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5 Shows like Mr. Bean: The Best of British Comedy

Simon Hamilton itcher

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic for the 1990s when watching episodes of ‘Mr Bean’, with Rowan Atkinson perfectly cast as Britain’s most-loved bumbling oddball.

For other examples of great British comedy, take a look at the following suggestions of TV shows like ‘Mr Bean’. ~ Simon Hamilton

Shows Similar to ‘Mr Bean’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘Bo’ Selecta!’ (Channel 4, 2002-2004)

Channel 4’s surreal and highly successful comedy sketch show lampoons celebrity culture with hilarious toilet humour and pure absurdity.

In between sketches mocking the likes of Michael Jackson and Craig David, the show follows ginger-headed weirdo, Avid Merrion (Leigh Francis, who also wrote the show), a celebrity-obsessed stalker who spends his time making love to mannequins with print-outs of celebrities’ faces attached to them.

‘Bo’ Selecta!’ developed something of a reputation for being puerile nonsense and there seems to be something of a generational divide in what people think of it.

Personally, I think it’s true comedy genius.

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Sublimely surreal and side-splittingly hilarious. 

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MUST-SEE

‘Blackadder’ (BBC, 1982-1989)

Rowan Atkinson in probably his finest role!

Each series is set within a different period of British history but follows each generation’s incarnation of the character Edmund Blackadder and his perennial dogsbody, Baldrick (Tony Robinson).

Ranked 16th by the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of any genre, ‘Blackadder’ is truly a must-see for anyone looking for a TV series like ‘Mr Bean’.

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Classic and quintessentially British historical comedy.

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UNKNOWN

‘Limmy’s Show’ (BBC, 2011-2014)

Brian Limond’s comedic talent first came to light online, where his original material is readily found.

Based in Glasgow, a lot of comedy revolves around Glaswegian caricatures and, as such, probably appeals most to (or at least be fully understood) people familiar with the West of Scotland.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have widespread appeal – Limond’s surreal and often dark humour is worth checking out for anyone looking for something a little unusual.

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An off-beat and idiosyncratic sketch show. 

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UNEXPECTED

‘Bottom’ (BBC, 1991-1995)

‘Bottom’ is an entertainingly crude tale about two irredeemable reprobates, Richie and Eddie, who share a dilapidated flat in Hammersmith, London. These two socially retarded imbeciles provide plenty of laughs at they beat and trick each other relentlessly, and occasionally venture outside to clash with the locals.

Despite seeming a little dated these days, this is still a memorable British comedy and one which stands out from the majority of others during the early to mid 1990s.

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An unashamedly puerile and slapstick sitcom. 

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If You Like ‘Mr Bean’, You Will Like

‘Fawlty Towers’ (BBC, 1975-1979)

Often regarded as the greatest British comedy of all time, ‘Fawlty Towers’ is a hilarious sitcom set in a hotel on the “English Riviera” of Torquay, run by a neurotic and invariably rude Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) and his domineering wife, Sybil (Prunella Scales).

With iconic performances from its cast and perfectly crafted humour, it’s impossible not to recommend ‘Fawlty Towers’ to anyone seeking another series similar to ‘Mr Bean’.

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A truly classic British comedy. 

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What Would You Add?

So, there you have it – five of the best British comedy shows stretching back several decades.

If you’re disappointed that your own favourites didn’t make the list, don’t despair – get them added in the comments below!

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