is this really the time for Donkey Kong?", after bumping into Riley, who is using an electronic gizmo.

Cake Wars[edit]

In the July 20, 2015 episode called "Nintendo", the contestants made cakes inspired by the Mario series in honor of Super Mario Maker. In addition, the episode is dedicated to Satoru Iwata who passed away on July 11th.

CBS This Morning[edit]

In the December 9, 2016 broadcast, in a segment called "The Gilmore Guys," A Yoshi hat could be seen on the table.

Cash Cab[edit]

On the Canadian version of the trivia show Cash Cab, one of the $25 questions asked for the name of the kingdom that Mario had to journey through to rescue Princess Toadstool from the Koopas. Despite claiming to have played the games many times, the contestants didn't remember the name of the Mushroom Kingdom and incorrectly guessed "Bowser's Kingdom" instead, earning a strike.

Celebrity Name Game[edit]

In the category Nice Asphalt from the first season, one of the answers is Super Mario Bros.

Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe[edit]

In a form of comedic irony, Charlie Brooker's critique of the announcement of the PlayStation 4 in Episode 5 of Season 1 is set to the music of the Super Mario Bros. ground theme and is concluded by his declaring Quantic Dream's tech demo as being "not quite Mario, is it?"[2]

Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8[edit]

Teams compete for a trophy on the broadcast.

In the Disney XD special aired on December 5, 2015, four pairs of top teenage gamers play and compete in a Mario Kart 8 round-robin tournament with four YouTube personalities, Mari Takahashi, Meghen Camarena, SethBling, and Andre Meadows serving as teammates and coaches for a chance to win the Championship Trophy. This special competition was hosted by Alison Haislip and Matt Rife.

Comedy Central Roast[edit]

During the roast of Justin Bieber, Pete Davidson thanked Shaquille O'Neal for taking time out of throwing barrels at Super Mario to appear at the roast.

Community[edit]

  • In a scene in the episode "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism", a foosball player says to Jeff and Shirley, "Oh, you are so on that things have now become very much like Donkey Kong."
  • In the episode "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing", Elroy claims that Donkey Kong is a clear rip-off of a game he created called Construction Snake, with Mario having originally been a snake, Donkey Kong a palm tree, and the barrels eggs. Britta responds to this by asking why a tree would throw eggs at a snake, which Elroy counters by asking angrily why a plumber would be fighting a monkey.

Crank Yankers[edit]

In Episode 17 of Season 2, one of the segments has Special Ed calling two different people whom he nonsensically rambles on to about Donkey Kong.

Cunk on Britain[edit]

  • In Episode 3 of Series 1, Philomena Cunk asks the computer historian Doron Swade whether it was possible to play Mario Kart on the first computer ever made.
  • In Episode 4 of Series 1, as Philomena Cunk sums up the achievements during the 1950s were, she mentions how Mario 64 had revolutionized the platforming genre. Her guest quickly informed her that computer games hadn't been invented in the 1950s.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Sadie and Mark dancing to the special Super Mario theme.

In the final round for season 19 of the U.S. version of the show, Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas' freestyle routine was based off of the Mario series, with Green Shell, Banana Peel, and Super Mushroom set pieces. An animated background based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii accompanied them as well. Sadie took in the role of Peach, while Mark assumed the role for Mario. Two more dancers came in the routine as Luigi and Toad respectively.[3] A Super Mario Bros. medley composed by Koji Kondo was made specifically for the show.[4]

Designing Women[edit]

In the fifth season episode "Working Mother," Mary Jo tells a story about how her son broke into a neighbors house in order to play Super Mario Bros. 3.

Disney Cruise Line[edit]

When the show is talking about an arcade room for the kids in the cruise ship, one kid in the background can be seen playing Diddy Kong Racing.

Doc Martin[edit]

Martin's aunt Joan tells a group of children that "Life isn't all about Space Invaders and Super Mario."

Doctor Who[edit]

In the episode "Extremis", the Twelfth Doctor compares the people dying to rebel against the simulation to "Super Mario realising his situation and deleting himself from the game".[5]

Drake & Josh[edit]

In the episode "The Bet", several implications are made that the game that Josh is playing is a Super Mario Bros.-like level, most notably Drake's telling Josh to "Jump the mushroom.", most likely a Super Mushroom. Another possibility is that the "mushroom" that Drake was talking about is a Goomba. Some sound effects are Mario's running and jumping tunes from Donkey Kong. Also, Megan said "Take that red turtle shell!", which was most likely a reference to a Red Koopa Troopa.

Duck Dynasty[edit]

The unscripted reality show Duck Dynasty opens its season three episode "Bass Man Standing" with a scene known as "Donkey Commander,"[6] in which Jep plays on a Game Boy Color while Uncle Si watches, asks for a turn and periodically advises him to jump. While Jep's brother Jas is initially skeptical of the Game Boy, he remarks "that's pretty cool" when Si tells him it was "old school" Donkey Kong (although the distinctive yellow cartridge indicates it was actually one of the Donkey Kong Land games). Si also declares "It's on like Donkey Kong!", referencing a popular phrase based on the original arcade game.

Dumbest Stuff on Wheels[edit]

In the episode "Collisions, Demolitions, and Dunderheads," one clip features a small green car leading a race on the last lap. The announcer says, "Luigi's finally going to win his first race!" Then the car spins out and crashes, just feet before the finish line. Then, the clip plays again, and the announcer says, "Let's slow this down and see if we can find out what really happened." A cartoon banana appears on in front of the car, supposedly causing the wreck. This is a reference to the Mario Kart series.

El Diario de Daniela[edit]

Martín, Daniela's best friend, can be seen playing Super Mario 64 in a black Nintendo 64 with the Atomic Purple Controller in his bedroom. For unknown reasons, later in the soap opera the N64 was replaced with a SNES and some cartridges can be seen too.

El Gran Juego de la Oca[edit]

One of the challenges on the show in the first season is the "Super Mario" Challenge. Also, Mario makes an appearance on the show.

Engine Sentai Go-onger[edit]

When Go Roader GT is in Wheel Mode, the power of the engines from Engine-Oh G9 will go to Go Roader GT in order to charge up and while it does, a countdown sound effect can be heard, just like in the Mario Kart series. When the Go-ongers shout "Go on!", the go sound is heard and the Roader Strike is ready to attack.

ESPN[edit]

Liverpool F.C. striker, Mario Balotelli, is nicknamed "Super Mario."

Everybody Hates Chris[edit]

In the episode "Everybody Hates Corleone," Chris wants to go play Ms. Pac-Man with a pretty girl. When they get there, Caruso says "Surprise, Donkey Kong!", and pelts him with water balloons.

Family Game Night[edit]

In the Guess Who? intro game in one of the episodes in season one, a team guessed that Mario was originally called Jumpman. Host Todd Newton said that he appeared in more than 200 games, and used Mario's Italian accent for the right answer.

Figure It Out[edit]

The It Board with ? Panels.

On the 2012 edition, there is a Nintendo 3DS with Mario Kart 7, Mario Tennis Open, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games as one of the prizes. Also, one of the screens on the It Board has a ? Panel.

Freddy's Nightmares - A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series[edit]

The first segment of the episode "Missing Persons" depicts two children playing Super Mario Bros. They get a game over in World 1-2 when the new babysitter blocks their view of the television.

