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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story 

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The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.
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Series cast summary:
Matt Whelan ...  Hugh Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Emmett Skilton ...  Victor Lownes 10 episodes, 2017
Adam Jonas Segaller ...  A.C. Spectorsky 10 episodes, 2017
Chelsie Preston Crayford ...  Bobbie Arnstein 10 episodes, 2017
Ian Bell ...  Art Paul 10 episodes, 2017
Eryn Wilson ...  Arthur Kretchmer / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Fraser Brown ...  Bob Preuss 10 episodes, 2017
Andrew Robertt ...  James Thompson 10 episodes, 2017
Victoria Abbott Victoria Abbott ...  Time Magazine Interviewer 10 episodes, 2017
Jade Albany Pietrantonio ...  Janet Pilgrim / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Matt Arbuckle Matt Arbuckle ...  TV Producer #1 10 episodes, 2017
Ella Becroft ...  Millie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Rowan Bettjeman Rowan Bettjeman ...  James McGinn 10 episodes, 2017
Alistair Browning Alistair Browning ...  Judge Matkovic 10 episodes, 2017
Joy Buckle ...  Marilyn Cole 10 episodes, 2017
Shara Connolly ...  Barbi Benton 10 episodes, 2017
Campbell Cooley ...  Dr. David Busby 10 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Dowden ...  Dorothy Stratten / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Coen Falke Coen Falke ...  Time Magazine Photographer 10 episodes, 2017
Adam Gardiner ...  John Melaniphy 10 episodes, 2017
James Gaylyn ...  William R. Ming Jr. 10 episodes, 2017
Kelson Henderson ...  John Baumgarth 10 episodes, 2017
Cohen Holloway ...  Paul Snider 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Corin Johnston ...  Cynthia Maddox 10 episodes, 2017
Kevin Keys Kevin Keys ...  Hef's Lawyer 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Light Alexandra Light ...  Hefner's Date 10 episodes, 2017
Colin Moy ...  Gaming Commissioner 10 episodes, 2017
Phil Peleton ...  Derick Daniels 10 episodes, 2017
Gabriel Reid ...  Mr. Taylor 10 episodes, 2017
Michael Saccente Michael Saccente ...  Judge Decker 10 episodes, 2017
Sonia Satra ...  Gloria Steinem 10 episodes, 2017
Laura Thompson Laura Thompson ...  Christie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Daniel Watterson ...  Ron Scharf 10 episodes, 2017
Elliot Wrightson Elliot Wrightson ...  George Matthews 10 episodes, 2017
Andrew Blair ...  Dick Rosenzweig 9 episodes, 2017
Akira Matsumoto ...  Vince Tajiri 9 episodes, 2017
Phil Brown ...  Arnie Morton 9 episodes, 2017
Arthur Kretchmer Arthur Kretchmer ...  Himself 7 episodes, 2017
David Van Horn ...  Ray Russell 6 episodes, 2017
Ben Van Lier ...  Eldon Sellers 6 episodes, 2017


American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story is a docuseries combining archival footage, interviews and cinematic reenactments to tell the story of Playboy magazine's charismatic founder Hugh Hefner and his impact on global culture and history. American Playboy begins in post-war America and takes us through the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953 and the next six decades of Hefner's life and career. As he built his empire, Hefner became both a social justice advocate and a target of the conservative movement, battling with the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover while becoming an outspoken defender of civil rights.

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7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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An opportunity missed by the creators! Dull and Documentary-ish!
30 April 2017 | by wotsonurmindSee all my reviews

This starts of very well with a hint of glamorous journey as Playboy ticks of the decades with the changes in culture with a sense of fun. By the third episode it has descended into a documentary -style BORING recap of events.

What cannot be ignored or pardoned is the ridiculous foray into Martin Luther Kings Life,racism and how Playboy had a role in that! There is even a line saying' the MLK walk began a few months after the Playboy interview'! Give me a break. The attempts to show that the nudie magazine helped feminism ,sexism,Vietnam war,Kennedysetc in its own way is vomit-inducing to say the least!What would America do without Playboy!

This should have been a journey through the culture (60s,70s,80s) and a fun journey with a wink to the viewer.Instead it takes itself too seriously and dare I say BORING to say the least!The attempts to extend each strand of story just a bit longer just to extend to a few seasons has the the opposite effect where the viewer has lost interest if any further seasons are ever produced!

Expected better from both Amazon and Hefner.

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