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Red Shoe Diaries

In this article we are going to explore in depth the topic of Red Shoe Diaries, which has sparked great interest and controversy in recent years. Since its emergence, Red Shoe Diaries has captured the attention of people from different fields, generating passionate debates and conflicting opinions. Through this analysis, we aim to examine in detail the different aspects surrounding Red Shoe Diaries, with the aim of shedding light on its importance, implications and possible future developments. With a multidisciplinary approach, we will address both its historical, cultural, social and scientific dimensions, as well as the diverse perspectives that exist on the matter, in an effort to provide a comprehensive and enriching vision of Red Shoe Diaries.

Red Shoe Diaries
The cover for one of the DVD releases
GenreAnthology
Drama
Erotic
Created byZalman King
Patricia Louisianna Knop
ComposerGeorge S. Clinton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes66 and 1 TV film
Production
Executive producers
  • Zalman King
  • Patricia Louisianna Knop
  • David Saunders
Producers
  • Yoram Barzilai
  • Lori Bridwell
  • Gaspard de Chavagnac
  • David Dwiggins
  • Anatoly Fradis
  • Avram "Butch" Kaplan
  • Chloe King
  • Jordan Leibert
  • Aladdin Pojhan
  • Jeff Young
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesThe Zalman King Company
Showtime Networks
Original release
NetworkShowtime
ReleaseJune 27, 1992 (1992-06-27) –
June 1, 1997 (1997-06-01)

Red Shoe Diaries is an American anthology erotic drama series that aired on Showtime cable network from 1992 to 1997 and was distributed by Playboy Entertainment overseas. It is a spinoff of the television film of the same name, directed by Zalman King. Most episodes were directed by either King or Rafael Eisenman.

The storylines usually have a plot revolving around romantic intrigue and the sexual awakening of a woman who often also narrates. Sensuous love scenes with nudity as well as sultry, moody music are characteristic for most episodes. There is no story arc or characters connecting the different stories other than Jake Winters introducing each episode.

Premise

Jake Winters (David Duchovny) places an ad in the newspaper under "Red Shoes", seeking women to mail in their personal diaries with stories of love, passion and/or betrayal. He is then shown walking on desolate train tracks with his dog Stella. He begins reading a letter from his post office box out loud that begins with "Dear Red Shoes..." In the pilot film, Jake lost his fiancée to suicide and discovered she kept a diary detailing an affair she had with a construction worker and shoe salesman who sold her a pair of red high heels. He placed the ad in the newspaper in an effort to make sense of his fiancée's secret life through the stories of women in similar situations. Each episode is devoted to a woman's story Jake receives, and begins and ends with Jake's comments to Stella.

Production

Zalman King conceived of an erotic TV series that would air on premium cable, which was then a burgeoning market as it was not beholden to MPAA ratings. With his wife and collaborator Patricia Louisianna Knop, King wrote the script for the television film Red Shoe Diaries, intending it to be the pilot for the anthology series. The film, in conjunction with four episodes, was pitched to Showtime in 1991.

Said King: "I wanted to do an anthology series from a very intimate, woman’s point of view." He dismissed the term softcore to categorize his work because of its pornographic connotations, saying, "Eroticism has a real place in my vocabulary because usually needs to move out of a relationship or some sort of tension and that’s what I'm very interested in. I usually think of my work as romance." Producer David Saunders said, "We weren’t interested in making porn. We wanted to make erotic movies with good stories that looked great, were well-acted, and that concerned women as well as men. Showtime’s interests and our interests coincided." Of the show's content, writer Chloe King said, "It’s not wham-bam thank you ma’am. There’s more intellectual than physical foreplay." Lizzie Borden, Anne Goursaud, Mary Lambert, Nelly Alard, and Elise D'Haene were among the female writers and directors on the show.

David Duchovny was cast in The X-Files shortly after signing on to do the pilot film. Though his character’s story is continued in the episode entitled "Jake’s Story", he mostly appears as the series’ narrator, bookending each episode.

Episodes were mostly filmed in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley. Later locations included Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Juarez, Mexico.

