Netflix Family Time Gets Dark with A Series of Unfortunate Events
Remember a few weeks ago how I reminisced about shows I used to watch as a kid? I had a nice flashback to the wholesome-ish yet controversial shows of the 70’s that are making a comeback in reboot form on Netflix. I was excited that PopSugar picked up the story; family viewing time is pretty important these days.
Because really, TV isn’t what it used to be and watching shows with your kids opens the door to countless discussions about people, lifestyles, ethics, religious, economics and more. Every show is riddled with opportunities to start a conversation. Maybe I was naive when I was a kid, but I didn’t see the doom and gloom that my girls witness in the news, on social media and built into the stories of movies and TV shows. We watch shows like Gotham and Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which are far from innocent. They touch on death and destruction all the time. At 14 and 12, I know they can handle these dark topics and sheltering them from it isn’t as beneficial as recognizing the entertainment value.
I was among those kids who couldn’t wait to see A Nightmare on Elm Street and be freaked out by the madness of Freddy Krueger. It was scary but good enough that I went to every single sequel. It was dark. Kids today are no different. Whether I’m willing to admit it or not, they want to watch shows that don’t always have a happy ending. That’s okay and Netflix knows it. They acknowledge that shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and That 70’s Show aren’t made for kids, but kids ARE watching. So in true Netflix style, they embraced this dark side and made it more family-friendly with Netflix Original, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Based on the dark and dreadful books of the same name, the show revolves around the Baudelaire orphans and the interaction with their foster-care guardian, evil Count Olaf (portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris). While Count Olaf is constantly creating an environment of chaos (or should I say “a series of unfortunate events”) for the children in an effort to steal their inheritance, the kids find themselves unraveling deep family secrets.
But here’s where things get even more interesting. Not for the show, but for Netflix. They target it toward kids ages 11 to 12 – a similar target age range as the books. Even stranger, they label Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as dark AND witty. Is that even possible? You’ll have to watch to find out.
I recommend you watch it as a family, not just for the story but because the cast is outstanding. In addition to a very anti-Doogie Howser version of Neil Patrick Harris, you’ll find stars such as Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard, Catherine O’Hara, Don Johnson, Aasif Mandvi, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes. What are you waiting for? The binge is dark… and calling you.
Have you ever read the Lemony Snicket books?
10 thoughts on “Netflix Family Time Gets Dark with A Series of Unfortunate Events”
OMG I just started watching this and I am loving it. Neil Patrick Harris is brilliant in it. He totally nails his part.
We love the books and I want to watch the series with my daughter. I love NPH!
I typically have Netflix on all day as I work from home. And since I love Neil Patrick Harris, this is definitely on my Netflix list.
What an amazing cast – I can’t wait to check out this show. I agree with you about the dark. I have an almost 10 year old girl and a 13 year old boy. They are enticed by the dark. Walking the lie between what they want to see and what is appropriate is always a challenge.
I’ve never read the Lemony Snicket books, but this show sounds like it might be fun to check out!
I think my sister watches this show and she really likes it. She was telling me some really good things about it. I have to catch up on some of these great Netflix series. Always seeking a great series to watch.
My daughters love this , I have yet see it, but they say it has a great cast and keeps them on their toes! I love NPH! Adding to my list too
I loved the books and can not wait to watch the series! Sounds like a great series to watch during some quality family time.
Wow, this looks like a fun show. I’m behind on Netflix shows, and usually we have different watchlists. I think my sister would enjoy this show with me!