‘American Playboy’

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, the story of the founder of one of the most recognizable brands in magazine history, debuts on both Amazon Prime and Playboy.com, Friday, April 7.

The docuseries covers the launch of Playboy magazine in December 1953 and chronicles the ensuing 60-plus years of Hefner’s life and career.

The publication, which was originally to be called Stag Party, famously premiered with a nude of Marilyn Monroe. But the series goes beyond the pictorials, documenting how “Hefner became both a social justice advocate and a target of the conservative movement while becoming an outspoken defender of civil rights, freedom of speech, gay rights and, of course, sexual freedom.” American Playboy‘s producers say they have accessed “thousands of hours of never-before-seen footage from both Hefner’s and the Playboy archives and Hefner’s personal scrapbooks, which number more than 2,900 and constitute a Guinness World Record.”

The series will also include interviews with such notables as Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons and Bill Maher, along with History Channel-style cinematic reenactments. As The Savvy Screener previously noted, Hefner was deeply involved with the production, so don’t expect anything too self-critical, particularly if his voiceover for the trailer is any indication: “In the beginning I set out to make a magazine. What I started was a revolution.”

Viewer note:  The first episode will be available for free on Playboy.com April 7 through April 13. The entire 10-episode series will be available on Amazon Prime April 7 with a paid subscription.

For more information on Amazon Prime, visit PrimeVideo.com.

For a list of all Amazon compatible devices, visit amazon.com/howtostream.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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