History of Swear Words: Season 1 Reviews

January 21, 2021
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.
January 19, 2021
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.
January 15, 2021
History of Swear Words is one of the most unique and fascinating docuseries I have seen in quite some time.
January 14, 2021
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.
January 14, 2021
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 14, 2021
With a decent selection of stand-up comics contributing, there are at least a few laughs.
January 8, 2021
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2021
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 7, 2021
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.
January 7, 2021
Cage will keep you coming back for more, but the overall product is interesting enough to have a good time with.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
January 6, 2021
The Oscar-winning actor is a goddamn delight as the host of Netflix's limited series about the evolution of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 5, 2021
With its lighthearted tone, generated by its witty commentary and diversely animated sequences, title cards, and graphical timelines, [it] is energized by Cage's self-consciously erudite schtick...
January 5, 2021
A cheeky, entertaining and legitimately educational look at the etymology of the most common curse words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2021
Over six bite-sized episodes-each clocks in at just 20 minutes-History aims to be both enlightening and entertaining, and largely succeeds on both fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2021
Brevity aside, I probably would have checked out on this one after a few episodes were it not for the reliable amusement Cage contributes.
January 5, 2021
Cage, who's made a sport of revving up his inherent intensity to absurdist new heights, proves a smart choice for a host. This is both because he's an enigmatic actor who's game for anything, and because the show doesn't overplay its hand with him.
January 5, 2021
The scholars can be just as impressive in their comic timing as the pros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2021
Everyone looks like they're having a cathartic good time talking about the biggest curse words in the English language.