Fresh Off the Boat[edit]

In the episode "Huangsgiving," after Jessica hangs up from a call with her sister Bonnie, with whom she is competing to host a Thanksgiving dinner superior to hers, she says, "It's on like Donkey Kong."

In the episode "Living While Eddie," Eddie is seen playing Rainbow Road on Super Mario Kart.

Frontline[edit]

In the episode The Soufflé Rises, which is the first episode, Mike is seen playing a Game Boy in his office. When one of his fellow employees walks in he quickly hides it away, forgetting to pause it. The other employee asks Mike if he can hear something. This 'something' is the main theme of Super Mario Land. Mike is seen playing Super Mario Land later in the episode.

In episode 5, The Siege, a boy is seen playing the same Game Boy. Mike notices him and says "Hey, is that Super Mario? Hey watch out for those things." The sounds coming from the Game Boy were from Super Mario Bros., not Super Mario Land or any other Game Boy game. He couldn't have been playing Super Mario Bros. Deluxe because that wasn't compatible with the original Game Boy.

Full House[edit]

In the season three episode “Aftershocks”, Stephanie Tanner asks her therapist if she has Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Game Boy in which her therapist replies that she will put it on her shopping list.

Gary Unmarried[edit]

In one episode where Gary's brother comes to town, Gary asks him if he would like to start off their video game montage with Mario Kart.

George Lopez[edit]

Vic, looking like Mario.

In one episode, George's father-in-law, Vic, dyes his hair and mustache black in order to impress George's sister (whom he was dating at the time). He incidentally also wears a red shirt and blue pants. When Vic asks her if she likes his hair, George says "Yeah, that's smooth, put her on the spot there Super Mario!"

Gene Simmons Family Jewels[edit]

In the episode "Geeks Will Inherit the Earth" Gene and Nick go to Comic-Con, and among the characters Boo Mario can be seen.

Get the Picture[edit]

Several remarks from Mario are made. One of them was asked about Nintendo's mascots Mario and Luigi, and another question was about Bowser. During a Power Surge game, a rebus containing Super Mario Bros. would show up at random.

In a season 2 episode, Mike asked 4 video games starring Mario, and then he said he has never played any Mario games, but he has played Donkey Kong.

Glee[edit]

In the eighteenth episode of season one, Puck states the Star Worlds are what make Super Mario World so amazing.

Good Morning America[edit]

A March 1, 2010 segment compared Barack Obama to Mario. The same segment used music from Super Mario Bros. and sound effects from Donkey Kong.

Hamish and Andy's Gap Year[edit]

In the second episode during the "Food in New York in 100 Seconds", someone mentions that there is a deli where everything is made from hot dogs run by two Italians called Don and Tony Mario (who are actually Hamish and Andy dressed up), an obvious reference to the Mario Bros. (this is even said in the show itself). Then there are pictures shown with them dressed like Mario (Hamish) and Luigi (Andy). They then show a very quick ad about their deli and then get on with the rest of the 100 seconds about food in New York.

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper[edit]

In one episode, the boys can be seen playing an underground level of Super Mario World.

Hasta el Hoyo (Mexico)[edit]

In one episode, a question asked was "Which of the following characters isn't an enemy of Mario?", giving the answers of Bowser, Tatanga, Wario and Kirby.

Have I Got News For You[edit]

In the seventh episode of series 51, comedian Ross Noble compared a picture of the King of Bahrain to that of Super Mario, and mentioned there being a princess in danger.

Hazme reír y serás millonario[edit]

The team of Facundo did a sketch of Mario and other characters in some games, which received no tomato throwing.

Henry Danger[edit]

In the episode "Sick & Wired" Schwoz wore an outfit similar to what Mario currently wears, except with an "S" on his cap instead of an "M".

Hollyoaks[edit]

  • In the episode broadcast on December 5, 2014, Lockie Campbell is heard playing Moo Moo Meadows in Mario Kart 8.
  • In the episode broadcast on March 4, 2015, in the background of Price Slice a copy of Mario Kart DS can be seen. The copy can be seen in other episodes as well, but stops appearing after June 24, 2015 after Price Slice is redesigned.
  • In the episode broadcast on March 8, 2016, Tom Cunningham and Peri Lomax are seen playing Mario Kart Stadium as Koopa Troopa and Shy Guy in Mario Kart 8.
  • In the episode broadcast on April 18, 2016, Mac Nightingale challenges his son, Alfie, to a Mario Kart tournament. Aflie also mentions "blasting" Mac off of Rainbow Road.
  • In the episode broadcast on July 15, 2016, Grace Black refers to her brothers as the Super Mario brothers.
  • In the episode broadcast on September 7, 2016, Peri Lomax jokes about her ex-boyfriend Tom Cunningham, being ill by saying he's got a disease that causes boys "not to shower, or dress, or do anything that isn't play Mario Kart."
  • In the episode broadcast on April 19, 2017, as Tom Cunningham attempts to prove to Peri that they haven't changed, he brings up how they used to play Mario Kart together.
  • In the episode broadcast on July 12, 2017, as Tom Cunningham and Alfie Nightingale search the Osborne's attic, Alfie finds an NES, and lists some of the games on it, including Donkey Kong.
  • In the episode broadcast on May 10, 2018, Milo Entwistle says that his brother, Theo Jones goes through women like he "goes through levels of Super Mario."
  • In the episode broadcast on May 17, 2018, Tom Cunningham and Alfie Nightingale can be seen playing Yoshi Circuit on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. In a later scene, the game is paused on Wario's Gold Mine.
  • In the episode broadcast on June 4, 2018, a man that Cindy Cunningham is talking to on a dating app has the screen name of Super Mario.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show[edit]

In one episode, Wayne can be seen playing as Princess Peach on Luigi Raceway in Mario Kart 64.

House, M.D.[edit]

On the season 6 episode, "Lockdown", when the parents of a newborn girl ask their older son - who is using a Nintendo DSi - which name he suggests for her sister, he replies "Toadette".

How I Met Your Mother[edit]

Bad Crazy

In the episode Columns, Marshall is playing Super Mario World on his SNES in a room while talking with Lily. This happens in a flashback scene taking place in 1998, depicting why he has a naked portrait of himself in his apartment during the present time.

In the episode Desperation Day, Marshall is playing Dr. Mario on his old Game Boy. His mother mentions that he was having a great run. Later in the episode, Lily tells Marshall that it's best not to stay at his mother's for Valentine's Day playing Super Mario Kart. Ted flips out and the two begin to play. They were playing on a Nintendo Entertainment System.

In the episode Zoo or False Marshall confesses that he had been mugged by a monkey in the zoo. Barney retells that story to Robin, and the overdone scene sketched by him uses the Main Theme / Overworld music from Super Mario Bros. 2.

In the episode Bad Crazy, a Donkey Kong Jr. arcade cabinet can be seen.

Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala[edit]

In an episode of the Filpino series, a picture of Mario (his design from New Super Mario Bros. Wii) can be seen on the kid's room.

Impractical Jokers[edit]

In the episode "Damned If You Do", Q is told to get someone to sign a fake petition entitled, "The White House is Racist; Just Name it The House". The person who eventually signs the petition is a man wearing a hat with several spikes on it. Q comments on the hat, saying the man looks like a Koopa Troopa. This was part of the challenge for the jokers, to say something funny to the audience, but strange to the victim.

