Unfortunate Events First Look: Meet Neil Patrick Harris' Sinister Count Olaf

Netflix on Thursday released the first official look at Neil Patrick Harris as the iconic children’s book villain Count Olaf — and there’s nothing unfortunate about it.

In addition to several photos, the streaming service also shared a minute-long trailer for the upcoming drama based on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books, giving us our first look at Harris as the show’s eerie, angular entity.

For those unfamiliar with the popular children’s saga, it follows the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — who find themselves at the mercy of their wicked new guardian Olaf. Per Netflix, “the siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

The show also stars Patrick Warburton as Snicket, the books’ author, and Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss, a judge who lives next door.

Unfortunate Events‘ eight-episode first season arrives Friday, Jan. 13. Hit PLAY on the video above, then drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Kevin says:

    NPH should give Jim Carrey a run for his money.

  2. Kay says:

    I hope this is better than the movie. With NPH I’m cautiously optimistic, and a TV show certainly seems to make more sense than a movie.

  3. Aubrey says:

    I wonder how this will work. Are they adapting each book as a season and more importantly will they push the seasons out less than a year from each other like Fuller House so they can stick with the same children before they grow too old?

  4. Whatever says:

    Show not tell. It looks and sounds like a fan teaser by clipping up a bunch of sounds bites.