September 20th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
[Editor's Note: The post below contains spoilers to the September 19 premiere of "The Playboy Club."]
As television networks continue to go retro in primetime this fall, NBC's hopped on the bandwagon with new drama "The Playboy Club."
Set in Chicago in 1963, the show tries to give a weekly peek through the keyhole of Hugh Hefner's first Playboy Club. It comes off as an elite den where women dressed up in tiny, tight costumes, were paid to look perfect and brought booze to men who thought they ruled the world, simply because they carried a club key. The show does capture that fantasy whether you find it sexy or sleazy.
We begin with a voice-over from Hefner himself (and if this threw you off, don't worry - he's not narrating subsequent episodes): "I built a place in the toddlin' town where everything was perfect. Where life was magic. Where the rules were broken and fantasies became realities for everyone who walked through the doors," he says. Enter Eddie Cibrian and his devilish grin.
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