In the episode "Sneaking Number Twos, Going Number One", the Jokers have to put as many pencils as possible in a person's pockets or hood without them noticing. Joe sticks twelve of his into an eggplant, hoping to put the fruit, and all the pencils, in a person in one shot. Q states that his concoction "looks like a weapon from Mario Brothers".

In one of the “Magic Mirror” segments, Sal can be seen sitting down in a subway wearing a Mario costume, refusing to let a pregnant woman wearing a Princess Peach costume take his seat.

India's Got Talent[edit]

One of the auditions is a Mario-based level.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia[edit]

Dennis (Glenn Howerton) dressed up as Luigi.

In the episode "Who Got Dee Pregnant?", Dennis had dressed up as Luigi for a Halloween Party. Mac, who was supposed to have dressed up as Mario, instead arrives as Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings (Mac incorrectly refers to him as Viggo Mortensen, the actor who portrayed Aragorn in the films). This upsets, Dennis, who comments that being Luigi without Mario by his side makes him look like "some weird Italian plumber".

It Takes Two[edit]

The children, Timothy at age 9, Luke at 10, Alex at 9, and Drew at 10 are playing Mario Kart 64 with their helmets on their head to keep them safe. The question is "How many laps will racers complete?" The answer is 47 laps.

Jessie[edit]

In the episode "Ghost Bummers", Ravi dresses up as Albert Einstein for Halloween, and Jessie tells him, "It's hard to take you seriously with that mustache. You look like Super Mario's retired grandfather." In the episode "Morning Rush", Ravi's mask bears a resemblance to Phanto. In part 2 of the episode "Rossed at Sea", one of Marco's lines is, "Super Mario was based on my grandmother, Maria. The woman loved her mushrooms."

Jetix Latin America[edit]

Under the sponsorship of Nintendo, a special "X-Cam" was made for Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. However, these segments were about extreme sports. Obviously, this one ended without the "Do it under supervision & with the proper equipment" advice.

In another trade bloc in 2007 a Diddy Kong Racing DS gameplay was presented.

Kamen Rider Drive[edit]

Kamen Rider Chaser uses the Signal Axe to do the finishing strike. To use it, first Chaser inserts the Signal Bike Chaser in the axe before pressing the red button. When that happens, the E-condition lamp will show a red light. That means he'll have to wait until it's fully charged and while it does, a countdown sound effect will play, just like in the Mario Kart series. When it turns green, the go sound effect will play and the finishing strike is ready.

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid[edit]

The blocks throughout the series refers to the Brick Blocks from the Mario series.

Kamen Rider Fourze[edit]

Throughout the entire series, the Fourze Driver will activate the countdown once Gentaro flipped all four switches (excluding Episode 1, in which Yuki flipped the switches for him). The voice will countdown before Gentaro shouts Transform! in order to pull the lever. It is almost identical to the Mario Kart timer sequence.

Kamen Rider W[edit]

In some of the episodes, when Kamen Rider Accel was transforming to its Trial form, the signature countdown sound effect can be heard during his transformation, just like the one used in the Mario Kart series.

Kevin Can Wait[edit]

In "Beat the Parents", Jack and his friend talk about playing Mario Kart.

Kickin' It[edit]

In the episode "Fawlty Temple", a fake plumber has "Mario" written on his name tag.

Kids' Choice Awards 2013[edit]

In mustache cam view, Josh Dunhamel asks if one of the spectators looks like Mario or Luigi and Mario Kart 7 was in one of the favorite video games category.

Kids' Choice Awards 2016[edit]

Thomas Kuc about to reach the Flagpole.
Mario & Luigi's appearance and the cast of Game Shakers in a Mario-inspired level.
Mario & Luigi's appearance and the cast of Game Shakers in a Mario-inspired level.
Mario & Luigi's appearance and the cast of Game Shakers in a Mario-inspired level.

During the broadcast, Mario & Luigi announce one of the awards with some help from the cast of Game Shakers with a special level based on the Mushroom Kingdom on stage to determine the winner. Super Mario Maker is in the favorite video games category and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is one of the sponsors for this edition.

La Jugada Olímpica[edit]

In this program from the Mexican network Televisa, in the first program of London's Olympic Games, showed a sketch called "Así se juega Mario y Sonic en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012", where showed skills about the 100m event, with Sonic the Hedgehog as the example and winner character.

Also later, was showed a poster of the same game in a serie-sketch called "¿Qué pasión? Las Aventuras de un Clásico Aficionado" were apearce a fan-sport fat character called Beto (short for "Roberto").

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver[edit]

Oliver shows a sprite of Donald Trump, based off the sprite of Donkey Kong.

One segment of an episode briefly covers the backlash against Tomodachi Life for not allowing same-sex marriages in the game, as well as Nintendo's response that the company will be "more inclusive" in the future. This leads into an animated segment featuring several of Nintendo's characters reacting to the news, which includes Mario and Link kissing each other soon after hearing the news, Princess Peach and Princess Zelda doing much of the same, Toad and Yoshi getting married (with Peach serving as the pastor) and receiving the benefits of pension from a ? Block, and Bowser mourning over the death of his "longtime partner" Donkey Kong and receiving death benefits. The final event prompts John Oliver to comment that Donkey Kong dies multiple times in his games before asking the audience if they want him to restart the game. After receiving cheers, he immediately resets it, leading to Bowser and Donkey Kong appearing at a restaurant and enjoying brunch together.[7]

In another episode, Oliver jokes about drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's ability to escape through bathrooms, saying that El Chapo is "just one 'M' on his hat away from looking like a psychopathic Super Mario."[8]

During a segment of the Tuesday, October 9th, 2016 show, Oliver says, "If American democracy is a computer game, and Hillary Clinton is completing women's hundred-year quest to get to the Oval Office, it kind of makes sense that this would be the final boss," showing a graphic of a Donkey Kong-like sprite of Donald Trump.[9]

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon[edit]

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[edit]

In the episode "Care", when Captain Donald Cragen notices Sergeant Munch and Detective Tutuola playing a video game in the break room, he refers to them as "the Super Mario Brothers."

Let's Make a Deal[edit]

In one episode, one of the contestants is dressed up as Mario.

On the July 3, 2012 episode, an audience member is seen dressed up as Mario while Kaitlin was playing Car Pong.

Lip Sync Battle[edit]

In the December 23, 2016 Country Christmas special, after Dustin Lynch's second lip sync song, the co-host Chrissy Teigen took off her fake mustache (in honor of his second lip sync song) and placed it on LL Cool J's face. Afterwards, she commented that he "looks like Super Mario".

Liv & Maddie[edit]

In "Kathy Kan-a-Rooney", when Splat catches Parker watching "Linda and Heather", the video game controllers on Parker's shirt resemble that of a Nintendo GameCube's. In "Howl-A-Rooney", in some scenes, Joey is wearing a T-shirt with a bomb holding a jukebox on it. Said bomb looks very similar to a Bob-omb.

Live at the Apollo[edit]

In the third episode of series 12, Australian comedian Sam Simmons compares himself to a "Super Mario Brother who had sex with a Spaniard from Betfred."

Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermy[edit]

When Gunny was testing an RC controlled AA-12 shotgun, he said it felt like playing Mario Bros.

Magical Zunou Power!![edit]

In one of the "Search the Error" puzzles on the show, there is one based on Super Mario World.

Married... with Children[edit]

In "Love Conquers Al,' Bud reluctantly agrees to keep company to Kelly's date's sister Esmeralda, whom he calls "Bowser" before meeting her.

Mike & Molly[edit]

In "Weekend at Peggy's," Mike is heard playing Super Mario Bros.. Despite playing the above-ground theme, he curses Lava upon losing a life and then is heard clearing a world.

Mirai Sentai Timeranger[edit]

When Timerobo Alpha used the Press Blizzard finishing slash, the enemy will freeze for a moment. Then, the sword will point up and while it does, a countdown sound is heard, just like the timer in the Mario Kart series. When the sword is at the top, the enemy is defeated.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood[edit]

In a 1983 episode, a boy teaches Mister Rogers how to play Donkey Kong. After watching the boy play, Mr. Rogers plays for a little while. After that, a man comes by and shows Mr. Rogers and the boy the inside of the cabinet, and how the controls work.

Mock the Week[edit]

In the July 7th, 2011 episode, one of the topics of the quick-fire improv round, "Scenes we'd like to See" was "Things you wouldn't read on a Road Sign." Andy Parsons came in with "Throw Banana Peel in 200 yards. Mario & Diddy Kong closing in."

In the July 16th, 2015 episode, Rob Beckett compared a picture of a Mexican drug lord to Super Mario.

In the September 20th, 2016 episode, Ivo Graham made jokes about Mario Kart.

Modern Family[edit]

Phil with the mustache

In the episode "Run for Your Wife", the second episode in the series, Phil and his wife, Claire, race each other. To brag about how fast he is he asks his son if they would would like to play some Mario Kart afterwards. He replies with "Can't. I gotta work on my journal," then Phil calls him "Lame!". He then asks Alex the same thing but she refuses due to having a history paper.

In the episode "Moon Landing", someone draws a mustache on a poster of the main character, Phil, so he starts wearing a fake mustache. Because of this, his wife calls him "Mario".

In the episode "Dude Ranch", Alex is kissed by an Italian-American boy named Jimmy while at the dude ranch. Alex later tells him that she wanted her first kiss to be from someone with a high GPA and bright future, not with a Mario brother.

Modern Marvels[edit]

In episode 397, 80's Tech, Mario, Donkey Kong, Pauline, a Red Koopa Troopa, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and the ghosts make cameos. An Atari 2600, a Nintendo Entertainment System, a Game Boy, and a Nintendo GameCube are also briefly seen.

Mundo da Lua[edit]

In the episode "Muito Prazer, Blixto", Lucas appears playing a fictional game very similar to Super Mario Bros. 3 called "Blixto". The game character resembles Mario, although he is colored green like Luigi. In the same episode, Lucas imagines meeting with the character Blixto and receiving an item similar to a Super Star.

My Name Is Earl[edit]

In the episode "Foreign Exchange Student," Earl and his friends try to convince a Frenchman to stay in Camden County so Earl can cross him off his list. Randy, Earl's Brother, starts listing popular arcade games. Second on his list is Donkey Kong.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]

  • During an intermission in Moon Zero Two, the characters discuss what different games would be like in space. One of them mentions that Nintendo would become "Moontendo" and Super Mario Bros. would become "Super Lunar Mario Brothers."
  • Also, during "The Castle of Fu Manchu", a woman is seen on a computer, and one character remarks, "She's up to level 3 on Super Mario Bros.!" They then begin humming the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme.
  • In "Hercules Unchained," one character exclaims, "It's just like Super Mario World!" Another begins humming the "Level End" theme.
  • In "Clonus," one of the scientist characters has a passing resemblance to Mario, which is repeatedly joked about by the characters.
  • In "Tormented," Tom Servo mentions waking up in the world of Super Mario Bros. during the closing segment.
  • In "Prince of Space", the riffers make a reference of a mix between Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros., remarking about a "giant monkey throwing mushrooms at two Italian guys".

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return[edit]

  • In the episode about the movie "Time Travelers", as the movie's cast moves through a hole to the next room, Jonah mimics the sound effect of a Warp Pipe.
  • In the episode about the movie "Beast of Hollow Mountain", during the conversation between characters Jimmy and Sarita in the graveyard, Crow states their "princess is in another castle."
  • In the episode about the movie "The Land That Time Forgot", as one of the submarine crewmembers is rolling a barrel down the hill, Crow calls out "Donkey Kong!" and starts humming the level theme.
  • In the episode about the movie "The Loves of Hercules", as Hercules is breaking into the gates of Ecalia, Crow references Mario's famous quote by saying in Mario's voice "It's-a me, Hercules!" Later, as a chariot is racing down a path in a forest, Crow makes a reference to Mario Kart.
  • At the start of the episode about the movie "Yongary", Tom Servo talks about a dream of his, where Etcon looked like the sewers of Mario Bros.
  • During the opening sequence of the episode about "The Christmas that Almost Wasn't", when Mr. Prune tries to cover a chimney, Crow states "Hey, he found the warp pipe to level 9!"

NCIS[edit]

In the episode "Blowback", after Abby pulls out an old laptop she wonders whether it has the original Donkey Kong on it.

NHK News[edit]

At the start of every newscast, there is a clock which shows the current time. In addition, a racing timer sound effect can be heard at three seconds to the top of the hour, which is identical to the one used in the Mario Kart series.

Nintendomanía[edit]

Nintendomanía was a Mexican program from March 1995 → July 2000 broadcast by TV Azteca in sponsorship with Nintendo showing the latest news, updates, tricks, moves, secrets and other things about Mario's and Nintendo's video games.

Gustavo "Gus" Rodríguez, one of the show's hosts, is also one of the first editors of the Latin American version of Club Nintendo magazine.

This program was revived at the end of February 2014 under the name Power Up! Gamers, now broadcast by Televisa (FOROtv's channel) and transformed into a program of multi-platform video games above all the eighth generation consoles and 2 seventh generation consoles (Wii U, 3DS, PS4, PSVita, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360). Also, the program integrating the original cast of Nintendomanía.

Only Connect[edit]

A question in one episode of this British game show was about items in the Mario Kart franchise. Answers shown were the Blooper, Koopa Shell, Banana and the Mushroom. However due to copyright issues, the items and pictures shown are of the items’ real life counterparts, and so the items are referred to as the Squid, Turtle Shell, Banana Peel and Mushroom respectively.

Outnumbered[edit]

In the episode 'The Funeral', the first episode of the fourth series, a recurring theme throughout the episode is that Jake and Ben continually beat Pete at Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, causing him to strive to beat them.

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Pawn Stars[edit]

  • In an episode from Season 5, Chum Lee bought a big Mario figurine for $550. Before the commercials began, a small question was shown asking what Mario's original name was, the correct answer being Jumpman.
  • The underground theme of Super Mario Bros. briefly plays in "Chum of All Fears".
  • A Virtual Boy with Mario's Tennis is sold in the "Darth Pawn" episode, with the seller discussing the history of the system, Mario, etc.

