A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 69


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1597
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Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017
Air date: Jan 13, 2017

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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.


Neil Patrick Harris
as Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton
as Lemony Snicket
Joan Cusack
as Justice Strauss
Malina Weissman
as Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes
as Klaus Baudelaire
Aasif Mandvi
as Uncle Monty
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Critic Reviews for A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

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

Jan 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

It is a world without magic, where all adults are either patronising bureaucrats or deranged arsonists. The few kind-hearted exceptions invariably end up dead. In other words, it's an utter delight.

Jan 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1

  • Sep 09, 2019
    A wonderful fantasy adaptation! Rich with absurd humor and a delightfully condescending narrator.
  • Aug 31, 2019
    The best of the Tv Show
  • Aug 03, 2019
    An amazing plot, so many clever moments, dark humor that not anyone can understand, there is some weird scenes, but overall it's great.
  • Jun 30, 2019
    Delightful, charming, and in a world of its own. Fans of the books will revel in its authenticity.
  • Jun 04, 2019
    This show had potential introduced in this season. It was pretty good and I deeply enjoyed and rewatched it a lot. Very good job by Netflix. If only it stayed good... A.
  • May 27, 2019
    (all seasons) Although the narration seemed a bit much in the first episodes and it took me a while to get used to the aesthetics of the show, this reimagining of the classic book series is a definite winner that certainly holds its own, with a great, wacky sense of humour and a really good cast, from which the absolutely terrific Neil Patrick Harris stands out. And, especially in the second and third seasons, the show manages to get across all the suspense and drama in a very powerful way.
  • May 20, 2019
    A serie of unfortunate events is a serie of mistery and aventure.The characteres throug many unexpected things the kids are vary intelligent and know take care of themsilves
  • Apr 13, 2019
    I think this is the first time I binge watched something. Finished A Series of Unfortunate Events in a day, and really really enjoyed it. Although I felt like the start was a bit slow, with each episode it got more interesting and more fun to watch. The acting in the show was so good, especially the kids. I am so in love with Sunny, what a cutie patootie. The whole show gave me a bit of a "The Grand Budapest Hotel vibe". The world they created was either very colourful or very grey and it all seems just a bit "too much", but I absolutely loved it. I guess the world and the way they filmed and created it all might have been one of my favourite things about the show. As I said before, I got more and more excited and interested with every episode. I didn't expect it to happen but I even ended up with quite some questions, or maybe just a whole lot of questions. Which makes me only more excited for next season. I for sure can't wait!
  • Apr 07, 2019
    The sesson 1 of this show was a little dull the cgi making look like a ep of Mr rogger nabor hood but it was amazing with the wag they told the story and how you much you care about theys characters
  • Feb 21, 2019
    As a fan of the books, I tried to watch this, but I dislike the portrayal of characters. And I only just started book 10, and at the time of watching episode 1, I was on book 7, and there were spoilers of things I didn't even know yet. In episode 1. Which is PART ONE of The Bad Beginning. Violet and Klaus look too Hollywood beautiful and unlike their illustrations. The book illustrations influence my vision of what the characters are like a lot. And having Lemony Snicket not only visible but played by the guy who voices Kronk and the strong guy in a wheelchair on family guy is extremely jarring. In the movie from 2004, Lemony Snicket is a voice narrator who isn't seen. Except for some scenes where you can see him typing the story, which is how I picture him. And his voice isn't Kronk. I just think the series has lost some of its genuineness and charm due to the Hollywoodization and interpretation. I would have liked to see kids who look average and not like movie stars and I would like to not have seen Lemony Snicket. In book 8 he describes a picture of himself that the orphans find, and he describes himself turned around and writing something so that the orphans couldn't see his face. It seems clear to me that we're not supposed to know what he looks like for his own safety and possibly ours. I'm sorry, Netflix just disappoints me a lot. And so do adaptations. And small dogs that bark too much.

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