Mr. Bean (1990–1995)
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Mr. Bean 

Story 1: Mr Bean sits an exam and is blissfully happy until, too late, he realizes that he has studied the wrong maths equations. Story 2: Mr Bean tries to change into his swimming trunks ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rowan Atkinson ... Mr. Bean
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... The Student
Rudolph Walker ... The Invigilator
Roger Sloman ... The Blind Man
Howard Goodall ... The Church Organist
Richard Briers ... Mr. Sprout


Story 1: Mr Bean sits an exam and is blissfully happy until, too late, he realizes that he has studied the wrong maths equations. Story 2: Mr Bean tries to change into his swimming trunks at the beach without anyone seeing his bits. Story 3: Mr Bean tries to stifle a sneeze in church. Written by freddyjasonmyer

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Comedy | Family


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2 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the exam sequence, the face of Mr. Bean's alarm clock is only briefly visible, but it is, in fact, a Mickey Mouse clock. See more »


When Mr Bean takes out the green exam paper out of the envelope, there is no writing on it. See more »


Student: Done your revision?
Mr. Bean: Uh, oh, yes. I concentrated on trigonomentry.
Student: I've done calculus, mainly.
Mr. Bean: Oh, I believe they concentrated on calculus last year.
Student: Oh! Oh dear.
[Mr. Bean sniggers]
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Alternate Versions

For the original VHS releases, the audio tracks for the first three episodes were remixed to accommodate the NICAM stereo upgrade from episode four onward. There are additional, albeit subtle sounds such as environmental soundscapes added to outdoor scenes. These remixed audio tracks are available on some of the earlier PAL DVD sets, with the 20th anniversary edition from Universal reverting back to the originally broadcast audio tracks. See more »


Spoofed in Jie da huan xi (1993) See more »

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Copying Loudly.
9 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Mr. Bean

Atkinson, as confessed, has been preparing for this role since the very beginning. What started as a time-filling sketch, it is quite an elevation considering what this character; more than the series, has achieved. Rowan Atkinson, the actor and more or less the creator of this global phenomenon, has previously worked in similar arenas in stages, miming, what basically could be considered as a stand up, his appearances have always been about the performance more than the content. And with a physical language that bars no boundaries, this global outreach actually comes with a never-ending clause.

Primarily, to Atkinson. Since he could always claim his throne and the blames could easily be passed upon. But filtering or criticizing themselves, the creators have only shot definite amount of these sketchy scenes, in order to maintain the quality. And so pure the material is, that even after decades later, it hasn't gotten rusty yet. And it presumably never will. Since none of these scenarios seem effortful or tedious to the audience, the depicted gags are actually a part of a common man's routine in his day-to-day life.

And looking at those activities with an eye of an anarchistic 9 year old boy, Atkinson has managed to embed his name among pioneers like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. But even something sensational as such, comes with few flaws. Lopping off the editing and execution of this series, the shift of these chapters into one typical sitcom can easily be seen. Running out of ideas and occasionally compromising to the commercial aspect of the fame (Christmas episode), the series loses the subtlety for a brief period. When the neck starts going towards the noose rather than the other way around, that is when Mr. Bean grows simpleton, in a sense that it relies upon nothing but the performer and its inspiringly absurd performance.

Mr. Bean

Introducing his not-so-verbal character by exploring a situation where there never is any sparring, Atkinson is showing how hilarious our mundane work is, and how dumb were we to not observe it and laugh on them. His infamous church routine is not only innovative but also has a soothing touch to end the chapter on.

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