With everybody spending the majority of their time at home these days, demand for original streaming content is at a premium and, because of that, no idea seems too outlandish. Netflix decided to really lean into that concept, with the help of everyone’s favorite action film star, to create Nicolas Cages’ History of Swear Words, a series that looks at several classic potty-mouth terms.
That’s right, the star of Con Air, Face/Off and The Rock is going to explore the history and derivation behind words we use everyday and probably have no clue as to the origin. The series, produced by Funny Or Die and B17 Entertainment, will feature appearances from comedians and performers like DeRay Davis, Open Mike Eagle, Nikki Glaser, Jim Jefferies, Zainab Johnson, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and more.
But there’s also some actual experts weighing in on the derivation of each word, you know, for validity purposes. Those experts include cognitive scientist and author of What The F Benjamin Bergen, linguist Anne Charity Hudley, Professor of Feminist Studies Mireille Miller-Young, film critic Elvis Mitchell, author of Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing Melissa Mohr as well as author of Word By Word Kory Stamper.
Set to be released on Jan. 5, the first season will feature six roughly 20-minute episodes, each focusing on one word: “F**k”, “Sh*t”, “B*tch”, “D**k”, “Pu**y” and “Damn”. We’re not sure if Cage just really needs a paycheck or if he wanted to continue to venture into television but either way, we’re pretty excited to see him bring his hokey overacting to swear words. And let’s be honest, we’ve been looking for a new show since Comedy Central cancelled Drunk History – so here’s to many seasons of learning everything we can about naughty words. Is there a better way to help put 2020 behind us?