Mr Bean is an irreplaceable childhood classic. It would be unfaithful and immoral to attempt to replace it.
So, of course, we’re not going to do that. But, it is important to note that there are only this many times you can rewatch the same episode of Mr Bean. So to alleviate your suffering, here are some alternatives with which to scratch the Mr Bean itch:
Fawlty Towers (Just like Mr. Bean)
A sitcom from the 1970s. You would think that it doesn’t hold up in quality to today’s comedy. But, Fawlty Towers is consistently ranked as some of the best comedies ever produced by the British. Written by and starring John Cleese and Connie Booth, the comedy was broadcast on BBC2 for two seasons. It’s set in a fictional hotel known as Fawlty Towers and follows four characters as they try their best to run the hotel in extremely weird situations.
It’s perfect if you loved the quintessential Britishism of the Mr Bean series. This will be sure to give you a good dose of witty, obtuse, dramatic British humour.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret
Next up, this show is a good choice if you found humour in the embarrassment of Mr Bean. The show revolves around a temporary worker in the USA called Todd Margaret who gets promoted and sells an energy drink in the UK. He has another employee, Dave, an Englishman and spends much of his time essentially pranking and teasing Todd.
The Black Adder
Before Mr Bean, Rowan Atkinson wrote and starred in this British comedy. Set in the British middle ages, this is a comedic take on a fictional history. Rowan Atkinson’s character Edmund (the Black adder) does his best to increase his social standing through various comedic means.
It is a very different character from Mr Bean, but the same quirky weirdness that Rowan typically shines through.
Monty Python’s Flying Service
At this point, Monty Python is a pop culture favourite. It’s another one of British Television’s greatest shows from the 20th century. Also starring John Cleese, it is pretty representative of the British comedy that preceded Mr Bean. It makes use of absurd situations to highlight everyday life and make it humorous. A theme that will surely sound familiar from the antics of Mr Bean.
Jeeves and Wooster
Based on the best-selling P. G. Wodehouse novels, Jeeves is a strict butler and Wooster his rather careless employer. If you’re a fan of the seemingly absurd way Mr Bean manages to get out of all the twisted situations he creates, then this show is for you.
The plot essentially consists of Wooster getting into trouble and Jeeves then getting him out of it.
The Adventures of Tintin
Moving onto animated shows that you may be a fan of if you watched the Mr Bean animated tv series. The Adventures of Tintin is a perfect segue, seeing as it is also a late 20th-century show with admittedly a much smarter protagonist. But it does hold a similar ambience as Mr Bean, and it is equally enrapturing… And funny.
It follows a young boy, Tintin, his dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock to solve mysteries.
This is a recommendation for a grown-up feeling nostalgic about their favourite kids show and wanting an adult version. BoJack is a washed-up celebrity who is trying to make a comeback. It has a refreshing take on many real-world issues and is all voiced by a half-human half-horse. So it’s really very silly at the same time.
If nostalgia is all you’re looking for, maybe this foul-mouthed horse can help.
Beavis and Butthead
Basically revolves around two teenagers with no prospects and also no parents for some reason who are quite literally the most idiotic characters on the planet. If you liked Mr Bean’s seemingly single brain cell characteristics, this show is definitely for you. Both the characters are metalheads that have no empathy or morality.
If you miss empathy and morality and really want to watch something that reminds you of childhood, SpongeBob might be your best bet. The show is surprisingly watchable for a kid’s cartoon and extremely entertaining. Not to mention the characters are absolutely bonkers.
Back to the semi-adult, definitely insane characters. Homer Simpson might actually give Mr Bean a run for his money if they were to meet. The two are surprisingly similar and equally hilarious. So if you want a grown-up, talkative Mr Bean, maybe the Simpsons are for you.