Season 1
8 episodes comprising 4 stories
starting with The Bad Beginning
Part One
ASOUE title card
ASOUE table promo
Regular characters: Violet Baudelaire
Klaus Baudelaire
Sunny Baudelaire
Main enemy: Count Olaf, Count Olaf's associates
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Cindy Holland
Brian Wright
Ted Biaselli
Daniel Handler
Barry Sonnenfeld
John Weber
Frank Siracusa
Producer(s): Neil Patrick Harris
Series details
Release date: January 13, 2017
Premiere network: Netflix
Typical episode length: 50'-60'
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Theme music: "Look Away"
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Season 1 of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events was released all at once on January 13, 2017.

It covers the first four books of the book series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill.

It was the first on-screen adaptation of the book series since 2004's Paramount film.




Guest actors

The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

The Miserable Mill




The executive producers on season 1 were Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, Ted Biaselli, Daniel Handler himself, and Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed a number of episodes as well.

Handler and Sonnenfeld were originally supposed to work together on the 2004 film, but neither, in the end, was involved with the final product. Sonnenfeld was booted from the project as director, and Handler's screenplay was thrown out, as well. Many elements of season 1 were inspired by ideas they had when planning the original draft for the film.[1]

They were joined by John Weber and Frank Siracusa, also executive producers, as well as two co-executive producers: Rose Lam and Emily Fox. Neil Patrick Harris was credited as a producer on the series, as well.


While Daniel Handler, writer and creator of the A Series of Unfortunate Events book series, penned the majority of the episodes in this season, he was also joined by Emily Fox, Joe Tracz and Tatiana Suarez-Pico in the writer's room, each of which was credited for one individual episode.

It was not always the case, in this season, that parts one and two of the same story were penned by the same writer. Since each writer besides Daniel Handler did only one episode, The Reptile Room was shared by Fox and Handler, and The Miserable Mill was split between Tracz and Suarez-Pico.


Barry Sonnenfeld, also serving as executive producer with Daniel Handler, worked with Handler as director on the majority of his episodes, which is to say The Bad Beginning and The Wide Window. Mark Palansky directed both parts of The Reptile Room, while Bo Welch directed the season finale, parts one and two of The Miserable Mill.


Production began in May 2016,[2] and filming ran through August of the same year.[3] The series is produced in Vancouver by Olaf II Productions Inc.[4]

Television stories

# Image Title Writer Director Notes
1 Episode1 The Bad Beginning:
Part One
Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld Introduction of the Baudelaire children, Mr. Poe and Count Olaf. Debut of Mr. and Mrs. Quagmire, and destruction of the Baudelaire Mansion.
2 Episode2 The Bad Beginning:
Part Two
Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld Introduction of Jacquelyn. Count Olaf tries to marry Violet. The Baudelaires are taken out of Count Olaf's "care".
3 Episode3 The Reptile Room:
Part One
Daniel Handler Mark Palansky Introduction of Uncle Monty.
4 Episode4 The Reptile Room:
Part Two
Emily Fox Mark Palansky Death of Uncle Monty. Count Olaf steals Klaus' spyglass, and Jacquelyn vows to retrieve it for them.
5 Episode5 The Wide Window:
Part One
Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld Introduction of Aunt Josephine.
6 Episode6 The Wide Window:
Part Two
Daniel Handler Barry Sonnenfeld Death of Aunt Josephine. First appearance of Lucky Smells Lumbermill.
7 Episode7 The Miserable Mill:
Part One
Joe Tracz Bo Welch Introduction of Sir and Charles, and Dr. Orwell. First appearance of the Quagmire triplets.
8 Episode8 The Miserable Mill:
Part Two
Tatiana Suarez-Pico Bo Welch Death of Dr. Orwell. Lucky Smells is closed down. The Quagmire Mansion is destroyed. First appearance of Prufrock Preparatory School, and the Baudelaires have their spyglass returned.


Object trailers


Behind the scenes


The Bad Beginning

The Reptile Room

The Wide Window

The Miserable Mill


  1. Blumenfeld, Zach (January 20, 2017). A Series of Unfortunate Events Author Daniel Handler on Bringing the Baudelaire Orphans’ Miserable World to Netflix. Paste. Retrieved on February 3, 2017.
  2. Davis, Brandon (March 14, 2016). Neil Patrick Harris Closes Deal To Star In Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Retrieved on February 4, 2017.
  3. Smith, Sophia (August 10, 2016). A Series of Unfortunate Events Premiere Date and Casting: Confirmed and Rumored Casting; Filming Concluded. Crossmap. Retrieved on February 4, 2017.
  4. Production List. DGC BC (24 February 2017). Retrieved on 25 February 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Title cards for the first two episodes name them A Bad Beginning, rather than the title listed on the Netflix website itself: which is, The Bad Beginning.