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A Series of Unfortunate Events


Release Date
  • January 13, 2017 (Season 1)
  • March 30, 2018 (Season 2)
  • TBA 2019 (Season 3)

50-minute episodes


A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Netflix-produced and distributed adaptation of the book series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler).

Season 1 covered the first four books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill.

Season 2 will adapt the next five books in the series: The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival.

Season 3 will adapt the final books: The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End.


A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix

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In 2014, Netflix announced that they had begun developing a TV series based on the books. Due to the cancelled sequels of the film, Daniel Handler was happy with the announcement and had intentions to join production. It was also going to allegedly follow a more dark direction like the original books, other than the film, which was considered to be too humorous. Unlike the film, the TV series will adapt all 13 books instead of the first 3.

In 2015, a YouTube channel by "Eleanora Poe" released a single video teaser for the series titled "An Unfortunate Teaser". The official Netflix channel commented on it: "Nope, this isn't an official Netflix teaser, but we won't call Count Olaf - THIS IS MOST MARVELOUS." Despite this, many don't believe this claim due to the high quality of the teaser, as well as the Lachrymose Leech being essentially identical to what would appear in the show.

The first season premiered on January 13, 2017. On March 13, 2017, Netflix announced through a coded video that Season 2 had been approved, leading fans to

On April 6, 2017, Netflix officially approved Season 3.


"Look away. This show will wreck your evening​, your whole life, and your day. Every single episode is nothing but dismay. There's nothing but horror and inconvenience on the way. Ask any stable person, "Should I watch?" and they will say: Look away."
Look Away, the main theme
We Feel Terrible


After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

Season 1

Episodes 1 and 2, "The Bad Beginning", find Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire placed in the care of actor Count Olaf, their alleged family relative and guardian, by their family banker Mr. Poe. He forces them to accomplish many difficult and unreasonable chores. Olaf concocts a diabolical plan to steal their fortune by making Violet and Klaus partake in his play, which his troupe of actors are involved in. Olaf's plot is revealed, but he escapes. The Baudelaires are sent to their next guardian.

In episodes 3 and 4, "The Reptile Room" the children go to live with another relative, Uncle Monty, who is revealed to have been their actual chosen guardian. He is kind and the Baudelaires enjoy their time with him. Unfortunately, Count Olaf reappears, disguised as Uncle Monty’s new assistant, Stephano. He murders Uncle Monty, and tries to take the Baudelaires to Peru, but is stopped by the Baudelaires, who uncover proof of the murder. Olaf disappears, and the children go to live with their next closest relative.

In episodes 5 and 6, "The Wide Window", the Baudelaires meet their aunt Josephine, their new guardian, who is afraid of everything. Count Olaf is disguised as Captain Sham, a sailor with a wooden leg. He forces Aunt Josephine to write a note placing Violet, Klaus, and Sunny in his care. Sham murders Aunt Josephine, but Sunny bites through his leg, proving his true identity to Mr. Poe. The Baudelaires, tired of Mr. Poe's failed attempts at finding them a suitable home, hitch a ride in a delivery truck to a local lumber mill.

In episodes 7 and 8, "The Miserable Mill", the children are forced to work at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Olaf is disguised as Shirley, a receptionist working for the local optometrist, Georgina Orwell. Orwell hypnotizes Klaus, causing him to be responsible for an accident that injures one of the workers. The mill owner, Sir, threatens to put the children in Shirley's care if they cause one more accident. Klaus is hypnotized into nearly killing Sir's partner Charles with a sawing machine, but Violet manages to break his trance. Olaf escapes again and Mr. Poe locates them with the help of his wife, Eleanora. Mr. Poe enrolls the children in a boarding school known as Prufrock Preparatory School.

Television stories

Main article: List of ASOUE television stories


The first season, for the most part, received critical acclaim, despite a few negative reviews.[source needed] The TV series has received its own fanbase - many of which are comprised of those who are already fans of the books and/or the film.

Those already familiar with the series have compared it to the books, as well as the film adaptation. Some have praised the TV series for being closer to the books than the film. Some were underwhelmed by the destruction of Josephine Anwhistle's house, feeling it was not as epic compared to the film.[source needed]



The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

The Miserable Mill


The Austere Academy

The Ersatz Elevator

The Hostile Hospital

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