Episodes

Season 1 (1992)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Safe Sex"Zalman KingMelanie Finn, Henry CobboldJune 27, 1992 (1992-06-27)
A man and a woman decide to have a no-strings-attached affair after sharing a cab together.
Cast : Steven Bauer, Joan Severance, John Toles-Bey
22"Double Dare"Tibor TakácsRod McCall, Merle WorthJuly 18, 1992 (1992-07-18)
An advertising executive begins a flirtation with a man who works in the office building across from her.
Cast : Laura Johnson, Arnold Vosloo, Scott Lawrence, Michael Woods
33"You Have the Right to Remain Silent"Zalman KingZalman King, Rafael Eisenman, Henry CobboldAugust 8, 1992 (1992-08-08)
A female police officer gets a stranger's attention by arresting him.
Cast : Denise Crosby, Robert Knepper, Pat Banta
44"Talk to Me Baby"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingAugust 22, 1992 (1992-08-22)
After his girlfriend Elaine catches him cheating on her, Bud looks for excitement in reckless driving.
Cast : Richard Tyson, Lydie Denier, Kim Burnette, Peter Spellos
55"Just Like That"Ted KotcheffChloe KingApril 17, 1993 (1993-04-17)
Trudie, an aspiring lawyer, finds herself drawn between two men who are complete opposites.
Cast : Nina Siemaszko, Matt LeBlanc, Carl Gilliard, Tchéky Karyo, Victoria Mahoney, Renata Scott
66"Another Woman's Lipstick"Zalman KingEd SilversteinMay 13, 1993 (1993-05-13)
After discovering her husband is having an affair, Zoe dresses up as a man to catch her husband and uncover the identity of his mistress.
Cast : Maryam d'Abo, Christina Fulton, Annabelle Gurwitch, Kevin Haley, Miranda Garrison
77"Auto Erotica"Zalman KingNed BowmanMay 29, 1993 (1993-05-29)
Claudia is challenged to a high speed chase through the empty streets by a handsome pedestrian.
Cast : Nick Chinlund, Caitlin Dulany
88"Jake's Story"Michael KarbelnikoffEd SilversteinJuly 10, 1993 (1993-07-10)
Several months after the events of the film, Jake is approached by a mysterious woman at the diner who takes him along to one of her photo shoots and shows him a possible way out of his grief.
Cast : Sheryl Lee, David Duchovny, William Paul Burns, Angela Cornell, Audie England, Frederick Washburn
99"Accidents Happen" a.k.a. "The Fling"Alan SmitheeLaurie Frank, Patricia Louisianna KnopMay 15, 1993 (1993-05-15)
An Italian maid finds the private home videos of her employers.
Cast : Ally Sheedy, Marina Giulia Cavalli, Scott Plank
1010"Bounty Hunter"Peter CareDavid Codikow, Melanie Finn (story)May 1993 (1993-05)
Evan, a bounty hunter, meets her match in the handsome con artist she's tracking.
Cast : Ron Marquette, Claire Stansfield, Sue Kiel, Nicholas Love, Dee McCafferty
1111"Weekend Pass"Ted KotcheffZalman King, Melanie Finn (story)June 12, 1993 (1993-06-12)
Chandler crosses paths with Eddie, a handsome drifter at the local bar on Christmas Eve.
Cast : Anthony Addabbo, Ely Pouget, Shashawnee Hall, Renée Estevez
1212"Double or Nothing"Dominique Othenin-GirardZalman King, Melanie Finn (teleplay)June 19, 1993 (1993-06-19)
Alicia finds love with a fellow pool shark.
Cast : Paula Barbieri, Francesco Quinn, Carl Ciarfalio
1313"How I Met My Husband"Bernard AurouxElizabeth Schwarz, Melanie Finn (teleplay)June 26, 1993 (1993-06-26)
Alice takes classes to become a dominatrix.
Cast : Luigi Amodeo, Neith Hunter, Sue Kiel, Jennifer Burton, Alex Ardenti, Andrea Riave

Season 2 (1993)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Midnight Bells"Anne GoursaudJoëlle BentolilaDecember 18, 1993 (1993-12-18)
A woman reminisces about a man she spent three New Year's Eves with.
Cast : Charlotte Lewis, Carsten Norgaard, Luc Leestemaker
152"Naked in the Moonlight"Philippe AngersMelanie Greene, Melanie Finn, Zalman KingApril 30, 1994 (1994-04-30)
Camille inherits a fortune and a prized '57 Cadillac, which she takes to a mechanic.
Cast : Raven Snow, John Enos III, Rudy de Rooy, California Ralph
163"Runway"Rafael EisenmanMelanie Finn, Zalman KingMay 21, 1994 (1994-05-21)
Alia is an in-demand fashion model but has become disenchanted with the supermodel life. After striking up a conversation with cab driver Miguel, she decides to turn the tables and camera on him.
Cast : Amber Smith, Udo Kier, Daniel Anibal Blasco, Jennifer Burton, James DeAngelo, Darienne Arnold, Lorna Firman, Deborah Lin, Andrea Riave, Frederick Washburn
174"Kidnap"Rafael EisenmanMelanie Finn, Zalman KingJune 11, 1994 (1994-06-11)
On her way to closing the biggest deal of her career, Sara is kidnapped by a bank robber.
Cast : Ron Marquette, Jennifer Ciesar, Matt LeBlanc, Robert Mailhouse, Dee McCafferty, Robert Peters
185"Burning Up"Rafael EisenmanPatricia Louisianna KnopJuly 14, 1994 (1994-07-14)
A woman has a fling with a fireman.
Cast : Alexandra Tydings, Mark Zuelke, Anthony Guidera, Rhonda Aldrich, Ivan Allen, Avalon Anders, Jennifer Burton
196"Night of Abandon"René ManzorHenry CobboldTBA
A shy woman visits her grandmother in Rio de Janeiro and discovers lust with a Brazilian man during Carnival.
Cast : Ann Cockburn, Daniel Leza, Catalina Bonakie
207"Liar's Tale"James Gavin BedfordMelanie FinnTBA
Corey, a burnt out photojournalist assigned to cover the L.A. sex scene, meets a high-class call girl who fascinates her.
Cast : Erika Anderson, Audie England, Lorna Firman, Margaret Makinen, Peter Quartaroli, Terrence Sheahan, Paula Venice
218"In the Blink of an Eye"Rafael EisenmanMelanie Finn, Zalman KingTBA
Kathryn, an upper-class woman in France, is tempted to cheat on her powerful husband with a boxer.
Cast : Laurie Simpson, Julien Maurel, Richard Dieux, Brian Edwards, Philippe Nahon, Dominique Valera
229"Hotline"David WomarkMelanie Finn, Gilles de BaillenxTBA
Tess takes a job at a phone sex hotline.
Cast : Audie England, George Pilgrim, Don Bloomfield, María Celedonio, Margaret Cho, Wendy Schaal, Judy Toll
2311"Love at First Sight"Zalman KingZalman KingTBA
Harry and Cecelia, a couple on the run, pick up a hitchhiking bride.
Cast : Alexandra Tydings, Anthony Addabbo, Eric James, Denice D. Lewis
2412"Gina"Rafael EisenmanChloe KingTBA
Gina decides to shake up her life by moving to Paris.
Cast : Lynette Walden, Michel Allaire, Stéphane Bonnet, Hervé Gamelin, Sabine Tingry, Didier Yakar
2512"Alphabet Girl"Rafael EisenmanMelanie FinnTBA
A fashion model finds love.
Cast : Christiana D'Amore, Justin Carroll, Brad Joseph Dubin
2613"Some Things Never Change"Rafael EisenmanMelanie FinnTBA
The independent head of a fashion company and a temperamental commercial director rekindle their flame.
Cast : Marina Giulia Cavalli, Brad Fisher, Sylvie Guelton, Guy Amram, Hero Kawashima

Season 3 (1994)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"You Make Me Want to Wear Dresses"Daniel DucovnyMelanie FinnTBA
Tomboy Brandy is persuaded by Calahan to ditch her cowgirl slacks for dresses.
Cast : Sammi Davis, Maximo Morrone, Michelle Beauchamp, Jason Court
282"The Game"Philippe AngersChloe KingTBA
A bored married couple invent a board game to renew their intimacy.
Cast : Caron Bernstein, Frederick Washburn, Eugene Choy, Tarik Ergin, Allan Graf, Kether Parker, Janine Stillo, Michael T. Weiss
293"The Cake"Brian GrantKathryn MacQuarrieTBA
Juliet comes up with an idea for the cake for her husband's birthday.
Cast : Jennifer MacDonald, Christian LeBlanc, Saxon Trainor, Peter Sands, John Bergantine, Tarik Ergin, Robert Peters, Barbara Pilavin, Janine Stillo, Sheelagh Cullen
304"Like Father, Like Son"Rafael EisenmanZalman King, Joshua GrayTBA
A French woman recounts how her boyfriend Jamie became involved with opera singer Celeste, who also happens to be the lover of Jamie's father.
Cast : Arielle Dombasle, Elodie Frenck, Will Stewart, Jean-Yves Gautier
315"Borders of Salt"Tibor TakácsJoëlle BentolilaTBA
Claire and Paul have a brief romantic encounter on the train.
Cast : Alan Boyce, Sofia Shinas, Peter Quartaroli
326"Written Word"Stephen HalbertKathy MacQuarrieTBA
Law professor Clare discovers the identity of the secret admirer who sends her letters every week.
Cast : Robbi Chong, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rhonda Aldrich, Peter Gregory
337"Girl on a Bike"Lydie CallierZalman King, Joshua GrayTBA
Will goes on a wild goose chase through the streets of Paris to find a girl he saw bicycling and immediately became smitten with.
Cast : Brent David Fraser, Géraldine Cotte
348"Emily's Dance"Zalman KingRichard BaskinTBA
Emily is chosen to be the lead dancer in a music video, but becomes flustered when she has to dance with the video’s star.
Cast : Freedom Williams, Mari Morrow, Kent King, Lisa Boyle, Neisha Folkes-LeMelle, Wylie Draper
359"Four on the Floor"Rafael EisenmanJoëlle BentolilaTBA
A car crash in a rainstorm strands two couples at a deserted building.
Cast : Christopher Atkins, Jsu Garcia, Dominique Abel, Rachel Palmieri
3610"The Psychiatrist"David WomarkNelly AlardTBA
Psychiatrist Evelyn is compelled into her own journey of sexual self-discovery when one of her patients confides to her about her sexual encounters with men.
Cast : Denise Crosby, Georges Corraface, Demetra Hampton, Natasha Cashman, Manoëlle Gaillard, Laurent Le Doyen, Paco Reconti, Richard Magaldi
3711"Luscious Lola"Stephen HalbertChloe KingTBA
Mild-mannered Mimi creates a strong vivacious alter ego named "Luscious Lola".
Cast : Bobbie Phillips, Michael Bendetti, Christina Fulton, Herbie Tribino
3812"Mercy"Zalman KingElise D'Haene, John Enos IIITBA
Rebecca is torn between two men, her husband and a younger man.
Cast : John Enos III, Heidi Mark, Joseph Whipp, Vance Harvey
3913"The Last Motel"Zalman KingPascal Franchot, Elisa D'HaeneTBA
The paths of five guests, including a sailor, a couple, and five women, converge at a motel.
Cast : Perrey Reeves, Michael Burke, Ernie Lee Banks, Andrew Bilgore, Darren Foy, Rina Garcia, Rita Branch, Laurel Wiley, Ed Wing

