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This documentary series follows the rise of Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, from his humble to start to the head of a publishing empire. Although Hefner's fortune was built on publishing photos of nude women, the series casts him as a champion of civil rights and freedom of speech, as well. The series uses interviews, vintage footage, and dramatic re-enactments to tell its story.

Amazon
1 Season, 10 Episodes
April 7, 2017
Documentary & Biography
7.5/10
Cast: Matt Whelan, Emmett Skilton, Adam Jonas Segaller, Chelsie Preston Crayford
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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story Full Episode Guide

Season 1 10 full episodes
  • Episode 10 - My Way

    With Playboy on the brink of bankruptcy, Hefner sacrifices friends and leans on family - handing over the reins to his daughter, Christie. Meanwhile, Hefner breaks his promise to never marry again and gets a second chance at fatherhood as Playboy navigates into the 21st

  • Episode 9 - Down the Rabbit Hole: The Dorothy Str...

    After the death of Bobbie Arnstein, Hugh Hefner retreats permanently to his Los Angeles mansion where he hosts some of Playboy

  • Episode 8 - Sex, Drugs and DEA Investigations

    When Bobbie Arnstein - Hugh Hefners secretary and close friend - is arrested in a small-time drug deal, the federal government sees the perfect opportunity to take down the Playboy empire. Hefner is forced to distance himself from Bobbie and the consequences prove deadly.

  • Episode 7 - Below The Belt: Playboy and the Pubic...

    Playboy hops across the pond to open a London club and Hugh Hefner falls for UCLA co-ed Barbi Benton while filming his new TV show in Los Angeles. Meanwhile the magazine goes to battle against Penthouse, whose explicit photographs are quickly winning over readers.

  • Episode 6 - Rebel with a Cause: Civil Liberties a...

    Hefner becomes addicted to an amphetamine drug that turns him into a tyrant of a boss but lets him work around the clock, using the pages of the magazine to fight for civil rights. Playboy lands an interview with Martin Luther King, Jr, and after the leader

  • Episode 5 - The Playboy Interview (

    Hugh Hefner creates the Playboy Interview, giving a platform to cultural leaders to discuss pressing social issues, and publishes a controversial interview with Malcolm X. While the magazine becomes a voice for political change, a revealing photo spread of a Hollywood starlet lands Hefner behind bars on obscenity charges.

  • Episode 4 - Members Only: The Playboy Club

    Hugh Hefner makes Playboys bachelor lifestyle accessible to the public by opening the first Playboy Club in Chicago. He supervises the clubs every detail, holding a nationwide casting call for a team of hostesses who will soon become iconic - the Playboy bunnies.

  • Episode 3 - Becoming Mr. Playboy

    During the mid-1950s, Hugh Hefner becomes the face of Playboy and uses his fame to speak out about social issues. Playboy

  • Episode 2 - Birth of the Centerfold: The Girl Nex...

    Hugh Hefner launches a magazine for the modern, post-war American man and it hits the stands to great success. When the new subscription manager catches Hefner

  • Episode 1 - Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe

    Unfulfilled by family life and a desk job, Hugh Hefner strikes out against American puritanical values by launching a magazine that celebrates sex. He creates the first issue of Playboy from his kitchen table with the help of Marilyn Monroe as his first pin-up girl.

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