Red Shoe Diaries

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  • TV-MA
  • 1993
  • 5 Seasons
  • 5.7  (1,225)

Red Shoe Diaries was an American erotic drama series produced by Showtime that aired from 1992 to 1999. The show was created by Zalman King, who had previously worked on the erotic film 9 1/2 Weeks. The series was notable for its softcore pornographic content and sensual storytelling approach. The show primarily focused on sexual encounters and the emotional intimacy that came with them, exploring themes of love, desire, and relationships.

The series was narrated by the central character, a man known only as Jake, played by David Duchovny. In the beginning, we see Jake as a postman who is sorting through stacks of letters that have been returned to sender. The letters are all addressed to a mysterious person called “Red Shoes,” who is never seen on screen. Instead, the letters are the conduits through which we hear the various erotic stories and confessions that compose the show's episodes. Each episode would begin with Jake reading a letter from the mailbag and the subsequent episode would focus on the narrative enclosed within the letter.

Each episode explores a different love story as seen through the eyes of the participants. The stories involve a wide range of characters of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. There is the timid college student, the bold businesswoman, the lonely housewife, the successful fashion model, and many more. While the characters and stories change from episode to episode, the show's themes remain consistent. At the heart of each episode is the idea that sexual desire often gives way to a deeper human connection.

The show was well-received by audiences and critics alike due to its sensitive and intimate portrayal of sex and relationships. Red Shoe Diaries was unique in its depiction of sex, as it went beyond the standard depiction of sex for its own sake. Instead, the actual act became a device for exploring the emotional connections and relationships that underpin human sexuality. Each episode had an air of mystery and intrigue, and this made it stand out from other erotic series on TV at the time.

The show also had high production values, with attractive performers, high-quality sets, and an almost cinematic feel to the storytelling. The camera work was top-notch, with sensual shots of the actors in various states of undress, and the use of poetic and sensual voice-overs added to the show's powerful emotional impact. The show's soundtrack also played a large role in setting the mood for each episode, with soulful and sultry music underscoring the steamy visuals.

The show faced accusations of sexism and objectification, but this criticism overlooks the show's true intentions. It gave its female characters agency, showing them as empowered decision-makers, and their relationships were given the same emotional weight as their male counterparts. It also explored how societal norms and preconceptions affect human relationships, particularly in regards to male-female dynamics.

The show features a talented cast, including actors like Audie England, who appeared in multiple episodes. England plays a range of characters, from the wide-eyed college student to femme fatale businesswoman. Her performances showcase her versatility as an actor and her ability to portray the wide range of emotions associated with falling in love. David Duchovny also delivers a compelling performance as Jake; his voiceovers convey a sense of empathy and understanding that helps draw viewers into the stories being told.

In conclusion, Red Shoe Diaries was a groundbreaking series that transcended the erotic genre's limitations by exploring love, sexuality, and relationships in a sensitive and artistic way. The show's unique format, moody visuals, and evocative storytelling were the hallmarks of a show that was ahead of its time. While it remains a controversial series, there is no denying its place in TV history as a landmark work of erotic storytelling.

Red Shoe Diaries is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (110 episodes). The series first aired on June 26, 1993.

