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What to watch this weekend: 'The Young Pope,' 'Victoria,' History Channel special on President Obama

Do not heed Lemony Snicket's warnings to 'look away' from the dreadful Baudelaire tale in A Series of Unfortunate Events. You'd miss a surreal fairy tale that's perfect for kids and adults.


Do not heed Lemony Snicket's warnings to 'look away' from the dreadful Baudelaire tale in A Series of Unfortunate Events. You'd miss a surreal fairy tale that's perfect for kids and adults.



Three stellar new dramas premiere this weekend. One is a surreal conspiracy story, based on 13 children's books with Neil Patrick Harris playing the unibrowed villain. Another is about England's young 19th century queen who reshaped the monarchy  this is likely to be your next period-drama obsession. Last, but certainly not least, HBO explores the ascension of a young American pope whose unpredictability is the scorn of Vatican City. It's going to be a great weekend to sit on the couch.

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Watch this weekend


SERIES PREMIERE: Sneaky Pete, midnight, Amazon: Notorious con man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) gets out of prison only to find he's being stalked by a vicious gangster he once robbed. The only thing to do is to assume the identity of his cellmate, Pete, and reunite with Pete's long-lost family. Executive produced by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost.

SERIES PREMIERE: A Series of Unfortunate Events, 3 a.m., Netflix: After losing their parents in a mysterious house fire, the Baudelaire siblings experience nothing but woe. They're bounced from one ill-fated guardian to the next, barely a step ahead of the vile Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), who seeks their inheritance. Based on the best-selling novels by Lemony Snicket.

Review: 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' is a fairy tale of whimsy and woe

Also available

Netflix: It Follows, Aquarius, Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women, Clinical, Historia de un clan, The Investigator: A British Crime Story

Amazon: Just Add Magic, Season 2

Hulu: Bird People


Get ready for next season: FX's Baskets, a bizarre dramedy from the minds of Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis, comes back for a second season next week. Galifianakis is Chip Baskets, a guy who failed clown school in France but came back to the States with a French wife looking for a green card. Stream the first season on Hulu.

Available today

Netflix: Camp X-Ray, Cardboard Boxer, Estar O No Estar



SERIES PREMIERE: The Young Pope, 9 p.m., HBO: What if the next pope was young, American and Jude Law? The prestige drama with bite sees a 40-something cardinal ascend to the seat of Holy Father and quickly establish himself as the manipulative and unpredictable Pope Pius XIII, right. The 10-episode series delights with deadpan wit and stunning visuals of Vatican City.

Review: 'The Young Pope' is a heavenly campy drama

Homeland, 9 p.m., Showtime: The sixth season takes place several months after the previous season, and the Showtime hit is back to form. Carrie is back in the U.S. and works for a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the country. The season takes place between Election Day and Inauguration Day.


SERIES PREMIERE: Victoria, 9 p.m., PBS: Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman stars as the titular queen of England, who ascended the throne at just 18. The series follows the first three years of Victoria's 63-year reign up until Victoria gives birth to the first of her and Prince Albert's nine children.

Review:'Victoria' is your next period drama obsession

SERIES PREMIERE: The First Family of Hip Hop, 9 p.m., Bravo: This docuseries follows the Robinson family's struggles to put Sugar Hill Records back on top. The Sugar Hill Gang established the first hip-hop record label and produced the first chart-topping rap song with Rapper's Delight.

The 44th President: In His Own Words, 9 p.m., History: President Obama recounts his time in office, highlighting his successes, failures, difficulties with Congress, race relations and what a Trump presidency could mean for his legacy. Features Obama's final one-on-one television interview in office.

Available today

Netflix: A Beautiful Now; Hostage to the Devil; Senora Acero: Season 3; Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body; Wartime Portraits

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