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The Osbournes
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Created byJonathan Taylor
Directed byDonald Bull
CB Harding
Sarah Pillsbury
Todd Stevens
Starring Ozzy Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne
Jack Osbourne
Theme music composerOzzy Osbourne
Randy Rhoads
Bob Daisley
Opening theme"Crazy Train"
performed by Lewis Lamedica
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)R. Greg Johnston
Jeff Stilson
Sharon Osbourne
Lois Clark Curren
Producer(s)Ann Meek
CinematographyRobert Erbeznik
Zach Kovek
Editor(s)Charles Kramer
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)iCandy TV
Big Head Productions
JOKS Productions
Original network MTV
Original release
5 March 2002 21 March 2005
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The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The series premiered on MTV on March 5, 2002, and, in its first season, was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.

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In addition to heavy metal music musician Ozzy Osbourne, the show features his wife and manager Sharon, and their children Jack and Kelly. The Osbournes have another daughter, Aimee, who refused to participate in the show and publicly criticized 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.

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, during which he adopted the nickname "The Prince of Darkness". Osbourne was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Sharon Osbourne English television host, author, music manager, businesswoman and promoter

Sharon Rachel Osbourne is an English media personality, businesswoman, television host and talent competition judge, music manager, promoter, and author. She is the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne and first came into public prominence after appearing on The Osbournes, a reality television show that followed her family's daily life. Osbourne later became a talent show judge on television shows such as the British and original version of The X Factor, from 2004 to 2007, returning in 2013, and again from 2016 to 2017. She also was a judge on America's Got Talent from 2007 until 2012.

Jack Osbourne Son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Jack Joseph Osbourne is an English media personality with dual American and British citizenship. As the son of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, he starred on MTV's reality series The Osbournes (2002–05), along with his father, mother Sharon, and sister Kelly. Osbourne has since pursued a career as a fitness and travel reporter, presenting shows such as Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie (2005–09) and BBC's Saving Planet Earth (2007). He was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012. In 2016, he and his father Ozzy travelled the world in the History Channel reality series Ozzy & Jack's World Detour.

The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy's song "Crazy Train", done in a jazz-swing style reminiscent of Pat Boone. [1]

Crazy Train 1980 single by Ozzy Osbourne

"Crazy Train" is the first single from British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, released in 1980. A live version of the song recorded in 1981 from the album Tribute was also released as a single in 1987 with an accompanying music video. The song was written by Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley. The subject matter of the lyrics is the Cold War and the fear of annihilation that existed during this period.

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Concurrent with the success of the series, Kelly Osbourne launched a brief career as a singer, while Sharon Osbourne hosted The Sharon Osbourne Show . The family also parodied their TV series during cameo appearances at awards shows, and in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember .

The Sharon Osbourne Show refers to either of two TV chat shows hosted by Sharon Osbourne – the original US version, or the more recent UK (ITV) version. These are described separately below.

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Jack and Kelly's friend Robert made regular appearances on the show; [2] Sharon took him in during the second season after his mother died of cancer. While a constant presence in front of the camera, few plots revolved around Robert and he had few lines. After the series ended, it was reported that the Osbournes had sent Robert back to Rhode Island to live with his father after spending a week at a psychiatric ward. The Osbournes were assumed to have adopted Robert, but Sharon Osbourne has denied this. [3]

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Another person who makes recurring appearances on the show is Melinda, Sharon's executive assistant and nanny, who is also married to Ozzy's tour manager. [4] She is often seen trying to get Jack out of bed while he berates and belittles her, telling her to "get a real job." Melinda is originally from Australia. [4]

Ozzy confirmed in an interview on BBC Radio 2 in May 2009 that he was "stoned during the entire filming of The Osbournes" and will not watch the episodes for this reason. [5]

Profanity was censored during MTV broadcasts of the series in the United States. In an interview, Ozzy 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.[ citation needed ] The Canadian broadcasts on CTV and UK broadcasts on MTV and Channel 4 are uncensored. [6] Some episodes were also aired uncensored to Australian audiences when shown on Network Ten. [7] It is broadcast uncensored on MTV Australia.


It was long suspected in fan circles that The Osbournes was actually staged.[ citation needed ] These suspicions were partly confirmed by Jack and Kelly, who stated in an interview that some of the antics on the show, including the visit from the dog therapist, were arranged by MTV producers. [8] Ozzy Osbourne's publicist denied these claims. [8] One episode ("Ozz Well that Ends Well"), in which Sharon's prized dog Minnie is supposedly killed, was revealed to be a prank in outtakes aired after the show.[ citation needed ]

After filming

On November 30 and 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. [9] [10]

In 2009, the Osbournes reunited for the debut of their new variety show Osbournes Reloaded for the Fox network. Produced by Fremantle Media North America, the series debuted on March 31, 2009 at 9:25PM ET/PT, following American Idol . It consisted of sketches, stunts, celebrity cameos, music performances, and pretaped segments. [11] The show was canceled after airing its first episode. [12] On its debut, 26 Fox affiliates pre-empted or delayed the program due to its racy content, which the stations felt was more appropriate for older viewers. [13]

Since 2016, Ozzy and Jack have starred in Ozzy & Jack's World Detour , a reality-series that initially aired on History before moving to A&E for its second season. [14] On January 23, 2018, Jack revealed on his official Instagram page that the series had been picked up for a third season. [15]

Possible revival

On October 7, 2014, Sharon Osbourne announced on Loose Women that eight new episodes would hopefully be filmed in January 2015; they would serve as a catch-up for the original series as well as a chance for Ozzy to appear on the show sober, following his admission that he was intoxicated during every recording for the series' original run. However, Sharon said in 2015 that the show's filming would not continue, and that she and MTV had not continued their discussion about the show since they announced its revival. The new episodes that were filmed may be released in future.

In October 2015, Kelly Osbourne stated that she was open to the idea of a revival that was new and different, saying that "we did it on MTV and that had never been done before so if we're going to come back, we'd want to do it in a way that has never been done before either." [16]

On March 5, 2018; Jack, Kelly, Sharon and Ozzy premiered their first episode of The Osbournes Podcast on their website and Apple Podcasts (later released on Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play). It is a weekly podcast, with a new episode added on Mondays. They talk about various topics including: reminiscing about The Osbournes glory days, Ozzy and Jack's World Detour, personal struggles, current events, funny stories and more. They also have guests on as well such as Melinda and Dave.

DVD and album releases

Only seasons one and two (released in two sets as season two and two 1/2 or 2.5 [17] ) have been released on DVD.

The Osbourne Family Album , a various artists compilation based on the show, was released in June 2002.

Awards and nominations

As well as achieving the highest ratings in MTV history, The Osbournes won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. [18]

International airings

The series aired on CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, VH1 India in India, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten and MTV Australia in Australia, TV2 Denmark, MTV Finland and Nelonen in Finland, MTV Latin America in Latin America, MTV Portugal in Portugal, TV2 in New Zealand, MTV Germany in Germany, MTV Ukraine in Ukraine, MTV Brasil in Brazil, MTV Italia in Italy and MTV Nederland in the Netherlands.

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