The supporting cast is all-pro
Eccentric supporting roles throughout the Baudelaire kids' journey are played by the likes of Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard, Aasif Mandvi, Rhys Darby, and Catherine O'Hara, and you'll also find Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders in very curious parental roles. That's some stiff competition for the young actors playing the protagonists, but that's fine, especially since they look the part, which is the most important detail in Lemony Snicket's painstakingly re-created world.
Episodes 1 through 8 cover the first four Unfortunate books, and due to their faithfulness to the source text, the story can drag at times. Still, with nine books to go and Season 2 looming on the far reaches of the Netflix schedule horizon, even this very devoted book fan with knowledge of the end game is eager to watch the Baudelaires suffer.