A&E Documentary Unravels the Mythology Behind the Playboy Empire

The 10-hour series from A&E examines the Playboy empire that was culturally groundbreaking and a gateway to a much darker world

A&E Network’s upcoming documentary series “Secrets of Playboy” is set to explore the hidden realities behind the fable and philosophy of the Playboy empire through today’s lens. The series premieres January 24th at 9PM ET on A&E. “Secrets of Playboy” will also be available on demand, the A&E app and

Check out some promos and the official synopsis from A&E.

“Secrets of Playboy” unravels the glamourous mythology behind the Playboy empire created over several decades. With the creation of the brand, Hefner defined the sexual revolution and allowed for the freedom of sexual expression.

Yet intertwined with the glossy facade of a world that seemingly celebrated women was a more sinister reality that for decades allowed nefarious conduct including sexual assault and drug abuse to flourish, and where prostitution, suicide and even murder lurked in the shadows.

The series explores how the Playboy machine was a powerful force that, at its worst, manipulated women in a toxic environment, silencing their voices, pitting them against one another, and opening the door to sexual predators. The series features archival footage and exclusive interviews including former Director of Playmate Promotions Miki Garcia.

Also, past girlfriends of Hefner’s including Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Sondra Theodore; author of “Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion” and more.

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