The Playboy Club

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Untitled 7th Episode

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    A Tryst of Fate

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Trouble in Makeoutsville

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    The Dream House and How to Avoid It

    Aired 10/10/11

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    A Matter of Simple Duplicity

    Aired 10/3/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Laura Benanti

    Bunny Mother Carol-Lynne Cunningham

  • Amber Heard

    Bunny Maureen

  • Eddie Cibrian

    Nick Dalton

  • Jenna Dewan

    Bunny Janie

  • Leah Cudmore

    Bunny Alice

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  • show Description
  • Set in the early 1960s, Hugh Hefner founded the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago. It is a place where fantasies clash with hard realities. But to those that own a precious key, the club can be a temporary hideaway. Step inside the seductive world of the Bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, and rub shoulders with the decade's biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. With all these larger than life ambitions, there are even greater secrets. Like when innocent new Bunny Maureen - who wants to take the world by storm - accidentally kills one of the Windy City's most powerful mafia bosses and the only person capable of covering it up and protecting her is Nick Dalton, a man who once worked for the mob but is about to run for district attorney. Bunny Alice is married but hiding an explosive personal life while Bunny Janie is running from a past that threatens to catch up with her. It seems everyone has a secret - none more so than Maureen, who may not even be the innocent orphan she appears to be. Thank goodness Hef's Playboy Mansion is open after hours for a little R&R and burying your past.moreless

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  • Quotes (26)

    • Sean: (over the phone) How much have you made tonight?
      Bunny Alice: Over a hundred and it's only eleven. I think it's because I took off my wedding ring.
      Sean: (surprised look) What?

    • Nick Dalton: But this man you killed..is Clyde Hill.
      Bunny Maureen: Who's Clyde Hill?
      Nick Dalton: That's exactly what the cops are going to ask. But it will only take them a few days to realize he was a key player with the Bianchi's.
      Bunny Maureen: Who?
      Nick Dalton: A major Chicago crime family. You'll get a bullet in forty-eight hours.
      Bunny Maureen: (Maureen showing her naiveness) Won't the cops protect me?
      Nick Dalton: Did you just move to the city?

    • Bunny Carol Lynne: (To Nick Dalton) Do you think I don't know why you come to the Playboy Club every single night? You need every man in the place thinking, "wish I could be him". And every girl thinking, "pick me". It's your fuel. You feed off of it. But you can't have us all.

    • Billy Rose: (On what to expect at the club) It's the Playboy Club, it's not a knitting club.

    • Bunny Maureen: (About Nick Dalton) What do they say about him?
      Bunny Brenda
      : That he's everything you want, he's everything you don't.

    • Billy Rose: (To Nick Dalton) You're the only man I know that puts his hand up a girl's skirt looking for a dictionary.

    • Bunny Brenda: (to Maureen) You can go anywhere you want in this world and life is always going to be rough. But we're in here. It doesn't matter what's going on out there. We're the safest, loveliest and richest girls in the world. We're at the party. If you turn down the invitation you only have yourself to blame.

    • Bunny Carol-Lynne: (To Bunny Maureen about Nick) If I were you, and believe me I was, I would stay very far away.

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    Notes (34)

    • Songs: Chicago, That Toddlin' Town (Tony Bennett) performed on the show by Laura Benanti
      Sh-Boom (The Crew Cuts)
      Playboy (The Marvelettes)
      Shake a Tail Feather (Ike and Tina Turner) performed on the show by Karen LeBlanc
      Tina's Prayer (Ike and Tina Turner)

    • The pilot episode was watched by just over 5 million viewers. This put it last in viewership for all the premieres (NBC, ABC, CBS)showing at the ten o'clock hour.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 19, 2011 on Citytv

    • Naturi Naughton promoted the pilot episode at the 2011 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

    • Hugh Hefner will be narrating the pilot episode but will not be narrating any future episodes.

    • Casting for the pilot was conducted in New York City, Chicago, Los Angelas and Vancouver.

    • The pilot was taped under a American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) contract. All actors must be a member.

    • Florida Family Association (FFA) and The Parents Television Council have condemned the show. The FFA plans on targeting the sponsors of the show.

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    Trivia (20)

    • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award in the category of Best Sound Editing: Short Form Musical in Television

    • The average work shift for a Bunny was 10 hours.

    • Alice states that she had made $143.00 in one night with a lot of surprise. Taking inflation into consideration, that amount would equal $1,010.00 in 2011 money.

    • Alice and Sean are members of the Mattachine Society. This was an early organization fighting for homosexual rights.

    • Scenes where Maureen (Amber Heard) and Brenda (Naturi Naughton) are talking before going to bed should be in the "Bunny Hutch" instead of the Mansion. This was where female workers without a local residence could stay. The original was located across the street from the Playboy Club.

    • Among the celebrities that are portrayed include: Ike and Tina Turner, Cy Colman and Anita Bryant.

    • Laura Benanti (Bunny Carol Lynne) said that performing in the pilot was one of her favorite things she has ever done.

    • Amber Heard released a picture of herself from her work on the pilot without consent of 20th Century Fox Television. This led the network to ban any further unauthorized photography from the set.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Scarlet Bunny: Hidden Secrets and Forbidden Love

      Maureen is called the Scarlet Bunny by Carol-Lynne after she again catches her talking with Nick, to whom she thinks Maureen wants. In the 1850 story, The Scarlet Letter, the main character Hester must wear a bright red "A" to mark her as an adulterous woman.

    • YANKEES WIN ON HOMERS 2-0: During the Bunny meeting about Doris being an undercover reporter, Brenda is holding a newspaper with this headline. The headline is referring to game one of the 1961 World Series.

    • Undercover Bunny: The character of Doris (Carrie Coon) is based on real life Bunny, undercover reporter and feminist Gloria Steinem. In 1963, Steinem went undercover at the New York Playboy Club and wrote an article on her experience for Show magazine.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Good but this is why i think it didn't last

    By spr12cr, Dec 04, 2012

  • This short lived series focused on the lives of a very diverse group of people with varying degrees of ambition. The focal point is The Playboy Club in Chicago, Illinois circa 1960.

    By meathead704, Oct 19, 2011

  • A must see new show!

    By KarenGorman1, Oct 08, 2011

  • It harkens back to a time that wasn't so bad...

    By beowulf579, Oct 03, 2011

  • This show was not what I expected. It was better...

    By tokvarupptaget, Sep 20, 2011

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