In every episode, Mr. Bean (played by the accomplished Rowan Atkinson) would be confronted with an unusual situation (usually his fault), and somehow get around it to accomplish his goal. For instance, Mr. Bean decides he wants to go to the beach, but doesn't want to go back to his car to change into his bathing suit. So, he puts his bathing suit over his trademark brown trousers, and then tries to take the pants off, leaving only the bathing suit.
The beauty about Rowan Atkinson's performance as Mr. Bean is that an entire episode can go by without him even muttering a word. His use of physical comedy, including body language and facial expressions, is amongst the best I've ever seen in my life. He can be the most obnoxious person in the world one second, and an empathetic person in the next.
Rounding out the often-mute Mr. Bean character is his best friend, a plush teddy bear he calls "Teddy" and a mysterious, three-wheeled blue automobile. Though it doesn't make much sense to include them in a DVD review, these two "characters" stood out the most. For instance, in almost every episode, Mr. Bean does something awful to the enigmatic blue car, whether driving recklessly and causing it to tip over, or nudging it out of a parking space. And don't forget about his teddy bear… I won't give away anything else, but rest assured, watching Mr. Bean treat his teddy bear like it was a small baby is one of the funniest ongoing gags I've ever seen.
"Mr. Bean – The Whole Bean" features 14 episodes, each having a running time of approximately 25 minutes. Below are episode summaries broken down per disc. Be forewarned, there are some potential spoilers in their descriptions.
The Return of Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean goes shopping for housewares, orders the wrong dinner at a restaurant, and meets the queen.
The Curse of Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean goes swimming, tries to leave a parking garage without paying, makes his own "fresh" sandwich, and goes to the movies.
Mr. Bean Goes to Town - Mr. Bean sets up his new TV, looks through a line-up, searches for a lost shoe, attends a magic show, and goes out dancing.
Mr. Bean Goes to Town - Mr. Bean administers first aid, packs for a trip, deals with a rowdy passenger on a train, and tries to entertain a sick child on a turbulent flight.
Merry Christmas Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean does some holiday shopping, and cooks one of the largest turkeys I've ever seen.
Mr. Bean in Room 426 - Mr. Bean wrecks havoc in a hotel, bringing things from home to make it more quaint, and eventually being locked out of his room, running around naked.
Mind the Baby Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean ends up with a baby at an amusement park, but finds that it's hampering his level of fun.
Do It Yourself Mr. Bean - It's New Year's Eve, and Mr. Bean is an awful host. He also looks to do some "home improvement."
Tee Off, Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean does some laundry and makes an enemy in the process. The rules of miniature golf prove too much for Mr. Bean.
Good Night, Mr. Bean - Mr. Bean tries to cut ahead in line at a hospital, annoys a security guard, and prepares himself for bedtime.
Hair By Mr. Bean of London - Mr. Bean becomes a barber, goes to a fair, and loses his train ticket.
"The Story of Bean" is a really good featurette on Rowan Atkinson's career, from his early days, to present day. Intertwining interviews from Rowan and his friends, as well as clips from his other comedic performances, this featurette helps to give insight on the madness, and meticulous effort from Rowan that helped give birth to the Mr. Bean character. This featurette clocks in at around 40 minutes, and is well worth your time.
"More Sketches" is a real treat, as we are given four never-before-seen bonus sketches. Two of them looked to have been cut from the television show ("The Library" and "The Bus Stop"). The other two are inclusions from "Comic Relief U.K." Those skits are called "Blind Date" and "Torvill & Bean."
Also included is a "Rowan Atkinson Biography", a "Rowan Atkinson Filmography" and a "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series Trailer."