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The Best Episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events

Every episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events!

The orphaned Baudelaire children face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents' death.

Genres:Action & AdventureFamilyComedyMysteryDrama
Network:Netflix

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The best episode of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is "Penultimate Peril: Part One", rated 8.7/10 from 1069 user votes. It was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler. "Penultimate Peril: Part One" aired on 1/1/2019 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Penultimate Peril: Part Two".

  • Penultimate Peril: Part One
    8.7/10 1,069 votes

    #1 - Penultimate Peril: Part One

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-01-01

    Various parties converge at the Hotel Denouement, where the mysterious "J.S." has called the V.F.D. together -- and things aren't always what they seem.

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • Penultimate Peril: Part Two
    8.7/10 1,091 votes

    #2 - Penultimate Peril: Part Two

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-01-01

    Big secrets are revealed when Count Olaf goes on trial in the hotel lobby. The Baudelaires are the first to take the stand, but will justice be served?

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two
    8.5/10 1,143 votes

    #3 - Carnivorous Carnival: Part Two

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Loni Peristere

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • The End
    8.5/10 1,239 votes

    #4 - The End

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-01-01

    The final chapter takes the orphans to a deserted island: a place of lost lives, old stories and new beginnings. It all ends here.

    Director: Bo Welch

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • Carnivorous Carnival: Part One
    8.4/10 1,127 votes

    #5 - Carnivorous Carnival: Part One

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Loni Peristere

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • The Miserable Mill: Part Two
    8.3/10 1,923 votes

    #6 - The Miserable Mill: Part Two

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Bo Welch

    Writer: Tatiana Suarez-Pico, Daniel Handler

  • The Hostile Hospital: Part One
    8.2/10 1,150 votes

    #7 - The Hostile Hospital: Part One

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-03-30

    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.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Daniel Handler, Joshua Conkel

  • The Hostile Hospital: Part Two
    8.2/10 1,124 votes

    #8 - The Hostile Hospital: Part Two

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Joshua Conkel, Daniel Handler

  • The Reptile Room: Part One
    8.1/10 2,166 votes

    #9 - The Reptile Room: Part One

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Mark Palansky

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Reptile Room: Part Two
    8.1/10 2,053 votes

    #10 - The Reptile Room: Part Two

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-01-13

    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.

    Director: Mark Palansky

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Miserable Mill: Part One
    8.1/10 1,915 votes

    #11 - The Miserable Mill: Part One

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Bo Welch

    Writer: Joe Tracz, Daniel Handler

  • The Ersatz Elevator: Part One
    8.1/10 1,232 votes

    #12 - The Ersatz Elevator: Part One

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-03-30

    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.

    Director: Bo Welch

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two
    8.1/10 1,191 votes

    #13 - The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Bo Welch

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • Slippery Slope: Part One
    8.0/10 1,106 votes

    #14 - Slippery Slope: Part One

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-01-01

    While Count Olaf makes his way to V.F.D. headquarters with Sunny, Klaus and Violet are exactly where we left them: careening toward the edge of a cliff.

    Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • Slippery Slope: Part Two
    8.0/10 969 votes

    #15 - Slippery Slope: Part Two

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-01-01

    Sunny sends a signal from Count Olaf's camp, where a sinister duo is awakening old insecurities. A clue at V.F.D. HQ points the way to a fateful meeting.

    Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Bad Beginning: Part Two
    7.9/10 2,385 votes

    #16 - The Bad Beginning: Part Two

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Austere Academy: Part One
    7.9/10 1,416 votes

    #17 - The Austere Academy: Part One

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Austere Academy: Part Two
    7.9/10 1,291 votes

    #18 - The Austere Academy: Part Two

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Vile Village: Part Two
    7.9/10 1,134 votes

    #19 - The Vile Village: Part Two

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-03-30

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • Grim Grotto: Part Two
    7.8/10 929 votes

    #20 - Grim Grotto: Part Two

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-01-01

    With Sunny's fate hanging in the balance, Violet and Klaus race to find a life-saving antidote and learn the location of the Last Safe Place.

    Director: Liza Johnson

    Writer: Daniel Handler, Sigrid Gilmer

  • The Wide Window: Part Two
    7.7/10 1,867 votes

    #21 - The Wide Window: Part Two

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-01-13

    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.

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Vile Village: Part One
    7.7/10 1,141 votes

    #22 - The Vile Village: Part One

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-03-30

    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.

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Bad Beginning: Part One
    7.6/10 3,029 votes

    #23 - The Bad Beginning: Part One

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • The Wide Window: Part One
    7.6/10 1,924 votes

    #24 - The Wide Window: Part One

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-01-13

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

    Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

    Writer: Daniel Handler

  • Grim Grotto: Part One
    7.6/10 946 votes

    #25 - Grim Grotto: Part One

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-01-01

    A young submarine captain with ties to the V.F.D. reveals she's looking for the sugar bowl. But so is Esmé Squalor, who's on a mission to find it first.

    Director: Liza Johnson

    Writer: Daniel Handler, Joshua Conkel