The First Teaser for Netflix's Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Is Meta and Macabre

A book cover from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
A book cover from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
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Netflix just announced that their adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will come to the streaming platform on January 13. To break the news, they released a rather meta teaser trailer featuring none other than Mr. Snickett himself, who begs you not to watch the show based on his works... for your own sake.

Check it out:

The voice in the background at the end would be Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, by the way.


Based on the book series by Daniel Handler, the Lemony Snicket series follows a group of kids who lose their parents in an accident and are adopted by the evil Count, who wants to get rid of them to inherit their money. The adventures of the kids are then documented by the title character, here played by Patrick Warburton.

While I like this teaser a lot, it tells us almost nothing about the show itself. The level of talent involved gives us hope, though, and we’ll definitely be checking it out come January 13.


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It’s weird and wonderful how the fairly narrow range of Warburton’s particular gifts (great as they may be, they are within a pocket) can get such different results as he applies them to a broad range of projects. He always does a variation of the same kind of thing, but contextualizes it so perfectly to whatever the particular project is.