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American Playboy

In the idyllic America of the 1950s, naked women were something you only saw in faded black and white magazines in the bottom of your uncle's sock drawer. Then came Hugh Hefner and his Playboy magazine. Hugh brought the nude female form from low-quality prints under the counter to full-color spreads that attempted to approach the level of fine art. And the articles weren't bad either. American Playboy is Hugh's story told by the man himself, complete with unreleased footage from his own archives. The 13-episode series comes to Amazon Prime April 7, 2017.

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