Everyone has heard the old joke about reading Playboy for the articles. As far as Amazon's latest original series, American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, is concerned, doing just that is what helped phase out America's culture of toxic repression. What's more, the series chronicles Playboy's ascent in the latter half of the 20th century without a lick of the irony you'd usually find in discussion of the topic.
Did Hef and Playboy push boundaries and stir controversy to the benefit of all Americans? Sure, just as Larry Flynt and other provocateurs chipped in to help secure and expand First Amendment rights. Unfortunately, the new series is far too riddled with odd choices to allow viewers to digest the story properly.
These are a few of the strangest takeaways from American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, to give you a better idea of what you're in for if you decide to watch the show. For the writing, of course.