I wouldn’t normally do this, but I must advise that you close this browser window immediately and begin watching “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” on Netflix right now. Go ahead. I’ll wait. It will only take you eight hours or so to get through it.
I will confess that I have only read two of the books. My husband has read some to my kids, but I just never got around to continuing the series. If these shows are any indication, it is clear that I need to rectify that immediately.
The cast. It really all came down to the cast for me. As soon as I saw Neil Patrick Harris I knew I had to watch. Patrick Warburton was a brilliant choice for Lemony Snicket. That deep growl and stony face is ideal for the narration. The actors playing Violet and Klaus are well cast and are played as smart, creative, likeable kids that you immediately root for. And the two episode stints of Aasif Mandvi as Montgomery Montgomery and Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss were wonderful. I was sorry to see those end, but I have Alfre Woodard to look forward to. And more Will Arnett?
I’ve been watching with my 12 year old and he would have absolutely watched the eight episodes all in one day. I’ve been able to slow him down enough that we’ve only watched the first four. Of course, that also bought me the time to start the show with my 10 year old so I get to see each of them twice. Pat on the back for mom.