Playboy After Dark

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
With comedian Bill Dana, actor Don Adams, Playmate Barbie Benton, and Hugh Hefner. Center back, actress Lindsay Wagner, and scientist Yorick Wilks. 1970.
StarringHugh Hefner
Opening theme"Playboy's Theme" by Cy Coleman[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Running time48 mins.
Production company(s)Playboy Enterprises
DistributorScreen Gems
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkSyndicated
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJanuary 18, 1969 (1969-01-18) 


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 (now WLS-TV). 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 Barbi Benton, Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis, Peter Lawford, 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

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


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