Mr. Bean is a British sitcom produced by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and starring Atkinson inside the title role. Atkinson co-wrote all fifteen episodes with either Curtis, Robin Driscoll, or both, with Ben Elton co-writing the pilot. Thirteen from the episodes were broadcast on ITV, in the pilot on 1 January 1990, until "Goodnight Mr. Bean" on 31 October 1995. A clip show, "The Best Pieces of Mr. Bean", was broadcast on 15 December 1995, and one episode, "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", wasn't broadcast until 2006 on Nickelodeon.
Based on a character originally put together by Atkinson as he was studying for his master's degree at Oxford University, the series follows the exploits of Mr. Bean, explained by Atkinson as "a child in the grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and sometimes causing disruption in the process. Bean rarely speaks, and the largely physical humour in the series hails from his interactions online websites with his fantastic unusual methods to situations. The series was influenced by physical performers including Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films.
During its five-year run, the series gained large UK audience figures, including 18.74 million for the 1991 episode "The Issue with Mr. Bean". The series has got several international awards, such as the Rose d'Or. The show has become bought from 245 territories worldwide and has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films, with an appearance on the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.