Lemony Snicket Warns Viewers Away From A Series of Unfortunate Events

We’re a week away from the much-anticipated premiere of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the beloved children’s books by Daniel Handler, Unfortunate Events looks to be must-see TV for both fans of those books or viewers who dig the works of Tim Burton or movies like The Addams Family. But Unfortunate Events spokesman Lemony Snicket would really prefer that nobody watched at all.

The latest teaser for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events showcases the same stylized, Burtonesque world that’s been showcased in earlier footage, but this one is interrupted by Lemony Snicket himself. He’s determined to steer potential viewers away, warning that the show is filled with “disturbed plots, villainous, frightful deeds, and an absurd amount of child endangerment.” They had us at child endangerment. Check it out…

Snicket (played in the series by Patrick Warburton) is, of course, the narrator and fictional author of Unfortunate Events, standing in for real-life creator Daniel Handler. In the show, as in the books, Snicket serves as our guide to the woeful tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith) — whose lives are thrown into turmoil and disarray after the suspicious deaths of their parents. The young Baudelaires are then sent to live with Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), a distant relation who is more interested in their inheritance than their well-being. Or, indeed, even their survival.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was written by Handler himself, so if this adaptation can’t get it right, it’s doubtful any could. The books were previously turned into a film back in 2004, with Jim Carrey playing Count Olaf. Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family) was a producer on the movie, and he’s serving as executive producer on Netflix’s version, as well as directing the episodes. The movie had its charms, but included several changes that irked fans at the time, so hopefully this version will succeed where the movie failed. If not, that would be unfortunate indeed.

All eight episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events will premiere on Netflix Instant on Friday, January 13.