I loved Mr. Bean, but only the first series - the rest was hit and miss. The swimming pool episode was great, but my favourite had to be the on ehwere he was in the park making a sandwich. the first words he ever spoke were "My flexible friend" and it cracked me up.
I haven't heard anything about the american version of the Office, but since american shows tend to take the english ones and chop off about ten minutes (BBC format is just under thirty minutes since they've no ads and even shows with ads are twenty five minutes as opposed to twenty minutes for a show that's supposed to fill a half-hour slot), it can't be as good as the original.
Surprising I saw the english apprentice and I loved it. I prefered it to the american version, since you got a better feeling that the person chosen would actually be a direct apprentice to Sir Alan Sugar, rather than a faceles executive somewhere in the company.
He just seemed more involved than Donald Trump, or maybe he'd more charisma or something.
I waited and waited for Paul to be dumped though. Aargh, he was so smug.