‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’: Is Neil Patrick Harris or Jim Carrey the better Count Olaf? [POLL]

“It’s pretty good, but as an avid fan of the movie it’s hard not to miss Jim Carrey in this world,” says our forum poster KyleBailey as he dives into the new Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” “Neil is great too but no match to Carrey.”

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“Unfortunate Events” is based on a series of children’s novels by “Lemony Snicket” (pen name of author Daniel Handler, who also writes the series) about the Baudelaire children, who are sent to live with their nefarious relative Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) after their parents are killed in a mysterious fire. The books were previously adapted into a 2004 feature film directed by Brad Silberling and starring Carrey as Olaf.

Carrey is a tough act to follow, but critics are enthusiastic about the new adaptation, which is executive-produced and directed by Emmy-winner Barry Sonnenfeld, who is best known for his film “Men in Black” and the short-lived cult-hit series “Pushing Daisies.” And of course it has a consummate showman in star Harris, who won an Emmy for guest-starring in FOX’s musical comedy “Glee” (2010) and won four more for hosting the Tony Awards (2010, 2012-2014), though he never won for his supporting role in “How I Met Your Mother” despite four nominations (2007-2010).

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So how does Harris compare to Carrey? Our forum posters have been busily binging the series on Netflix. Read some of their spoiler-free comments below, vote in our poll at the bottom of this post, and join the discussion in our message boards.

KyleBailey: “I think this show will definitely be more exciting once we get out of territory the movie already covered. So these final two episodes and the next seasons. It’s just hard not to compare it with the movie that I loved so much.”

Hunterbergeld: “The pilot was great. Based on the first episode, it should get nominations for series, directing, Harris, [Joan Cusack], series, and maybe writing.”

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Emil Petrov: “Oh I am sure it will be in Comedy Series [at the Emmys]. And I expect it to be the most nominated comedy series of the year, as it will have A TON of tech nominations.”

John-K: “I never read the books or saw the movie, so I’m coming into this blind. The production values are great and it should definitely get a lot of Creative Arts love (it reminds me a lot of ‘Pushing Daisies,’ visually and tonally, which makes sense since they both have Barry Sonnenfeld).”

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