‘American Playboy’ Sheds Light on Hugh Hefner’s Epic Life

After a lifetime spent dealing in other people’s nudity, Hugh Hefner will finally be the one that bares all. And strangely enough, we’re actually excited about it, thanks to this new trailer for Amazon’s original docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story.

The series delves deep into Hefner’s attempts to build an erotic empire, balance his family life, and disrupt the status quo to the ire of censors everywhere. Thanks to unprecedented access to Hefner’s personal archives, American Playboy had more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks at their disposal.

In addition to the amazing archival footage — as well as interviews with Jesse Jackson, Gene Simmons, Bill Maher and the Hef himself — the series will utilize recreations of real-life events, including Hefner’s 1963 trial for an obscenity charge. If only they knew that the magazine would finally ban nudity a mere 53 years later! (And rescind that ban months later, but still.)

Tune in for the iconic bunny costumes, stay for the fascinating facts about one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Sample: The first time Aretha Franklin played in front of a white audience was at a Playboy Club. See? Just like the magazine, this show isn’t just about naked ladies.