Rowan Atkinson is one of the comedy greats. From Blackadder to Mr Bean he has been making people laugh for many years. He’s now on Netflix with Man Vs Bee.


The story is simple:

“A man finds himself at war with a bee while housesitting a luxurious mansion. Who will win, and what irreparable damage will be done in the process?”

What could possibly go wrong? Nothing. Nothing goes wrong. A bee gets into the house, he lets it out and it’s just him sitting there reading a book for the rest of the show…

…obviously that’s not what happens. The entire thing is very Mr Bean. There very little dialogue, but good old fashion slapstick comedy. I know some people aren’t a fan of Mr Bean, but if you like him you will like this.

This also reminded me of Tom & Jerry back in the good old days where they hit each other with frying pans, which can’t been shown today since apparently today’s kids will obviously go and copy it. The slapstick humour in Man Vs Bee was good and Atkinson plays it well since he is such a funny guy.


Two things did annoy me about the show. Firstly, it was short. There are 10 Chapters but they are only about 10 to 15 minutes each. I did feel they could have been a little longer, or just make a movie out of it?

I moaned about how long Stranger Things was, with the last episode clocking in at 1 hour and 40 minutes. Now I say this was too short. Maybe there is just no pleasing me?

Secondly, I felt the story slip a little towards the end. I think it was in Chapter 9 when there was a nice moment and it could have ended the series there. Then, when you see the devastation that the battle of Man Vs Bee has caused, there had to be consequences.

I found the ending a little disappointing, but it’s a minor gripe to be honest. Overall, I did laugh a lot and I found myself thoroughly entertained.

As I said, if you like Mr Bean, you’ll like Man Vs Bee. It’s so short and worth your time. Try it and let us know if you like it?

Man Vs Bee is now streaming on Netflix.

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