Programa do Ratinho[edit]

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One promo for the show was loosely based on Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, using sprites, objects, backgrounds and sound effects from these games. It also included a Chomp from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Princess Peach's Castle.

Puppy Bowl[edit]

In Puppy Bowl VII, during a "Kiss-Cam" moment, a dog is seen with a Mario Pinball Land toy.

Quiz $ Millionaire[edit]

The money tree throughout the show resembles the tree from Mario Party Advance during Mini-Game Attack.

Repeat After Me[edit]

In Episode 7, Wendi tells Mario Lopez to say, "I'm-a-Super-Mario" to his fans.

Repo Games[edit]

During one episode, host Tom DeTone asks one contestant the following question: "In the world of video games, what is the name of Super Mario's younger, thinner, taller brother?" The contestant correctly answers Luigi.

Rock of Love 2 with Bret Michaels[edit]

In the Las Vegas episode, during a fight with one of the contestants, Jessica, another contestant states that "It was on like Donkey Kong."

Roseanne[edit]

In the episode "The Back Story", Roseanne plays on DJ's Super Nintendo towards the end. Although the screen is never shown, Super Mario World's title screen music can be heard. As the title screen can't actually be played on, it can be assumed that Roseanne was just pressing random buttons. When Dan asks Roseanne how she's doing, she responds by saying "Two more swords and I'm Queen of the Monkey People!", further implying that she wasn't actually playing Mario at all.

In another episode, Roseanne asks Dan about Super Mario Bros. 2.

Round the Twist[edit]

In the episode "Brainless", Bronson controls his siblings Pete and Linda after they lose their brains. He comments, "This is more fun than Mario Bros.!"

Sábado Gigante[edit]

On the weekly Spanish-language variety show Sábado Gigante, there is a short character who dresses as Mario on the show.

Sam & Cat[edit]

In #FavoriteShow, one of the decorations for the set of the television show "That's A Drag" resembled a 1-Up Mushroom.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

The Wii Guys skit

Wario Land: Shake It! was referenced in the sketch "Wii Guys" on the 2009 Valentine's Day episode of Saturday Night Live. The sketch begins with two young men playing Wario Land: Shake It! in the basement of their family's house. They were eventually joined by their father, played by Alec Baldwin, who was not a big fan of video games until his sons introduced him to the unique Wii Remote. The sketch parodied the concept of shaking objects and enemies in-game via shaking the Wii Remote. The humor of the sketch was derived from the play-style of the father, who would hold the Wii Remote vertically and shake it with one hand, obviously playing on the similarities between shaking the Wii Remote and the hand motion of masturbating. However, it says that the game is two-player, which is not correct.

In Season 36's "Black Friday" skit, the Super Mario Galaxy 2 title screen is briefly shown on some televisions, presumedly for sale.[15]

Wario Batali

On the 37th Season Finale, Bill Hader's character Stefon makes a reference to a chef called Wario Batali, who, according to him, is Mario Batali's evil brother. Wario Batali makes an appearance on Stefon's wedding during the 38th Season Finale.

In the sketch "Beat the Bookworm" that aired January 21, 2017, the Bookworm is asked by the game show host, "Name these Super Brothers, Mario and –." The Bookworm, who claims to have spent the 90s reading books, guesses "Devin."[16]

In the October 14th, 2017 sketch "Office Holloween Party," one of the office members is dressed up as Mario.[17]

Jeff Bezos (Steve Carell) walks by a poster of Toad, a subtle jab at President Donald Trump.

On the Saturday, November 17th, 2018 episode "Message from Jeff Bezos," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (played by host Steve Carell) walks by a poster of Toad while subtly mocking United States President Donald Trump. The Toad is a reference to the a Stormy Daniels interview where she compared Donald Trump's penis to "that Toad from Mario Kart."[18]

SEC CBS 2012[edit]

In a replay during a match against Alabama and Mississippi State, the theme for Super Mario Bros. can be heard.

¡Se vale![edit]

During a broadcast of the program, one participant used a motley of Bowser.

Smart Guy[edit]

When Floyd is giving advice to TJ Henderson in one episode, he references an incident in the past where TJ sprained his wrist while playing the game Donkey Kong.

Sooty[edit]

In the episode "The Runaway Bath", Sooty whispers to Richard Cadell (who is wearing a fake pair of donkey ears) "Hello Donkey Kong" much to the latter's annoyance.

Sprint 4G TV Commercial[edit]

In one segment, when describing using the 4G connection to play games online, five people are shown to be playing Mario Kart DS on white Nintendo DSis. They are on Luigi's Mansion, and out of the five, one is Mario, and another is Yoshi. At the end, one of the men shouts "Eat it, Yoshi!" as an item sound effect plays.

Strange Days at Blake Holsey High[edit]

In the Season 3 episode "Transference", footage from the Donkey Kong Country animated series can briefly be seen on a television. However, generic cartoon sound effects are used in lieu of audio from the actual show.

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two[edit]

In series 15 episode 52, when Zoë Ball is introducing a segment about motion capture being used for dancing in video games, she says "When you think of video game duos, you think of Mario and Luigi, Sonic and Tails, Chloe and Neil".

Studio C[edit]

End screen of Nintendo NES Will Save the World

During the Season 5 skit "If Rapunzel's Hair Was Real", the actor James Perry (under the alias "The Punz") claims he has the new Mario Kart. Later, he also mentions Yoshi.

In the Season 7 skit "Nintendo NES Will Save the World", a man (played by actor Jason Gray) wearing a shirt with Mario and Luigi on it has to save the Earth by playing a Star Wars game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. At the end of the skit, Mount Rushmore is shown with Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Toon Link, and a Battletoad's faces carved in.

In another Season 7 skit titled "A Stairway Chase", actor James Perry states that he wishes he had one of those "buckets you just float around in like Bowser Jr.", referencing both the character and the Junior Clown Car.

In the skit titled "Atari's Revenge on Nintendo", employees of Atari sneak into Nintendo's headquarters and releases a vial of laughing gas. Three Nintendo executives soon come into the room to discuss their next big game. Once the laughing gas takes effect, the executives begin throwing out ideas such as using a mushroom to grow, going down pipes, throwing turtle shells, and gaining invincibility, with actor Jason Gray even humming the "Super Star Theme". Actor Jeremy Warner's character is named Mario and claims the video game should be named after him, and Jason, wearing a green shirt, says he should have a younger, taller brother. At the end of the skit, actress Whitney Call in a blond wig and pink dress comes into the room and is called a "princess" by the executives. Once the laughing gas takes an effect on her, Whitney claims their boss, "Mr. Bowser", is trying to kidnap her.

In the skit "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Parody", Mario, played by Jeremy Warner, reprises the role of the boxing matches' referee.

Supernatural[edit]

In the episode "Red Meat", the Reaper Billie tells Dean "time to say goodbye to Luigi, Mario" when the latter thinks that his brother, Sam, is dead, and is trying to negotiate a deal with Billie in order to bring back Sam in exchange for Dean's life.

In the episode "Twigs & Twines & Tasha Banes", Dean mentions "that Super Mario power-up crap".

Super Why![edit]

In one episode, two pigs can be seen wearing clothes very similar to Mario and Luigi, and sometimes Littlest Pig can be seen wearing clothes very similar to Wario, although he's not fat and his overalls are not purple but blue.

