History of Swear Words: Season 1

History of Swear Words: Season 1

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Nicolas Cage provides an education in expletives: the rich history of some of the most notorious bad words in the English language. Words like F**k, Sh*t, B*tch, D**k and Pu**y. More

"A loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words. Through interviews with experts in etymology, pop culture, historians and entertainers." (Official synopsis)

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Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

F**k

The silly putty of the English language, our most malleable... More swear word can refer to sex, rage, confusion, excitement and a whole lot more.

EPISODE 1.2

Sh*t

With medieval roots as a term for excrement, this filthy... More vulgarity evolved over time into something much more versatile — and sometimes even positive.

EPISODE 1.3

Bitch

Though it literally means "female dog," in recent years, some... More women have started to reclaim the "B word" as a term of strength and solidarity.

EPISODE 1.4

D**k

You can have one or you can be one. But... More how did an unassuming nickname for "Richard" become one of our most popular swear words?

EPISODE 1.5

Pu**y

From its feline origins to its modern slang uses describing... More genitalia or insulting manhood, learn how "pu**y" has stood the test of time.

EPISODE 1.6

Damn

Though quite mild when compared with its profane brethren, "damn"... More has maintained its meaning from biblical times and can still pack a punch even today.

History of Swear Words: Season 1 | Reviews

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The platform’s easiest trash-TV sell since “Tiger King” is an unimaginative snooze...

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Vulture

Vulture

It’s mostly an educational lark that enables comedians to riff on obscenities...

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Decider

Decider

Everyone looks like they're having a cathartic good time...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The scholars can be just as impressive in their comic timing as the pros.

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Variety

Variety

Cage... proves a smart choice for a host.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Brevity aside, I probably would have checked out on this one after a few episodes were it not for the reliable amusement Cage contributes.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Aims to be both enlightening and entertaining, and largely succeeds on both fronts.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This premise lacks the basic heft required to anchor a miniseries, instead leaving the impression of a collection of lengthy YouTube videos.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Cheeky, entertaining and legitimately educational...

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History of Swear Words: Season 1 | Release Details

History of Swear Words: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix.