Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the children’s best-selling novels of the same name; this Netflix original TV series follows the adventures of the Baudelaire children as they seek to escape the clutches of the evil Count Olaf, who is after their inheritance.
RATED: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is rated PG
AUDIENCE: The Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events series is full of all sorts of murderous villainy, but the truth is it’s no more threatening than your average Roald Dahl novel. Primary aged children will enjoy the creative ways the Baudelaire children keep foiling Count Olaf’s dastardly plans.
WHAT’S GOOD: Neil Patrick Harris’ performance as Count Olaf is brilliant, and the Baudelaire children get through because of their love for and reliance on each other.
WHAT’S NOT: The series affirms a fairly negative view of adults, who create most of the problems for the children, but now and then a good grownup comes along to show we’re not a complete waste of time.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good building block to say, “Loving community” trumps “Super individuals” … which is certainly a core belief of the Bible, a book that is well aware of how little distance there is between the self-reliant and the self-assured.
RELEASE DATE: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is available for streaming on Netflix now