History of Swear Words: Season 1

History of Swear Words: Season 1

History of Swear Words: Season 1

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.

"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)

2021USANetflix
Documentary

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
5 January 2021

F**k

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

EPISODE 1.2
5 January 2021

Sh*t

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

EPISODE 1.3
5 January 2021

Bitch

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

EPISODE 1.4
5 January 2021

D**k

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

EPISODE 1.5
5 January 2021

Pu**y

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

EPISODE 1.6
5 January 2021

Damn

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

History of Swear Words: Season 1 / Reviews

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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