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The Picnic
13. The Picnic
A woman is caught in a tense love triangle.
Strip Póker
12. Strip Póker
April 11, 1998
Un solitario fotógrafo sale de detr'ás del lente y se une a los desinhibidos juegos de strip póker de un trío de vecinos.
The Art of Loneliness
12. The Art of Loneliness
A romantic triangle develops overnight at a radio station.
11. Celos
February 28, 1998
La imaginación de un novio celoso enloquece cuando su novia recibe una oferta de cine en su luna de miel.
The Forbidden Zone
11. The Forbidden Zone
Lori makes up fantastic stories to please her boyfriend.
Llevado Lejos
10. Llevado Lejos
February 21, 1998
Atrapada en una tormenta una joven desilusionada reaviva su débil relación con la ayuda de palomas mensajeras.
Farmer's Daughter
10. Farmer's Daughter
A beautiful woman, disillusioned with her relationship with her boyfriend, takes off to their country farm to rethink things. Once there, a violent storm hits, taking out all lines of communication in its wake. Soon she discovers her only line of communication - a coop of carrier pigeons. Before long, she and her boyfriend are communicating as never before with the help of their winged friend, rekindling the flame of their relationship that both thought had turned to ash.
9. Detalles
February 7, 1998
Una mujer de negocios exitosa pero solitaria se enamora de un chef cuando ve cómo él cuida amorosamente el auto antiguo que ella tiene olvidado.
9. Juarez
A woman meets a wrestler in Mexico.
La Hija Del Granjero
8. La Hija Del Granjero
January 31, 1998
Un joven ciclista se enamora de la hija de un granjero que lo cuido después de un accidente.
Temple of Flesh
8. Temple of Flesh
Out on a country road, a young cyclist is injured during a training ride and finds himself being nursed back to health by the spirited and very amorous daughter of a vineyard owner. Though reticent to her advances, the cyclist can't help but adore her charm, and in the end, all healed up and ready to race, he falls in love with her.
7. Ingrávido
January 24, 1998
Una bella astronauta, atrapada en una agonizante nave espacial a millón y medio de kilómetros de casa, hace el amor tiernamente con su copiloto por última vez.
Slow Train
7. Slow Train
A woman vicariously experiences an old affair through her grandmother's diary.
Como Ella Desee
6. Como Ella Desee
January 3, 1998
Un hombre abandonado encuentra a una hermosa mujer en la orilla de la playa, juntos exploran prohibidas 'áreas del deseo, la culpa y la necesidad salvaje.
Hard Labor
6. Hard Labor
An ad executive hears a tale about her boyfriend from a unstable ex-lover.
5. Desterrado
January 10, 1998
Un 'ángel condenado, exiliado del cielo y colocado en la tierra, es maldecido con la habilidad de matar con un beso mortal.
Strip Poker
5. Strip Poker
January 1, 1996
A condemned angel who has been exiled from the heavens and placed on earth is cursed with the ability to kill with a deadly kiss. Upon descending to earth he is enchanted by a beautiful prostitute, who in return is mesmerized by the ethereal vision of the angel. He caresses this enchanting creature and delicately, passionately kisses the prostitute who falls limp into his arms. Confused and devastated he catches the eye of a waitress, as he kisses her lips, she falls motionless in his arms. Shattered, the angel turns only to see a newlywed couple kiss, and becomes entranced by this angelic bride. He fantasizes the bride is an immortal like himself. The Angel gently kisses the bride's lips as she falls fatally to his mercy. The Angel, horrified, realizes he is cursed with this treacherous power, and he must walk the earth alone and absent from love, forever.
La Lavandería
4. La Lavandería
May 3, 1997
Dos desconocidos encuentran una pasión satisfactoria en la lavandería de un pequeño pueblo.
The Boxer
4. The Boxer
A broken-hearted photographer finds herself attracted to a boxer.
Templo de Carne
3. Templo de Carne
April 19, 1997
Los nervios de la promesa de una noche de bodas de striptease, acompañados de mucho champaña, son la causa de un aniversario inolvidable.
3. Jealousy
Mrs. O'Hara's promise to do a strip-tease dance on their one-year anniversary takes her and Mr. O'Hara down a road they never thought their limousine would venture. They meet Adam and Eve, two hippies who share the ride as well as their insightful view of life and happiness. They also share a lot of champagne, and in the end Mrs. O'Hara mistakes a synagogue for a club where she truly becomes the life of the party.
Paga el Baile
2. Paga el Baile
April 12, 1997
Tres dolidas bailarinas del club de un baile por moneda, se enamoran del nuevo y joven líder de la banda.
Carried Away
2. Carried Away
Winnie, Darcey and Nan work at the "Stardust", the last of the dime-a-dance joints. The women are grief stricken by the recent death of Armie, the bandleader who was a father figure to them all. Michael is the new bandleader, he is young, with a Frank Sinatra style. Each of the girls individually falls for his charm, he fills a special void in their lives.
Divorcio, Divorcio
1. Divorcio, Divorcio
April 6, 1997
¿Puede una pareja de esposos que un día fueron felices reinventar el amor que piensa que han perdido?
1. Weightless
Lily and Nick are in the middle of a nasty divorce when fate throws them together for one night. Just one night away from the everyday of their lives and this once happy couple learns to reinvent a love that they had written off as lost.
Where to Watch Red Shoe Diaries
Red Shoe Diaries is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Red Shoe Diaries on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 26, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (1,225)