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Playboy's Penthouse

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
Running time 48 mins.
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

External links

  1. ^ Playboy's Penthouse T.V. Party, Classic Themes dot com
  2. ^ Episode list at IMDB
  3. ^ TV Party entry


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.


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.

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]



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