Parents' Guide to

The Playboy Club

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Branded retro drama connects sex, money, and "girl" power.

TV NBC Drama 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+
Probably an NC-17.
age 18+

Porn for kids?

Since when is marketing pornography on primetime acceptable? Who cares about the plot. This show is all about promoting the Playboy brand and mainstreaming pornography.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (3):

Well before it aired, The Playboy Club was catching flak, both from parent groups who feared it promoted pornography and women's advocacy groups who claimed it was inherently sexist. And while neither of those predictions proves 100 percent accurate, the show certainly tries its darnedest to make serving men cocktails in a tight-fitting Bunny outfit look like an act of women's lib. But let's be honest: That's a pretty tough sell.

Aside from all that cleavage, of course, there's one other big distraction worth mentioning: leading man Eddie Cibrian's blatant attempt to impersonate Mad Men's Jon Hamm, whose Emmy-winning portrayal of womanizing ad exec Don Draper elicits both swoons and critical acclaim. It's an aural resemblance that's so uncanny it can hardly be an accident, which makes The Playboy Club feel even more like a cheap copy of a classier original.

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