A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 (2017)

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Enjoyably dark, A Series of Unfortunate Events matches the source material's narrative as well as its tone, leaving viewers with a wonderfully weird, dry, gothic comedy.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2017

The dreadful history of the Baudelaire children begins with a deadpan narrator, a terrible fire and the ominous arrival of a distant relative. -- (C) NETFLIX

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While Mr. Poe's secretary works overtime, Count Olaf casts Violet and Klaus in "The Marvelous Marriage," a work of theater with alarming implications. -- (C) NETFLIX

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After the Baudelaires move in with Dr. Montgomery, a renowned expert in reptile behavior, their new guardian hires a frighteningly familiar assistant. -- (C) NETFIX

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Klaus and Violet suspect Count Olaf and his evil cohorts when a lifeless body turns up in the reptile room. Sunny sees the inside of a suitcase. -- (C) NETFLIX

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The orphans arrive at the aptly named Lake Lachrymose to meet their widowed Aunt Josephine, a strict grammarian who's haunted by the past. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Klaus and Violet look for clues in a suspicious note that passes custody to Captain Sham, a seafaring scam artist with clear ties to Count Olaf. -- (C) NETFLIX

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The children arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill and unearth some unsettling accusations about their parents. Count Olaf courts an old flame. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Klaus just isn't himself after seeing Dr. Orwell, an optometrist with oddly optimistic patients. Meanwhile, Violet works to clear her parents' names. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Lemony Snicket tells the story of the three Baudelaire orphans, who face countless obstacles and an evil uncle Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) in their search for the truth behind their parents' deaths. Adapted from the best-selling book series.

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Critic Reviews for A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (27)

A little too Lemony, but genial, well-produced and presumably faithful to the Lemony Snicket vision.

Jan 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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It's never as clever as it wants to be, and the dark, dry sense of humor never shines because it relies on Handler's dialogue instead of sharp line-reading or editing to make its point.

Jan 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Just as the blunt-in-message and beautiful-to-behold production design works in the series' favor by leaning into its allusions, A Series of Unfortunate Events proves as inspirational and endearing as it claims to be forlorn and heartbreaking.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Although the Baudelaire children are not villains, in its own way, this show has some similarities to that film, handling the mix between pure genre and down-to-earth coming of age story with incredible adeptness.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…
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Lemony Snicket is dark and funny, campy and whimsical, based on the book series about the three Baudelaire orphans, trying to elude greedy and/or oblivious relatives until they can inherit their fortune.

Jan 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though Lemony urges viewers not to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm begging you to tune in. I haven't had this much fun watching TV in quite a while.

Jan 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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So far, it is fantastic.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Netflix's miniseries treatment... is likely happy news for Lemony Snicket fans unsatisfied by the limitations of the 108-minute 2004 movie version starring Jim Carrey.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It is just dark enough and funny enough to be both suspenseful and wildly entertaining.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's incredibly fun, doesn't take itself too seriously and boasts very comical dialogue.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

This message for children is one of the best features of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and what makes it a fortunately timely addition to our culture.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though the unfortunate events are against everyone's wishes, including the narrator, you'll want to know what becomes of the Baudelaire children.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1

  • Sep 08, 2020
    If you are a fan of the book series, this is a must to watch. The details in this show are similar to the book, but with its humorous moments. Too bad though that Jim Carrey did not play in this one.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I loved the movie but this tv series was the dumbest thing I've ever watched.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    Pure brilliance, hilarious but dark, endlessly entertaining, it's everything it needs to be!
  • Jul 05, 2020
    I grew up reading the books and was so disappointed when the movie came out and was an absolute shitshow. So naturally I was kinda skeptical when the tv show was announced, but you know what? It's everything I could've asked for and more. Absolutely loved it, highly recommended
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Witty, dark and suspenseful, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a perfect adaptation of Lemony Snicket's novels
  • Jun 11, 2020
    (writing for the whole show, until RT allows user reviews for the amazing 3rd season) Adapting an entire 13-book series, this "Series" compelled, tricked, and emotionally moved me, from a shaky first season, to a surprisingly earnest and intriguing second, and concluding with satisfyingly heart-string-pulling finale.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    A fresh introduction to the majorly dark and comedy-sprinkled adaptation of the books, a sweet tweak by adding Jacquelen as a caring adult, making us have a warm feeling of protection.
  • Mar 30, 2020
    Shit show. Full of trash and stupid adults.
  • Mar 18, 2020
    A Series of Unfortunate Events is somewhat eccentric and even quirky. But it does entertain.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    A truly brilliant transposition to the screen! A funny, exciting portrait of the children trio with some gloomy shades at the occasion. Perfect, just like the novels. My rating: 9/10

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