From the very opening of Netflix’s original series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, viewers are told to look away. A deadpan narrator practically begs and pleads with us to watch no more as an endless series of unfortunate events awaits three beautiful children. No happy ending. No good to counter the bad. Just look away.
Of course, like most humans, when you’re told to look away, what do you do? Yeah, you look even harder. And that’s exactly what I did with my family as we recently binged A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the 13 book series of the same name written by Lemony Snicket (whose real name is Daniel Handler), ASOUE tells the tragic tale of the extraordinary Baudelaire orphans.
Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire’s world turns upside-down when their parents are killed in a mysterious fire that burns their house down. With a huge family fortune just waiting until Violet turns 18, the kids are passed from relative to relative as “unfortunate” events continue to befall their relatives. It all seems to stem from the evil Count Olaf who very clearly is behind all the woes in their life and purely has his mind set on snatching the Baulderlaire fortune.
With an amazing cast (the kids could not be more perfect!), a hysterically deadpan sense of humor and the most insanely bizarre stories I’ve ever witnessed, I am incredibly hooked on Lemony Snicket. So’s my entire family. My oldest son has read all 13 books and actually wants to re-read them all again now that he’s back into the series, which doesn’t stray far at all from the original material.
Need further convincing that you and your entire family should devour this show? (Assuming your kids are around 8 or older, that is) . Here are 13 Reasons that I just can’t look away from A Series of Unfortunate Events:
- Neil Patrick Harris steals the show. If any actor can perfectly bring the phrase “overacting” to life, it’s NPH. His take on the evil Count Olaf is so maniacally ridiculous, it’s Oscar worthy.
- Secret societies and long-held family secrets!
- Lemony Snicket himself is a fascinating narrator, keeping you abreast of the situation while dropping some real dark humor in the most deadpan of voices, courtesy of Patrick Warburton.
- There is quite literally nothing like it on television right now.
- Nobody’s really that clueless are they? You can’t help but laugh at the ludicrousness of Mr. Poe’s very existence as he unknowingly continues to put the Baudelaire orphans in deeper and deeper danger.
- It’s a How I Met Your Mother reunion! Neil Patrick Harris reunites with Colbie Smulders (she plays Momma Baudelaire, although fat chance these two will be dating anytime soon in this series.
- Each of the 13 books is brought to life over two episodes. That gives each story plenty of room to breathe, and even sets up a great cliffhanger in between each episode.
- The muted colors add to the “film noir” style and eerily help set the tone.
- Sunny Baudelaire is the cutest baby on TV. Period.
- Dark humor. When a series kicks off with three kids losing their parents in a fire, you don’t expect bunnies and rainbows. But somehow despite all the misery, tragedy and deaths, the dark humor makes it all seem so normal.
- Secret codes to unlock!
- Super powers! Well, not really. But each of the Baudelaire orphans has some pretty unique talents, particularly baby Sunny who can pretty much chew through anything.
- It’s a finite series! Season 1 covers the first four books and offers up an eight-episode season. Perfectly digestible in size for all you binge-watching fiends.
One more big reason to watch Season 1? Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed for a second season! In true, horrified style, Lemony Snicket announced a second series was underway on a Vastly Frightening Decision website.
Watch Lemony Snicket on Netflix