All we have to fear
The narrator in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” spends an absurd amount of time warning kids about this comedy’s dark content, all but assuring that they’ll finish their vegetables to binge-watch it. Nothing wrong with that. The story line, in which orphans are tortured by a maniacal actor (Neil Patrick Harris under layers of makeup), may seem dangerously dark, but author Daniel Handler knows a proper scare is part of a healthy childhood, especially when it’s interpreted by a kooky genius like director Barry Sonnenfeld.
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Game of thrones
If “Victoria,” a new offering from “Masterpiece,” earns half the praise that Netflix’s “The Crown” is getting, Queen Elizabeth may have to share the throne. “Doctor Who” veteran Jenna Coleman stars as the 19th-century teen queen, who may have been the first person to ever make a joke about Prince Albert in a can.
8 p.m. Sunday, TPT, Ch. 2
Church of the poisoned mind
Hail Marys may be in order before you watch even a second of “The Young Pope,” in which Jude Law plays an American pontiff who gives his blessing to gay marriages while providing Vatican City cardinals with every reason to convert to Judaism. Creator Paolo Sorrentino goes overboard in trying to shake up the Catholic Church, all but assuring that he and his miscast star won’t be invited to Bill O’Reilly’s house for Easter dinner.
8 p.m. Sunday, HBO