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The Bad Beginning: Part One 

After their parents perish in a fire that destroys their entire home, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with Count Olaf, who claims to be their distant relative and a renowned actor.


Barry Sonnenfeld


Daniel Handler (based on the book series by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton ... Lemony Snicket
Malina Weissman ... Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes ... Klaus Baudelaire
K. Todd Freeman ... Arthur Poe
Presley Smith ... Sunny Baudelaire
Will Arnett ... Father
Cobie Smulders ... Mother
Joan Cusack ... Justice Strauss
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender
Cleo King ... Eleanora Poe
John DeSantis ... Bald Man
Jacqueline Robbins ... White Faced Woman #1
Joyce Robbins ... White Faced Woman #2


After the three young Baudelaire siblings are left orphaned by a fire in their mansion, they are carted off to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf. Unfortunately, Olaf is a cruel, scheming man and is only after the inheritance that the Baudelaire orphans are set to receive. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trolley driver asks the Baudelaires if they're going to the fair. The silhouette of a Ferris wheel from the fair is later shown in the distance when the Baudelaires are on the trolley with Justice Strauss. See more »


When the children serve the pasta puttanesca, between almost every different camera angle, the amount of pasta and sauce on each plate changes. The appearance of the food on the plates differs too, as well as the positions of each diner. See more »


Count Olaf: I remember when I was your age.
Klaus Baudelaire: But we are all different ages?
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Watchable,but could have been better.
28 April 2019 | by moziburrahmanSee all my reviews

From the first episode i can see that the show us very much predictable.Although the acting is good the dialogue is cringe worthy. As it says in the first few minutes do not watch it,unless you have a lot of free time like me.

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