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The Austere Academy: Part One 

The Baudelaires begin life at boarding school and meet a pair of mysterious siblings whose tragic lives sound eerily similar to their own.


Barry Sonnenfeld


Daniel Handler (based on the book series by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by)




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
Avi Lake ... Isadora Quagmire
Dylan Kingwell ... Duncan Quagmire
Sara Rue ... Olivia Caliban
Roger Bart ... Vice Principal Nero
Nathan Fillion ... Jacques Snicket (voice)
Patrick Breen ... Larry Your-Waiter
Kitana Turnbull ... Carmelita Spats
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender


The Baudelaire orphans are sent to a boarding school, Prufruck Prepartory, overseen by Principal Nero, who plays the violin very badly and has ridiculous rules. There, the orphans meet new friends, Duncan and Isadora Quagmire, whose parents and final triplet also died in a fire. The Baudelaires are forced to live in the Orphan Shack which is full of crabs. They meet a spoiled girl named Carmelita Spats who makes their lives miserable. Their teachers make them learn useless facts about stories and measurements, and Sunny is forced to work as an assistant. But worst of all Count Olaf poses as their gym teacher. Written by Fran Waite

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Release Date:

30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Sara Rue and Patrick Warbuton previously worked together on Rules of Engagement and Less Than Perfect. See more »


[first lines]
Lemony Snicket: [pops up from a hatch in the floor] You probably shouldn't be here. This is a secret passageway a restricted area, About 1/3 of the way through a dreadful and upsetting story.
[climbing out of the manhole]
Lemony Snicket: My name is Lemony Snicket. If you've been following the story as closely as some people have, then you know that nobody should be here. Because everything about the Baudelaires' situation is horrible to contemplate.
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Hello, Hello, Hello helpless Orphans to a new magical series of unfortunate events.
30 March 2018 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

Here's another 10 hours of Netflix magic :D Continuing the same orphans story with a new sets and an even more spectacular cinematography ,, I had some fears that the plot well go dull if it surpassed the originally scripted story (which we've seen last season) and went longer , but sheesh i was wrong,, the plot is still as strong as ever ,, still got that quick thrilling drama mixed with dark comedy .

The cast is still perfect with the kids and the brilliant Neil Patrick Harris and the new cast member Kitana Turnbull as "Carmelita" ,, man she's mean as hell which means she did her job well... and not forgetting the effects on "Sunny Baudelaire" it's getting better, funnier and cutter ;D

I think it is still a bit early to rate the additional story of "The Quagmires" orphans and how it effects/helps in the series of upcoming unfortunate events ,, but i think it'll help, but my hopes are it'll stay limited in this season only and not go way to the next season "which the series has been already renewed to" ;)

Final thought, Loved the premiere, and i'm writing this while watching the second episode ,, and plan to watch the whole ten hours today :D ,, and if you didn't watch the 1st series or you feel a little "forgety" start binge-watching and keep up.

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