Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

"Playpen Magazine"?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
33 replies to this topic

#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

Ricardo C

    Producer



  • 5,060 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 14 2002

Posted November 04 2003 - 10:05 PM

Ever notice how in many TV shows, whenever a nudie magazine is needed for a scene, more often than not you see the same copy of the fictional "Playpen" magazine being used as a prop? The mag's name appears in blue, using the same font as Playboy's, and the cover has a picture of a blonde, bikini-clad woman against a black background.

Does anyone know if this is some sort of gigantic showbiz running gag? I've spotted it in everything from "Married with Children" to "Friends" to "Wings" to "Home Improvement", and several others, and I've always wondered why shows produced by different companies and aired by different networks, would use the same prop.

Yes, meaningless question, but that's what the internet is for, right? Posted Image

Man, an hour wasted on this sig! Thanks, Toshiba! :P

#2 of 34 OFFLINE   brentl

brentl

    Screenwriter



  • 2,918 posts
  • Join Date: May 07 1999

Posted November 05 2003 - 01:08 AM

Combination of Playboy and Penthouse= PlayPen

B

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   James T

James T

    Screenwriter



  • 1,643 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 08 1999

Posted November 05 2003 - 02:03 AM

I don't know if it's the same prop, but I remember the Playpen title in a few movies. It's probably just one of those things that the producers don't want to get sued from Playboy or Penthouse for using their name, so someone created a hybrid name.

I've seen others like the word "cola" written accross a pepsi can.

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Bill MacAdoo

Bill MacAdoo

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 74 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 2003

Posted November 05 2003 - 04:43 AM

Didn't they actually use the name "Big 'uns" in Married With Children?

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   James T

James T

    Screenwriter



  • 1,643 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 08 1999

Posted November 05 2003 - 05:02 AM

Big'uns was the title they used and stuck with later in the seasons. Very early and a few late seasons they used playpen.

#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

Joseph DeMartino

    Lead Actor



  • 8,303 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969
  • Real Name:Joseph DeMartino
  • LocationFlorida

Posted November 05 2003 - 05:04 AM

In addition to all the crap they actually own, the studios also rent a fair number of their props, costumes and furniture items for movies and TV - both from rental houses around Hollywood and from one another. That's why you'll often see the same SF props and electronic set elelments in shows and movies from different studios. If somebody has a good mock-up of a phony skin mag that you need as a piece of set dressing, why re-invent the wheel and make one yourself from scratch? Just rent the one you've already seen.

Regards,

Joe

#7 of 34 OFFLINE   AllanN

AllanN

    Supporting Actor



  • 952 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 15 2002

Posted November 05 2003 - 05:43 AM

This is similar to Morley cigarettes. I’m pretty sure they got there start in X-Files and I’ve seen them in a few other random places.
“Aquaba is over there, it’s only a matter of going.” –Lawrence "I am not now, nor have I ever been a psychologist" -Mumford
"...you can't control who gets hit or who doesn't, who falls our of a chopper or why. It ain't up to you. Its just war." -Hoot
"Fear is the path to the dark...

#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

Jesse Skeen

    Producer



  • 4,046 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 24 1999

Posted November 05 2003 - 06:56 AM

Ever notice the generic gum ad on the back cover of prop magazines too?
Home video oddities, old commercials and other junk: http://www.youtube.com/user/eyeh8nbc

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   LarryDavenport

LarryDavenport

    Screenwriter



  • 2,980 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 15 1999

Posted November 05 2003 - 08:22 AM

I think I've seen Playpen as far back as the 60's and 70's (I think I spotted it in a Three's Company episode (maybe even a Partridge Family episode).

#10 of 34 Guest_Eric Kahn_*

Guest_Eric Kahn_*
  • Join Date: --

Posted November 05 2003 - 05:03 PM

Big-uns was used the entire run of Married with children, the running joke with it was that they used the exact same magazine in every episode that it was mentioned, I think it was a playboy they pasted a fake cover over, the front picture was always the same

#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Asthronimosth

Asthronimosth

    Auditioning



  • 2 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 27 2009

Posted March 27 2009 - 09:12 PM

Actually playpen magazine ts not fake. I was hunting images to see if they were all the same, and turns out it is a real mag. Playpen Magazine BackIssues Archived Back Issues for Collectors

