The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door, also known as The Girls of the Playboy Mansion, is an American
United States
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 reality television
Reality television
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 series broadcast on the E!
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 cable television
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Television network
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. The series was created by executive producer
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 Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns
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 and Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner
Hugh Marston "Hef" Hefner is an American magazine publisher, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises.-Early life:...

, founder and editor-in-chief
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 of Playboy
Playboy is an American men's magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. The magazine has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc., with...


The show was followed by two spin-offs
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, Kendra
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Kendra is an American reality-based television series that debuted on E! on June 7, 2009. The program details model - and former girlfriend of Playboy owner Hugh Hefner - Kendra Wilkinson's life after moving out of the Playboy Mansion, including her engagement and marriage to football player Hank...

and Holly's World
Holly's World
Holly's World, originally titled Planet Holly, is an American reality television series that debuted on E! on December 6, 2009. Initially a one-off special, success in the ratings led to E! ordering an eight-episode season that began airing on June 13, 2010.The show is the second spin-off to The...



The series focuses on the lives of Hefner's girlfriends who live with him at the Playboy Mansion
Playboy Mansion
The Playboy Mansion is the home of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner. Located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, California, the mansion became famous during the 1970s through media reports of Hefner's lavish parties.-History:The house is described as being in the "Gothic-Tudor" style...

. Hefner is often on the show along with various Playmates and other celebrities.

The series not only showcases events at the Playboy Mansion (e.g. Fight Night, Fourth of July
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 celebration, the midsummer celebration etc.), but also sheds light on other Playboy related events such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
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, Playmate test shoots at Playboy Studio West
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, Operation Playmate, party night, birthday parties, and more significantly, the personalities and real lives of each of the Girls.

Development and production

Kevin Burns approached Hefner in 2005, which resulted in a pilot called "Hef's World" being filmed. This followed "Hef, his girlfriends and friends contrasted with the staff". When presented to E!, they told him to go back and interview each of the girlfriends to "see what you can get", which resulted in the premise shifting from Hefner to life in the mansion from a female's perspective.

Seasons 1-5

The first five seasons centered around then-girlfriends Holly Madison
Holly Madison
Hollin Sue Cullen, professionally known as Holly Madison, is an American model, showgirl and television personality. She is widely known for being one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the reality television series The Girls Next Door...

, Bridget Marquardt
Bridget Marquardt
Bridget Marquardt is an American television personality, model, and actress. She is best known for her role on the reality television series The Girls Next Door, which depicts her life as one of Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's girlfriends...

, and Kendra Wilkinson.

In October 2008, Hefner's relationships with Madison ended for unconfirmed reasons (though the final episode of the fifth season discusses her unhappiness at the mansion in not being able to get married or have a family with Hefner) and Wilkinson left to continue her relationship with boyfriend Hank Baskett
Hank Baskett
Henry Randall "Hank" Baskett III is a wide receiver who is currently a free agent. Baskett has played for three NFL teams, the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts....

. Marquardt also temporarily left at the same time to film Bridget's Sexiest Beaches for The Travel Channel
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, but in January 2009 ended her relationship with Hefner and moved out of the mansion permanently.

Season 6

Despite the end of Hefner's romantic relationship with Madison, Marquardt and Wilkinson, all three were contractually committed to a sixth season. Madison indicated to Life & Style magazine, the manner in which their contractual obligations would be fulfilled was still unknown at the time, but that they were still filming material together. However, the focus of the show shifted to Hefner's new girlfriends, 19-year-old twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon, and 23-year-old Crystal Harris
Crystal Harris
Crystal Harris is an American glamour model, singer, and television personality. She was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009. On December 24, 2010, she became engaged to Hugh Hefner, to become his third wife. Harris broke off the engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their...


Madison did appear in the first two episodes of the season, and also appeared with Marquardt and Wilkinson in the episode "The Showering Inferno", which focused more on them than Harris and the twins.



In 2008, Kevin Burns approached Kendra and offered her a show of her own. She later accepted and the show premiered on June 7, 2009. The show was a hit for E!, averaging 2.6 million viewers in its first season and setting many records - including being the highest-rated premiere since 2002.

In 2009, Burns revealed he was in talks to create two new shows, one for Madison and one for Marquardt.
Holly's World premiered on December 6, 2009 as a backdoor pilot and later received an 8-episode first season that began airing on June 13, 2010.
Just Add Bridget filmed a pilot in April 2010, but wasn't picked up.

In 2010, a backdoor pilot focusing on the Playmate House aired on August 8, 2010. As of August 2011, the show has not been picked up.

Crystal Harris called off her wedding with Hugh Hefner and the footage aired on Lifetime as one-hour special titled "Hef's Runaway Bride". Hef confirmed that if the special gets good ratings, another season of The Girls Next Door will be filmed and will air on Lifetime.


The show was an instant hit for E! and quickly had its first season expanded from eight to fifteen episodes. The second season premiere was watched by 1.6 million viewers (which set a 3-year record) and then topped itself by having 2.16 million viewers for the third season premiere - the second highest season premiere ever on the E! network.

The initial success of the show was so great that Playboy published a nude pictorial of Madison, Marquardt, and Wilkinson in the November 2005 issue. This later lead to two more pictorials in September 2006 (to celebrate the premiere of the second season) and March 2008 (celebrating them being voted fourth in Playboys annual "Sexiest Celebrities" online poll).

The final episode starring Madison, Marquardt and Wilkinson was watched by 2.535 million viewers.

Despite starting with the highest rating season premiere in the show's history, the sixth season saw ratings drop from 2.4 million watching the premiere, to only 960,000 watching the fourth episode only three weeks later. Ratings then dropped even further to 919,000 viewers only five weeks after the premiere.
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