‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Comes To Netflix


When I was a kid, my brother Nick passed down the first four books of a certain series. The pages were filled with everything from steampunk, mystery, secret societies, and murder. I immediately fell in love. ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ has grown to be a huge franchise that is now getting the attention it truly deserves, thanks to Netflix.

Be warned, spoilers are ahead!!!

The plot of the show follows does a great job in staying true to the books. Three children, Klaus (Louis Hynes), Sunny (Presley Smith), and Violet (Malina Weissman) Baudelaire, who when their parents die find their lives unraveling in a series of unfortunate events (hence the title).  The children find themselves placed in the care of a very distant “cousin” who goes by the name of Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).  As the story unravels, we find that Olaf is an evil man who is only after Violet and her siblings for their inheritance. After his first scheme fails, the children are placed in the care of another distant relative.  Sooner than later Count Olaf, tracks them down and hatches another scheme disguised as a different person. With each scheme the Count devises, the kids unfortunately have to keep being relocated. All of these events continue while the author, Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton), attempts to dissuade the readers/viewers from continuing the story, due to its gruesomeness.

I definitely recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of the novels, or simply wants to watch something new and different. Neil Patrick Harris flows between characters with so much grace and comedy that only solidifies how truly talented this man is. The perfect contrast to Harris, comes in the form of the dry humor Warburton is famous for!

The show is now on Netflix with a total of 8 adventure filled episodes that leaves you wanting for more.