10 Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies

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Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies: The American actor Mario Lopez, primarily famous for being a radio and television host, is also a fitness lover and an author of many books. 

So, today not only do we have your favorite Mario’s top list, but also we have a lot more in store for you, including his early career, family life, and much more. We also have a bonus for you at the end of the list – so stay tuned.

Mario Lopez Movies

Over the years, from acting in soap operas to hosting duties, Lopez has performed a long list of roles and characters other than A.C Slater in numerous television shows and movies that are worth mentioning, namely:

  •  Felipe’s Friend – Colors (1988)
  • Steve – Fever lake (1996)
  • David Morales – Outta Time/The Courier, Out of Time (2002)
  • Others…

Mario López also started his own nationally syndicated radio show with the name ON with Mario Lopez in 2012.

Lopez was also the Grand Marshal of the 88th Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2019.

So, ready yourself, and let’s take a look at Mario López Best tv appearances of all time.

Let’s get started…

#1. Kids Incorporated 1984-1986

Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies

Directed by: Gary Halvorson, Maurice ABraham, Michael Dimich, Greg V. Fera, Jules Lichtman, Morris Abraham, Martin Pasetta, Paul Hoen.

Produced by: Gary Biller, Tommy Lynch, Earl A. Glick, Jere Hausfater, Jimmy Cuomo, Gary L. Stephenson, Pamela Cantori, Gail Purse, Kevin Berg, Sean McNamara.

Starring: Stacy Ferguson, Moosie Drier, Rahsaan Patterson, Renee Sands, Mart “Martika” Marrero, Jerry Sharell, Ryan Lambert, Richard Shoff, Connie Lew, Kenny Ford, Devyn Puett, Sean O’Riordan, Love Hewitt, Mario Lopez, Anastasia Horne, Haylie Johnson, Eric Balfour, Nicole Brown, Jared Delgin, Charlie Brady, Dena Burton, Anthony Harrell

Distributed by: MGM Television

Release date: September 1, 1984 – February 9, 1994

Running time: 22 minutes (per episode)

Kids incorporated a.k.a Kids Inc, a childhood memory of every 80s kid and half an hour of the best kids entertainment, that also proved to be the start of a “successful journey” for many of America’s young talent, including Mario Lopez.

Mario played the role of a background dancer and drummer from 1984 – 1986 in almost 64 or so episodes. Lopez was one of the few kids who knew how to play an instrument. 

Kids Inc. featured a kids band/rock group who worked at a music club called “Palace” with an “a” missing that never got replaced throughout the show. How Come no one changed it in 10 years?. 

Anyway, back to the storyline…

The show revolved around a group of children and teenagers who used to solve issues when they were not singing, such as peer pressure, child abuse, bullying, racism, and once they even had a robot. 

The kids usually covered the Top 40 hits of the time in their way, but that’s not all. Kids inc. also had a few of their original songs as well.

Also, Kids Inc. released a few videos and albums, the two of these albums reached the charts achieving Platinum sales status.

Running: 94 mins

#2. Saved by the Bell 1989-1993

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Directed by: Don Barnhart

Produced by: Peter Engel (Executive producer)

Starring: Mark- Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, Lark Voorhies, Ed Alonzo, Dennis Haskins, Leanna Creel.

Distributed by: Rysher Entertainment

Release date: August 20, 1989 – May 22, 1993

Running time: 22 – 24 minutes 

Our very favorite A.C Slater who got Saved by this Bell as the show had many spin-off series, such as “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style” & “Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas” to name a few with Mario Lopez in every one of them. No wonder A.C. Slater got famous; Mario even won a “Young Artist Award” for the role.

The lighthearted comedy series focusing on kids and teens showcased a storyline that follows a bunch of high school friends at Bayside High School in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on Saturday mornings on NBC. 

Among many spin-offs of the show, one was from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” they remade a Saved by the Bell sketch with Fallon on set. 

The series was later acknowledged as “educational and informational.” Also, AOL TV called the show one of the “20 Best School Shows of all Time”.

#3. Saved by the Bell: The College Years 1993-1994

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Directed by: Miguel Higuera, Jeffrey Melman

Produced by: Peter Engel (executive producer)

Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Anne Tremko, Kiersten Warren, Bob Golic, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Essence Atkins.

Distributed by: Rysher Entertainment

Release date: May 22, 1993 – February 8, 1994

Running time: 22 minutes

This show is the third spin-off sequel to the original “Saved by the Bell.” The series comprised 19 episodes in total. It was broadcasted on Tuesday evenings on primetime. 

The story has Zack Morris, Samuel Powers, and Albert Clifford Slater (A.C. Slater) as main characters as they get into new trouble every time. Most of the story has Zack Morris running around his roommate Leslie and later after Kelly to win her affections, who, on the other hand, likes their professor. In the end, however, they end up getting engaged.

