Whether you grew up in the ‘90s, spend those years binging comedy shows and movies, or just enjoy “retro” entertainment, the lovable Mr. Bean likely holds a very special place in your heart.
Many of you probably think about rewatching the series from time to time for a good old fashioned nostalgia trip. Or maybe you want to get in the holiday spirit with the Christmas episode. Whichever the case, you might be wondering – is the series on Netflix?
The good news is that it is. But it’s called Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean. Besides that, everything else is the same – all 14 episodes are available to stream.
The bad news is that you can’t watch Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean on Netflix anywhere in the world. The show is actually available only in two countries: the UK and India. If you don’t believe us, use StreamCatcher from ProPrivacy to see for yourself. It’s an online service that helps you watch everything on Netflix by recommending good unblockers. Also, it tells you where Netflix titles are available.
Now, we know the limited availability pretty annoying. You’re paying for Netflix like everyone else, after all, so you should be able to watch this awesome series.
Well, don’t worry – in this quick guide, we’ll show you how to easily unblock Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean on Netflix in any country.
Why Isn’t Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean Available Worldwide on Netflix?
Because Netflix only licensed the content for the UK and India. They didn’t buy licensing rights for other countries, so they can’t legally stream the show there.
To respect the agreements they signed, the company has to use geo-blocks to stop people from other countries from watching the show on their platform.
How to Quickly Unblock Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean on Netflix
By far the simplest way to do that is to use a VPN – an online service that hides your IP address and encrypts your Internet traffic. Basically, the VPN will trick Netflix into thinking you’re connecting from the UK or India, where the show is available.
Here’s how to use a VPN to unblock the series on Netflix:
- First, get a VPN subscription. We recommend ExpressVPNor CyberGhost VPN.
- Next, download and install the right VPN app for your device.
- Run the VPN app, and use it to connect to a British or Indian server.
- Log into your Netflix account, look up Bean: The Whole Bean, and start watching!
What follows is a list of questions we frequently saw people asking about Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean, Netflix, VPNs, and other Netflix unblockers. Most of them come from our readers, Quora, and Reddit. If your question isn’t on the list, please reach out to us in the comments.
Why Didn’t Netflix Get Global Rights for Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean?
It’s hard to say since the company doesn’t exactly give an answer to why they don’t globally license every title on their site. Still, we can take a few wild guesses:
- The copyright holder wasn’t selling the global rights.
- The copyright holder already sold the rights for other countries to different streaming platforms and TV networks.
- Netflix’s data mining estimated that buying global rights wouldn’t be a smart investment because only people in the UK and India would be interested in the content. So, the company would only see a positive ROI from those two regions.
How Does a VPN Unblock Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean on Netflix?
You already know the service spoofs your geo-location, but how does it do that, exactly?
To keep it simple, it routes your traffic through a VPN server which sits in the middle of your connection to Netflix. Basically, your traffic will take this path:
Your Device à VPN Server à Netflix
Netflix will think your connection is originating from the VPN server, not your device. So, it will only see the VPN’s IP address. Due to that, it will associate your traffic to the server’s geo-location. As long as the VPN is in a country where Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean is available, Netflix will let you watch the show.
Can I Unblock Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean with a Free VPN?
Probably not. Netflix can detect and block VPN IPs with great accuracy. When that happens, you end up seeing the Netflix proxy error message.
To avoid detection, VPN providers have to regularly refresh their servers’ IPs. Since that can get pretty expensive, it’s obvious why free VPNs will have trouble unblocking Netflix. Their business model isn’t sustainable, so regularly leasing new IPs from data centers is out of the question.
And if intermittent access to Netflix isn’t a deal-breaker for you, consider this: with a free VPN, you also have to deal with annoying limitations:
- Slower speeds due to overcrowded servers.
- Capped bandwidth.
- Poor customer support (don’t expect 24/7 live chat availability).
- And a subpar user experience (due to buggy apps and annoying ads).
Can I Continue Watching Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean After Disconnecting from the VPN?
Our tests say that no, you can’t. Netflix will eventually detect you’re using a different IP. When that happens, it will either display the proxy error, or it will redirect you to your country’s library (which doesn’t have the show).
We recommend staying connected to the VPN until you finish watching the series.
To Sum It Up
Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean is available on Netflix, but only in two countries for now: the UK and India. To watch it outside those regions, you’ll need to use a VPN. Just connect to a UK or Indian server, and you’re good to go!
If you know other ways to unblock this series on Netflix, please let us know in the comments below.