Tales from the Darkside: Season 3, Episode 19

The Social Climber (8 Mar. 1987)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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A shoemaker's assistant discovers that he can live other people's lives by putting on their shoes.



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Rob the Apprentice
Laura Grant
Paul Sparer ...
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A shoemaker's assistant discovers that he can live other people's lives by putting on their shoes.

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8 March 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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A one-note idea, mishandled
21 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE SOCIAL CLIMBER is, yet again, a disappointment for fans of THE TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE TV series. Yes, it has a supernatural plot, but it singularly fails to be frightening, mystifying, magical, or amazing. It involves an ordinary who discovers an extraordinary power when he tries on somebody else's shoes and finds himself living their life. He soon uses this new-found power to the max, but there's a sting in the tale.

Everything about this story is sub-standard: the boring dialogue, the unfunny quirkiness of the situation, the lack of resolution, the poor twist, and the general poor calibre of the acting. It's not that it's totally unwatchable, because it isn't, it's just that it feels like one of those filler episodes rather than an episode with a proper story to tell or something to say.

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