Temptation (Australia)[edit]

In the Gift Shop on the August 3, 2006 episode, hosts Ed Phillips and Lavinia Nixon offer Michael a Nintendo DS Lite with games including Mario Kart DS, WarioWare: Touched! and more. Michael rejected the offer and decided to play on.[19]

That's So Weird[edit]

In one of the vampire sketches, Count Edwardo The 3rd mentions that the girl next to him is Princess Peach and he is Super Mario.

The Amazing Race[edit]

During the show's ninth season, during the penultimate episode, BJ & Tyler, one of the teams, says that the race "is on like Donkey Kong".

The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel (series)[edit]

Mauricio (Mexico Team) with a Nintendo DSi. Seen in the details, is a gameplay of Mario Kart DS racing as Mario.

During a commercial of the second season of The Amazing Race Latin America, one of the teams (Edison Father & Edison Son, from Mexico) were seen playing with a Nintendo DS. Also during the first part of leg 12, over from La Paz, Bolivia to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on the plane appears Mauricio (Mexico) playing Mario Kart DS on a DSi.

Also, before the race, all the participants competed in the challenge "Wii Launch", in which all competed in a game of Wii Sports Resort (the winners were, likewise, Carlos & Mauricio)[20]. One of the sponsors of this season (as well as the first) is Nintendo.

The Apprentice (UK)[edit]

In the ninth episode of series 11, Lord Sugar asks one of the candidates whether when they were asked to change their attire if they had done so, or if they had remained as "a plum with a mustache, like Super Mario."

In the ninth episode of Series 12, when Lord Sugar criticized Sofiane Khelfa's lack of originality, he said "If it was up to you, Super Mario would've been called 'fat plumber'."

The Big Bang Theory[edit]

A two-player Mario Kart Wii race at Mario Circuit during the episode "The Gorilla Experiment."
  • In "The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation", Howard sits down at the lunch table with a new mustache. He says he calls it "the Clooney", while Raj replies "I call it the Mario and Luigi, but whatever."[21]
  • In "The Codpiece Topology", Sheldon's mother sends him his Nintendo 64 along with Super Mario 64. He is later seen playing it on his laptop, using a "poorly coded Nintendo 64 emulator." He even says "Hop, you little plumber. Hop, hop, hop!" and "Everybody has a date. Even you, Mario, going after Princess Peach. And what am I doing? I'm just enabling you."[22][23]
  • In "The Gorilla Experiment", Raj and Sheldon are playing Mario Kart Wii with the Wii Wheel. Raj is shown playing with Yoshi in the Standard Kart M and Sheldon playing as Mario on the Standard Bike M in Mario Circuit. Raj wins and says to Sheldon, "Face it, dude, whether it's a real car or a virtual cartoon car, you can't drive." Sheldon says it was only because he hit a tree, and Raj adds, "And a cow and a penguin" (hinting that they were also racing on Moo Moo Meadows and N64 Sherbet Land). Raj tells him he really needs some cheat codes, motor skills, and a genie who grants wishes to little boys who suck at Mario Kart.[24]
  • In "The Bozeman Reaction", Leonard's and Sheldon's apartment is robbed, with several consoles and games mentioned as being stolen, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.[25] When writing in a journal in bed, Sheldon also mentions, in his thoughts, that "outside, evil lurks, probably playing Donkey Kong on my classic Nintendo."[26]
  • In "The Staircase Implementation," Raj, Howard, and Leonard are seen playing a Nintendo GameCube game on the couch. The music and sounds emitted from the TV tell that they are playing Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, more specifically Waluigi Stadium or Wario Colosseum.
  • In "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver," Howard, Raj, and Leonard are, in one scene, playing Donkey Kong Jenga. During this scene, Howard is talking to Raj and Leonard about him and Bernadette possibly not having children and states that "even Donkey Kong had Donkey Kong Jr." He also mused about how Donkey Kong would have taught his son how to "kidnap princesses and throw barrels at Italian plumbers", but this is actually an erroneous observation as Donkey Kong's damsel-in-distress, Pauline, was not a princess.
  • In "The Launch Acceleration", during Amy and Sheldon's date at her house, part of Amy's attempt to make him love her more includes playing the Super Mario Bros. ground theme as "romantic music." Almost immediately after, Sheldon admits that playing the game was the happiest 600 hours of his childhood.
  • In "The Itchy Brain Simulation", Leonard attempts to return a long-overdue copy of the Super Mario Bros. movie.
  • In "The Indecision Amalgamation", when Sheldon and Amy are at Best Buy contemplating whether to buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, several advertisements for Mario games can be seen in the background. These are Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Party: Island Tour, Mario Kart 8 and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
  • In "The Misinterpretation Agitation", during the scene when Dr. Lorvis invites Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj to see his collection of various types of memorabilia, arcade cabinets of Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. can be seen among them. Leonard is later seen playing Donkey Kong at the end of the episode.
  • In "The Long Distance Dissonance", as Sheldon walks Ramona down the stairway to her car, the rest of the group follows them, passing each other along the way. Once they all reach the exit, Sheldon runs ahead of the group to get the door and remarks, "That was fun. It's like Mario Kart."
  • In "The Celebration Reverberation", Penny comes from her room to see Leonard staring at a board of their accomplishments he made the previous day. At one point, he says he got bored and tried to beat his high score on Mario Kart, to which he says that he failed.

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year[edit]

In the Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012, in answer to the question "What game was Prince Harry playing, in which he was caught naked?", Richard Ayoade answered, Donkey Kong.

The Chase[edit]

  • In series 6 episode 71, one of the questions a contestant was asked was "In the Nintendo video game series, who is Luigi's brother?". The contestant correctly answered Mario.
  • In series 8 episode 53, during the cash builder round the contestant was asked "Which video game gorilla appears in the game Tropical Freeze?", and correctly answered Donkey Kong.
  • In series 11 episode 66, host Bradley Walsh asked the contestant a question, "In the Nintendo game 'Luigi's Mansion', what kind of machine is the Poltergust 3000, used by Luigi to capture ghosts?", with the possible answers Electric fan, Leaf Blower and Vacuum Cleaner. The contestant incorrectly answered Leaf Blower, while the Chaser answered correctly.
  • In series 11 episode 151, Bradley asked the question "An arrangement of the Russian folk song 'Korobeiniki' became the well-known music for what computer game?", with one of the possible answers being Super Mario Bros., alongside Pac-Man and the correct answer Tetris. The contestant incorrectly guessed Super Mario Bros., noting it had a distinctive theme tune, while the Chaser correctly answered Tetris.

The Chase: Celebrity Special[edit]

In series 4, episode 16, during the cash builder round the contestant was asked the question "In the Mario video game series, what royal title does the character Daisy hold?", which they incorrectly answered "queen".

The Chase Australia[edit]

In an episode aired on January 12, 2017, host Andrew O'Keefe asked the contestant a question, "Which video game allows players to create their own courses and share them online?", with the answers: Super Mario Maker, Donkey Kong Land, and Super Metroid. The contestant answered Super Mario Maker correctly.

