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Bean, Bean, maniacal nut / The more you watch, you bust a gut! First unleashed in 1989, this sketch series was embraced by PBS viewers in the United States. In the tradition of the great silent clowns, Rowan Atkinson created a character with universal and multi-generational appeal (the sketches have little dialogue and are driven by often ingenious physical comedy). Like Bart Simpson, the resourceful, mischievous, and sometimes malevolent Bean is the inner child incarnate who acts on the impulses polite society normally represses. Atkinson has described Bean as "a 9-year-old boy, with an apparent lack of worldly experience, but an ingenuity that is quite clever in dealing with problems presented to him." These problems include not knowing a single answer on an exam, tactfully disposing of a revolting restaurant meal, changing into his swimsuit at the beach without first removing his pants, and, most hilariously, getting a turkey stuck on his head (a classic bit reprised in the ill-conceived 1997 feature film).

Atkinson has enjoyed some mainstream success stateside. He was the nervous minister ("...your awfully wedded wife") in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the voice of Zazu in The Lion King. But he mainly enjoys cult status among British comedy aficionados as a founding member of Not the Nine O'Clock News and the star of the Black Adder series. Bean is his crowning creation. In addition to all 14 episodes, this generous boxed set contains previously unaired sketches, Comic Relief appearances, and a segment about Bean's creation, which serves as a nifty introduction for the uninitiated. It also contains a preview for the new Mr. Bean animated series. This seems redundant. As this collection hilariously demonstrates, Bean is already animated enough. --Donald Liebenson

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CastRowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Roger Sloman, Matilda Ziegler, Matthew Ashforde
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DVD Release Date:  April 29, 2003
Runtime:  375 minutes
Studio:  A&E Home Video
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Quick Tip by . March 17, 2013
posted in Pass The Remote!
Mr. Bean is certainly a highlight in early 90's British comedy.  While Mr. Bean can be compared to Pee Wee Herman in that they're both "children trapped in men's bodies," I like Mr. Bean a lot more because he's made to feel much more believable in his sheer clumsiness and anti-social behavior, while Pee Wee seemed to be made more "likeable."      Here's a rather funny highlight of the show, and a good reason why Mr. Bean and the dentist …
review by . May 19, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Out of all the DVD sets that I've bought this one has been viewed the most, over and over again. The reason for its appeal is the brilliant physical comedy of Rowan Atkinson. There is very little dialog if any in this series but you never realize it, that's the genius of Rowan Atkinson.     Recently, we had a get-together of friends and family at our place and there were 25 people crashed out in the living room ranging from the ages of 2 to 75. Everyone wanted to watch something …
review by . January 03, 2008
There's no one quite like poor Mr. Bean. Hapless, disingenuous (usually), childlike, he bumbles into normal situations and turns them into disaster. Part of the fun of watching is figuring out how things might go incredibly wrong yet again! This may not be the definitive edition that some hoped for, but you're in for some laugh out loud fun and surprises, even if you've seen these episodes before. (There's no one quite like Rowan Atkinson, either!)
review by . December 30, 2003
I love Mr. Bean. Rowan Atkinson takes his most beloved character and serves up a platter of all the classic episodes. Poor Bean stumbles and bumbles his way through scenarios an average person would take for granted. You'll laugh as Bean tries to go to sleep, is late for the dentist, fears the diving board and, my favorite, tries not to fall asleep in church. Every episode is filled with fun for the entire family(with the exception of the swimming pool episode, where Bean's backside is bared). …
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