Lately I have been on another frantic internet search for disco pants. Not necessarily to buy any but more along the lines of finding photos, tv programs and movies where they may have been worn. And I found a real unexpected treasure yesterday.
I don’t watch much modern programming on television. I just don’t care for much of anything it has to offer. However there is a current program titled “The Big Bang Theory” on network television, and there was an episode from 2010 where one of the main characters was wearing vintage disco pants!
This episode is titled “The Einstein Approximation” from early 2010. This is only a clip of the show and features a character named Howard wearing disco pants. He is not just wearing them as a fashion statement but rather because he and his friends were at a roller skating rink. I have not seen the whole half-hour show but in this clip above it is pretty obvious to me that Howard is wearing 2 different outfits. In the scenes back home he is wearing a greyish pair of disco pants and a sequined blue top, while in the scene at the rink he is wearing purple disco pants and a multi-colored top. Neither pair looks like American Apparel’s leggings-style disco pants. I will try to catch the entire episode wherever I can.
The point of course is that it is absolutely great to see a male character wearing spandex disco pants on national television. I would hope to see that catch on with more guys. But that particular episode was from over 4 years ago and I have not seen any change for the better. Furthermore, not being familiar with the show or the characters, my impression of Howard is that he is not the coolest or best-looking guy around. That could equate with disco pants being seen as a not-so-cool-item. It is great nonetheless to have something like that shown on such a large scale platform. It certainly introduces the idea that disco pants can be worn by guys, too. Here is a still of Howard in purple pants:
Any thoughts on this show or the pants Howard wore? Were any of you familiar with this episode? Was this perhaps the only instance of a male wearing disco pants on a TV show in the 2000’s? Comment below!