Hugh M. Hefner, TV Host

(Pictured above: ‘Get Smart’s’ Don Adams, Barbi Benton and Hefner gather at the piano during an episode of ‘Playboy After Dark’)

To learn about the life of Hugh Hefner, who died yesterday at 91, you can read one of today’s many obits, or stream American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story on Amazon Prime.

On the other hand, if you want to focus on Hugh M. Hefner, TV host, you’ve come to the right place!

Hefner hosted two syndicated series during Playboy magazine’s heyday. The first, Playboy’s Penthouse, debuted in 1959, resulting in 44 hour-long episodes. The second, Playboy After Dark, appeared 10 years later, running for 49 weeks.

So grab a cocktail and party with Hef in Playboy’s Penthouse, featuring guest Lenny Bruce:

Then get groovy with two episodes of Playboy after Dark, featuring Ike and Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Patty Duke, other celebrity guests and, of course, lots of beautiful women – including the ubiquitous Barbi Benton by Hefner’s side. (Note: the following video is erroneously titled Playboy’s Penthouse, but you’ll see Playboy After Dark!)


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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