It's set in 1963 Chicago at Hugh Hefner's first Club. I liked it. It was as smooth and light as a vintage cocktail yet meaty enough for me to really bite into the story lines and characters. Here was the show's take on the way things happened back then...
"You can't discriminate against these babies" said one girl admiring her breasts in the dressing room mirror.
These women were also enjoying higher wages, not normally seen in the 1960's, if women worked at all. Their uniforms may have looked like torture devices, but the bunnies believed that "...higher hips [meant] higher tips". One bunny couldn't believe that she made more money than her father.
The show dealt with homophobia and the quiet emergence of the Mattachine Society in Chicago. Lesbian bunnies and their gay friends were boldly included in the story lines, making this retro show connect nicely with current issues.
"The Playboy Club" also dealt with eating disorders as becoming a part of the bunnies' lives, having to maintain their impossibly slender figures. "...I always eat way too much so I stick my finger down my throat and throw up - new diet I heard about."
This show has murder, mystery and intrigue, but the real stars are the bunnies themselves. We see them maneuvering through crowds of randy customers and their complicated lives.