Season 4 (1995)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
140"Billy Bar"Rafael EisenmanChloe KingTBA
A former football star and prom queen realize their marriage is falling apart during Mardi Gras weekend.
Cast : Anthony Addabbo, Troy Beyer, May Karasun, Jacqueline Lovell
241"Divorce, Divorce"Rafael EisenmanChloe King, Zalman King (story)TBA
A couple in the midst of a divorce are stuck together for one fateful night.
Cast : Audie England, Brad Fisher, Denice D. Lewis, Scott Plank, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Jennifer Rhodes
342"Cowboy, Cowboy"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingTBA
A recent divorcee returns to her hometown and falls head over heels for a charming cowboy.
Cast : Mark Zuelke, Kathrin Nicholson, Pat Destro, Hollie Hummel
443"Caged Bird"Rafael EisenmanElise D'HaeneTBA
While in solitary confinement, Dakota meets Charlie, a prison guard.
Cast : Shannon Atteberry, Hector Hank, Arroyn Lloyd, Jacqueline Lovell, Henric Nieminen
544"The Ex"Rafael EisenmanChloe KingTBA
Daisy and her new boyfriend Michael find themselves hostages of her ex.
Cast : Kathrin Nicholson, Matt George, Brian Zuckerman
645"The Teacher"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingTBA
A married woman has a passionate affair with her tennis teacher, only to find out her husband hired him to enliven their humdrum marriage.
Cast : Anthony Addabbo, Jacqueline Lovell, Mikhail Mamayev
746"Swimming Naked"Rafael EisenmanMelanie FinnTBA
A swimmer competing for the Olympics catches the eye of a small-town lifeguard.
Cast : Kristi Frank, Omry Reznik, Kenneth David Ebling, Henric Nieminen, Robin Sagstetter, Carrie Sturdevant Fisher
847"Jump"Rafael EisenmanKathy McQuarrie, Chloe KingTBA
Tory goes skydiving on the eve of her engagement, which forces her to confront her fear and the reality she's been afraid to really live her life.
Cast : Sonya Ryzy-Ryski, Michael Woods, Todd Gordon, Tom Sanders, Brad Hood, J.W. "Corkey" Fornof, Harry O'Connor, Dick "Skip" Evans
948"Tears"Zalman KingZalman KingTBA
A talented young dancer becomes trapped in a love triangle involving a renowned choreographer.
Cast : Daniel Ezralow, Cyia Batten, Troy Burgess, Priscilla Harris, Arabella Holzbog, Caitlin McLean, Regan Patno, Carolyn Seymour, Jeff Young
1049"Dime a Dance"Rafael EisenmanChloe KingTBA
Winnie, Darcie, and Nan are dancers at a dime-a-dance joint. They each fall for their new bandleader, Michael.
Cast : Ángel Ferreira, Hazel Miller, Dawn Whitaker, Bebe McGarry, Jennifer Burton, Al Israel
1150"Details"Rafael EisenmanMelanie FinnTBA
Anne, a lonely and successful businesswoman, is drawn to a man who can't resist taking care of her neglected antique car.
Cast : Alla Korot, Francesco Romano, Race Nelson
1251"Laundromat"Rafael EisenmanElisa D'Haene, Anthony AddabboTBA
A lonely single mother meets a handsome drifter late one night at a laundromat.
Cast : Audie England, Brett Stimely
1352"As She Wishes"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingTBA
A man is marooned alone on an exotic island until one day when a beautiful woman arrives onshore.
Cast : Amber Smith, Adamo Palladino

