The BEST Episodes of American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2021
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.
#1 - My Way
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
With Playboy on the brink of bankruptcy, Hefner sacrifices friends and leans on family to secure the brand's future.
#2 - Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
The surprising story of how Marilyn Monroe became Playboy's first pin-up.
#3 - Sex, Drugs and DEA Investigations
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
Hugh Hefner's secretary and close friend, Bobbie Arnstein, finds herself at the center of a conspiracy to take down the Playboy empire and her loyalty to Hefner proves deadly.
#4 - Becoming Mr. Playboy
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
During the mid-1950s, Hugh Hefner and Playboy gain national success, giving Hefner an opportunity to speak out about social issues while enjoying the perks of being Mr. Playboy.
#5 - Down the Rabbit Hole: The Dorothy Stratten Murder
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
After the death of Bobbie Arnstein, Hugh Hefner retreats permanently to his Los Angeles mansion, only to face the murder of Playmate Dorothy Stratten.
#6 - Birth of the Centerfold: The Girl Next Door
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
Hugh Hefner convinces his new subscription manager to pose as the magazine's first centerfold and "the girl next door" becomes Playboy's formula for success.
#7 - Below the Belt: Playboy and the Pubic Wars
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
While Hugh Hefner finds love and success in Hollywood, Playboy fights Penthouse in the pubic wars.
#8 - The Playboy Interview ("I Read the Magazine for the Articles")
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
Hugh Hefner creates the Playboy Interview, giving a platform to cultural leaders to discuss pressing social issues, and publishes a controversial interview with Malcolm X.
#9 - Members Only: The Playboy Club
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
To bring Playboy's bachelor lifestyle to the public, Hugh Hefner opens the Playboy Club in Chicago and creates the perfect nightlife hostess - the bunny.
#10 - Rebel with a Cause: Civil Liberties and Government Crackdowns
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
Hefner becomes addicted to an amphetamine drug that lets him work around the clock, using the pages of the magazine to fight for civil rights and ultimately publish what would become Martin Luther King Jr's final written words.