The Playboy Club: Season 1 (2011)


Critic Consensus: Despite a sharp period look, The Playboy Club is weighted down by stock characters, ludicrous plotting, and overheated attempts at social commentary.


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Air date: Sep 19, 2011
Air date: Sep 26, 2011
Air date: Oct 3, 2011

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Season 1 follows the lives of the Playboy Bunnies and the high-powered patrons of the legendary Playboy Club. Maureen (Amber Heard), a new Bunny recruit and innocent of the ways of the world, gets caught up with a mob murder, while the other Bunnies are dealing with their own problems. Meanwhile, top attorney and club key-holder Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) is looking to further his career with an endorsement from Mayor Daley.

Critic Reviews for The Playboy Club Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (19)

It's best if we never mention Mad Men again when discussing The Playboy Club. It's reductive and demeaning. Because, honestly, The Playboy Club is perfectly capable of being a terrible show all on its own.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

For viewers looking for a solid hour long drama, it is one more thing not to watch.

Sep 19, 2011 | Full Review…
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The sobering truth is that sometimes when you mix too many colors, you don't get a brighter rainbow. You get dark gray. Or, in this case, a supersize soap opera.

Sep 19, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I had very little interest in going back for a second episode, despite the attractive pre-mod stylings.

Sep 19, 2011 | Full Review…

Subtract its clunky dialogue, ludicrous plot devices and empowerment nonsense, and you're left with its heightened sense of pulchritude.

Sep 19, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

A competently made soap with some good actors and nicely staged musical numbers.

Sep 19, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The pilot spends a lot of time setting up the murder cover-up and love triangle, but none of it seems to pay off. Both plot strings are hopelessly rote and boring, which has a lot to do with Cibrian being devoid of any charisma.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

While options during the era were surely limited, the show's broad strokes don't do justice to the choices women were making.

Sep 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

More tepid than titillating.

Sep 19, 2011 | Full Review…

The show's attempts at social relevance ring hollow, and the main plot leans too heavily on the wooden Cibrian.

Sep 19, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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