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Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer looks like a Tim Burton TV show

Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events lands early next year. We've witnessed a brief teaser (opens in new tab) and now a full-length trailer is here to make you ponder one question: is this a Tim Burton TV show?  

Well, I'll answer that for you right now: no, it's nothing to do with Burton. The show, like the 2004 movie, is based on the Lemony Snicket novels about a trio of orphaned kids who fall under the guardianship of a grumpy relative. That kook who comes to care for them is Neil Patrick Harris, in what could be the role he was born to play - Count Olaf. 

While he appeared decidedly sinister in that earlier preview, here he gets chance to stretch his comedy muscles and deliver some rather amusing moments. Check it out: 

It looks like Netflix plans to strike a balance between the wonderfully bonkers and the more normal aspects of life, as the Baudelaire kids try to keep their inheritance out of Olaf's hands. I mean, who doesn't like a dastardly villain who's willing to dress up like a 1940s femme fatale?  

Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton and Joan Cusack, all eight episodes from the first season of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available to stream from January 13, 2017. 

Images: Netflix 

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.