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 Hugh Hefner (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor Lownes (10 episodes, 2017)
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 A.C. Spectorsky (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbie Arnstein (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Art Paul (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Arthur Kretchmer / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Bob Preuss (10 episodes, 2017)
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 James Thompson (10 episodes, 2017)
Victoria Abbott ...
 Time Magazine Interviewer (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Janet Pilgrim / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
Matt Arbuckle ...
 TV Producer #1 (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Millie Hefner (10 episodes, 2017)
Rowan Bettjeman ...
 James McGinn (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Judge Matkovic (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Marilyn Cole (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Barbi Benton (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. David Busby (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Dorothy Stratten / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Time Magazine Photographer (10 episodes, 2017)
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 John Melaniphy (10 episodes, 2017)
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 William R. Ming Jr. (10 episodes, 2017)
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 John Baumgarth (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Paul Snider (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Cynthia Maddox (10 episodes, 2017)
Kevin Keys ...
 Hef's Lawyer (10 episodes, 2017)
Alexandra Light ...
 Hefner's Date (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Gaming Commissioner (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Derick Daniels (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. Taylor (10 episodes, 2017)
Michael Saccente ...
 Judge Decker (10 episodes, 2017)
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 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)
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 Dick Rosenzweig (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Vince Tajiri (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Arnie Morton (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Himself (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Ray Russell (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Eldon Sellers (6 episodes, 2017)
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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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An opportunity missed by the creators! Dull and Documentary-ish!
30 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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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