Sadly enough,

The series aired through only one season as it got canceled due to low ratings.  

But good news for the fans, as in 1994, four novels based on the show were released.

#4. Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story 1997

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Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern

Produced by: Mark Bacino (producer), Allen S. Epstein (executive producer), Jim Green (executive producer), Alan Hines (co-producer), Andrew McLean (supervising producer

Starring: Mario López, Micheal Murphy

Distributed by: Ariztical Entertainment

Release date: March 19, 1997

Running time: 95 minutes

The story is about an Olympic diver and gold medalist, Greg Louganis, who gets motivated after getting into a drowning accident. The report also highlights some of the aspects of homosexuality and HIV. 

The telefilm is based on the original novel “Breaking the Surface,” co-written by Eric Marcus and Greg Louganis. The book stayed on top of the New York Times Best Seller list for more than a month.

Best of all…

Lopez got nominated for an ALMA Award for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a TV Miniseries or Made-for-Television Movie in a Crossover Role.”

Check Out Mario Lopez Top 10 Lists of All-time 

#5. Pacific Blue

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Directed by: Terrence O’Hara, Don Michael Paul, Gary Winter, Charles Siebert, Michael Alan Levine, Stephen L. Posey, Terence H.Winkless, Cory Michael Eubanks

Produced by: Gary Nardio (executive producer), Bill Nuss (co-executive producer), Paul B. Margolis, Emily Skopov, Paul Brown, Steve Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle, Gary Winter, John J. Scherer

Starring: Jim Davidson, Darlene Vogel, Paula Trickey, Marcos Ferraez, David Lander, Rick Rossovich, Amy Hunter, Jeff Stearns, Shanna Moakler, Mario Lopez

Release date: March 2, 1995 – April 9, 2000

Running time: 44 minutes 

Have you seen “Baywatch” but on the bikes? Then this series is undoubtedly for you with Santa Monica Police Department officers patrolling on the bicycles and our ol’ famous police officer Bobby Cruz making an appearance in the show’s fourth season.

The series is all about crime scenes and criminals, stretching over five seasons with 101 episodes. 

Sadly… the show was canceled after its fifth season, but if action & criminal/ Police officer dramas are your favorite genre, then this series might just be for you. Pacific Blue is available in DVD format and also up for download on many platforms.

6. The bold and the beautiful 2006

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Directed by: Michael Stich, Deveney Kelly, Cynthia J. Popp, David Shaughnessy, Jennifer Howard

Produced by: Rhonda Friedman, Edward Scott, Casey Kasprzk, Cynthia J.Popp, Mark Pinciotti

Starring: John McCook (present), Katherine Kelly Lang (present), Mario Lopez (2006), Variable(changed a lot since the show started)

Distributed by: New World Entertainment (1987- 1997), 20th Television (1997), BBL Distribution, Inc. (1997-present)

Release date: March 23, 1987- present

Running time: 19 minutes (approx.) (US), 21 minutes (approx.) (international)

B&B soap opera revolves around the Forrester family and their business. The show’s cast has been ever-changing since its launch in 1987, however in 2006, Mario Lopez played the character of Dr. Christian Ramirez, who was called in to save the dying Felicia Forrester battling colon cancer. 

The other characters also have had their fair share of input towards the series as the show became the most-watched soap opera globally with an estimated viewership of over 36 million or so people. 

That’s not all…

B&B also won “Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series” for three consecutive years from 2009-2011.

#7. Extra

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Produced by: Lisa Gregorisch Dempsey(1996-present), Jeremy Spiegel (2008-present), Theresa Coffino (2012-present)

Presented by: Billy Bush (2019-present host), Mario Lopez (2008 – 2019/ host)

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television

Release date: September 5 ,1994- present

Running time: 20 minutes (weekday edition), 42 minutes (weekend edition)

Extra,” also known as “Extra: The Entertainment Magazine (1994-1996),”  is an American Syndicated news broadcasting newsmagazine distributed by Warner Bros. Television. 

It first aired on September 5, 1994, and focused on news headlines, gossipy showbiz fluff, and related news from celebrities to recent events. From 2013 however, it started covering interviews and inside scoops of latest and upcoming film and TV projects.

Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies

Fun Fact: Sesame Street had a parody of the “Extra” as “Extra Sesame Street” in one of the episodes of Season 43 named “The Veggie Monster” featuring Mario López as a reporter

#8. Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby

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Directed by: Clay Westervelt

Produced by: Ben Samek, Cris Abrego, Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes, Julia Silverton, Kristen Kelly, Mario Lopez, Mark Schulman, Rabih Gholam.

Starring: Mario Lopez, Courtney Mazza

Distributed by: Endemol

Release date: November 1, 2010 – January 3, 2011

Running time: 33 minutes

An American reality show stretching over ten episodes. It revolves around the daily life of Actor Mario Lopez and his girlfriend Courtney as they prepare themselves and their surroundings for the baby’s arrival. 