The Daily Show[edit]

During the January 7th, 2010 episode, Jon Stewart talks about two recently retired Democrats. After he brings up the story, a picture of the Democrats' faces pasted onto Mario and Luigi's artwork from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga appears alongside the caption "Donkey Gone". During a May 4th, 2011 episode, Jon Stewart said "We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear, leaving behind a shiny gold coin," a reference to how enemies drop coins upon defeat in most Mario games.

During the November 17th, 2017 episode, senior correspondent Ronny Chieng remarks that "being number one sucks," in reference to how the United States may actually be in a better position after falling behind China during the Trump presidency. He mentions how in Mario Kart, "that asshole blue shell with wings isn't coming for number two." Onscreen, a video plays of a Spiny Shell hitting Mario and Luigi in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.[27]

During the March 8, 2018 episode, Trevor talks about how Trump met with video game executives to discuss the effect of video games on real-life violence. Trevor plays "exclusive audio" of the meeting, in which Trump believes that Mitch McConnell is a Koopa Troopa. The "jump" sound effect from Super Mario Bros. plays as Trump jumps on McConnell.[28]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show[edit]

Donkey Kong on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In a November 2010 episode, Donkey Kong made a special appearance by scaring Kelly Osbourne. Ellen later gave everyone in the audience a Wii with Donkey Kong Country Returns.

The Flash (2014 TV series)[edit]

In several episodes, Cisco Ramon is seen wearing shirts with Mario characters on them. Additionally, in the sixteenth episode of Season 3 called "Into the Speed Force", Harrison "H.R." Wells of Earth Nineteen refers to the Speed Force as the Negative World. Surprised by his remark, Cisco then asks H.R. if there is Super Mario on Earth Nineteen, to which H.R. agrees and jokingly challenges Cisco to.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[edit]

In the 1991 episode "Love at First Fight," when Kayla Samuels asks Will if "He had ever memorized too many things at once that his head was going to bust," he responds, "No, but I once got up to the third level of Super Mario Bros., and yo it was hectic up there!"

The Goldbergs[edit]

In the episode "Fonzie Scheme", after Murry comes home from his shopping spree, two boxes of Donkey Kong cereal can be seen on the counter.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[edit]

Stephen Colbert, playing a younger version of himself during a July 2016 segment
  • In a July 2016 segment of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Stephen Colbert travels back in time to the 1990s to retrieve his old jokes during the Bill Clinton presidency, due to President Clinton speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Right before Stephen arrives, a younger version of himself, with a Game Boy, says, "Okay, Mario, it's time to save Peach on my new Game Boy."[29]
  • In the April 28, 2017 episode, Stephen talks about Google's Kitty Hawk Flyer, a flying car. He goes on to say that he would "literally do anything to avoid the Lincoln Tunnel." Jon Baptiste, Stephen's bandleader, then plays a part of the Mario underground theme. [30]
Mario meets with Donald Trump during the March 9, 2018 episode
  • In the October 7, 2017 episode, the show runs a satirical advertisement for "Supreme Genetics," a DNA test for white supremacists. The ad says that the product can confirm that testers are related to "Wario, the evil Mario."[31]
  • In the March 9, 2018 episode, Stephen's animated cold open ("exclusive footage from the video game panel") satirizes President Donald Trump's meeting with top video game executives to discuss the effect of video games on real-life violence. While waiting for Trump to arrive, Mario says that he takes responsibility if kids start throwing turtles, eating magic mushrooms, or using "offensive Italian stereotypes." President Trump arrives, jumping over Mario and heading straight for Princess Peach's dressing room. After Peach asks Trump how he got into the dressing room, Trump loses a life.[32]

The Middle[edit]

In one episode, Brick is hit with a beer bottle on accident. He says he wants to use the new Super Mario Band-Aids.

The Red Green Show[edit]

The "Adventures with Bill" segment from the episode where the lodge members attempt at converting their excess grapes into wine features Bill and his comrades trying to fix a roof. During their capers, Bill begins to climb up a ladderway not unlike the girders of Donkey Kong and Dalton ends up knocking several metal canisters down the staircase, resulting in a Donkey Kong parody as Bill climbs to the roof. As he sees this, Red exclaims, "Hey! Super Mario Brothers!"

The Sarah Silverman Program[edit]

In one episode, a commercial for a fictitious video game entitled Cookie Party: The Video Game is shown, which features a Mario-inspired level.

The Sopranos[edit]

In one episode, AJ is seen playing Mario Kart 64 with his son.

The Suite Life on Deck[edit]

In the episode, "My, oh Maya," Zack wears a green undershirt and blue overalls, similar to Luigi's typical attire.

The Thundermans[edit]

In the episode "Stealing Home," after Mrs. Wong calls Barb "mom jeans", Barb tells Billy and Nora, "O.K., now it's on like Donkey Wong", making Mrs. Wong's name similar to Donkey Kong's.

In the series finale "The Thunder Games," a villain called the Gamer forces the family to act out a game with a plot similar to Super Mario Bros., with each member (except the mother) wearing costumes based on Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon[edit]

During the December 7, 2016 broadcast, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, comes down to Jimmy Fallon's studio for the debut of the Nintendo Switch and plays Super Mario Run with Jimmy. Also, series creator Shigeru Miyamoto performs the Super Mario Bros. theme with The Roots.

The Voice (Australia)[edit]

In the second season's Blind Auditions, coach Joel Madden says "It is on like Donkey Kong" when commenting on Lyric McFarland's performance.

The Weakest Link[edit]

In the Children in Need 2017 Special, Anne Robinson asked the question to Giles: "In video game characters, what is the first name of the younger twin brother of Super Mario?" Giles answered Lorenzo instead of Luigi.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes[edit]

In a January 29, 2012 sketch, Mario and Luigi are interviewed about their reaction to Atari's bankruptcy. The Bros. talk about how the entire community is upset about the development, with Pac-Man swallowing a bottle of pills, Frogger throwing himself in front of traffic and the Pitfall! guy falling into a pit. When asked if Donkey Kong crushed himself with a barrel over the news, they tell the anchor he had actually became hooked on Oxycontin. Mario postulates that the reason for Atari's misfortune was that modern audiences only want violent games, and a distressed Luigi says "old fashioned" guys like them are in trouble, repeatedly punching a question block and asking "Why? Why? Why?" until his brother snaps him out of it. Mario says they can just go back to fixing toilets if the game business doesn't work out, but Luigi states that he doesn't want to go back to fixing toilets, as his hands are too delicate. Mario huffs about Luigi fancying himself "too good for fixing toilets anymore" and asks why his hands are delicate anyway. Luigi then says he uses them to caress the princess. Mario becomes enraged about Luigi "sleeping with [his] princess" and threatens to hurl a fireball in his face, punning that "this is Wario".

In a March 25, 2014 sketch, a fake videogame called the "Super Ford Bros." was shown, referencing Toronto's notorious Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug Ford. Mario sound effects were used, and the music playing when Doug comes on screen to revive his brother is very reminiscent of the invincibility theme. A sequel was later created, and the original was included as one of the best sketches of 2014 in the year-end special.

This Is Us[edit]

In the episode "Brothers", when Jack, Kevin, and Randall are in the car ready to leave on a camping trip, Kevin tries to bring his Game Boy, but Jack takes it saying "There's no Mario in the wild."

