Dick Wolf’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is surely among the network shows that even laissez-faire parents forbid their small children to watch. Thus Law & Order: Special Letters Unit — Sesame Street’s new tribute to Wolf’s police procedural — is obviously intended for grown-ups, in the way that Looney Tunes, books like Maira Kalman’s, and movies like Disney’s Aladdin are larded with references way over the heads of tykes.
Nominally an edutainment experience (the detectives go off in search of the missing letter “M”), the segment is mostly a gift to adult fans of both shows — and everyone who’s ever wondered if Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) might look better in bright green felt skin.
Best moments: When a duck suspect wonders out loud, “Who listens to a talking piece of poultry?” and when the Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, and Belzer characters discover their captain asleep at his desk — so the Hargitay Muppet wakes him by cueing the off-camera music-effects guy: “Can you do that ‘Chung Chung’ thing again?”
“>WATCH the segment (3:40) at YouTube
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