The Osbournes

The Osbournes
Title frame
Season 4 title card
Directed byDonald Bull
CB Harding
Sarah Pillsbury
Todd Stevens
StarringOzzy 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)
Production
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
MTV
Release
Original networkWebsite

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.

Overview

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.

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]

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.

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]

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.

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