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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 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
Gem is GR+'s west coast entertainment news reporter. She’s a bit obsessed with all things Aliens and Terminator.