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I am always posting about shows I binge-watch and/or shows that catch my kids’ attention on Netflix. But ZOMG! My 11-year old son totally binge-watched a show the other weekend – and I was right there with him. It was Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I watched the movie ages ago and HATED it. I couldn’t stand it. I never read the books and the movie made me never want to watch the books.
My 11-year old DID read the first book and when he saw the show was coming to Netflix, he’d look for it on occasion. Then one day – there it was. He watched the first episode, as I cleaned house around him. And I caught a bit here and there – recalling parts from the movie, but the show was told (like from the book) the point of view of Lemony Snicket. And Lemony Snicket in the Netflix version was Patrick Warburton (Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove) and I am sorry, but when Patrick Warburton talks, 30+ year old women stop and listen.
What Neil Patrick Harris is capable as wanna-be actor Count Olaf is 1,000% better than the attempt at a movie. The acting by the children is superb. You accept that all of the people involved in the “events” are exceptional. The shows twists, turns and captivates. We ended up watching the entire first series in one day.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the internationally best-selling series of books, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It chronicles the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ untimely death in a fire. A careless oversight initially places the children in the custody of the scheming Count Olaf, a mysterious and devious figure who is seeking fortune by way of stealing their inheritance. After his elaborate plans are foiled and his evil intentions are revealed, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) employs a variety of outlandish disguises to situate himself in the children’s path, causing mayhem for the Baudelaire’s and their subsequent guardians. As the children manage to evade Count Olaf’s scheming attempts to steal their fortune, they pick up clues along the way about their parents’ past.
The series is created by Daniel Handler (author of the Lemony Snicket series of books) and executive produced by Handler and Emmy winner Barry Sonnenfeld (Pushing Daisies, Men in Black, The Addams Family). Along with Harris (Count Olaf) and Warburton (Lemony Snicket), the series also features Malina Weissman (Violet), Louis Hynes (Klaus), Presley Smith (Sunny), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Alfre Woodard (Aunt Josephine), Catherine O’Hara (Dr. Orwell), K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Aasif Maandvi (Uncle Monty), Don Johnson (Sir) and more. The series premiered January 13, 2017 on Netflix around the world.
If you saw the movie and thought, “eh” about the Netflix show, don’t be like me. This show is amazing! My 11-year old and I both suggest it.