hat can be said about a programme with its protagonist being quite speechless? To begin with, despite being often classified as a sitcom, in reality it functions more along the lines of sketch comedy. Each 'episode' contains about three scenarios – quite random with little or no connection – in which we find Mr Bean . . . well being himself.
he word 'episode' is inside inverted commas for a reason: the fourteen 'episodes' are actually independent productions and not a series at all, as can be seen by looking at the air-dates here
nlike other Atkinson projects, such as Blackadder
or The Thin Blue Line
, Mr Bean
has enjoyed truly global appeal. The simplistic and visual nature of the comedy, makes it easy for viewers from all nations to understand and enjoy; and indeed, with little to no dialogue nearly nothing becomes 'lost in translation'. This style of comedy also attracts a broad spectrum of viewers. Unlike the aforementioned Blackadder
– which is rife with cultural references and witty dialogue – Mr Bean concentrates on physical comedy, enabling viewers of all ages to effortlessly 'get' the gags.
astly, the popularity of the Mr Bean character can be reflected in the spin-offs. First, it was made into a feature film in 1997, simply titled Bean
. Then in 2002, a cartoon version called Mr Bean: the Animated Series
was born. And finally, the future of Mr Bean is still bright, as the next feature film, Bean 2
is in production. Finally, the feature film Mr. Bean's Holiday
was released in 2007 which was followed by a Comic Relief Special entitled Mr. Bean's Wedding