It’s not every day that a movie or TV show tells you not to watch it. But that seems to be the approach that Netflix is taking with the highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events‘. So if you’re looking for something cheerful, delightful, or all around uplifting, then you better look elsewhere, dear viewer.

But if you’re still here and you’re a fan of the dark and dreary, the popular streaming service has released a new trailer for the upcoming eight-part event from Barry Sonnenfeld (executive producer of the 2004 film) and Daniel Handler (author of the original books) that features the wonderful Neil Patrick Harris as the grim and goofy Count Olaf. You can check it out below, followed by the official synopsis of the story:

If you are interested in a story with a happy ending, that story is streaming elsewhere. This story has no happy ending, no happy beginning, and very few happy things in the middle. ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ recounts 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. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

Based on the two trailers and the various teasers that we’ve seen so far, it seems that the new take on this story manages to capture the dark yet comedic tone of the source material very well. And considering the great amount of talent contained in this cast, it’s sure to be a lot of fun. But have these sneak peeks persuaded you to binge the show when it comes out on Friday the 13th? Let us know in the comments. 

‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Alfre Woodard, Joan Cusack, Catherine O’Hara, Aasif Mandvi, Rhys Darby, and Don Johnson hits Netflix on January 13, 2017.

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