Two feature films, Bean and Mr Bean's Holiday, took almost half a billion dollars at the global box office, with music videos, adverts and an animated series adding to the coffers, if not the critical acclaim.
But Bean's best moments are arguably those that appeared in the 14 television episodes which ran between 19.
It makes complete sense to test your lights before you buy them, unless you're Bean in which case you will go about it in precisely the wrong way.
Fortunately for fans both of Atkinson and his character, he has banked up some of the finest comic moments on television.
Here are our favourites: let us know yours in the comments.
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1-0 12 Aug 97 The Story of Mr Bean The home sites for this guide are for show info and for episode details.
If you require assistance, please contact customer support. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process.