Mr Bean 1990 – 1995
Hugely popular with Audiences of the day (1992’s episode, The Trouble with Mr Bean, gained an audience of 18.75 million) and perhaps one of the 1990’s best remembered comic creations.
Rowan Atkinson’s award winning comedy was broadcast in 14 individual episodes, at random dates between 1990 and 1995. It did not follow the traditional pattern of broadcasting episodes as a series but instead each episode was a completely new story without any reference to any of the other episodes.
There was no great dialog, the series instead relying on visual jokes to gain it’s laughs. The character was said to be described by Rowan Atkinson as “a child in a grown man’s body” and was based on a character developed by Atkinson at university.
Each episode follows the hapless character in a new round of mishaps and chaos caused when presented by everyday tasks.
Starring: Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean
The Return Of Mr Bean
The Curse Of Mr Bean
Mr Bean Goes To Town
The Trouble With Mr Bean
Mr Bean Rides Again
Merry Christmas Mr Bean
Mr Bean In Room 426
Mind The Baby Mr Bean
Do-It-Yourself Mr Bean
Back To School Mr Bean
Tee Off Mr Bean
Goodnight Mr Bean
Hair By Mr Bean Of London
There have been a number of spin offs from the original 14 episodes:
The Best Of Mr Bean – A compilation of the best bits told around Mr Bean tidying his loft
Mr Bean – The Animated Series – A collection of short Mr Bean cartoons (we’ll cover this in a future post)
Directors Cut Sketches – 3 short sketches unseen on TV presumably they were originally intended for broadcast, but never made it that far.
The Bus Stop
Mr Bean – The Ultimate Disaster Movie and Mr Bean’s Holiday
Created By: Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis
Written By: Different episodes were written by Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Richard Curtis and one by Ben Elton.
Original Transmission: Episode One – January 1 1990, final episode (Hair By Mr Bean Of London) November 15 1995