Years On: 1989
Did It Work? We're still not sure if it was a fever dream, but the cartoon was bookended by a real-life Mario and Luigi (played by the late great Captain Lou Albano and some other dude), who ran a plumbing business in Brooklyn and were visited by celebrities from Magic Johnson to Vanna White to Norman fucking Fell. Yes, Mr. Roper kicked it with a a mustachioed Italian caricature, and they called it children's television. What part of the game is that?