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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story 

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Series cast summary:
 A.C. Spectorsky 10 episodes, 2017
 Art Paul 10 episodes, 2017
 Bob Preuss 10 episodes, 2017
 James Thompson 10 episodes, 2017
 Time Magazine Interviewer 10 episodes, 2017
Matt Arbuckle ...
 TV Producer #1 10 episodes, 2017
Rowan Bettjeman ...
 James McGinn 10 episodes, 2017
Alistair Browning ...
 Judge Matkovic 10 episodes, 2017
 Marilyn Cole 10 episodes, 2017
 Dorothy Stratten / ... 10 episodes, 2017
 Time Magazine Photographer 10 episodes, 2017
 John Melaniphy 10 episodes, 2017
 William R. Ming Jr. 10 episodes, 2017
 John Baumgarth 10 episodes, 2017
 Paul Snider 10 episodes, 2017
 Cynthia Maddox 10 episodes, 2017
Kevin Keys ...
 Hef's Lawyer 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Light ...
 Hefner's Date 10 episodes, 2017
 Gaming Commissioner 10 episodes, 2017
 Derick Daniels 10 episodes, 2017
 Mr. Taylor 10 episodes, 2017
Michael Saccente ...
 Judge Decker 10 episodes, 2017
 Gloria Steinem 10 episodes, 2017
Laura Thompson ...
 Christie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Daniel Watterson ...
 Ron Scharf 10 episodes, 2017
Elliot Wrightson ...
 George Matthews 10 episodes, 2017
 Dick Rosenzweig 9 episodes, 2017
Arthur Kretchmer ...
 Ray Russell 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)  »

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Not overly impressed
15 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The guy playing Hugh Hefner ,is so bad and so little charming I can't understand why he was chosen. His look radiate the kind of sleazy, you expect in someone hitting on the babysitter. Instead of the old distinguished charm Heffner is known for.

Since this is sort of like a documentary, they really go out of their way,to glorify Playboy as anything else,than the porn mag it is/was. There is very little balance in the stuff presented. Heffner comes off as a control freak Let's be real here folks,nobody really buy playboy for the articles.

I didn't read it in the 60-70's.But I came across one or two issues, in the 80s and 90s. And let's be real. The thing playboy is most known for is: The parties,The bunnies,The celebrities who choose to pose nude in it. And that is what is missing from this whole reenactment documentary.

The celebrities who posed for playboy, talking about their playboy experience.Why they chose playboy,how it was for them,did they ever go to a playboy party before or after they posed etc. What is was like for them afterwards.How their parents reacted etc.

They interview a few male celebs.(Gene Simmons and James Caan,are the only ones) the rest is mostly Ex bunnies. There are so much more they could've done,to make this a more interesting documentary.

Instead they have a lot of scenes that don't really show Hugh in a flattery term,where he constantly date someone who posed for the mag,or work for him. But all in all, he comes out of this series/documentary quite squeaky clean.

I had to laugh a few times,when he goes to debate angry feminists. And he more or less,get slaughtered. I got the impression,he expect them to embrace him. For someone who wanted to debate them in public,on live TV no less. He seem ill prepared,in terms of counter arguments to their strong and radical claims. And as to why they should be on his side.Even his son agree with them

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