The BEST Episodes of American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Network: Amazon

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.

My Way

#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.

star 7.73
93 votes
Sex, Drugs and DEA Investigations

#2 - 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.

star 7.65
110 votes
Before the Bunny: Marilyn Monroe

#3 - 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.

star 7.63
356 votes
Becoming Mr. Playboy

#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.

star 7.58
183 votes
Birth of the Centerfold: The Girl Next Door

#5 - 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.

star 7.52
216 votes
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Dorothy Stratten Murder

#6 - 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.

star 7.50
103 votes
Below the Belt: Playboy and the Pubic Wars

#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.

star 7.49
107 votes
The Playboy Interview ("I Read the Magazine for the Articles")

#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.

star 7.42
119 votes
Members Only: The Playboy Club

#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.

star 7.26
164 votes
Rebel with a Cause: Civil Liberties and Government Crackdowns

#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.

star 7.23
127 votes