A Series of Unfortunate Events

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.

Netflix Drama 2017

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 291 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Great!! But know your kid.

Our whole family (kids age 10 and up) really enjoyed this show. Like other reviews have said, it is somewhat "dark" but it is also a melodrama - so even the darkness doesn't seem that bad, because it is very tongue-in-cheek. There are several sexual references, although they are quick and not obvious. The attempt of Count Olaf to marry Violet is in no way pedophilic - it is really just his attempt to gain power over their money. The biggest concern is that there are MANY deaths of adults trying to help the three children and often by very tragic means (e.g., eaten by a lion). None of it is depicted in any detail, but is is frequent. What I LIKED about this show overrides any concerns I had: three siblings who love each other and want the best for each other, and other humans. Violet is a great role model and often saves the day. If your child scares easily or has trouble separating fantasy from reality, you may want to avoid the show. But otherwise, enjoy the ride!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 7+

The positive role models

It is fantastic. If ur kid wants to watch a show which is dark, fun, has a great storyline and amazing actors... This is is one!!! Around 2 years ago i sat down with my kid to watch this having the tv remote in my hand ready to skip but i was quite assured that there was no iffy scene or anything that parents should be concerned about. It's a great story and and has amazing role models in it too who give to message to never give up, be truthful and honest and honestly that in a show is a parents dream. Plus i got invested in this show myself as an adult. It's incredible

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.

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