Season 5 (1996)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
153"Weightless"Rafael EisenmanJohn ShirleyTBA
An astronaut trapped in a dying spacecraft far from home has one last encounter with her co-pilot.
Cast : Darya Poverennova, Mikhail Mamaev, Yuiri Malinovsky
254"Carried Away"Rafael EisenmanChloe King, Zalman KingTBA
A woman retreats to a country farm to rethink her crumbling relationship with her boyfriend. A storm knocks out all communication except for carrier pigeon, leading the woman to communicate with her partner in a whole new way.
Cast : Elena Leandrus, Mikhail Mamaev, Yuiri Malinovsky, Marina Cherneleac, Oxana Urib
355"Jealousy"Rafael EisenmanZalman King, Patricia Louisianna KnopTBA
An actor suspects his actress wife is having an affair with her hunky co-star.
Cast : Patrick Budal, Yelena Zatolokina, Rubi Zack, Viktoriya Khadzhinova, Oleg Sukatchenko, Natalya Reva, Ekaterina Listrova, Aleksandr Seleznyov
456"The Boxer"Rafael EisenmanZalman King, Elise D'HaeneTBA
Kate, a photographer who has given up on love, falls for Max, a struggling boxer she allows to stay at her loft while they work together on a perfume ad.
Cast : Melissa Behr, Patrick Budal, Heather Sutherland, Sherrie Rose, Erika Gabaldon
557"Strip Poker"Rafael EisenmanZalman King, Patricia Louisianna KnopTBA
A photographer joins in a game of strip poker.
Cast : Anfisa Nejinskaya, Larisa Tipikina, Yuliya Blokhina, Andrei Overchiuk, Vladimir Pliska, Marina Malchevskaya
658"Hard Labor"Zalman KingZalman King, Elise D'HaeneTBA
Aleta, an advertising executive working on the campaign for Hard Labor Jeans, faces the prospect of forgiveness and redemption when she is confronted by her lover's ex.
Cast : Jennifer Ciesar, Maximo Morrone, Jennifer Nash, Omar Alberto, Jim McMullan, Elan Atias, David McKay, Torry Pendergrass, Audie England
759"Slow Train"Zalman KingJulie Marie MyattTBA
Sally discovers her grandmother wasn't the passionless woman she'd thought her to be when she finds the diary she kept as a desperate young woman during the 1930s.
Cast : Andrew Calder, Maureen Carter, Richard Hench, Floyd Irons, Athena Massey, Sam Menning, Henric Nieminen, Mark Zuelke
860"Temple of Flesh"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingTBA
A couple's one-year anniversary celebration is crashed by a couple of hippies.
Cast : Justin Carroll, Darren Foy, Anya Longwell, Elina Madison, Clement von Franckenstein, Martin Charles Warner
961"Juarez"Lizzie BordenCaroline Yeh, Lizzie BordenTBA
A young woman coming to terms with her mother's impending death becomes fascinated with a mysterious masked Mexican wrestler.
Cast : Neith Hunter, Daniel Leza, Brad Fisher, Lupe Ontiveros, Sophia Santi, Sue Casey, Ludo Vika, Rick Garcia, Francisco P. Cardoza, Gokor Chivichyan, Jose P. Cordoza, Richard Doran, Salvador Guerrero IV, Mando Guerroro, Alvin Lion, Jeff Cadiente, Thomas Rosales Jr.
1062"Farmer's Daughter"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingTBA
The spirited daughter of a vineyard owner nurses an injured cyclist back to health.
Cast : Patrick Budal, Irina Grigoryeva, Aleksandr Shitikov, Rubi Zack
1163"The Forbidden Zone"Rafael EisenmanChloe King, Zalman King (story)April 23, 1996 (1996-04-23)
A woman in an affair tells a story set in the far future in a completely puritan world, where the freedoms taken for granted are all but forbidden.
Cast : Beverly Johnson, Anthony Addabbo, Honey Labrador, Jay Acovone, Albert Alexander, Bryan Anthony, Robin Antin, Lisa Arturo, Carmit Bachar, Michelle Beauchamp, Palmer Davis, Sharon Ferguson, Eric Fishman, Norman Howell, Nito Larioza, Kevin Alexander Stea, Taimak
1264"Art of Loneliness"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingAugust 17, 1996 (1996-08-17)
Elizabeth, a blind late night radio personality, beocmes involved in a love triangle with two other emotionally empty people.
Cast : Raven Snow, Brad Fisher, Caron Bernstein, Honey Labrador
1365"The Picnic"Rafael EisenmanZalman KingMay 17, 1997 (1997-05-17)
Rita is torn between two lovers who are best friends.
Cast : Anthony Addabbo, Kira Reed, Eric James
1466"Banished"Rafael EisenmanTony SelznickTBA
An angel is condemned to earth where he is cursed with the power to kill with a kiss.
Cast : Vladimir Kehkaial, Cyia Batten, Carmit Bachar, Melissa Williams

Release

Syndication

Originally screened in the UK on Channel 5 in the 1990s, the channel screened several episodes back-to-back on August 30, 2021. Red Shoe Diaries episodes were also broadcast on the Canadian television channel Showcase in August 2010.

