History of Swear Words

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History of Swear Words
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GenreDocumentary series
Written by
Presented byNicolas Cage
Theme music composerAdam Blau
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Brien Meagher
  • Rhett Bachner
  • Mike Farah
  • Joe Farrell
  • Beth Belew
  • Bellamie Blackstone
ProducerBen Stoddard
Running time20 minutes
Production companiesB17 Entertainment
Funny or Die
Original networkNetflix
Picture format14:9
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)

History of Swear Words is an American documentary series hosted by Nicolas Cage. The series was released on January 5, 2021, on Netflix.[1][2][3]


Hosted by Nicolas Cage, the unscripted series explores the History of Swear Words through interviews with experts in etymology, popular culture, history and entertainment, with each episode diving into the origins, usage and cultural impact of specific curse words: fuck, shit, bitch, dick, pussy and damn.[1][3]





No.TitleOriginal release date
1"F**k"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
2"Sh*t"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
3"Bitch"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
4"D**k"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
5"Pu**y"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)
6"Damn"January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)


On December 9, 2020, it was announced that Nicolas Cage would host an unscripted six-episode series about the history of swear words for Netflix.[1][2]

The series has been produced by Bellamie Blackstone, Mike Farah, Joe Farrell, and Beth Belew for Funny or Die, with Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner for Industrial Media's B17 Entertainment respectively. Blackstone will also serve as the series showrunner.[3]


Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times gave the series 3 out of 4 stars and described it as "a cheeky, entertaining and legitimately educational look at the etymology of the most common curse words."[4]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 70% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 6.40/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Brevity may be the soul of wit, but digging a little deeper could only help History of Swear Words — a show that almost lives up to its name and host, but falls a little f-king short."[5] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

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  1. ^ a b c White, Peter (December 9, 2020). "Nicolas Cage To Host 'History Of Swear Words' At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Moreau, Jordan (December 9, 2020). "Nicolas Cage Hosts 'History of Swear Words' Series on Netflix". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Porter, Rick (December 9, 2020). "Nicolas Cage to Explore 'History of Swear Words' for Netflix | Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Reoper, Richard (January 4, 2021). "'History of Swear Words': Netflix doc filthy rich with insight about obscenities". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "History of Swear Words: Season 1 (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "History of Swear Words: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved August 14, 2021.

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