History of Swear Words: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
History of Swear Words

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Brevity may be the soul of wit, but digging a little deeper could only help History of Swear Words - a show that almost lives up to its name and host, but falls a little f-king short.

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Critic Ratings: 26

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User Ratings: 64

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 5, 2021

Host Nicholas Cage reflects on the intense variability of one of the most perverse swears in the English language and the range of tones it may convey.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2020

Nicholas examines the medieval origins of the common curse as well as its evolution through time to encompass a broad range of interpretations.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2020

Nicholas sits down with the women working to reclaim the swear as a term of female empowerment.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2020

An investigation into the rise in popularity for what was once a nickname for Richard.

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An exploration of the evolving meanings behind the feline-inspired colloquialism.

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A look into the biblical history of a more common curse.

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History of Swear Words: Season 1 Videos

Tv Season Info

Nicolas Cage hosts this proudly profane, funny and engagingly educational series about the history and impact of the most notorious English swear words.

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Critic Reviews for History of Swear Words Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

For all its brevity, [It] does a more than serviceable job probing the origins of expletives we too often take for granted, and if it pushes you to fill up your browser history with curse words after it's done.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

The contributing comedians, among them Nick Offerman, Nikki Glaser, and Sarah Silverman, have their share of fun with the subject matter. But it's the linguists who really give the series its transgressive heft.

Jan 7, 2021 | Full Review…

It's informal, but the guest comedians add a bracing edge and this show is at its best when the social power of swear words -- especially when they're appropriated and redefined by minorities -- is charted.

Jan 21, 2021 | Full Review…

The History of Swear Words feels unfinished, like it barely scratches the surface of its own conceit.

Feb 18, 2021 | Full Review…

The entire first season is about two hours long, making for a great little afternoon diversion that left me feeling both a little smarter and a little lighter.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The six-episode series, hosted by Nicolas Cage, is an odd mishmash of the academic and the juvenile.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

History of Swear Words is one of the most unique and fascinating docuseries I have seen in quite some time.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

History of Swear Words is going to put a smile on your face as you watch it and I can only hope that Cage and the producers are game to come back for a second season since we all know there are a lot more than six swear words.

Jan 14, 2021 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

With a decent selection of stand-up comics contributing, there are at least a few laughs.

Jan 14, 2021 | Full Review…

You'd be better off just reading Wikipedia entries for the history and watching "Face/Off" for your Cage.

Jan 9, 2021 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Makes the most out of the talents of the great Nic Cage, and manages to say quite a bit about the history and influence of six specific swear words. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

History of Swear Words may not be a deep examination of cussing but its playful nature, all-sides approach, and Nicolas Cage as its refined master of ceremonies, make for an entertaining, easily-digestible exploration of expletives.

Jan 8, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for History of Swear Words: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    As a concept, it's _ing fun. As a history show, it's a bit too short.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    It was funny to watch and provided some good information on how some swear words came to be. Most will enjoy it
  • Feb 08, 2021
    The show seems less about telling the history of the particular swear words and focuses more on how various people see and use them today and even describes how various cultures see and use them. There is really only brief histories of the words used as it seems they were more interested in hearing comedians and other prominent socialites talk about the words. I think it would be better served to changing the name of the show to Describing Swear words today with a brief history about them. I don't really feel like it is or was meant to be very educational but if you are looking to be entertained and watching famous people saying taboo words, you are in for a treat. I would say it is a very surface level dive into the words and not much is able to be gained from it. So sit back and laugh at the troupes and forced jokes.
  • Jan 31, 2021
    Some good goddamn history
  • Jan 27, 2021
    very unfunny. Was meh in the first episode but went down hill for all the rest.
  • Jan 24, 2021
    This show definitely had attributes that I enjoyed. Some of the hosts/speakers were very funny and knowledgable, including Nicholas Cage who can't seem to do any wrong; on the other hand, some of the hosts are polarizing and bordering on pointless and annoying. The main problem lies in the politics of the show. The intro card says "A Netflix Original Comedy Series;" I find the show's incessant need to seem progressive and bring sexism and racism into nearly every episode detracts from the humour. That being said I did watch all of the show and enjoyed my time with it for what it was. It's a time-waster binge watch, and it fills that role perfectly.
  • Jan 23, 2021
    Nicholas Cage is the main draw to this show, and he delivers what you would expect from him. When he is not on screen, however, the jokes mostly fall flat, and the actual history of swear words is not developed nearly enough.
  • Jan 14, 2021
    A misogynistic and anti-woman series. The women in this series say penis is better than vaginas? What kind of women are they? Uncensored naked male genitals proudly displayed in the series but on the other hand female genitals censored, ridiculed. This show mocks women.
  • Jan 13, 2021
    So fun. Words we all use but not sure why or how. In a time when we all need some comic relief- this show makes you laugh and learn about yourself and the things we all do. Way to go
  • Jan 12, 2021
    It's like a series of public information films, utterly bereft of humour.

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