Spandex Disco Pants on Miami Vice (1986)

Thanks to another reader of this blog who shared additional instances of spandex disco pants being seen in various tv shows and movies. This post will be about the February 14, 1986 episode from the second season of Miami Vice. (I assure you I did not purposely plan to write about this episode seeing how tomorrow is February 14. It is purely coincidence but interesting to note that tomorrow will be the 33rd anniversary of the debut airing of this one).

I didn’t watch this episode. I may have years ago when I used to watch this show as a child with my sister. But for the sake of this blog post I skimmed through it looking for any and every instance of disco pants I could find. These stills are not the highest quality but nonetheless display the wonderful glory of a tight-fitting, shiny, purple pair of vintage spandex jeans.


The good news about the character wearing the disco pants is that she is a police detective. The bad news—and it’s nothing new—-is that she is wearing the pants to work undercover as a, well, you know. The detective’s name is Gina Calabrese and is played by Saundra Santiago:

saundra santiago

Based on what I saw from skimming this one, it does have a decent amount of disco pant screen time. As the stills indicate they’re mostly on the street but also some in the police building.

As this episode is from 1986 it’s a rather late date in terms of disco pants fashion. Yes, lycra and spandex leggings were still very much in vogue but by the mid-80s the actual pants were becoming a rarer sight and mostly relegated to the seedier types of society. Hookers, murderers and the dimwitted types were being portrayed as the only ones still donning the fabulous shiny, spandex jeans. I have nothing but praise for American Apparel for bringing back these pants and helping destroy that image created by Hollywood. Spandex disco pants no longer had to rest on its first demise as the choice pants of ‘bad girls’ or ‘bad boys.’


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10 Responses to Spandex Disco Pants on Miami Vice (1986)

  1. Dorian Gray says:

    I agree with your premise that after the disco years on TV and the movies, only bad girls and a few boys would be seen wearing them. But, it’s kind of fun now watching these scenes and seeing these naughty crooks up to no good in their hot shiny pants. Most of the time they’re going to end up with another tight, shiny, and metallic accessory…HANDCUFFS!!!, LOL

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      Haha, very good points! It sure is fun watching the shows regardless of the circumstance. Hmm…disco pants & handcuffs….I guess if I had to be handcuffed I’d like to be wearing disco pants, lol.

  2. Russ says:

    Miami Vice is on all the time, so it should be easy enough to see this episode again. What is the episode titled? Did the person that told you about it give the name?

    Of course there were other shows that had women wearing disco pants in similar circumstances. TJ Hooker is one that comes to mind.I already told you about the Knight Rider episode too, which you can stream on the NBC Roku app.

    • Skippy says:

      The episode is called florence Italy and you can watch it on dailymotion here,Not the best disco pants scenes.Here is the link.

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      Sorry Russ, I forgot to include the title in the post.
      I look forward to eventually having a post for each and every episode of every tv show that ever aired with someone in disco pants. That’s why I appreciate everyone’s input since it’s too overwhelming for me to find out for myself. Buck Rogers should keep me busy for quite some time.

  3. Neil says:

    Last week I saw an episode of Archie Bunker’s Place called “From the Waldorf to Astoria” where they had a modern art show and one of the artists was a woman in skin tight white disco jeans. The episode first aired in Oct 1982.

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      Thanks Neil! I checked it out and it’s got some great footage of her in disco pants. Never would have thought to see disco pants on an Archie Bunker Place episode.

  4. skippy says:

    Wow those are some nice Silver Disco pants on her,Here is the episode, not good quality but all I could find for now.I’m also gonna upload one Mandrell sisters scene on you tube as one of the best I found, and right after I saved the video It got taken down for some reason.

    • Spandex Disco Jeans says:

      Very nice! The quality as you said is not great but the pants still look fantastic. I need to figure out who the actress is. IMDB lists 2 unnamed female characters in that episode–one is ‘woman’ the other ‘avant garde woman’.

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