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 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 7, 2021
Sadly, it adds up to very little. After all, studies have shown that we feel better when we swear - not when Nic Cage does it for us.
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 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
What's missing here overall isn't seriousness, but context and a little tension. The way the comics are deployed individually, too many of the same points are stated, reiterated and unchallenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2021
This premise lacks the basic heft required to anchor a miniseries, instead leaving the impression of a collection of lengthy YouTube videos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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