Netflix’s History of Swear Words is a lot of fucking fun. Between the new season of Cobra Kai, Headspace Guide to Meditation, Surviving Death, and a plethora of new titles, it’s easy for a show to get lost in the streaming shuffle. But the Nicolas Cage-hosted docuseries is a pleasant distraction from the rigors of reality.
A delightful mix of humor and science, History of Swear Words explores the etymology of curse words. From pop-culture usage to cultural impact, a mix of experts and entertainers (Nikki Glaser, Patti Harrison, Zainab Johnson, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, Joel Kim Booster, and more) both examine and skewer the origins of foul-mouthed favorites fuck, shit, bitch, dick, pussy, and damn.
Think Best Week Ever or I Love The ’80s… but with tons of cursing and sporadic Nic Cage tomfoolery.
I can’t say that History of Swear Words was the part Cage was born to play — that would be National Treasure, obviously — but boy oh boy is it peak Cage. The actor/dinosaur skull enthusiast hams it up, delivering a silly, mesmerizing performance that sets the tone for the entire series. According to IMDB trivia, Cage considers the show “a chance to remind directors that he can do comedy.”
Directors, consider yourself reminded.
The six-episode series makes for a perfect TV nightcap. It’s not only a fun, frothy popcorn program that’ll help you unwind before bed, but the bite-sized 20-minute installments are a welcome respite from the never-ending slog of 60-minute episodes. Plus, the docuseries provides legitimately interesting information about the bizarre history of profanity. I like to learn a little something when I stream a show. I watched five seasons of Breaking Bad and I still can’t make meth for shit. That’s on you, Vince Gilligan.
If you’re in the mood for silly stream, you’ll enjoy Netflix’s History of Swear Words.
History of Swear Words is now streaming on Netflix.
Nic Cage Goes Full F*cking Nic Cage in Netflix’s Pleasantly Distracting ‘History of Swear Words’ The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Decider.