Reception

Though the series did not gain positive attention from critics, it was a major success for Showtime and helped boost the network’s viewership to compete with HBO in the 1990s. It was the first softcore program to be touted by a premium cable network and to deliver consistently high ratings. Imitators and softcore series similarly aimed at female audiences sprang up in the wake of the show’s popularity, including The Hunger, Emmanuelle in Space, Women: Stories of Passion, and Strangers. TV critics described the series as "both creator of 'art house' soft porn and savior of the kind of quality programming for which pay cable has also become known", and "innovative for its time... true to its basic, lusty principles while adding music-video artiness, jumpy, nervy video cuts and dim mood lighting for a veneer of upscale, almost snooty, erotica. Lifetime with nudity."

Despite the series' foregrounding of a woman's perspective and inclusion of some lesbian story lines, it did receive criticism for its heavy featuring of female nudity, particularly since no male full frontal nudity was shown.

Home media

After the 1992 release of the pilot movie, episodes from the series were compiled on VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD as branded Red Shoe Diaries movies. Each compilation features three episodes.

  1. Red Shoe Diaries (1992)
  2. Red Shoe Diaries 2: Double Dare. "Safe Sex" / "You Have the Right to Remain Silent" / "Double Dare"
  3. Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick. "Just Like That" / "Another Woman's Lipstick" / "Talk to Me Baby"
  4. Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica. "Accidents Happen" / "Auto Erotica" / "Jake's Story"
  5. Red Shoe Diaries 5: Weekend Pass. "Double or Nothing" / "Bounty Hunter" / "Weekend Pass"
  6. Red Shoe Diaries 6: How I Met My Husband. "How I Met My Husband" / "Naked in the Moonlight" / "Midnight Bells"
  7. Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up. "Runway" / "Kidnap" / "Burning Up"
  8. Red Shoe Diaries 8: Night of Abandon. "Night of Abandon" / "Liar's Tale" / "In the Blink of an Eye"
  9. Red Shoe Diaries 9: Hotline. "Gina" / "Hotline" / "Love at First Sight"
  10. Red Shoe Diaries 10: Some Things Never Change. "You Make Me Want to Wear Dresses" / "Some Things Never Change" / "Alphabet Girl"
  11. Red Shoe Diaries 11: The Game. "The Game" / "The Cake" / "Like Father, Like Son"
  12. Red Shoe Diaries 12: Girl on a Bike. "Girl on a Bike" / "Written Word" / "Borders of Salt"
  13. Red Shoe Diaries 13: Four on the Floor. "The Psychiatrist" / "Four on the Floor" / "Emily's Dance"
  14. Red Shoe Diaries 14: Luscious Lola. "Luscious Lola" / "The Last Motel" / "Mercy"
  15. Red Shoe Diaries 15: Forbidden Zone. "Forbidden Zone" / "The Art of Loneliness" / "The Picnic"
  16. Red Shoe Diaries 16: Temple of Flesh. "Temple of Flesh" / "Juarez" / "The Farmer's Daughter"
  17. Red Shoe Diaries 17: Swimming Naked. "Swimming Naked" / "Jump" / "Tears"
  18. Red Shoe Diaries 18: Strip Poker. "Strip Poker" / "Slow Train" / "Hard Labor"
  19. Red Shoe Diaries 19: As She Wishes. "As She Wishes" / "Billy Bar" / "Weightless"
  20. Red Shoe Diaries 20: Caged Bird. "Caged Bird" / "The Ex" / "The Teacher"

On June 17, 2014, Kino Lorber released Season 1 on DVD in Region 1. On the same day they also re-released Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie. Season 1 was also made available on Amazon Prime Video. The TV film and series (seasons 1-4) are also available on Tubi, a free streaming service.

Second Red Shoe Diaries TV pilot

In 2006, Zalman King wrote and directed a second, feature-length Red Shoe Diaries TV pilot. This pilot was completed but never aired.

Notes

  1. ^ Mary Lambert directed the episode but due to creative differences with Zalman King, had her name removed and is credited under the pseudonym Alan Smithee.

References

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  3. ^ Griffin, Nancy (September 1991). "King". Premiere. Vol. 5, no. 1. p. 101. Retrieved June 4, 2023.
  4. ^ Clark, Kenneth R. (October 1, 1991). "Premium Cable Channels Find a Niche in Nudity". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on September 25, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
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