A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Based on A Series of Unfortunate Events
by Lemony Snicket
Developed by Mark Hudis
Written by Daniel Handler
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Narrated by Patrick Warburton
Composer(s) Nick Urata
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, or simply A Series of Unfortunate Events, is an upcoming American drama television series from Netflix, and developed by Mark Hudis, based on the children's novel series of same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes. The series will initially consist of eight episodes, set to be released on January 13, 2017.




In November 2014, Netflix, in association with Paramount Television, announced its plans to adapt the A Series of Unfortunate Events novels into an original television series, with the author of the series, Daniel Handler, serving as executive producer.[12]

In September 2015, it was announced that Barry Sonnenfeld and Mark Hudis had agreed to helm the series. Hudis would serve as showrunner, Sonnenfeld as director, and both as executive producers,[13] with Daniel Handler writing the scripts.[14] However, in January 2016, Netflix announced that Hudis had left the project, with a replacement showrunner not named at the time.[1]

In March 2016, it was revealed the series would initially consist of eight episodes.[2] In September 2016, Harris revealed that each book in the series would be adapted into two episodes of the series, with the first four books covered in the initial eight episodes.[15]


Neil Patrick Harris will play Count Olaf in the series.[1]

On December 3, 2015, an open casting call was announced for the roles of Violet and Klaus Baudelaire.[16] In January 2016, Netflix announced that Neil Patrick Harris had been cast as Count Olaf and Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes were cast as Violet and Klaus.[1][4]

In March 2016, K. Todd Freeman was cast as Mr. Poe,[6] followed shortly after by the casting of Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket,[2] and Aasif Mandvi as Uncle Monty.[7] In September 2016, it was revealed that Dylan Kingwell and Avi Lake were cast as the Quagmire siblings, Duncan and Isadora, respectively.[11] In November 2016, Handler revealed Catherine O'Hara, Don Johnson, and Alfre Woodard had been cast as Dr. Georgina Orwell,[8] Sir,[9] and Aunt Josephine, respectively,[10] while it was also revealed that Presley Smith would play Sunny Baudelaire.[5]


Production began in March 2016,[17] and in August 2016 several cast members expressed through social media that filming had finished.[18]


In April 2016, Nick Urata was revealed to be composing music for the series.[19]


All eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events will be released worldwide on Netflix on January 13, 2017.[3]


On July 5, 2015 a video titled "An Unfortunate Teaser" was uploaded to YouTube by a user named "Eleanora Poe". Netflix quickly released a statement saying "This was not released from Netflix." Media outlets were almost unanimous in agreement that the trailer was fan-made.[20][21][22][23] However, Caitlin Petrakovitz of CNET argued that the trailer may be real and that Netflix's carefully worded denial was a marketing campaign, noting the user name "Eleanora Poe" being the same as a character from the series, and that a vinyl record seen in the trailer was of The Gothic Archies, a band who provided the theme music for the audio books of A Series of Unfortunate Events.[24]

In October 2016, Netflix released the first teaser trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events, where Warburton narrates the events of the series as Lemony Snicket.[3] A trailer, featuring footage from the series and Neil Patrick Harris's character, Count Olaf, was released by Netflix in November 2016,[25] followed shortly by the first full trailer.[5]


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  2. 1 2 3 Andreeva, Nellie (March 14, 2016). "Patrick Warburton Is Lemony Snicket In Netflix's 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
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  5. 1 2 3 Li, Shirley (November 18, 2016). "A Series of Unfortunate Events: Meet Count Olaf in official trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
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  9. 1 2 DanielHandler (November 15, 2016). "Today's @Unfortunate reveal: @DonJohnson and @Aasif Mandvi's characters. Can you guess who?" (Tweet). Retrieved November 17, 2016 via Twitter.
  10. 1 2 DanielHandler (November 16, 2016). "The @unfortunate trailer is coming tomorrow. For today, our final cast reveal–– @AlfreWoodard as Aunt Josephine:" (Tweet). Retrieved November 17, 2016 via Twitter.
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  14. "Q&A: Lemony Snicket representative discusses latest book, past misfortunes". The Daily Texan. October 16, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
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  18. Smith, Sophia (August 10, 2016). "A Series of Unfortunate Events Premiere Date and Casting: Confirmed and Rumored Casting; Filming Concluded". CrossMap.com. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  19. "Nick Urata to Score Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'". Film Music Reporter. April 19, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
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  22. Smith, Nigel M. (July 7, 2015). "Lemony Snicket fan-made Netflix trailer goes viral". The Guardian. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  23. Browning, Laura M. (July 6, 2015). "That Series Of Unfortunate Events trailer is fake, Netflix series still real". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  24. Petrakovitz, Caitlin (July 7, 2015). "That 'Series of Unfortunate Events' trailer is real, and here's why". CNET. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  25. Petski, Denise (November 3, 2016). "'A Series Of Unfortunate Events': Meet Count Olaf In First-Look Teaser". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 3, 2016.

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