The Osbournes was an Emmy Award-winning American reality television program broadcast by MTV in the U.S., by CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten, MTV Australia in Australia, TV2 in New Zealand and MTV Brasil in Brazil. The show features the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his "dysfunctional" family. It premiered on March 5, 2002, and in its first season, was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The final episode of the final season aired March 21, 2005.
1 The Show
3 After the show
5 DVD Release
In addition to legendary hard rock musician Ozzy, the show features his wife Sharon; his son Jack; his daughter, fledgling singer Kelly; and from the second season on, his semi-adopted "son" Rob. His other daughter, Aimee, has refused to participate in the show, and publicly criticizes her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred.
The series also followed the family as they dealt with major events such as Sharon's battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy.
The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy's song "Crazy Train", done in a jazz-swing style by Pat Boone. The cover is often misattributed to Richard Cheese who also does covers in a jazz-swing style.
The series was parodied during the intro of the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards with talk show host Conan O'Brien staying with the Osbournes while in Los Angeles because of his hosting duties.
The series was noted for its frequent use of foul language, which was bleeped during MTV broadcasts in the United States. To many this became a running joke with the series. The Canadian broadcasts on CTV and UK broadcasts on MTV and Channel 4 are uncensored (in an interview Ozzy himself stated that, while he was happy that the Canadian broadcasts were uncensored, he preferred the censored version because the cursing was more noticeable due to the bleeps), and some episodes were also aired uncensored to Australian audiences when shown on Network Ten. It is broadcast uncensored on MTV Australia. However, in an episode of MADtv in which Jack and Kelly guest-starred, they stated it was the editing that made it seem so.
After the show
Concurrent with the success of the series, Kelly Osbourne launched a brief career as a singer and hosted a TV show called Project Catwalk, while Sharon Osbourne hosted the talk show, The Sharon Osbourne Show (which was axed in the UK after the 1st series) and later became a judge on the The X Factor from Series 1-4 and America's Got Talent from season 2 onwards. The family also parodied their TV series during a cameo appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Later, from November 30 to December 1, 2007, items belonging to the Osbournes and featured in the show were auctioned off to the public. The two day event listed memorabilia as well as furnishings of the home. Bidders could bid through the Auction Network
In 2009, the Osbournes reunited for the debut of their new variety show for the Fox network, Osbournes: Reloaded. Produced by Fremantle Media North America, the series debuted on March 31 2009 at 9:25PM ET/PT, following American Idol. The show consists of sketches, stunts, celebrity cameos, music performances, and pretaped bits.
On the show's debut, 26 Fox affiliates pre-empted or delayed the program, due to the show's crass content, which the stations felt was inappropriate for younger viewers, many of them watching its lead-in, American Idol.
The show now airs in reruns on MTV2, although very rarely.
Only seasons one, two and two 1/2 have been released on DVD. However, MTV and executive producer Sharon Osbourne have no plans for a release date for the final two seasons.
Along with the highest ratings in MTV history, The Osbournes won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program