Red Shoe Diaries
Red Shoe Diaries is an erotic drama series
Dramatic programming
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 that aired on the American
United States
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 cable television network Showtime from 1992 to 1997 and distributed by Playboy Entertainment
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 overseas. Most episode
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s were directed
Film director
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 by either Zalman King
Zalman King
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, Rafael Eisenman or both.
The tested episodes always open with a quick montage of a newspaper
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 personals section ad under "Red Shoes" seeking women to mail in their personal diaries with stories of love
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, passion and/or betrayal.