#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Lucia Duran

Lucia Duran

    Screenwriter



  • 1,089 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 30 2005

Posted March 28 2009 - 01:41 AM

I love catching stuff like this in television shows. The soda cans in the big bang theory have funny names as well. Seinfeld use to do the same with random items at the coffee shop.
NO SHIRT

NO SHOES

NO SHELDON

#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

Joseph DeMartino

    Lead Actor



  • 8,303 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969
  • Real Name:Joseph DeMartino
  • LocationFlorida

Posted March 28 2009 - 10:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Asthronimosth
Actually playpen magazine ts not fake. I was hunting images to see if they were all the same, and turns out it is a real mag. Playpen Magazine BackIssues Archived Back Issues for Collectors

That actual Playpen magazine has nothing to do with the "Plabyboy" knock-off props, which have been used in TV shows and movies since well before 1986. (The real mag seems to have gone out of business, BTW. That one ad for that single used issue is the only reference I've been able to find to the magazine. Clearly it was not the inspiration for the TV/movie props. More likely those gave the publisher the idea for the name.)

Notice the font used on the old mag is not the same as the "Playboy" font invariably used on "Playpen" issues seen in TV and movies.) Just the other night I saw a episode of some cop show - maybe NCIS? - where someone finds a box of stuff hidden under a kid's bed. Right on top are a couple of issues of "Playpen". (One with a brunette, if memory serves.) Right underneath the magazines is a gun, so the story then goes off in a different direction, sad to say. Posted Image

Regards,

Joe

#14 of 34 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

Clinton McClure

    Screenwriter



  • 2,786 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 28 1999
  • Real Name:Clint
  • LocationCentral Arkansas

Posted March 28 2009 - 04:54 PM

That was NCIS!

#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

Jesse Skeen

    Producer



  • 4,046 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 24 1999

Posted March 28 2009 - 10:56 PM

Here we go- found this in "Child's Play 3":

Posted Image
Home video oddities, old commercials and other junk: http://www.youtube.com/user/eyeh8nbc

#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Matt^Brown

Matt^Brown

    Supporting Actor



  • 623 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 11 2005

Posted April 03 2009 - 04:54 AM

After reading this thread I noticed it in the first episode of East Bound and Down on HBO.
The Legend is better than reality!

#17 of 34 OFFLINE   Jimi C

Jimi C

    Screenwriter



  • 1,209 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 22 2004

Posted April 03 2009 - 10:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt^Brown
After reading this thread I noticed it in the first episode of East Bound and Down on HBO.

I was just about to say the same thing..
[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/theend13/sabres.jpg[/IMG]

#18 of 34 OFFLINE   nutan

nutan

    Auditioning



  • 1 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 29 2009

Posted April 30 2009 - 03:50 AM

Hi there,

No Playpen is not some kind of insider thing that film industry people are making references to other shows. I work in the film industry and Playpen magazine is a "cleared" magazine from a place where film/tv decorators and propsmen go to buy products for use in a TV or film production.

The term "cleared" means that it is a fictional product that doesn't exist and therefore can be used for these purposes (real products have to be released to a production by whomever the owner of the trademark is. If we don't have time to get that release or the real company won't give us permission to use their product or the production company (Paramount, Lionsgate etc) won't allow the production to use real products, we will use a fake).

The name of the company is Earl Hays and whenever a production can't use a real product they can buy a fake at Earl Hays and that is why you see Playpen over and over again!! Everyone uses Earl Hays stuff....even in commercials! See link below.

In terms of the names of fake products that you see in TV shows and films they are not used to make the audience laugh or make reference to other shows. They are used for legal reasons. Productions cannot just use whatever product they want without permission from the trademark or copyright holder therefore we make up fake names and sometimes the person who makes them up can have a little fun!

Hope that helps solve the mystery!!

MAGAZINES

#19 of 34 OFFLINE   Matt^Brown

Matt^Brown

    Supporting Actor



  • 623 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 11 2005

Posted April 30 2009 - 04:47 AM

Can anyone buy from this store? I would like to buy a few of the "Beer" bottles and put them in my movie room.
The Legend is better than reality!

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

Jeff Gatie

    Lead Actor



  • 6,530 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 19 2002

Posted April 30 2009 - 04:58 AM

To heck with Playpen, where can I get me a copy of Big'Uns???

Posted Image





Forum Nav Content I Follow