Playboy After Dark

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Playboy After Dark
Hugh Hefner Don Adams Playboy After Dark 1970.JPG
Guests Bill Dana and Don Adams in 1970.
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 52
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Playboy Enterprises
Distributor Screen Gems
Sony Pictures Television
Original network Syndicated
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 18, 1969 (1969-01-18) – 1970

Playboy After Dark is an American television show hosted by Hugh Hefner. It aired in syndication through Screen Gems from 1969 to 1970 and was taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.


Playboy After Dark followed much the same style as Hefner's earlier show, Playboy's Penthouse (1959–1960), which had been taped at WBKB-TV in Chicago. The show portrayed a "typical" party at Hefner's place, complete with Playboy Playmates and celebrities, who would then chat with Hefner and perform for the party. Guests included Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Rich, Harry Nilsson, Grateful Dead, Moms Mabley, Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, James Brown, Iron Butterfly, Linda Ronstadt, Jack Jones and others.[2]

The first episode features Sally Marr, mother of Lenny Bruce, who had appeared on Playboy's Penthouse ten years earlier.

DVD release[edit]

Two volumes of the best of Playboy After Dark have been released on DVD.[3]


  1. ^ Playboy's Penthouse T.V. Party, Classic Themes dot com
  2. ^ Episode list at IMDB
  3. ^ Vincent Cosgrove, ‘Playback After Dark’ Comes to DVD, New York Times, September 3, 2006

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