On this date (March 5th) in 2002, The first episode of “The Osbournes” aired on MTV in the US.
It focused on the domestic life of the metal madman Ozzy Osbourne and his family. (Wife/manager Sharon, and two of their three children). The Osbournes oldest daughter, Aimee, refused to participate in the show and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos during the series, she is either absent or blurred.
Supposedly, oblivious to the camera, the family bickered, squabbled, and cursed a ton on the show! (In my house we used to play a game where we tried to count how many bleeps there were in an episode due to the excessive profanity!)
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. It was long suspected in fan circles that “The Osbournes” was actually staged. These suspicions were partly confirmed by Jack and Kelly, who stated in an interview that some of the antics on the show, were arranged by MTV producers. However, Ozzy’s publicist denied these claims. In its first season, the show was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV! The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.
In 2014, Sharon Osbourne announced 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 have yet to be released. Who knows maybe we’ll see them some time in the future!
‘The Osbourne Family Album’ was a various artists compilation album based on the television series “The Osbournes” with the songs selected by the family. It included the theme song, a “Crazy Train” cover version recorded by neighbor Pat Boone, as well as contributions by Ozzy and Kelly. The songs were interspersed with dialogue (uncensored) from the show. Released on June 12, 2002, it was dedicated to daughter Aimee, who again chose not to participate in the tv show. The album was released during the second season of the series.
(Warning: NSFW Language)
Chosen by Jack Osbourne, System of a Down’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind” was originally released on the Nativity in Black II – Sabbath tribute album from 2000.
The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy’s signature solo song “Crazy Train”, done by Pat Boone in a jazz-swing style.