It depicts the problems and situations an expectant couple faces, such as baby decisions, females being all hormonal, doctor visits, work, personal life, being there for the family, and

labor finally leading to the birth of their first child, Baby Gia. It’s a light-hearted series many people can relate to.

#9. The X factor

Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies

Directed by: Phil Heyes

Produced by: Simon Cowell (uncredited), Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Siobhan Greene, Richard Holloway, Andrew Llinares, Rob Wade

Presented by: Mario Lopez (co-host), Khloe Kardashian (co-host), Steve Jones (co-host). 

Distributed by: FremantleMedia Enterprises

Release date: September 21, 2011 – December 19, 2013

Running time: 60-150 minutes

The all-time famous reality music show “The X Factor” with heavy sponsorship from Pepsi, Chevrolet, Sony, Verizon, Honda, and Procter & Gamble, was the second highest-earning show of the year.

But only revenue wasn’t the reason for its popularity; the music show series had a competition format for searching for new singing talents. There was a judging panel, but the winner would be determined via audience voting and awarded a Syco Music contract.

For the first season, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones were co-hosts, while Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian were the co-hosts in the second season. However, the show only had Lopez as the sole host for the third season.

#10. Access Hollywood

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Directed by: Richard Plotkin(Present)

Produced by: Robert K. Silverstein (1999–2019), Maureen FitzPatrick(2019 – Present) 

Presented by: Scott Evans (host), Mario Lopez (host), Kit Hoover(host), Zuri Hall (co-host/ correspondent), Sibley Scoles (weekend host), Tim Vincent (European correspondent)

Distributed by: New World/Genesis Distribution (season 1), 20th Television(season 1 – 3), Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (season 4 – 5), NBC Enterprises (season 6 – 8), NBC Universal Television Distribution (season 8 – present)

Release date: September 9, 1996 – present

Running time: 20 minutes (weeknights), 42 minutes (weekends/days)

Access Hollywood, an entertainment news program focused on news about celebrities and events in Showbiz. It has many segments covering various topics, namely: AH Nation, In Case You Missed it, Watch This, The Final 45, and lastly, Access Express. Evident from the names these segments discuss and suggestions on various aspects of the entertainment industry.

Not only that…

But the Show also has many Spin-off shows such as AMC Access, Real Access, TV One Access, Access MSNBC, Access Hollywood Live, etc., and many spoofs in various shows, including “The Simpsons.”

Other Notable Mentions:

  •  Tomas del Gato – a.k.a Pablo(1984)
  • Mario, a Latino boy – The Golden Girls (1987)
  • Mario López/host – Masters of the Maze (1995-1996)
  • Dr. Mike Hamoui – Nip./Tuck (2006-2010)
  • Mario López/co-host – America’s Best Dance Crew (2008-2012)
  • Mario López/ co-host – The Wendy Williams Show (2010)
  • Mario López/Emcee – Gala Benefit of 2010 Pageant of the Masters’ arts festival (2010)
  • Mario López/ host – ON With Mario López (2012)
  • Stitches – The Chica Show(2012 – 2013)
  • Mario López/ host – iHeartRadio Countdown, Hot AC edition (2014)
  • Mario López/ host – CBS game show Candy Crush(2017)
  • A.C. Slater – Saved by the Bell (2020)
  • And many others…

Conclusion: 10 Top Mario Lopez TV Shows & Movies

Mario López rose to fame from his character A.C. Slater, but his unending list of performances shows that his hard work led him to where he is today, and it wasn’t just luck or a single character that made him what he is today.

From X-factor to Extra and then to Access Hollywood, as a host, Mario Lopez has graced many shows with his presence, and he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Oh, I Almost Forgot!

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Bonus: CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Mini-series)

An American mini-series for teens that had a different story in each episode. It premiered on CBS from December of 1978 to January of 1996.

Mario López played the role of a wrestler in the episode “Big Boys Don’t Cry” in season 10, depicting Child sexual abuse.

As already mentioned, Mario López, in addition to being A.C. Slater, is also famous for being an author and a Wrestler.

Yep, that’s right!

Side by side his acting career, he once was an amateur wrestler for Chula Vista at 160 lbs weight class, 


While learning at Chula Vista high school, he was in a wrestling team and placed 2nd and 7th in San Diego and the State of California, respectively in his senior year.

In 1994, Mario was nominated for the “Young Artist Awards” for the “Best Youth Actor in a TV Mini-Series, M.O.W or Special” for this role.

But that is not all…

Mario also has his many books published about fitness and healthy lifestyle. Over the years, he has grown a lot as an actor and as a person, and if you’re interested in knowing more about him, read his Net Worth, Vital Stats, Quotes, and Memes by visiting us at bouncemojo.com.

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