A Symbol of Luxury, Power, and Sophistication


Cigars have long been a symbol of luxury, power, and sophistication, and it’s no surprise that they’ve made appearances in many TV shows over the years. From classic dramas to modern sitcoms, cigars have played a role in many memorable scenes. Here are some of the most notable examples of cigars in TV shows.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos is one of the most iconic TV shows of all time and cigars play a prominent role in many scenes throughout the series. Lead character Tony Soprano is frequently seen smoking cigars. In one particularly memorable scene, he enjoys a cigar with his therapist Dr. Melfi. The show’s creators used cigars to symbolize power and control, as Tony’s cigar smoking often signals his dominance over others.

Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini is frequently seen smoking cigars on the show The Sopranos

Mad Men

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, a time when smoking was still widely accepted and even glamorous. Cigars were particularly popular among men of a certain age and social class. The characters in Mad Men are no exception. Lead character Don Draper is seen smoking cigars on several occasions. In one episode, he shares a cigar with his boss, Roger Sterling. Cigars in Mad Men represent the characters’ status and privilege, as well as their adherence to traditional gender roles.

Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, smokes cigars on several occasions on the show Mad Men

The West Wing

The West Wing is a political drama set in the White House. While cigars aren’t as prominent in this series as they are in some of the others on this list, they do make an appearance in a few key scenes. In one episode, President Jed Bartlet smokes a cigar while playing chess with his chief of staff, Leo McGarry. Cigars in The West Wing represent the characters’ intelligence and strategic thinking, as well as their ability to relax and unwind in a high-pressure environment.

Jed Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, occasionally smokes cigars on the show The West Wing


Cigars have played a prominent role in many TV shows over the years, from classic dramas to modern sitcoms. Whether they represent power, privilege, confidence, or intelligence, cigars have a certain mystique that has made them a popular prop in many memorable scenes. So the next time you’re watching your favorite show, keep an eye out for the cigars, and see what they say about the characters who smoke them.

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