Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes that were co-written by Atkinson alongside Curtis and Robin Driscoll; for the pilot, it was co-written by Ben Elton. The series was originally broadcast on ITV, beginning with the pilot on 1 January 1990 and ending with "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean" on 15 December 1995.
During its original five-year run, Mr. Bean met with widespread acclaim and attracted large television audiences. The series was viewed by 18.74 million viewers for the episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean" and has received a number of international awards, including the Rose d'Or.
Life is difficult for Mr. Bean, who, despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Fortunately, his perseverance and resourcefulness frequently allow him to find ingenious ways to solve problems along the way.
Why It Rocks
- The reason why this show works well is that it uses very little intelligible dialogue (reminiscent of silent films), making it appeal to people who know little-to-no English.
- It shows the life of an inner child in an adult's body and what it's like in reality, which is hilarious from start to finish.
- While he is mostly childish, dimwitted and foolish, Mr. Bean himself is not cringeworthy like other childish people nowadays, as he's a very entertaining character who makes people laugh without any dialogue at all.
- Besides that, he is also famous for his iconic stuffed companion "Teddy" and renowned green Mini.
- Almost all of the episodes contain many funny moments that have become famous over the years, such as Mr. Bean driving his famous Mini from the roof in "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", getting his head stuck in a Christmas turkey in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean", trying to escape the parking lot without paying the barrier in "The Curse of Mr. Bean", and so on.
- It even spawned its own franchise consisting of two movies and an animated series spin-off: Bean (1997), Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) and Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (2002-2019).
- Great acting, particularly from Rowan Atkinson himself as the title character.
- While they can be stupid at times (see below), some of Mr. Bean's antics are just as funny as Bean himself.
- In fact, some victims of them actually deserve it, such as the bully in the launderette in "Tee Off, Mr. Bean", the man who stole his camera in "Mr. Bean Goes to Town", the man who attempted to steal his Mini in "The Trouble with Mr. Bean", and so on.
- The final episode, "The Best Bits of Mr. Bean", was a great way to end the series.
- While great for the most part, some of the gags in the episodes are cringeworthy and obnoxious to watch, such as:
- Bean damaging hotel property, eating rotten oysters and locking himself out of his hotel room completely naked in "Mr. Bean in Room 426". The latter scene is rather embarrassing to watch, not to mention inappropriate for children.
- Bean taking a bag from a sick child (who vomited inside the bag) and popping it in order to entertain him during a flight in "Mr. Bean Rides Again" is rather disgusting. Thankfully, the screen cuts to black before the outcome can be shown (however, an uncensored version is seen in the movie Bean).
- Bean shooting a lightbulb with a pistol in "Goodnight Mr. Bean" is also one of his stupidest antics yet, not to mention quite violent.
- Depending on your view, Mr. Bean can get annoying and loathsome most of the time, which is not helped out by the fact he is mostly a Karma Houdini who barely gets punished for his actions.