Playboy's Penthouse

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Playboy's Penthouse
Genre Variety
Starring Hugh Hefner
Opening theme "Playboy's Theme" by Cy Coleman[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Production
Running time 48 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 24, 1959 (1959-10-24) – 1961

Playboy's Penthouse is an American variety/talk television show hosted by Playboy founder and then-editor/publisher Hugh Hefner. It was first broadcast on October 24, 1959 and ran in syndication for slightly more than one year with a second season starting on September 9, 1961 with Jack E. Leonard, Anita O'Day, Buddy Greco, and George Wein.[2]

Development[edit]

The show was designed as a way to spread Playboy magazine's influence beyond the printed page and to help non-readers get to know Hefner.[3]

The show, recorded at Chicago station WBKB-TV, was set up as if it were a party at Hefner's own apartment, with many Playboy Playmates and bunnies in attendance. Celebrity guests would engage in conversation with Hefner and then perform, as well. The theme was written by Cy Coleman.

Legacy[edit]

In 1969, Hefner launched a show in a very similar style, Playboy After Dark which was taped in Los Angeles. Episodes of Playboy's Penthouse were included in the DVD release of Playboy After Dark in 2006 and footage from the show has been used on Hefner's most recent program, The Girls Next Door.

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