Today[edit]

On the September 10, 2015 broadcast, the hosts of the show play Super Mario Maker in honor of the game's release.

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters[edit]

In some episodes, the Go-Busters use the Lio Blaster to attack. Before unleashing their finishing strike, the Lio Blaster will announce "It's time for Buster!" or "It's time for Final Buster!" in order to charge and while it does, the countdown sound effect can be heard just like in the Mario Kart series. When the blaster is fully charged, the rangers pull the trigger on the green light to finish the attack.

Tosh.0[edit]

Daniel Tosh as Mario running through World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros.

In a Season 2 episode called "Prom Girl," Daniel Tosh shows a video of an individual unsuccessfully attempting to recreate a Mario level involving jumping over obstacles by stacking up multiple plastic containers, and then jumping from one to another. He responds to the video by asking "How do you die on the first level of Super Mario Brothers?" and saying that all you have to do is "...get the flag and get in the...castle." He then claims that he "could do that level in my sleep." Following this, a brief video shows Tosh dressed up as Mario, running through World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. After collecting a Mega Mushroom, jumping into a Warp Pipe and collecting some coins, he successfully makes it through the level and grabs the Goal Pole at the end, then runs into the door of the Castle.

"Donkey Kong" helping the two girls practice their hurdle jumping.

In a Season 3 episode called "Hurdle Fail Girls," Daniel interviews two girls who appeared in an online video falling multiple times while attempting to jump hurdles. During the "Web Redemption" later in the episode, he introduces them to "celebrity trainer Donkey Kong" (who is really just a man dressed up in a gorilla suit) who, as Daniel puts it, is going to help them with their hurdling. "Donkey Kong" does this by rolling many barrels at the two girls, who must attempt to jump over them, armed with nothing more than an "oversized mallet" that Daniel had given them to hold. While they are jumping, music and sound effects from Donkey Kong play in the background, and words appear on the screen, giving them 100 points for each barrel they successfully jump. At the end, the words "YOU WIN!!!" flash on the screen.

At the beginning of a Season 4 episode called "Juggalo Kid," Daniel mentions Princess Peach and Mario Kart.

Trivia no Izumi[edit]

Super Mario Sunshine and the Nintendo GameCube was shown at the start of one of the pieces of trivia about the Love Tester.

Two and a Half Men[edit]

In the episode "People Who Love Peepholes", a Donkey Kong arcade machine is seen in Walden's house. Later, as they are about to leave, Walden asks Bridget if he can play a little Donkey Kong with Alan before they go.

In the episode "Weekend in Bangkok With Two Olympic Gymnasts", Charlie takes Jake to the video store to rent the then-new Final Fantasy game. In some scenes in the video store, one can see Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube in the background.

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps[edit]

In one episode, Gaz is seen trying to help his brother Munch know what is real and what is not real, at one point, Munch says "Not even the Super Mario Brothers?" and Gaz replies "Well okay, that's real!"

Uploaded[edit]

Throughout this TV series, Mario has been occasionally mentioned, sometimes shown.

VH1 Commercials[edit]

  • In one commercial for VH1 Latin America, the VH1 logo can be seen on a Donkey Kong stage jumping barrels.
  • In another commercial, Mario appears jumping a Piranha Plant coming out of a Warp Pipe while spinning on a phonograph.

Victorious[edit]

Donkey Kong's 25m on Robbie's shirt.

In the episode "Stage Fighting", Robbie wears a shirt with the 25m level design from Donkey Kong. It reads "My game is classic".

White Collar[edit]

In the season 2 episode, "Need to Know", Neal Caffrey makes fun of a photo of Peter Burke with a mustache, claiming he looked like Mario and even mimicking the plumber's jump and voice.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Australia)[edit]

In one episode, host Eddie McGuire asked the contestant the following: "Which series of games feature the bad guy Bowser?". The possible answers were Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Pokémon and Pac-Man. The contestant incorrectly answered Sonic the Hedgehog.

In a later episode, another contestant was asked, "How many brothers make up Nintendo's 'Mario Bros'?" The possible answers were 2, 3, 4 or 5. The contestant correctly answered 2.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?[edit]

In one of the games, Wayne Brady had to make up a song based on a random person's profession. A video game reviewer from The Daily Radar was chosen. Both Mario and Donkey Kong were mentioned.

Winter Wipeout[edit]

In the second episode of Winter Wipeout, a contestant made it halfway through the course before being faced with an obstacle called the "Yule Log Jam." Before taking on this obstacle, she remarked: "This looks like Super Mario Bros."

World Of Dance[edit]

In the second season of World Of Dance, namely episode 11, "The Duels Part 3", hip hop dance crew Funkywunks' dance routine involved one of the members briefly jumping up with his fist upwards, referencing Mario's famous jumping animation. When being judged, Derek Hough said that, "he liked the moment where one of the members jumped up Super Mario style." Hip hop dance group Electrobotz performed a routine to the remix of "Push Me To The Edge".

WWE Raw[edit]

On the Halloween 2011 broadcast, The Bella Twins dressed as female versions of the Mario Bros. while also holding a Princess Peach plush.

You're Skitting Me[edit]

Agent Tracy Murray (played by Cosmo Renfree) tells Mario (Hayden McKertish) and Luigi (Rowan Hills) that they need to get a new look.
Luigi holding a razor blade and telling Mario to shave off his mustache.

Throughout many episodes of the Australian sketch comedy You're Skitting Me, Mario and Luigi can be seen having many comical disputes over various situations. The Bros. (Hayden McKertish as Mario and Rowan Hills as Luigi) own a plumbing company. During parts of the skit, 8-bit music similar to the Super Mario Bros. 3 overworld theme can be heard in the background.

In one episode, Mario and Luigi's non-canon agent Tracy Murray (played by Cosmo Renfree) says that after thirty years, the Mario Bros. are losing their touch. The "phones aren't ringing anymore" in the plumbing company, and Tracey says that the whole plumbing thing in a complete waste of their talent. He suggests that they need a new look in order to "get with the times" and to "get back into the game". Luigi is all for the idea, saying that it could be their big chance. But Mario is unsure, as he thinks their plumbing career is going well enough. Luigi suddenly gets mad at Mario, saying that he "wants to smash his head on to a Brick", and he's "not even looking for a Power-Up". Mario finally gives in, and says that it is worth giving a go. Agent Tracey then says that he'll get some fashion consultants in and bring in some stylists to do something with their hair. But first and foremost, he wants to get rid of their "ridiculous mustaches". He brings out some razor blades and places them on the desk. Mario, crossing his arms and shaking his head, is strongly against the idea. But Luigi says that they have to if they want to get with the times. Mario still refuses, and this leads Luigi into picking up the razor blade off the desk, and pointing it towards Mario's face. He says softy but firmly, "You shave your mustache". Mario then replies with "I no shave my mustache!". The dispute between them goes on for another few minutes, and agent Tracey tells them to stop arguing.

The next scene of the episode interviews the actors of the show and asks for their opinions of the last skit. They discuss whether Mario should shave his mustache or not. Some of the opinions given by the actors are "it's the only thing keeping him going" (Molly Daniels), "what is Mario without the mustache?" (Cosmo Renfree), "it's the reason I like him" (Jake Fehily) and "I think the mustache should shave off Mario" (Cosmo Renfree).

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