The Best Episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

The tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three extraordinary siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets.

The Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two

#1 - The Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 10

Still posing as conjoined carnival freaks, the Baudelaires brace themselves for a beastly fate. Will good fortune intervene ... for once?

star 8.12
431 votes
Directors: Loni Peristere
Writers: Joe Tracz
The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One

#2 - The Carnivorous Carnival: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 9

Come one, come all to the creepiest circus the world has ever seen, a place where puzzling mysteries -- and a familiar face -- await.

star 7.99
457 votes
Writers: Joe Tract
The Miserable Mill: Part Two

#3 - The Miserable Mill: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 8

Klaus just isn't himself after seeing Dr. Orwell, an optometrist with oddly optimistic patients. Meanwhile, Violet works to clear her parents' names.

star 7.94
1,347 votes
Directors: Bo Welch
Writers: Tatiana Suarez-Pico
The Hostile Hospital: Part One

#4 - The Hostile Hospital: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 7

Life on the lam leads the Baudelaires to a horrifying hospital with an enormous library that could hold the answers to all of their questions.

star 7.90
462 votes
Directors: Alan Arkush
Writers: Joshua Conkel
The Ersatz Elevator: Part One

#5 - The Ersatz Elevator: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 3

Violet, Klaus and Sunny get new guardians in a fashionable building, where stairs are in -- and the elevator's out. Jacques Snicket trains a recruit.

star 7.86
512 votes
Directors: Bo Welch
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Reptile Room: Part Two

#6 - The Reptile Room: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 4

Klaus and Violet suspect Count Olaf and his evil cohorts when a lifeless body turns up in the reptile room. Sunny sees the inside of a suitcase.

star 7.83
1,607 votes
Directors: Mark Palansky
Writers: Emily Fox
The Miserable Mill: Part One

#7 - The Miserable Mill: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 7

The children arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill and unearth some unsettling accusations about their parents. Count Olaf courts an old flame.

star 7.83
1,366 votes
Directors: Bo Welch
Writers: Joe Tracz
The Hostile Hospital: Part Two

#8 - The Hostile Hospital: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 8

A bearded Klaus and Sunny comb the hospital's crumbling halls for Violet, who's being held prisoner under Count Olaf's questionable "care."

star 7.83
438 votes
Directors: Alan Arkush
Writers: Joshua Conkel
The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two

#9 - The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 4

The Baudelaires find their friends -- and then lose them -- at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Count Olaf conducts an auction in disguise.

star 7.83
494 votes
Directors: Bo Welch
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Reptile Room: Part One

#10 - The Reptile Room: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 3

After the Baudelaires move in with Dr. Montgomery, a renowned expert in reptile behaviour, their new guardian hires a frighteningly familiar assistant.

star 7.82
1,824 votes
Directors: Mark Palansky
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Austere Academy: Part One

#11 - The Austere Academy: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

star 7.80
641 votes
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Vile Village: Part Two

#12 - The Vile Village: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 6

The orphans find themselves under suspicion in the wake of a devastating murder. But time behind bars leads to an important realization.

star 7.76
470 votes
Writers: Sigrid Gilmer
The Austere Academy: Part Two

#13 - The Austere Academy: Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 2

While the Quagmires keep up the search, the Baudelaires struggle to balance their studies with a punishing workout schedule, courtesy of Count Olaf.

star 7.72
558 votes
Writers: Joe Tracz
The Bad Beginning: Part Two

#14 - The Bad Beginning: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 2

While Mr Poe's secretary works overtime, Count Olaf casts Violet and Klaus in 'The Marvelous Marriage', a work of theater with alarming consequences.

star 7.72
2,209 votes
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Wide Window: Part Two

#15 - The Wide Window: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 6

Klaus and Violet look for clues in a suspicious note that passes custody to Captain Sham, a seafaring scam artist with clear ties to Count Olaf.

star 7.71
1,450 votes
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Vile Village: Part One

#16 - The Vile Village: Part One

Season 2 - Episode 5

Mr. Poe brings the Baudelaires to V.F.D., a bird-loving village with an Old West vibe. Jacques and Olivia continue their search for the Quagmires.

star 7.68
503 votes
Writers: Sigrid Gilmer
The Wide Window: Part One

#17 - The Wide Window: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 5

The orphans arrive at the aptly named Lake Lachrymose to meet their widowed Aunt Josephine, a strict grammarian who's haunted by the past.

star 7.68
1,553 votes
Writers: Daniel Handler
The Bad Beginning: Part One

#18 - The Bad Beginning: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 1

The dreadful history of the Baudelaire children begins with a deadpan narrator, a terrible fire and the ominous arrival of a distant relative.

star 7.48
3,181 votes
Writers: Daniel Handler