In season one, the children were sent to live with Count Olaf, a “villainous actor and active villain” who is out to get his hands on their fortune.
After foiling his plot to marry Violet and seize their money, the Baudelaires are sent to live with a series of inept guardians – each time encountering Olaf and his henchmen in different disguises.
So far the show has adapted the first four books in the best-selling Lemony Snicket series, and author Daniel Handler already has plans for another two seasons to continue the story.
“The second season is laid out to be 10 episodes for the next five books and the third season would be the rest of it,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
The first run of episodes were largely faithful to the original books but with a heavier focus on the secret organisation that comes into play much later in the novels, and the introduction of a new character named Jacquelyn.
Season two is expected to be released on Netflix later this year – but if you can’t wait until then, here is what happens in the original books.
Count Olaf and the Baudelaires will return later this year
The Austere Academy
After the events of The Miserable Mill, the Baudelaires are sent Prufrock Preparatory School – a sombre boarding school whose motto is “remember you will die”.
There they meet the Quagmire siblings, whose parents are the mysterious Mother and Father who are seen throughout season one but are killed in a fire.
Count Olaf arrives disguised as Coach Genghis and forces the Baudelaires to run laps all night in an attempt to get them excluded from the school.
The Baudelaire’s foil Olaf’s plan, but as he escaped he kidnaps the Quagmires, who tell them to look up “VFD” – the secret society hinted at throughout season one.
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The Ersatz Elevator
After foiling Olaf once again, the Baudelaires are taken to live with their wealthy, fashionable and mean new guardian Esmé Squalor and her husband Jerome.
Esmé befriends a trendy auctioneer named Gunther, who the children recognise as Count Olaf.
At the Squalors’ penthouse, the Baudelaires discover an ersatz, or fake, elevator shaft. They climb down it and discover the Quagmires, who have been stashed there by Olaf.
At the end of the story Olaf escapes once again with the Quagmires in tow, and is joined by Esmé.
Olaf will continue to don a series of ridiculous disguises
The Vile Village
Mr Poe places the children in the care of the Village of Fowl Devotees.
There they find a series of rhyming couplets that spells out ‘fountain’ – which leads them to the Quagmires’ location.
The village’s Council of Elders announce that they have captured Olaf, but it turns out to be Lemony Snicket’s brother Jacques who has the same unibrow and ankle tattoo as the villain.
The children attempt to free Jacques using mob psychology, but he is murdered by Count Olaf, masquerading as Detective Dupin, who in turn frames the Baudelaires.
The book ends with the children fleeing the village as outlaws.
The children will learn more about the secret society VFD
The Hostile Hospital
Wanted for ‘Count Olaf’s’ murder, the Baudelaires find sanctuary at the Heimlich Hospital where they are given a job in the Library of Records.
There, they find a page of a record called The Snicket File which features a picture of their parents and the words: "Because of the evidence discussed on page nine, experts now suspect that there may in fact be one survivor of the fire, but the survivor's whereabouts are unknown."
While in the library Violet is captured by Olaf, who attempts to perform a craniotomy on her.
The children escape but end up in Olaf’s car boot as he drives away.
Patrick Warburton is expected to return as Lemony Snicket
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Baudelaires escape from Olaf’s boot thanks to some clever lock-picking by Violet and find themselves at the Caligari Carnival.
Violet and Klaus disguise themselves as a two-headed person and Sunny pretends to be a Wolf Baby so that they can blend in with the House of Freaks.
They encounter a psychic called Madame Lulu, who has told Olaf that one of the Baudelaire parents is alive and in the Mortmain Mountains.
When they confront Lulu, she breaks down and admits that she is a VFD member named Olivia.
She tells the children that she does not know if their parents are alive, but that there is a VFD headquarters in the mountains.
At the end of the story the children, still in disguise, are recruited to Olaf’s troupe along with the other freaks.
Violet and Sunny are put in a caravan behind Olaf’s car as they drive up to the mountains, only for Olaf to reveal that Lulu has told him their real identity.
The story ends with Olaf cutting the caravan loose on a cliff, leaving readers with a literal cliffhanger.