Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 9 - 13. Unorthodox

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

When a ten-year-old rape victim is taken away from his mother by seemingly closed-minded Orthodox Jews, it looks as though this is going to be an episode about a miscreant being protected by organised religion. Something which we’ve seen done about a thousand times in crime dramas – and often in instalments of Law & Order.

But then the story hares off in a completely different direction and becomes a well-argued debate about the sexualisation of popular culture and the exposure that youngsters have to adult viewing. Watch out for a guest spot from Rhea Perlman (Carla from Cheers) who plays a firecracker lawyer with the “raunchification” of primetime TV in her sights.

About this programme

13/19. A violent sexual assault on a boy draws Benson and Stabler into a culture clash between Orthodox Jews and the secular authorities - but the investigation ultimately leads them to a 14-year-old with a penchant for preying on younger children. Starring Christopher Meloni.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Det John Munch
Richard Belzer
ADA Casey Novak
Diane Neal
George Huang
BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Roxana Fox
Rhea Perlman
Rabbi Iscowitz
Bob Dishy
George Trembley
Mike McGlone
Rachel Zelinsky
Cara Buono
Jack Trembley
Alexander Gould
David Zelinsky
Braeden Lemasters


David Platt
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer